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12:20 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.
Agence France Presse:
Obama plans major address in Islamic capital: interview  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON, (AFP) - President-elect Barack Obama plans to give “a major address” in an Islamic capital soon after taking office as he seeks to mend America's image in the Muslim world …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Swearing in: Barack Hussein Obama
Discussion: Philly.com
Hilzoy / Obsidian Wings:   Blagojevich  —  Since everyone else has already noted …
Michelle Malkin:
Boomerang: The Democrat culture of corruption  —  My syndicated column today looks at how the Democrat “culture of corruption” boomerang has returned to smack the donkeys right back in the face.  —  The Democrat culture of corruption  —  by Michelle Malkin  —  Creators Syndicate
Discussion: Right Wing News and New York Times
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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 and MinnPost
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 …
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:   Stewart Grills Huckabee On Gay Marriage: ‘At What Age Did You Choose Not To Be Gay?’
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.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Pakistan Detains Extremist Leader  —  U.S., India Question Effort's Seriousness  —  For the second time in a decade, suspected Pakistani terrorist leader Masood Azhar was placed under house arrest yesterday after being linked to attacks in India.  His detention, announced by Pakistan's Defense Ministry …
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Mumbai Terror Group Trained American Jihadists  —  A growing chorus of intelligence officials in the U.S. and in south Asia have pinned the Mumbai attacks on the Kashmir-based militants Lashkar-e-Taiba.  But there's been hardly any mention of the extremist group's deep ties to American-based jihadists.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
 
 
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Tom Curry / MSNBC:
An all-American auto industry bailout?
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Health Maw  —  Obviously, you don't build a Finnish level …
Discussion: The American Scene
Chicago Sun Times:
Madigan may take him to high court
Discussion: TIME.com and TPM Election Central
Amity Shlaes / Washington Post:
The Perils of a Cement Tsunami
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Qualifications I Can Believe In
Discussion: policynetwork.net
 Earlier Items: 
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
While Detroit Slept
Discussion: The New Republic and The Agonist
Daniel Engber / Slate:
Why Is Chicago So Corrupt?  —  And how do you measure corruption, anyway?
Silla Brush / The Hill:
Auto deal hinges on GOP votes
Discussion: The Swamp and Washington Post
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Donilon Likely for NSC
Discussion: MSNBC
Los Angeles Times:
Obama speaks out in his first newspaper interview
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Dire Forecast for Global Economy and Trade