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2:24 AM ET, December 13, 2008

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Roland Martin / essence.typepad.com:
THE BACK STORY OF VALERIE JARRETT, ILLINOIS U.S. SENATE SEAT AND THE WHITE HOUSE  —  No one with President-elect Barack Obama's transition team has identified his close friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett as Senate candidate #1, as mentioned in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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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 …
James Bone / Times of London:
Blagojevich scandal: Rahm Emanuel and Jesse Jackson Jr face new revelations  —  Pressure grew on two of Barack Obama's closest political aides yesterday as new details emerged of the “pay-for-play” allegations against the Governor of his home state.  —  Rahm Emanuel, the President-elect's …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Rahm Emanuel, Blagojevich staff talked  —  Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama's pick to be White House chief of staff, had conversations with Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration about who would replace Obama in the U.S. Senate, the Tribune has learned.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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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 …
Countdown / MSNBC:
GOP: ‘ACTION ALERT - AUTO BAILOUT’  —  Countdown has obtained a memo entitled “Action Alert - Auto Bailout,” and sent Wednesday at 9:12am, to Senate Republicans.  The names of the sender(s) and recipient(s) have been redacted in the copy Countdown obtained.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Senate Democrats Had Enough Republican Votes to Pass the Bailout  —  Nancy Pelosi says that Senate Republicans were “irresponsible” for opposing the auto bailout, which failed on a cloture vote last night 52 to 35. … The problem with Pelosi's statement is that 10 Republican Senators voted …
Frank James / The Swamp:
Is Senate GOP trying to break union?
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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”.
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: QandO, Firedoglake, MoJoBlog and The Foundry
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Using the courts to oust Blagojevich on the theory that he's “disabled” from serving as governor.  —  Illinois AG Lisa Madigan makes the move to oust Blagojevich that we were talking about yesterday. … Oh, the irony!  Grabbing power to oust someone for grabbing power.
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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: Eunomia and Alas, a blog
Ross Douthat:   Pragmatism They Can Believe In?  —  Chris Hayes critiques …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Political Machine
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
A Bailout Plan the GOP Can Support  —  Inspired by a commenter, I have come up with an auto industry bailout plan.  For years, we have been treated to the following comments: … And this: … Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was even inspired enough to run the numbers:
Discussion: Emptywheel
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.
 
 
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Meatier Stimulus Plan in Works
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Exclusive: Pentagon Pro-Troop Group Misspent Millions, Report Says
Discussion: VetVoice and Boing Boing
Katie Merx / Detroit Free Press:
GM to cut production by 250,000 autos in early '09
Discussion: Firedoglake and Emptywheel
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Detroit Dailies to Curtail Home Delivery
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Todd S. Purdum / New York Times:
Robin Toner, Times Reporter, Is Dead at 54
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THOUGHTS ON THE BAILOUT FLAMEOUT