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3:20 PM ET, December 11, 2008


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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.
The Politico:
Obama to list staff contact with Blago
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
Scandal Is an Early Test for Obama Team
Associated Press:
White House: Illinois governor case ‘astounding’
Discussion: Reuters and First Draft
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:   Blagojevich's approval rating at 7 percent
Jim Williams / WBBM-TV:
Some Question Blagojevich's Mental Health
New York Times:
Auto Bailout Appears Dead in Senate as G.O.P. Resists  —  WASHINGTON — The prospects of a $14 billion government rescue of the American auto industry seemed to vaporize Thursday morning as the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, spoke out forcefully against the bill …
David Rogers / The Politico:
McConnell deals major blow to bailout  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell broke with the White House Thursday over a proposed $14 billion loan package for ailing automakers, all but assuring its defeat this week and forcing the administration to consider other emergency steps …
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: NO ORDINARY HONEYMOON  —  From Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, Domenico Montanaro, and Carrie Dann  —  *** No ordinary honeymoon: While the political world continues to focus on the Blagojevich scandal, which at this point has been only a headache for the incoming Obama administration …
Aluf Benn / Haaretz:
Obama's atomic umbrella: U.S. nuclear strike if Iran nukes Israel  —  U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's administration will offer Israel a “nuclear umbrella” against the threat of a nuclear attack by Iran, a well-placed American source said earlier this week.
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
The Unreal Bill Ayers  —  Three Decades After the Weather Underground's End, He's Still Justifying Its Means  —  I never thought Barack Obama's acquaintance with former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers disqualified him for the White House.  And now that Obama has been elected …
New York Times:
Obama's Health Care Briefing  —  The following is a transcript of Barack Obama's press conference about his health care team and the Blagojevich scandal, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions.  —  Speakers:  —  President-elect Barack Obama  —  Former Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota
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.
Jobless Claims at 26-Year High; Import Prices Fall  —  The number of U.S. workers filing new claims for jobless benefits surged to a 26-year high last week, Labor Department data showed on Thursday, as a deepening recession forced employers to cut back on hirings.
Discussion: Calculated Risk
Christopher S. Rugaber / ABCNEWS:
New Unemployment Claims Surge Unexpectedly
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.
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.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and ATTACKERMAN
Wall Street Journal:
Whitewashing Fannie Mae  —  Congress begins its self-absolution campaign.  —  Henry Waxman's House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform met Tuesday to examine “The Role of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the Financial Crisis.”  Alas, Mr. Waxman didn't come to bury Fan and Fred, but to bury the truth.
Discussion: Flopping Aces and EconLog
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 …
David Sterrett / Chicago Business:
AFL-CIO, SEIU attack McDonald's stance on labor law  —  (Crain's) — Two of America's largest unions have denounced McDonald's Corp. this week following Crain's story that the company is mobilizing franchisees against a law designed to make it easier for workers to unionize.
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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Discussion: Think Progress and The Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Could Detroit Trigger a New Global Meltdown?
Discussion: Firedoglake
Audrey McAvoy / Associated Press:
Hawaii man charged with threatening to kill Obama
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Appointed Senators Rarely Win Re-Election
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A Massacre in Congo, Despite Nearby Support
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David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: The Anonymous Liberal
Paul Krugman:
The economic consequences of Herr Steinbrueck
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and The Agonist
Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Green Jobs’ Myth
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