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12:40 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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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 …
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 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)
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.
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.”
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 …
Michelle Malkin:
Boomerang: The Democrat culture of corruption
Discussion: Right Wing News and New York Times
Mike Allen / The Politico:   Swearing in: Barack Hussein Obama
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:   Blagojevich  —  Since everyone else has already noted …
Chicago Sun Times:
Gov. Blagojevich must go — right now
Pam Spaulding / Pam's House Blend:
Jon Stewart slays the homophobic Huckabeast without breaking a sweat  —  And entertains while doing so.  Jon Stewart asked serious questions any hard-hitting progressive journalist or political commentator with a talk show is perfectly capable of asking.  He made Huckabee explain his positions …
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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  —  SAN FRANCISCO — They're calling it Stonewall 2.0.  —  Outraged by California voters' ban on same-sex marriage, a new wave of advocates, shaken out of a generational apathy, have pushed to the forefront of the gay rights movement …
Discussion: Swords Crossed
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 and MinnPost
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 …
Erika Lovley / The Politico:
Browner to be named new energy czar  —  Former Clinton Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Carol Browner is expected to be named chief of energy and environmental issues in the new Obama White House, according to a published report.  —  The announcement, along with other top jobs …
Discussion: TIME.com
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Peter Nicholas / Los Angeles Times:   L.A. deputy mayor reportedly sought for Obama environment team
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.
Discussion: The Heretik and The Big Picture
Manu Raju / The Crypt's Blogs:
McConnell: Bailout votes aren't there  —  The auto industry bailout politics are a mess this morning.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday that Republicans are not prepared to back the massive auto-bailout package being negotiated by the White House and congressional Democrats.
Discussion: Townhall.com
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
WSJ: Only Secret Illegal Surveillance Will Provide Accountability  —  I'd thought that one beneficial result of Barack Obama being elected president was that it might cause conservatives to think twice about their post-9/11 embrace of unlimited executive power.
Bloomberg:
GMAC Hasn't Met Conditions to Convert to Bank Status  —  A A A  —  Dec. 10 (Bloomberg) — GMAC LLC, the auto and home lender seeking federal aid, hasn't obtained enough capital to become a bank holding company and may abandon the effort, casting new doubt on the firm's ability to survive.
 
 
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An all-American auto industry bailout?
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Agence France Presse:
Obama plans major address in Islamic capital: interview
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount: State law is clear on challenged ballots, except in the details
Discussion: The Raw Story and TIME.com
Bloomberg:
Worst Spending Slump Since 1942 Extends ‘Scary’ U.S. Recession
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Donilon Likely for NSC
Discussion: MSNBC
Los Angeles Times:
Obama speaks out in his first newspaper interview