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3:45 PM ET, December 15, 2008

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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Caroline Kennedy to Seek Clinton's Senate Seat  —  Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of an American political dynasty, has decided to pursue the United States Senate seat being vacated by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, a person told of her decision said on Monday.
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Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Caroline speaks with Shelly about Senate seat
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
Across Mideast, Arabs hail shoe-hurling journalist  —  BAGHDAD — Thousands of Iraqis took to the streets Monday to demand the release of a reporter who threw his shoes at President George W. Bush, as Arabs across many parts of the Middle East hailed the journalist as a hero and praised …
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Riyadh Muhammad / Baghdad Bureau:
Brother Explains Shoe-Tossing Iraqi Journalist's Anger  —  (Photo: Johan Spanner for The New York Times)  —  BAGHDAD — The brother of Muntader al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush during a joint press conference on Sunday with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki …
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Bush On Al Qaeda Not Existing In Iraq Before Invasion: ‘So What?’  —  Yesterday, after an Iraqi journalist used “[t]wo of the worst insults in Islam” against him, an unfazed President Bush sat down with ABC's Martha Raddatz for an exit interview in Iraq.  When Raddatz asked Bush about his legacy …
Eric Owles / Baghdad Bureau:
Iraqis Pick Up Their Shoes: Reaction From Around the Country  —  Hitting someone with a shoe is a strong insult in Iraq.  It means the person is as low as the dirt underneath the sole of a shoe, and the actions of Muntader al-Zaidi, a correspondent for an independent Iraqi television station …
New York Times:
Shoe-Hurling Iraqi Becomes a Folk Hero
Discussion: The Swamp and 1115.org
Washington Wire:
The Real Story Behind the Rushed Blagojevich Bust: How the Feds Are Frustrated by Losing (Maybe) Half of Their Case  —  Cam Simpson reports on the Rod Blagojevich case in Chicago.  —  Conventional wisdom holds that U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald ordered the FBI to arrest Rod Blagojevich …
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Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama Sails Over Scandal  —  Public ratings of Barack Obama are unscathed by the scandal swirling around Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's apparent effort to trade off his power to appoint Obama's successor to the U.S. Senate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans' Guilt-by-Association Gamble
Rasmussen Reports:
45% Suspect Obama Team Involved in Blagojevich Scandal
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
Limits on Executive Pay May Prove Toothless  —  Loophole in Bailout Provision Leaves Enforcement in Doubt  —  Congress wanted to guarantee that the $700 billion financial bailout would limit the eye-popping pay of Wall Street executives, so lawmakers included a mechanism …
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   DON'T WE HAVE LAWS ...  to cover stuff like this?  —  From the WaPo ...
Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Net neutrality and the benefits of caching  —  One of the first posts I wrote for this blog last summer tried to define what we at Google mean when we talk about the concept of net neutrality.  —  Broadband providers — the on-ramps to the Internet — should not be allowed to prioritize traffic based …
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Senate Guru:
MN-Sen: Looking Ahead to the Challenged Ballot Review  —  At its peak, the number of ballots challenged by the Senate campaigns of Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman reached 6,655.  However, it looks like the Canvassing Board will only have to review no more than 1,500 ballots …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Coleman Seeks to Halt Recount Until Process Clear
Discussion: The Raw Story
William Kristol / New York Times:
Left and Right, Piling On  —  In 1953, the president of General Motors, Charles Wilson, was nominated by President Eisenhower to be secretary of defense.  During his confirmation hearings, Wilson was asked if he'd be able, as defense secretary, to make decisions contrary to the interests …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Two Sides of a Troubled Governor, Sinking Deeper  —  CHICAGO — Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich is a polished speaker who can win over elderly women at luncheons in southern Illinois with his earnest attention and eloquently recite historical anecdotes from the lives of the leaders he says he most admires …
Chicago Breaking News:
Lake Co. sheriff switches parties  —  Flanked by some of the state's most prominent Republicans, Democratic Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran announced Monday he is joining the GOP.  —  “I am changing parties as a matter of conscience,” Curran said at a news conference at the Lake County GOP headquarters in Libertyville.
Danielle Allen / Washington Post:
Red-State Army?  —  In Hopewell Township, N.J., the veterans of American Legion Post 339 have put their building up for sale.  “Today's vets don't come out,” 82-year old Jim Hall told The Times of Trenton last month.  The post is down from 425 paying members in the 1960s and '70s to 202 this year; only about a dozen regularly attend.
Lawrence Di Rita / Washington Post:
Gen. Shinseki's Silence  —  The announcement that retired Army chief of staff Eric Shinseki will be President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of veterans affairs has energized one of the most enduring myths of the Bush presidency.  Among the media coverage in recent days …
Denver Post:
Salazar poised to head Interior  —  Colorado's senior senator is said to be a leading contender for a Cabinet post that is vital to Western issues.  —  U.S. Senator Ken Salazar answers questions during a press conference in March.  (Special to the Post |  William Woody)
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Obama Transition: We Can't Release Info Until Christmas Week  —  The Obama transition office just sent out this release about its internal “review” of contacts with disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich: … Last week, in a press conference on Thursday, President-elect Obama announced …
Discussion: Redhot
City Journal:
The (Really) Moderate Muslims of Kosovo  —  On February 17, 2008, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, becoming the newest country in the world—and one of the most unusual.  Most of its citizens are Muslim, an oddity in Europe; further, unlike most Muslim-majority nations …
Discussion: Cold Fury
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
David Shuster to Host MSNBC Political Program  —  MSNBC is replacing one David with another on its 6 p.m. program, “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”  —  The cable news channel, owned by NBC Universal, is expected to announce Monday that David Shuster, a Washington correspondent …
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
An Obama Gift for K Street  —  We here in Washington are anticipating a stampede of lobbyists, influence peddlers, media consultants, paid “experts” and self-styled crusaders.  Who brought us this onslaught of special pleaders?  Why, it's Barack Obama, the man who vowed to “change” …
Discussion: Commentary and Crooked Timber
NY Daily News:
Paterson proposes ‘Obesity Tax’  —  ALBANY - A can of Coke could soon cost New Yorkers more than just calories.  —  Gov. Paterson, as part of a $121 billion budget to be unveiled Tuesday, will propose an “obesity tax” of about 15% on nondiet drinks.  —  This means a Diet Coke might sell for a $1 …
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Torture Presidency  —  President George W. Bush has launched “Operation Legacy,” which he placed in the hands of his ultimate advisor, indeed his “brain,” Karl Rove.  Remember Rove?  He's the man who refused to testify under oath when summoned by Congress to do so and was recently identified …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
Spousal Ties to Lobbying Test a Vow From Obama  —  WASHINGTON — Linda Hall Daschle is one of the most important aviation lobbyists in town.  Ms. Daschle is also the wife of Tom Daschle, whom President-elect Barack Obama has chosen to be the next secretary of health and human services.
 
 
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Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
Ask Dr. Helen: How Can I Keep My Students From Becoming Little Marxists?
Discussion: Right Wing News
Huma Khan / Political Radar:
Secret Service Shows Unusual Restraint in ‘Bizarre’ Shoe Incident
Discussion: BLACKFIVE
Manu Raju / The Crypt's Blogs:
Leahy delays Holder hearing
Discussion: Associated Press and TIME.com
CNN:
Supreme Court rejects appeal questioning Obama's citizenship
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Right And Abu Ghraib I
Discussion: Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Obama to Inaugural Volunteers: No Mas (and No Tickets)
Discussion: TIME.com
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court orders new review on torture, allows tobacco lawsuits
Discussion: Salon and How Appealing
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
NEWS YOU CAN LOSE  —  When the Tribune Company announced …
Discussion: Megan McArdle
New York Times:
The 17th Floor, Where Wealth Went to Vanish
Discussion: City Room, DealBook and Washington Post
The Politico:
Straw Man? Historians say Obama is no Lincoln
Discussion: theheretik.us
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Hoekstra to announce retirement
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR affiliate WAMU is shutting down local news site Dcist and laying off 15 employees to focus on audio and plans to add 10 new positions

Chris Thompson / Defector:
Vice leadership failed to act as responsible stewards of a good product, and instead paid themselves lavish salaries and burned through hundreds of millions

Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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