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12:45 PM ET, December 13, 2008

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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.
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AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
The Obama Administration Is Now Damaged Goods, Obama Lied To America  —  Major Update Below!  —  The big dominos seem to be falling already, less than a week from the news breaking.  I simply cannot fathom the damage Barack Obama and Rahm Emmanuel have done to their incoming administration, a month before it takes office.
Roland Martin / essence.typepad.com:
THE BACK STORY OF VALERIE JARRETT, ILLINOIS U.S. SENATE SEAT AND THE WHITE HOUSE
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
New York Housing Chief Joins Cabinet  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama has picked the widely respected housing commissioner for New York City, Shaun Donovan, to be the secretary of housing in his cabinet.  —  Assuming that Mr. Donovan, 42, is confirmed by the Senate to head …
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New York Times:
Shaun Donovan  —  As he prepares to take office, President-elect Barack Obama is relying on a small team of advisers who will lead his transition operation and help choose the members of his administration.  Following is part of a series of profiles of potential members of the administration.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Dan McSwain / Change.gov:
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development announced in Weekly Address  —  In his Weekly Address, President-elect Barack Obama focused on a key component of getting our economy back on track: ending the mortgage crisis.  —  Finding solutions to this urgent issue will require fresh, bold thinking.
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Commander: Some US troops to stay in Iraqi cities  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  BALAD, Iraq - Despite a summer deadline to pull American combat troops from urban areas, thousands will stay in cities to support and train Iraqis, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said Saturday.
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Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
General Sees Longer Stay for U.S. Troops in Iraqi Cities  —  BALAD, Iraq — The top American commander in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno, said Saturday that some American troops would remain in cities past the June deadline for a withdrawal of combat troops that was called for in an agreement with the Iraqi government.
Discussion: TIME.com
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.
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Chicago Sun Times:
Blago could decide future by Monday  —  Gov. Blagojevich will decide early next week — perhaps as early as Monday — whether he should resign, a source close to the governor told the Chicago Sun-Times.  —  “He was blindsided by this,” the source said.  “He needs some time to digest what's going on.
Discussion: Hot Air and TIME.com
Scott Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Even Chicago's Crooks Are Appalled by Blagojevich  —  Extorting Children's Hospital is a new political low.  —  Chicago  —  Chicagoans and Illinoisans love political scandal the way that Milanese love opera.  —  We trade recollections, like baseball cards, about the secretary of state …
Discussion: The Swamp and TigerHawk
Mark Pittman / Bloomberg:
Fed Refuses to Disclose Recipients of $2 Trillion  —  A A A  —  Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) — The Federal Reserve refused a request by Bloomberg News to disclose the recipients of more than $2 trillion of emergency loans from U.S. taxpayers and the assets the central bank is accepting as collateral.
 
 
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