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1:35 AM ET, December 16, 2008

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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Caroline Kennedy Is Seeking Seat Held by Clinton  —  ALBANY — Caroline Kennedy, the deeply private daughter of America's most storied political dynasty, will seek the United States Senate seat in New York being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  Ms. Kennedy ended weeks of silence …
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Jane Hamsher / The Huffington Post:
Caroline Kennedy Lets Political Elites Know She Expects A US Senate Seat  —  It seems Caroline Kennedy has decided she'd rather have a US Senate seat than a pony for Christmas: … Really?  She's “making calls this morning to alert political figures to her interest?”  I guess it was either that or get her nails done.
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Résumé Long on Politics, but Short on Public Office
Discussion: RedState
David Johnston / New York Times:   Legal Hurdle in Blagojevich Case: A Crime, or Just Talk?
Sam Dillon / The Caucus:
Obama Picks Arne Duncan for Education Post  —  President-elect Barack Obama will name Arne Duncan, the superintendent of schools in Chicago, to be his Secretary of Education, a senior Democratic official and a second person close to the decision said.  —  Mr. Duncan is a Harvard graduate whose friendship …
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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)
Denver Post:
Sources: Salazar accepts Interior spot  —  Sen. Ken Salazar has agreed to become secretary of the Interior pending the outcome of a background check, The Denver Post has learned.  —  Democratic sources, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on Salazar's behalf …
Jim Tankersley / Los Angeles Times:
Obama picks Salazar as Interior secretary  —  The Colorado senator, an attorney with expertise in water law, has criticized the department for opening up his state's Roan Plateau to drilling.  —  Reporting from Washington — Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), a Latino with deep knowledge of water and land issues …
Chicago Breaking News:
Obama to tap Arne Duncan as Sec. of Education
The Politico:
Obama to pick Duncan, Salazar
Roads to Iraq:
Urgent, just reported: Al-Zaidi in U.S. run Camp Cropper prison  —  Iraqi TV al-Sharqiya just reported on the news that AL-Zaidi is transferred to Camp Cropper prison [the Airport prison, managed by the American forces].  —  The TV Channel announced that Al-Zaidi is in a difficult condition …
Discussion: Egyptian chronicles
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Huma Khan / Political Radar:
Secret Service Shows Unusual Restraint in ‘Bizarre’ Shoe Incident  —  ABC News' Ann Compton Reports: U.S. Secret Service officials in Washington say they are satisfied their agents responded with “the appropriate level of reaction” when an Iraqi journalist hurled two shoes directly at President Bush during a Baghdad news conference.
Siun / Firedoglake:
Shoe Thrower Being Tortured?  —  While Tweety fussed about the propriety of Al Zaida's shoe throw just now, very credible reports started to come in from Arabic sources that Muntader Al Zaida is in very bad shape:  —  Raed in the Middle reports: … From Roads to Iraq:
Eric Owles / Baghdad Bureau:
‘Shoedenfreude’ and Shame: Reaction From Around Iraq
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Blagojevich's nerve?  —  Sarah Palin, Republican governor of Alaska, says she has wondered how long Rod Blagojevich, Democratic governor of Illinois, thought he might “get away with” an alleged scheme to sell the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama of Illinois.
Discussion: The Politico
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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.
Chicago Tribune:   House approves impeachment probe; Senate proposal on hold
John / Power Line:   OBAMA'S PRESS CONFERENCE
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Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Jay Carney Leaves Time
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
The Politico:
Review shows no contact with Blago  —  Below is a statement from Obama Transition Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer:  —  “At the direction of the president-elect, a review of Transition staff contacts with Governor Blagojevich and his office has been conducted and completed and is ready for release.
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
On Making Mitch McConnell Wet His Pants  —  User B.R. writes in: … B.R. raises several interesting points, but they ultimately point back to one thing: Harry Reid has been exceptionally ineffective as the Democrats' majority leader.  —  The number of cloture votes skyrocketed …
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.
Julian Sanchez:
Orwell in Bailoutland  —  Oh, FireDogLake: … Did we all follow that one?  Failing to funnel billions to a failing business is a form of authoritarian punishment.  As an alternative, we're offered the proposition that we “want affordable, safe, fuel-efficient, environmentally sound cars built …
S. J. Komarnitsky / Anchorage Daily News:
Accelerant poured around Palin's church  —  WASILLA - Whoever torched Gov. Sarah Palin's home church tried to start fires in several places around the building, the federal agency assisting in the investigation said Monday.  —  Accelerants were found in multiple locations on the outside …
Victoria Kim / Los Angeles Times:
Pellicano gets 15 years in wiretapping case  —  The private investigator's sentence was longer than the five-year, 10-month term recommended by the Probation Department.  Four co-defendants are scheduled to be sentenced in January.  —  Former Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano …
 
 
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