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10:05 AM ET, December 15, 2008

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Chicago Tribune:
Illinois lawmakers to sort out Gov. Rod Blagojevich scandal  —  Impeachment, Senate appointment on the agenda  —  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 …
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Cullerton says Gov should step aside at least temporarily  —  Incoming Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says the situation surrounding whether to hold a special election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama is “obviously very complicated.”
ABCNEWS:
Bush ‘Not Insulted’ by Thrown Shoes  —  President Talks With Martha Raddatz About Iraq and His Legacy  —  President George W. Bush spoke with ABC News' Martha Raddatz Sunday following an incident in which an Iraqi reporter threw two shoes at the president.
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Frank James / The Swamp:
Bush doesn't admit Iraq's angry soles  —  A man beats with a shoe a mock poster of US President George W. Bush with a “War criminal” written in Arabic during a protest in Najaf, Iraq, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008.  (AP Photo/Alaa al-Marjani)  —  by Frank James  —  On the way to Afghanistan last night …
Discussion: TIME.com
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 …
Agence France Presse:
Iraqi journalist hurls shoes at ‘dog’ Bush
Discussion: Commentary, Reason and Cold Fury
BBC:
Iraq rally for Bush shoe attacker
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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.
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John Kass / Chicago Tribune:   Will ‘feditis’ spread to Obama and Daley?
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.
Discussion: PoliPundit.com and The Corner
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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.”
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 …
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
European Crass Warfare  —  So here's the situation: the economy is facing its worst slump in decades.  The usual response to an economic downturn, cutting interest rates, isn't working.  Large-scale government aid looks like the only way to end the economic nosedive.
Discussion: TalkLeft and LewRockwell.com Blog
Charles Duhigg / New York Times:
Fannie Mae Renters to Stay Despite Foreclosures  —  In a move that provides relief to thousands of renters who face eviction but draws the federal government even deeper into the housing market, the loan giant Fannie Mae said Sunday that it would sign new leases with renters living in foreclosed properties owned by the company.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Politico and Reuters Forge a News Distribution Alliance  —  Politico, the upstart news source from Washington, and Reuters, the venerable wire service, have joined forces to offer articles to newspapers and sell advertising on the papers' Web sites, the latest step in the rising competition …
Wall Street Journal:
White House Sizes Up Auto Rescue  —  WASHINGTON — In weighing a much larger rescue effort for U.S. auto makers than originally envisioned, the Bush administration faces a complex set of decisions over what terms to seek — including whether to push the companies to file for bankruptcy — and how to raise necessary funds.
CBC News:
‘Embarrassing’ to be a Canadian at climate talks: Green party leader  —  The UN climate conference in Poznan, Poland, was a “mark of shame” for Canada, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May said on Saturday.  —  Delegates from poorer nations were angry at Canada for not meeting its commitments under …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
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
 
 
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