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11:05 AM ET, December 15, 2008

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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 Tribune:
Illinois lawmakers to sort out Gov. Rod Blagojevich scandal  —  Get the latest on the ; Blagojevich case  —  SPRINGFIELD— Illinois lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday with plans to disarm and dislodge Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose arrest in an alleged attempt …
Susan Saulny / New York Times:
Resignation Is Rumored; Response Is a Firm ‘No’  —  CHICAGO — Talk about mixed messages.  —  Not long after the Illinois attorney general, Lisa Madigan, told a national television audience that Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois was thinking of possibly resigning here on Monday, the governor's spokesman broke some news of his own.
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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BBC:
Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker
Discussion: Salon
Waleed Ibrahim / Reuters:
Iraqi shoe-throwing reporter becomes the talk of Iraq
Discussion: All Our Might
Frank James / The Swamp:
Bush doesn't admit Iraq's angry soles
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Seminal
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Kelly Evans / Wall Street Journal:
Fannie Mae to End Tenant Evictions in Foreclosures  —  Fannie Mae is finalizing a national policy that will allow tenants to remain in their homes even if their landlord goes into foreclosure — a landmark decision for tenants.  —  The policy will be in effect Jan. 9, Fannie Mae said Sunday …
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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: The Daily Dish and Cold Fury
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Hoekstra to announce retirement  —  Less than a week after being reappointed as the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Pete Hoekstra (Mich.) will announce that he will not seek a tenth term in 2010, according to a source with knowledge of the decision.
Michael J. Totten:
On the Hunt in Baghdad  —  BAGHDAD — “If your men conduct any raids,” I said to Captain Todd Looney at Combat Outpost Ford on the outskirts of Sadr City, Baghdad, “I want to go.”  —  “We might have something come up,” he said.  “If so, I'll get you out there.”
Agence France Presse:
Russian warships bound for Cuba in new show of strength … A group of Russian warships will from December 19-23 visit the Communist island of Cuba, a long-time adversary of the United States and Moscow's ally in the Cold War, the Russian navy said on Monday.
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Washington Post:
Roads, Trains Can't Handle Jan. 20 Droves  —  With Street and Bridge Closures, Expect ‘Long Lines, Long Walks’  —  Even if only half of the projected 2 million to 4 million people show up for next month's presidential inauguration, the Washington region's roadways and transit systems …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and TIME.com
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
TROUBLING THOUGHT  —  Like most of us, if I'm honest with myself, I really only know how Secret Service protection works from the movies or how, going on my own common sense, I figure it works.  The folks who protect the president are professionals.  So I want to be extremely tentative …
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.
New York Times:
The 17th Floor, Where Wealth Went to Vanish  —  The epicenter of what may be the largest Ponzi scheme in history was the 17th floor of the Lipstick Building, an oval red-granite building rising 34 floors above Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan.  —  A busy stock-trading operation occupied the 19th floor …
Discussion: Washington Post
CBS News:
A Second Mortgage Disaster On The Horizon?  —  New Wave Of Mortgage Rate Adjustments Could Force More Homeowners To Default  —  (CBS) When it comes to bailouts of American business, Barney Frank and the Congress may be just getting started.  Nearly two trillion tax dollars have been shoveled …
Discussion: American Street and Macsmind
CNN:
McCain unsure if he'll support Palin for president  —  (CNN) — Sen. John McCain said Sunday he would not necessarily support his former running mate if she chose to run for president.  —  Speaking to ABC's “This Week,” McCain was asked whether Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin could count on his support.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
States' Funds for Jobless Are Drying Up  —  With unemployment claims reaching their highest levels in decades, states are running out of money to pay benefits, and some are turning to the federal government for loans or increasing taxes on businesses to make the payments.
 
 
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