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7:45 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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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
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
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”.
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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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 dedicated enough to run the numbers:
Discussion: Emptywheel and Outside The Beltway
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 …
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.
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 and Wonkette
Nick Gillespie / Reason:
Soderbergh on Che Guevara's Continuing Relevance: The Butcher of La Cabana's “dream of a classless society, a society that isn't built on the profit motive.”  —  Che director Steven Soderbergh tells Politico why his new four-hour, two-part epic about Ernesto Guevara is relevant in 2008:
Discussion: Hot Air and Redhot
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Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
‘Che’ relevant to American politics
Discussion: Reason
Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Exclusive: Pentagon Pro-Troop Group Misspent Millions, Report Says  —  While the Pentagon preps for a new administration, a scandal from an earlier era is rearing its head.  —  A Defense Department project, supposedly designed to support U.S. troops, was used instead to channel millions …
Discussion: VetVoice and Boing Boing
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Meatier Stimulus Plan in Works  —  Obama Team Considering Beefing Up Earlier Goals; $1 Trillion Is Possible  —  President-elect Barack Obama's economic team is considering an economic-stimulus program that will be far larger than the two-year, half-trillion-dollar plan under consideration two weeks ago …
Discussion: Calculated Risk
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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Ross Douthat:
Pragmatism They Can Believe In?  —  Chris Hayes critiques …
Discussion: The American Scene
 
 
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