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5:00 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 …
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.
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 …
David Johnston / New York Times:
Officials Say Jackson Was ‘Candidate 5’ in Case
Discussion: Wonkette
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: NBC — ‘Candidate 5’ is Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Discussion: Think Progress
Chicago Breaking News:
Lawyer: Rep. Jackson ‘completely guiltless’
Discussion: The Swamp and Pajamas Media
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.
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.
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.
Chicago Breaking News:   A Blagojevich deputy resigns
Matthew Bigg / Reuters:
Conservatives gleeful over governor's arrest
Discussion: Michelle Malkin
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.
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: The Nation
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 …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:   Stewart Grills Huckabee On Gay Marriage: ‘At What Age Did You Choose Not To Be Gay?’
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Gay Marriage Ban Inspires New Wave of Activists
Discussion: Calitics
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Monthly and
Dave Orrick /
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.
Jason Hoppin /
U.S. Senate race: Error might mean 171 absentee ballots went uncounted …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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
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 …
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
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Weymouth: WaPo ‘must be the indispensible guide to Washington’  —  Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth and executive editor Marcus Brauchli met with top managers today at 10 a.m. to discuss long-term strategy.  It wasn't an all-staff meeting, but now Weymouth has clued in the rest concerning how the paper moves forward.
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Fire Sale on All McCain-Palin Campaign Equipment
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Rich nations plan “great escape” on climate: China
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TPM Election Central:
Obama Team Rolls Out New Web Site That Takes Questions From Public
Discussion: and The Caucus
Bernard Chapin / Pajamas Media:
The Decay and Fall of the West
Discussion: protein wisdom and Dr. Helen
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The Mountain West: America's New Swing Region
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
White House Struggles to Find G.O.P Support for Auto Bailout
Ezra Klein / Los Angeles Times:
‘Frost/Nixon’ shines a light on the Bush presidency
Discussion: Brian Beutler and The Mahablog
Bunning has formed campaign committee
Discussion: Swing State Project
 Earlier Items: 
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Teachers ‘beat and abuse’ Muslim children in British Koran classes
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
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Michelle Malkin:
Boomerang: The Democrat culture of corruption
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News