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5:45 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
CNN:
Sources: Kennedy wants Clinton's Senate seat
Discussion: Spin Cycle
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 …
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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 …
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:
‘Shoedenfreude’ and Shame: Reaction From Around Iraq  —  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 …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Danger Room
Laith / Inside Iraq:
Its just not the way  —  Like any event happens in Iraq …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
Krooney / TIME.com:
Biden TIME  —  Outgoing newsmag bureau chief Jay Carney to be veep's communications director.  —  Get The Page delivered to your inbox.  Sign up for TIME's daily political newsletter here.
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Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Jay Carney Leaves Time
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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: protein wisdom
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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.
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The Huffington Post:
Senate Democrats May Return Thousands In Madoff Contributions  —  Bernard Madoff built a major investment shop largely on smoke and mirrors — convincing investors that his fund was a safe and consistent return when it was mostly a house of cards.  —  And yet the relationship between Bernard …
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David K. L I / New York Post:
PATERSON IN A BLIND RAGE OVER ‘SNL’ SKIT  —  Gov. Paterson didn't see the humor in a “Saturday Night Live” bit that mocked his blindness.  —  During the “Weekend Update” segment of NBC's irreverent comedy show, actor Fred Armisen played Paterson, imitating his wandering eye, gravelly voice and blunt, self-effacing demeanor.
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.
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
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
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.
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 …
Washington Wire:
Introducing Members of Obama's Energy and Environment Team  —  The text of a press release sent by President-elect Barack Obama's transition team announcing members of his energy and environment team.  —  Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced key members of his energy and environment team …
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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
45% Suspect Obama Team Involved in Blagojevich Scandal  —  Forty five percent (45%) of U.S. voters say it is likely President-elect Obama or one of his top campaign aides was involved in the unfolding Blagojevich scandal in Illinois, including 23% who say it is Very Likely.
CNN:
Supreme Court rejects appeal questioning Obama's citizenship  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court has dismissed a second emergency appeal questioning Barack Obama's eligibility to be president because he had dual British-American citizenship at birth.  —  The justices without comment …
Discussion: New York Times
Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
Ask Dr. Helen: How Can I Keep My Students From Becoming Little Marxists?  —  It's not easy to keep young minds open to a variety of political views.  —  Scott from North Carolina is concerned with the radical views of his students: … Dear Scott:  —  You are correct to be concerned.
Discussion: Right Wing News
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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Right And Abu Ghraib I  —  My own view is that the American conservative movement's embrace or defense of torture was the moment its intellectual collapse became irrecoverable.  When conservatism abandoned core values of American decency in favor of pure force, exemplified …
Discussion: Instapundit and Chicago Boyz
 
 
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