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12:50 AM ET, December 16, 2008

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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Caroline Kennedy to Seek Clinton's Senate Seat  —  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 Johnston / New York Times:   Legal Hurdle in Blagojevich Case: A Crime, or Just Talk?
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Résumé Long on Politics, but Short on Public Office
Discussion: RedState
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
Discussion: Truthdig
John / Power Line:   OBAMA'S PRESS CONFERENCE
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)
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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 …
The Politico:
Obama to pick Duncan, Salazar
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Salazar: Interior Secretary
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Patrick / FishBowlDC:
Jay Carney Leaves Time
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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.
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Eric Owles / Baghdad Bureau:
‘Shoedenfreude’ and Shame: Reaction From Around Iraq
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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Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama picks Duncan for Education  —  President-elect Barack Obama will name Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan as his Secretary of Education at a West Side news conference Tuesday morning, a transition official said.  —  The two men are friends and often play basketball together.
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
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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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 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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Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Obama Transition: We Can't Release Info Until Christmas Week
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Redhot
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.
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 …
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 …
Janna Anderson Lee Rainie / Pew Internet:
The Future of the Internet III  —  A survey of internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major tech advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Cheney: Obama ‘not likely to cede authority’  —  Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that President-elect Barack Obama will “appreciate” the expansions of executive power achieved during the Bush administration and is unlikely to cede authority back to Congress.
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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Rick Perlstein / OurFuture.org:
Against Shoe Bombing
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Associated Press:
It's official: Barack Obama elected 44th president
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Book: Minimum wage lowers earnings, produces unemployment
Discussion: Ross Douthat
StrategyPage:
Iraq Is Safer  —  This month, about 26 people a day are dying …
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CNN:
Supreme Court rejects appeal questioning Obama's citizenship
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