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11:40 AM ET, December 11, 2008


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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blagojevich questions censored on Transition site  —  President-elect Barack Obama's Transition today launched “Open for Questions,” a Digg-style feature allowing citizens to submit questions, and to vote on one another's questions, bringing favored inquiries to the top of the list.
New York Times:
Scandal Is an Early Test for Obama Team  —  WASHINGTON — When Representative Jan Schakowsky, an Illinois Democrat, began exploring whether she might fill Barack Obama's seat in the United States Senate, she called Rahm Emanuel.  They served in the House together and, more important …
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Was Mute on Illinois Corruption  —  The president-elect could use his bully pulpit to drive a clean-up.  —  This week Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on charges that he conspired to sell Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat, among other misdeeds.
Discussion: Commentary
Washington Post:
Rezko Is Talking With Prosecutors, Blagojevich Complaint Confirms  —  A footnote to the 76-page criminal complaint and affidavit charging Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) with soliciting bribes confirms what has long been rumored — that a former longtime friend and fundraiser …
Rasmussen Reports:
84% of Illinois Voters Say Blagojevich Should Resign  —  Eighty-four percent (84%) of Illinois voters say indicted Governor Rod Blagojevich should resign, according to a Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state Wednesday night.  Just nine percent (9%) disagree.
Club for Growth:
How Much Does a Senate Seat Cost?
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and Economix
The Politico:
7 Blago questions for Obama
Washington Post:
Nobel Physicist Chosen To Be Energy Secretary  —  Browner, Two Others to Get Climate Posts  —  President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who heads the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to be the next energy secretary, and he has picked veteran regulators …
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Daschle also to oversee new health reform office  —  WASHINGTON — Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle will pull double duty in the Obama administration, where he will serve not only as the Health and Human Services secretary but also oversee a new White House Office of Health Reform.
Mike Allen / The Politico:   40 days to Inauguration …
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
How the GOP Should Prepare for a Comeback  —  Organization and ideas are what matters.  —  What a difference a month makes.  Since November's election, the GOP is three wins, no losses.  —  The first win came in Georgia, where Sen. Saxby Chambliss crushed his Democratic opponent by 15 points in a run-off election on Dec. 2.
Discussion: Commentary and Wonkette
Robert Block / The Write Stuff:
NASA has become a transition problem for Obama  —  CAPE CANAVERAL - NASA administrator Mike Griffin is not cooperating with President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, is obstructing its efforts to get information and has told its leader that she is “not qualified” to judge his rocket program, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   TRANSITION TROUBLE AT NASA.... Almost immediately after the elections …
Marc Morano / U.S. Senate Committee …:
UN Blowback: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims  —  Study: Half of warming due to Sun!  -Sea Levels Fail to Rise?  - Warming Fears in ‘Dustbin of History’  —  POZNAN, Poland - The UN global warming conference currently underway in Poland …
Julie Scelfo / New York Times:
Trickledown Downsizing  —  IN September, Cathy DeVore, a real estate agent in Larchmont, N.Y., whose business has been at a standstill lately, began taking gradual steps to lay off her longtime nanny and housekeeper.  Aware that the woman supports a son, a mother, and a niece in Dominica …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A Spy CEO for Obama  —  What should President-elect Barack Obama do about the intelligence community?  He has appointed the other top members of his national security team, but intrigue still surrounds his choices for director of national intelligence and director of the CIA.
Wall Street Journal:
Newsweek to Cut Back Staff, Slim Magazine in Makeover  —  Newsweek magazine is planning staff cuts as part of a major makeover that is likely to result in a slimmer publication with fewer subscribers and more photos and opinion inside its pages, according to people close to the magazine.
Rex W. Huppke / Chicago Tribune:
Rod Blagojevich shows foulmouthed side  —  Etiquette experts say such language still unprofessional  —  If the wiretapped dialogue in the criminal complaint against Rod Blagojevich reveals anything, it's that the governor can deftly hold his own in the pantheon of political profanity.
Discussion: and ArchPundit
Rex Nutting / MarketWatch:
Jobless claims jump to 573,000, a 26-year high  —  Continuing claims spike by 338,000 to 4.43 million  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. labor market weakened further last week, with the number of first-time filings for state unemployment benefits jumping by 58,000 to a 26-year high of 573,000 …
Christopher Cox / Wall Street Journal:
We Need a Bailout Exit Strategy  —  Let's not forget that free markets made America strong.  —  When the Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934, its purpose was to serve as an independent regulator of the unbridled profit-seeking activity of self-interested individuals and firms in the securities markets.
Discussion: The Heretik and The Big Picture
Don Boudreaux / Wall Street Journal:
Bankruptcy Doesn't Equal Death  —  The auto industry could use the process to get competitive.  —  The spectacle of corporate magnates from Detroit pleading to be on Uncle Sam's dole is a sordid one.  So why aren't more Americans appalled?  One reason is widespread misunderstanding …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
CAROLINE ‘EQUALS J.LO’: DEM  —  REP. TAKES SWIPE AT CAMELOT CELEB POWER  —  ALBANY - A prominent New York Democratic congressman publicly questioned Caroline Kennedy's credentials to replace Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying she's no more qualified to hold office than Jennifer Lopez.
Wall Street Journal:
Europe OK's ‘Torture’  —  Writing in Policy Review, John Rosenthal tells a tale of police abuse from 21st-century Germany: … Gäfgen broke and told police where he had buried Jakob's body.  That was October 2002: … Also in October 2002, interrogators at Guantanamo Bay asked …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Jules Crittenden
Houston Chronicle:
Surprise flurries warm Houston hearts  —  Fluffy flakes bring delight to some, consternation to others — and tie a 64-year-old record  —  Falling snowflakes glimmered in streetlights, so wide that they billowed to the ground like parachutes, and so tantalizing that even awestruck adults reached …
Discussion: Moonbattery
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John Fritze / USA Today:
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Matthew Parris / Times of London:
Slipping gently into that good night
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