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12:40 AM ET, December 13, 2008

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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 …
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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: Ben Smith's Blogs and CANNONFIRE
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 and Macsmind
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Friday O'Blagging  —  Rahm ducks questions and McQ wonders why:
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
Jason Hoppin / TwinCities.com:
Senate recount update: Franken prevails over Coleman on missing …
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs
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, QandO, MoJoBlog and The Foundry
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Is Senate GOP trying to break union?
Discussion: The Politico
Manu Raju / The Crypt's Blogs:
Corker: UAW didn't ‘release’ Dems
Discussion: Commentary and Erick's blog
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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”.
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 …
Todd S. Purdum / New York Times:
Robin Toner, Times Reporter, Is Dead at 54  —  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.
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 …
 
 
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Felicity Barringer / New York Times:
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Noah Shachtman / Danger Room:
Exclusive: Pentagon Pro-Troop Group Misspent Millions, Report Says
Discussion: VetVoice and Boing Boing
John Cole / Balloon Juice:
A Bailout Plan the GOP Can Support
Discussion: Emptywheel
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
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Bettie Page, Queen of Pinups, Dies at 85
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Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THOUGHTS ON THE BAILOUT FLAMEOUT