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8:40 PM ET, December 12, 2008

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Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Franken Gets Big Win At Canvass Board  —  Al Franken's chances of winning the Minnesota recount may have just gone up astronomically.  —  The state canvassing board just voted unanimously that absentee ballots that were initially rejected because of clerical errors — and the current estimate …
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Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Absentee vote issue headed for state Supreme Court  —  Minneapolis election director Cindy Reichert addressed members of the state Canvassing Board at the State Capitol on Friday morning.  Members (l to r) are: Kathleen R. Gearin, Chief Judge, Second Judicial District; Eric J. Magnuson …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Minnesota Canvassing Board Sides with Franken on Two Key Issues, Sending Coleman to Court  —  Al Franken may be the favorite to win Minnesota's recount after all.  —  The state's five-person Canvassing Board today issued two key rulings, both of which represent significant boosts to Franken.
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:   In Boost To Franken, Minnesota Restores Missing Ballots To The Count
Jason Hoppin / TwinCities.com:
Senate recount update: Franken prevails over Coleman on missing …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs
Matthew Jaffe / ABCNEWS:
Emanuel: I'm Getting Death Threats Over Blagojevich Scandal  —  Obama's Chief of Staff Refuses to Go to Work Because of Media Stakeout  —  The President-elect's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said today he won't go to the Chicago Presidential transition offices in order to avoid reporters seeking …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Contact: Emanuel spoke with Blago “on multiple occasions” about Senate seat  —  The attempt by President-elect Barack Obama to distance himself from the scandal erupting in Illinois took a big hit last night with this exclusive report from Chicago's Fox affiliate.
Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich fundraiser held by Jackson allies Saturday
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Friday O'Blagging  —  Rahm ducks questions and McQ wonders why:
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Joseph Stiglitz / Financial Times:
Chapter 11 is the right road for US carmakers  —  The debate about whether or not to bail out the Big Three carmakers has been mischaracterised.  It has been described as a package to help the undeserving dinosaurs of Detroit.  In fact, a plan to bail out the carmakers would benefit shareholders …
Discussion: Firedoglake, The Foundry and QandO
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Micheline Maynard / New York Times:
U.A.W. at Center of Dispute Over Bailout  —  DETROIT — Opponents of a Congressional bailout for Detroit auto companies and the United Automobile Workers union traded charges Friday over who was responsible for the defeat of legislation that would have provided temporary financing until the automakers restructured.
Manu Raju / The Crypt's Blogs:
Corker: UAW didn't ‘release’ Dems
Discussion: Commentary
myfoxdc.com:
McCain Campaign Sells Info-Loaded Blackberry to FOX 5 Reporter  —  Exclusive FOX 5 Investigation  —  ARLINGTON, Va. - Private information at bargain prices.  It was a high-tech flub at the McCain-Palin campaign headquarters in Arlington when Fox 5's Investigative Reporter Tisha Thompson bought …
Christopher Hayes / The Nation:
The Pragmatist  —  In case you haven't heard, Barack Obama is a pragmatist.  Everybody agrees on this.  Joe Biden, accepting Obama's nod as VP at his unveiling event in Springfield, Illinois, called him a “clear-eyed pragmatist.”  Describing Obama's rise through Chicago politics …
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Pragmatism and evil  —  Chris Hayes offers up a must-read analysis …
Discussion: Alas, a blog
Ross Douthat:
Pragmatism They Can Believe In?  —  Chris Hayes critiques …
Discussion: The American Scene
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Rendell slams Obama over Blago  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell today criticized Barack Obama for not being more upfront about the Illinois corruption scandal.  —  Now, he said, the story will continue to dominate the media's attention.  —  “They have never been in an executive position before …
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Helene Cooper / The Caucus:
Sorry, We're Booked, White House Tells Obamas  —  Michelle, Malia and Sasha Obama met Barack Obama's campaign plane in Colorado on Nov. 1.  (Photo: Damon Winter/The New York Times)  —  Updated |  3:12 p.m. CHICAGO—The White House has turned down a request from the family …
Discussion: Gawker
J. Justin Wilson / LaborPains.org:
22 Pounds of UAW Rules and Regulations  —  Ever wondered what a UAW contract looks like?  Here is all 22 pounds of it (in this case, Ford's 2,215 page 2007 master contract; Coke can is for scale and because I was thirsty).  —  I'll tell you this much, those 2,215 pages don't include much regarding efficiency and competitiveness.
Chicago Breaking News:
Madigan to court: Remove Blagojevich  —  Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan speaks at a news conference at the Thompson Center today.  (Tribune / Zbigniew Bzdak)  —  Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan called on the Illinois Supreme Court today to temporarily remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office …
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Jacqueline L. Salmon / Washington Post:
Evangelical Leader Quits Over Gay Union Remark  —  A prominent evangelical lobbyist resigned yesterday over his remarks in a National Public Radio interview, in which he said he supports permitting same-sex civil unions.  —  The Rev. Richard Cizik, vice president for governmental affairs …
Kos / Daily Kos:
PA-Sen: Specter shows weakness in primary and general  —  Research 2000 for Daily Kos. 12/8-10.  Likely voters.  MoE 4% for general election matchups, 5% for primary matchups (No trend lines) … Toomey is itching to go after Specter again after falling just short in 2004 …
Todd S. Purdum / New York Times:
Robin Toner, Times Reporter, Is Dead  —  Robin Toner, who was the first woman to be the national political correspondent of The New York Times and who had a significant hand in the coverage of five presidential elections, innumerable Congressional and gubernatorial campaigns …
Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich chief of staff Harris resigns  —  John Harris resigned this morning as Gov. Rod Blagojevich's chief of staff, his lawyer said.  —  Harris dropped off his letter of resignation today in person and will not be going back to the office, according to his lawyer, Terry Ekl.
BBC:
UK caused cholera, says Zimbabwe  —  The cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe which has left hundreds dead was caused by the UK, an ally of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has said.  —  Information Minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu described the outbreak as a “genocidal onslaught on the people of Zimbabwe by the British”.
Alexander Mooney / CNN:
GOP warned to embrace technology or face ‘suicide’  —  (CNN) — When Michigan GOP Chairman Saul Anuzis decided to throw his hat in the ring to head the Republican Party, he announced his intentions on an unlikely forum: Twitter.  —  Not too long ago, the social networking Web site …
The Daily Beast:
In Defense of Chicago Politics  —  In Defense of Chicago Politics by Dan Rostenkowski  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Dan Rostenkowski, the son of a ward boss who became a legendary congressman, on why Gov. Blagojevich shouldn't tar a whole city.  —  During my career as a public official …
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Detroit Dailies to Curtail Home Delivery  —  The publisher of the Detroit Free Press, the country's 20th largest paper by weekday circulation, is expected to announce next week that it will cease home delivery of the print edition of the newspaper on most days of the week, according to a person familiar with the company's thinking.
 
 
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Katie Merx / Detroit Free Press:
GM to cut production by 250,000 autos in early '09
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Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
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Calculated Risk:
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Dave McKenna / Washington City Paper:
Obama Brings Good Cheer to Sidwell Friends
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 Earlier Items: 
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Mich. Gov.: Vote Against Auto Bailout “Un-American”
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Power Line
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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The Huffington Post:
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Real Obama  —  Barack Obama has garnered praise from center …