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10:20 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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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.
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
Stacy St. Clair / Chicago Tribune:
Governor's wife supported his pay-to-play Senate scheme, complaint alleges  —  Patricia Blagojevich uncharged but allegedly recorded urging Tribune firings  —  An unflattering portrait depicting Illinois First Lady Patricia Blagojevich as a modern-day Lady Macbeth who plotted …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Criminal Complaint Alleges That Gov. Blagojevich Threatened …
Huma Khan / Political Punch:
Questions Arise About the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship
Chicago Sun Times:
Gov. Blagojevich must go — right now
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Blago Senate scheming even before Obama win
Discussion: Power Line
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
In the old days, buying a Senate seat was not unusual
Discussion: The Swamp
Mary Katharine Ham / Weekly Standard:
AP Goes Ahead and Calls Blagojevich a ‘Distraction’ for Obama
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and The Corner
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Donilon Likely for NSC  —  No Bauer in the White House  —  Bob Bauer, who served as general counsel to — and legal attack dog for — the Obama campaign, won't be taking a job in the White House but will continue to be very active in the Obama political operation as its outside lawyer.
Discussion: MSNBC
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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.
Daniel Engber / Slate:
Why Is Chicago So Corrupt?  —  And how do you measure corruption, anyway? … Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan received a sentence of six and a half years in prison on Wednesday, after being convicted on charges of racketeering, mail fraud, filing false tax returns, and lying to investigators.
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Scott Shane / New York Times:   Fond Ties Have Grown Between Chicago and Its Corruption Fighter
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
Bloomberg:
Treasury Bills Trade at Negative Rates as Haven Demand Surges  —  A A A  —  Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) — Treasuries rose, pushing rates on the three-month bill negative for the first time, as investors gravitate toward the safety of U.S. government debt amid the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.
Discussion: The Swamp and Newshoggers.com
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Ken Whitehouse / Nashville Post:
Tennessee moves closer to executing first woman
Los Angeles Times:
Obama speaks out in his first newspaper interview
Discussion: TIME.com and The Note
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
Discussion: Below The Beltway
James Hamilton / Econbrowser:
Predicting the trough and a jobless recovery
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Norton-Taylor / Guardian:
Out by June: UK plans Iraq withdrawal
Discussion: TIME.com and Informed Comment
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Ethics committee expands Rangel probe
Discussion: TIME.com and Betsy's Page
Christopher Drew / New York Times:
A Fighter Jet's Fate Poses a Quandary for Obama