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1:20 PM ET, December 15, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
Alistair Lyon / Reuters:
ANALYSIS-Iraqi shoe-thrower captures Mideast rage at Bush
Frank James / The Swamp:
Bush doesn't admit Iraq's angry soles
Discussion: TIME.com
BBC:
Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker
Discussion: Salon
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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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 …
Chris Fusco / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich may let voters fill Obama's Senate seat  —  Should he stay in office, Gov. Blagojevich is warming to the idea of holding a special election for President-elect Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.  —  The governor — facing criminal charges …
Gary Langer / The Numbers:
Obama: The Transition and the Senate Seat Scandal  —  The Illinois Senate seat scandal hasn't touched Barack Obama's high ratings for honesty or for handling the transition - but many Americans are waiting to hear more.  —  A tepid 51 percent in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll …
Discussion: TIME.com
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans' Guilt-by-Association Gamble
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 …
James M. Odato / Albany Times Union:
New taxes, cuts in budget plan  —  Paterson sees $404M tax on non-diet soda; higher levies on health care  —  Click byline for more stories by writer.  —  New taxes, deep cuts to education and health care, and a restructuring of the state's economic development programs will be hallmarks …
Discussion: QandO, A Blog For All and Don Surber
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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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isen.blog:
Bogus WSJ Story on Net Neutrality
Discussion: Lessig Blog and Open Left
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
The Politico:
Straw Man?  Historians say Obama is no Lincoln  —  In Barack Obama's appearance last month on CBS's “60 Minutes,” the conversation turned to the president-elect's long-time love of Lincoln.  —  “There is a wisdom there,” Obama told interviewer Steve Kroft, “and a humility about his approach to government …
Discussion: theheretik.us and Wonkette
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.”
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 …
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 …
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
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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Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Obama to Inaugural Volunteers: No Mas (and No Tickets)
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Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Torture Presidency  —  President George W. Bush has launched …
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
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Agence France Presse:
Russian warships bound for Cuba in new show of strength
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
European Crass Warfare
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