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3:10 PM ET, December 12, 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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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.
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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 …
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Friday O'Blagging  —  Rahm ducks questions and McQ wonders why:
Discussion: QandO
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, MoJoBlog and Fact-esque
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘THE PARTY OF HERBERT HOOVER’.... On Wednesday, Dick Cheney met …
The Huffington Post:
Hale “Bonddad” Stewart: The Republicans Want A Depression
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
David Rogers / The Politico:
Bailout failure shows leadership vacuum
Discussion: The Caucus
Chicago Tribune:
Blagojevich fundraiser held by Jackson allies Saturday  —  As Gov. Rod Blagojevich was trying to pick Illinois' next U.S. senator, businessmen with ties to both the governor and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. discussed raising at least $1 million for Blagojevich's campaign as a way to encourage …
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Chicago Sun Times:
What's next for Jesse Jackson Jr.?
Discussion: TIME.com and Political Machine
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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Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Franken camp wins two key rulings
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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Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Madigan launches legal attack to oust Blagojevich  —  SPRINGFIELD — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today opened an unprecedented legal attack against a sitting Illinois governor, taking the formal steps to ask the Illinois Supreme Court to declare Gov. Blagojevich unfit to hold office.
White House:
Statement by Press Secretary Dana Perino  —  It is disappointing that while appropriate and effective legislation to assist and restructure troubled automakers received majority support in both houses, Congress nevertheless failed to pass final legislation.  The approach in that legislation provided …
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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.
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 …
New York Post:
DEM KNOCK ON CAROLINE  —  By FREDRIC U. DICKER IN ALBANY and MAGGIE HABERMAN IN NEW YORK  —  Attorney General Andrew Cuomo yesterday repeatedly refused to say whether Caroline Kennedy is fit to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Senate, while a top Clinton political ally insisted she's clearly not.
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Wall Street Journal:
Top Broker Accused of $50 Billion Fraud  —  Sons Turned In Madoff After He Allegedly Told Them His Investment-Advisory Business for the Wealthy Was ‘Giant Ponzi Scheme’  —  Bernard L. Madoff, a former chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market and a force in Wall Street trading for nearly 50 years …
Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Pragmatism and evil  —  Chris Hayes offers up a must-read analysis of the Obama apparatchiks, the media stenographers, and acolytes of perceived wisdom who claim pragmatism has won out over ideology: … It's funny how that works.  I can remember in 2003 when the anti-war nutty left …
Discussion: Alas, a blog
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Ross Douthat:
Pragmatism They Can Believe In?  —  Chris Hayes critiques …
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Powell lashes out at Palin: I'm from the South Bronx, 'and there's nothing wrong with my value system.'  —  In an interview with CNN's Fareed Zakaria that will air this weekend, former Secretary of State Colin Powell sharply criticized the Republican party and its “value system,” taking particular aim at Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK):
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The Real Obama  —  Barack Obama has garnered praise from center to right — and has highly irritated the left — with the centrism of his major appointments.  Because Obama's own beliefs remain largely opaque, his appointments have led to the conclusion that he intends to govern from the center.
Discussion: Swampland and Betsy's Page
 
 
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Gingrich Offers To Be Rep.-Elect Cao's Liaison To The African-American Community
Jeffrey Ressner / The Politico:
‘Che’ relevant to American politics
Discussion: Reason
Megan McArdle:
Tracking TARP  —  Elizabeth Warren, the bankruptcy specialist …
The Politico:
Obama's chief tech duties
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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myfoxtwincities.com:
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Mich. Gov.: Vote Against Auto Bailout “Un-American”
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
THOUGHTS ON THE BAILOUT FLAMEOUT
Andrew Levy / Daily Mail:
School choir forced to pull out of Christmas concert as carols were ‘too religious’
Discussion: Right Wing News
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Just One Real Leader, and We Could Have Avoided This Mess
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Jim Rogers calls most big U.S. banks “bankrupt”