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10:10 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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Chicago Sun Times:
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is ‘Senate Candidate 5’ in Blagojevich criminal complaint  —  Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is “Senate Candidate 5,” who — through an emissary — allegedly offered to raise money for Gov. Blagojevich in return for being appointed as Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate, sources tell the Chicago Sun-Times.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blagojevich questions censored on Transition site  —  President-elect Barack Obama's Transition today launched “Open for Questions,” a Digg-style feature allowing citizens to submit questions, and to vote on one another's questions, bringing favored inquiries to the top of the list.
Washington Wire:   Blagojevich's Big Conference Call and Valerie Jarrett's Clean Break
Chicago Breaking News:
Rep. Jackson: No pay-to-play deal
Discussion: The Swamp and On Deadline
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: NBC — ‘Candidate 5’ is Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Discussion: Think Progress
Matthew Bigg / Reuters:
Conservatives gleeful over governor's arrest  —  ATLANTA (Reuters) - U.S. conservatives rubbed their hands with glee on Wednesday over news that the Democratic governor of Illinois has been accused of attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama.
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Reid Prefers Senate Appointment to Special Election  —  Updated, 5:56 p.m. ET: The entire Senate Democratic caucus has signed the Reid letter to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.  —  Original Post  —  The momentum for a special election to replace President-elect Barack Obama ran …
Wall Street Journal:
Chicago's Political Celebrations Give Way to Shame
Discussion: The Washington Note
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
All 50 Dem senators call on Blagojevich to resign
Scott Turow / New York Times:
State of Shame
Discussion: The Caucus, Donklephant and The Nation
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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Picks Team to Guide Energy Agenda  —  President-elect Barack Obama has picked a Nobel laureate, a former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, and officials from New Jersey and Los Angeles to run his energy and environmental initiatives, putting heft into roles likely …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama's Energy, EPA picks: Names here
Discussion: The Politico and Top of the Ticket
The Sun:
Fem-bot's my love machine  —  Inventor Le Trung, 33, created Aiko, said to be “in her 20s” with a stunning 32, 23, 33 figure, shiny hair and delicate features.  —  She even remembers his favourite drink and does simple cleaning and household tasks.  —  “Fem-bot” Aiko, who has cost £14,000 …
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
White House Struggles to Find G.O.P. Support for Auto Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — Even as House Democrats pressed for a vote Wednesday afternoon on a government rescue of the automobile industry, the Bush administration failed to generate enough support for the measure among Senate Republicans …
Discussion: Firedoglake, TIME.com and Gristmill
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The Politico:
Clinton may testify at wife's hearing
Discussion: Political Machine
Washington Post:   House Decidely Passes Auto Bailout Bill
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Jindal says no  —  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, seen by many Republicans as the most promising standard-bearer for a remade party, said at a Richmond, Va press conference that he isn't running for president in 2012.  —  At a news conference Wednesday with Bob McDonnell …
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:   Jindal says not interested in being president
Martin Kady II / The Crypt's Blogs:
Specter calls for delay in Holder hearings  —  Sen. Arlen Specter, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, has just thrown a wrench into the Eric Holder hearings planned for early January, saying Holder's involvement in the Marc Rich pardon is a “red flag” and a “very serious matter.”
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Specter seeks to slow down Holder confirmation
Chris Strohm / GovExec.com:
House Democrat urges Obama to keep Bush's intelligence chiefs  —  The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat said Tuesday he has recommended that President-elect Barack Obama keep the country's current national intelligence director and CIA chief in place for some time to ensure continuity …
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Marc Ambinder:
Obama Still Mulling Over CIA/DNI
Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
New York Times:
Kerrey Gets Vote of No-Confidence at New School  —  Bob Kerrey, the former Nebraska governor and senator known for his acerbic tongue and iconoclastic tendencies, earned an overwhelming vote of no-confidence on Wednesday afternoon from the senior faculty at the New School, the Greenwich Village university he has run since 2001.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Hit by Recession, NPR to Lay Off Seven Percent of Staff  —  Faced with a sharp decline in revenue, National Public Radio said today it will pare back its once-flourishing operations, and institute its first organization-wide layoffs in 25 years.  —  Washington-based NPR said it would lay off …
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.
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Fire Sale on All McCain-Palin Campaign Equipment  —  Run, don't walk, to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va., for an amazing Blowout Sale!  Computers, blackberries, televisions, desks, you name it - everything must go.  Hurry while the offer lasts!
Discussion: DCist
Associated Press:
Music Used During U.S. Military Interrogations  —  U.S. military interrogators have often blasted music at detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.  According to the British law group Reprieve, these are among the songs they have used most frequently:  —  • “Enter Sandman,” Metallica.
 
 
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Dan Gerstein / Forbes:
Chrysler's Hidden Coffers
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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Poll Shows Obama Gains Support
Discussion: TIME.com
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
The EPA Charade  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer's been running …
Discussion: Philly.com
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CROOK ENVY  —  There's been a lot of news to talk about over the last thirty-six hours.
Salon:
What do the Clintons have on Obama?
Discussion: Eunomia
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Carmouche concedes to Fleming
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
NPR Layoffs Looming?
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Reuters:
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Former New York State Supreme Court Justice Indicted for Attempted …
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