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11:00 PM ET, December 13, 2008


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David Airey / Logo Design Love:
Obama logo ideas that weren't chosen  —  Sol Sender, who led a design team for the Obama 08 logo, was recently interviewed about the project.  —  Here's a walk through the various logo options, with some of Sol's thoughts.  The full interview videos can be watched on the website of VSA Partners (where Sol is now a strategist).
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Our Sen. Kennedy?  Tipsville . . .  Is Chris Kennedy, the son of the late, great U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, a possible entrant on the list to fill Presidentelect Barack Obama's Senate seat?  —  •  • To wit: Sneed hears Kennedy's name has been wafted into the inner circle of Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
HILL ALLY: CAROLINE IS NOT READY FOR SENATE  —  ALBANY - A powerful labor leader with strong ties to Sen. Hillary Clinton yesterday joined the growing ranks of Democrats bashing Caroline Kennedy as a possible successor to the former first lady in the US Senate.
Discussion: and Gothamist
Wall Street Journal:
Fund Fraud Hits Big Names  —  Madoff's Clients Included Mets Owner, GMAC Chairman, Country-Club Recruits  —  New potential victims emerged of Wall Street veteran Bernard Madoff's alleged giant Ponzi scheme, with international banks, hedge funds and wealthy private investors among those sorting …
Discussion: Commentary
New York Times:
Report Spotlights Iraq Rebuilding Blunders  —  BAGHDAD — An unpublished 513-page federal history of the American-led reconstruction of Iraq depicts an effort crippled before the invasion by Pentagon planners who were hostile to the idea of rebuilding a foreign country, and then molded …
Discussion: Think Progress
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Troops to Stay Longer in Iraq as Support, U.S. Says
Discussion: and
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:   Commander: Some US troops to stay in Iraqi cities
Doug Mataconis / Below The Beltway:
Separated At Birth ?  —  Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich:  —  And, the Bob's Big Boy Guy:  —  You decide.
Discussion: Don Surber
Digby / Hullabaloo:
They Can't Be That Desperate  —  Dear God: … I honestly don't know quite how to deal with this.  Over the past year I have strained and even broken treasured friendships over the idea that allowing a Republican to win over a Democrat, no matter how bad he or she is …
New York Times:
Lawyer Seen as Bold Enough to Cheat the Best of Investors  —  Marc S. Dreier knew the 45th-floor conference room of Solow Realty well.  He had been in it many times as a trusted lawyer for the company's founder.  —  So nothing seemed amiss when he showed up one afternoon in October and told …
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Obama's Friends Form Strategy to Stay Close  —  Last Sunday night, President-elect Barack Obama's three closest friends — Valerie Jarrett, Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Eric Whitaker — sat down in the study of Mr. Nesbitt's house in Chicago for one of their increasingly frequent heart-to-hearts.
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
HUD pick foresaw subprime crisis in '04  —  Barack Obama's pick for HUD — former New York City Housing Commissioner Shaun Donovan — was one of the earliest public officials to foresee the magnitude and destructive capacity of the subprime crisis.  —  In the middle of 2004, I sat down with Donovan …
New York Times:
Shaun Donovan  —  As he prepares to take office, President …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Meet the GOP's wrecking crew  —  Why did a small group of Southern Republicans turn the auto bailout into a demolition derby?  Introducing the senators who hate unions and love foreign cars.  —  WASHINGTON — On July 15, Bob Corker was a happy man.  —  “I cannot think of a more exciting day …
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Auto bailout's death seen as a Republican blow at unions
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  Before we get to the 'toons, I'm pleased to share the news that our friend Jeff Danziger of the New York Times and the Rutland Herald (Vermont) has received the 2008 Thomas Nast Award, for editorial cartoons.  Jeff calls Nast “the grandfather of all American cartoonists” …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. / The Jawa Report:
Seattle Jihad Barber Killed in Somalia fighting for al Qaeda
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Ecuador defaults on foreign debt
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 Earlier Items: 
AJStrata / The Strata-Sphere:
The Obama Administration Is Now Damaged Goods, Obama Lied To America
Scott Simon / Wall Street Journal:
Even Chicago's Crooks Are Appalled by Blagojevich
Discussion: TigerHawk and The Swamp