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10:05 AM ET, December 10, 2008

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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 …
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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)
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.
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
A Portrait of a Politician: Vengeful and Profane  —  CHICAGO — Little in Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich's background prepared the people of Illinois for the man who was revealed in the criminal complaint that dropped like a bombshell here on Tuesday.  Delusional, narcissistic, vengeful and profane …
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and marbury
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Questions Arise About the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship  —  “Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney's office today,” said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint …
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.
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Criminal Complaint Alleges That Gov. Blagojevich Threatened …
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Blago Senate scheming even before Obama win
Discussion: Power Line
Scott Shane / New York Times:   Fond Ties Have Grown Between Chicago and Its Corruption Fighter
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
AP Goes Ahead and Calls Blagojevich a ‘Distraction’ for Obama
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Corner
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
In the old days, buying a Senate seat was not unusual
Discussion: The Swamp
Will Bunch / Philly.com:   Obama's support of ethics reform is good news for the GOP...
Dee Dee Myers / Vanity Fair:
Favreau's Sexist Photo Is No Laughing Matter  —  Oh, what to do.  An incredibly talented young aide, to an impossibly idealistic new president, gets caught doing something indefensibly stupid and undeniably sexist.  Everyone is uncomfortable.  But should anyone be held accountable?  Apparently not.
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Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Donilon Likely for NSC
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Auto deal hinges on GOP votes  —  Congressional Democrats and the White House appear to have a deal on a $15 billion package to support the auto industry, but it must still win the critical support of Senate Republicans to become law.  —  “Bipartisan hard work has paid off and I understand …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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Andy Barr / The Politico:
Joe the Plumber: McCain ‘appalled me’  —  Joe Wurzelbacher lashed out at former GOP presidential nominee John McCain Tuesday, the man who made Wurzelbacher famous as “Joe the Plumber.”  —  Wurzelbacher told conservative radio host Glenn Beck that he felt “dirty” after “being on the campaign trail …
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 …
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.
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: Bark Bark Woof Woof
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
Obama speaks out in his first newspaper interview
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Mark Landler / New York Times:
Dire Forecast for Global Economy and Trade
Discussion: danieldrezner.com
Stephen Green / Vodkapundit:
The Brutal Truth  —  Cut & paste this and send it to your Congressman.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
CC SABATHIA PICKS YANKEES
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Predicting the trough and a jobless recovery
Discussion: Capital Commerce
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Out by June: UK plans Iraq withdrawal
Discussion: TIME.com and Informed Comment
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John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Ethics committee expands Rangel probe
Discussion: TIME.com and Betsy's Page
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
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