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2:30 PM ET, December 10, 2008

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Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Sources Say Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is ‘Senate Candidate #5’  —  Feds Plan to Interview Chicago Congressman as Part of Blagojevich Probe  —  Chicago Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) is the anonymous “Senate Candidate #5” whose emissaries Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich reportedly claimed offered …
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The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama: Blagojevich Should Resign  —  President-elect Barack Obama believes that Gov. Rod Blagojevich should resign, his advisers said on Wednesday.  “The President-elect agrees with Lt. Gov. Quinn and many others that under the current circumstances it is difficult for the governor to effectively …
The Politico:
In scandal, risks for Obama  —  At first blush, Barack Obama comes out of the Rod Blagojevich scandal smelling like a rose.  The prosecutor at a news conference seemed to give the president-elect a seal of approval, and the Illinois governor himself was caught on tape complaining that Obama was not interested in crooked schemes.
Chicago Sun Times:
Madigan may take him to high court  —  SPRINGFIELD — If Gov. Blagojevich refuses to relinquish power and avoids impeachment, Attorney General Lisa Madigan is prepared to force his hand, aides said Tuesday.  —  The state's chief law enforcement officer is prepared to invoke …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE INEVITABLE PUSH.... It's only been 24 hours, and it's pretty obvious that reports like this one, from the AP's Liz Sidoti, are going to quickly become mind-numbing. … There's just no reason for reporting like this.  Is Obama connected to Blagojevich's scandal?  No, but the scandal is “threatening to dog him.”
New York Times:
Obama's Effort on Ethics Bill Had Role in Governor's Fall  —  In a sequence of events that neatly captures the contradictions of Barack Obama's rise through Illinois politics, a phone call he made three months ago to urge passage of a state ethics bill indirectly contributed to the downfall …
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Clues to identity of candidates #1-6  —  Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's (D) arrest on criminal corruption charges raises new questions about those considered for appointment to replace President-elect Obama in the Senate, as Blagojevich weighed a handful of candidates for the job …
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:   Blagojevich  —  Since everyone else has already noted …
Associated Press:
Obama calls for Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich to resign
Discussion: The Politico and Political Machine
Michelle Malkin:
Boomerang: The Democrat culture of corruption
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Jon Stewart slays the homophobic Huckabeast without breaking a sweat  —  UPDATE: Louise did a complete transcript of the segment in this diary - many thanks!  —  And entertains while doing so.  Jon Stewart asked serious questions any hard-hitting progressive journalist or political commentator …
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Stewart Grills Huckabee On Gay Marriage: ‘At What Age Did You Choose Not To Be Gay?’  —  For over seven minutes last night, Jon Stewart grilled former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee on his opposition to gay marriage.  Huckabee is touring the country to promote his new book, “Do The Right Thing.”
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:   Gay Marriage Ban Inspires New Wave of Activists
Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama plans to reach out to Muslim world  —  In exclusive interview, he says he plans to be sworn in like every other president, using his full name: Barack Hussein Obama  —  Barack Obama says his heart will remain in Chicago, even as he moves to Washington.  (Alex Garcia / Tribune / December 9, 2008)
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Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Text of Obama's first newspaper interview as president-elect  —  In his first post-election newspaper interview, President-elect Barack Obama doesn't spill all the beans about his intentions upon taking office on Jan. 20.  —  But he does reveal some interesting details.
Mike Allen / The Politico:   Swearing in: Barack Hussein Obama
Dave Orrick / TwinCities.com:
FBI reviewing allegations involving Norm Coleman ally, source says  —  Source: Inquiry involves alleged attempt to steer money toward senator  —  Federal investigators are looking into allegations that a longtime friend and benefactor tried to steer money to U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman, the Pioneer Press has learned.
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Jason Hoppin / TwinCities.com:
U.S. Senate race: Error might mean 171 absentee ballots went uncounted …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
$73 an Hour: Adding It Up  —  Seventy-three dollars an hour.  —  That figure — repeated on television and in newspapers as the average pay of a Big Three autoworker — has become a big symbol in the fight over what should happen to Detroit.  To critics, it is a neat encapsulation …
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Foreign Policy:
The 10 Worst Predictions for 2008  —  Prognostication is by far the riskiest form of punditry.  The 10 commentators and leaders on this list learned that the hard way when their confident predictions about politics, war, the economy, and even the end of humanity itself completely missed the mark.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Kevin Drum
Joseph E. Stiglitz / Vanity Fair:
Capitalist Fools  —  Behind the debate over remaking U.S. financial policy will be a debate over who's to blame.  It's crucial to get the history right, writes a Nobel-laureate economist, identifying five key mistakes—under Reagan, Clinton, and Bush II—and one national delusion.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: NBC — ‘Candidate 5’ is Jesse Jackson, Jr.  —  From NBC's Pete Williams  —  A law enforcement official confirms that the person referred to in the federal criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich as “Candidate 5” is Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.
Discussion: Think Progress
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Mumbai Terror Group Trained American Jihadists  —  A growing chorus of intelligence officials in the U.S. and in south Asia have pinned the Mumbai attacks on the Kashmir-based militants Lashkar-e-Taiba.  But there's been hardly any mention of the extremist group's deep ties to American-based jihadists.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 
 
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Ezra Klein / Los Angeles Times:
‘Frost/Nixon’ shines a light on the Bush presidency
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Courier-Journal:
Bunning has formed campaign committee
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Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Suffering Hopes in Congo
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Robert Poole / Wall Street Journal:
Stimulus Shouldn't Be an Excuse for Pork
Discussion: Reason and Commentary
Frank James / The Swamp:
Banks pulled in two opposing directions
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
Richard Kerbaj / Times of London:
Teachers ‘beat and abuse’ Muslim children in British Koran classes
Glenn Beck:
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Erika Lovley / The Politico:
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Amity Shlaes / Washington Post:
The Perils of a Cement Tsunami
Discussion: LiberalOasis and Betsy's Page
Josh Israel / The Center for Public Integrity:
OUR BROKEN GOVERNMENT  —  The 2008 presidential race produced …
Discussion: The Raw Story