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5:55 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.
Chicago Breaking News:
Rep. Jackson: No pay-to-play deal  —  U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) said today he did not try to cut a pay-to-play deal with Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich to get the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.  —  “I never sent a message or an emissary to the governor to make an offer …
Discussion: The Swamp and On Deadline
David Johnston / New York Times:
Officials Say Jackson Was ‘Candidate 5’ in Case  —  WASHINGTON — Federal authorities on Wednesday identified Democratic Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois as the potential United States Senate candidate who was portrayed in court papers made public Tuesday as being the most deeply enmeshed …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere and Wonkette
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: NBC — ‘Candidate 5’ is Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Discussion: Think Progress and Washington Post
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Breaking: Senate Dems ask Blago to quit  —  The office of Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, is circulating a letter Wednesday to the Senate Democratic Caucus for signatures that recommends Gov. Rod Blagojevich resign and under no circumstances make an appointment to fill Illinois' vacant Senate seat.
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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 …
Scott Turow / New York Times:
State of Shame
Discussion: Donklephant, The Caucus and The Nation
The Trail / Washington Post:
Obama: Blagojevich Should Resign  —  Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2005.  (James A. Finley/Associated Press)  —  By Anne E. Kornblut  —  President-elect Barack Obama believes that Gov. Rod Blagojevich should resign, his advisers said on Wednesday.
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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.
Ian Talley / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Shapes Environment Team  —  WASHINGTON — Los Angeles Deputy Mayor Nancy Sutley is to be named the chairwoman of president-elect Barack Obama's Council on Environmental Quality, according to two senior Democratic aides.  —  Meanwhile, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is a leading candidate …
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Brian Beutler / Guardian:
To tackle climate change, Obama must revitalise the US department of energy  —  President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce his energy team this week, and its members promise (unsurprisingly) to be major improvements over George Bush's appointees.  A striking fact about the past eight years …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
CHU TO BE ENERGY SECRETARY
Discussion: TIME.com
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Browner to be named new energy czar
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 …
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.
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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
Associated Press:
Deputy governor Greenlee resigns  —  CHICAGO - A spokeswoman for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says one of his top aides has resigned.  —  Spokeswoman Kelley Quinn on Wednesday said Deputy Gov. Bob Greenlee resigned.  The reason for his resignation wasn't immediately clear.
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Chicago Breaking News:   A Blagojevich deputy resigns
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?’
Discussion: New York Times
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.
US Department of Justice:
Former New York State Supreme Court Justice Indicted for Attempted Extortion and Bribery  —  WASHINGTON - A former Supreme Court Justice of the Third Judicial Circuit of the State of New York was charged today with attempted extortion and federal program bribery, Acting Assistant Attorney …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Reuters:
Rich nations plan “great escape” on climate: China  —  POZNAN, Poland (Reuters) - Some rich countries are planning a “great escape” from promises to fight climate change as recession bites and a deadline nears to agree a new treaty, China's climate ambassador Yu Qingtai told Reuters on Wednesday.
Discussion: Israpundit
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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