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4:45 PM ET, December 15, 2008

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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Caroline Kennedy to Seek Clinton's Senate Seat  —  Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of an American political dynasty, has decided to pursue the United States Senate seat being vacated by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, a person told of her decision said on Monday.
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CNN:
Sources: Kennedy wants Clinton's Senate seat
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Caroline speaks with Shelly about Senate seat
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Eric Owles / Baghdad Bureau:
‘Shoedenfreude’ and Shame: Reaction From Around Iraq  —  Hitting someone with a shoe is a strong insult in Iraq.  It means the person is as low as the dirt underneath the sole of a shoe, and the actions of Muntader al-Zaidi, a correspondent for an independent Iraqi television station …
Laith / Inside Iraq:
Its just not the way  —  Like any event happens in Iraq …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
New York Times:
Shoe-Hurling Iraqi Becomes a Folk Hero
Discussion: The Swamp and Gawker
Krooney / TIME.com:
Biden TIME  —  Outgoing newsmag bureau chief Jay Carney to be veep's communications director.  —  Get The Page delivered to your inbox.  Sign up for TIME's daily political newsletter here.
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Patrick / FishBowlDC:   Jay Carney Leaves Time
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.
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Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama Sails Over Scandal  —  Public ratings of Barack Obama are unscathed by the scandal swirling around Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich's apparent effort to trade off his power to appoint Obama's successor to the U.S. Senate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans' Guilt-by-Association Gamble
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Obama Transition: We Can't Release Info Until Christmas Week  —  The Obama transition office just sent out this release about its internal “review” of contacts with disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich: … Last week, in a press conference on Thursday, President-elect Obama announced …
Discussion: Redhot
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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)
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   DON'T WE HAVE LAWS ...  to cover stuff like this?  —  From the WaPo ...
Senate Guru:
MN-Sen: Looking Ahead to the Challenged Ballot Review  —  At its peak, the number of ballots challenged by the Senate campaigns of Democrat Al Franken and Republican Norm Coleman reached 6,655.  However, it looks like the Canvassing Board will only have to review no more than 1,500 ballots …
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Coleman Seeks to Halt Recount Until Process Clear
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
Danielle Allen / Washington Post:
Red-State Army?  —  In Hopewell Township, N.J., the veterans of American Legion Post 339 have put their building up for sale.  “Today's vets don't come out,” 82-year old Jim Hall told The Times of Trenton last month.  The post is down from 425 paying members in the 1960s and '70s to 202 this year; only about a dozen regularly attend.
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 …
Chicago Breaking News:
Lake Co. sheriff switches parties  —  Flanked by some of the state's most prominent Republicans, Democratic Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran announced Monday he is joining the GOP.  —  “I am changing parties as a matter of conscience,” Curran said at a news conference at the Lake County GOP headquarters in Libertyville.
CNN:
Supreme Court rejects appeal questioning Obama's citizenship  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Supreme Court has dismissed a second emergency appeal questioning Barack Obama's eligibility to be president because he had dual British-American citizenship at birth.  —  The justices without comment …
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Discussion: Chicago Boyz and Instapundit
Helen Smith / Pajamas Media:
Ask Dr. Helen: How Can I Keep My Students From Becoming Little Marxists?  —  It's not easy to keep young minds open to a variety of political views.  —  Scott from North Carolina is concerned with the radical views of his students: … Dear Scott:  —  You are correct to be concerned.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Scott Horton / Harper's:
The Torture Presidency  —  President George W. Bush has launched “Operation Legacy,” which he placed in the hands of his ultimate advisor, indeed his “brain,” Karl Rove.  Remember Rove?  He's the man who refused to testify under oath when summoned by Congress to do so and was recently identified …
Discussion: Salon and Crooks and Liars
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Bayh's Blue Dogs: Bane or Boon?
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Teresa Watanabe / Los Angeles Times:
Settlement opens up amnesty for tens of thousands of immigrants
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Huma Khan / Political Radar:
Attorney Says Case Against Blago ‘Significantly Exaggerated’
Discussion: Chicago Breaking News
Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Obama to Inaugural Volunteers: No Mas (and No Tickets)
Discussion: TIME.com
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
NEWS YOU CAN LOSE  —  When the Tribune Company announced …
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
An Obama Gift for K Street
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The Politico:
Straw Man? Historians say Obama is no Lincoln
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Richard Whitt / Google Public Policy Blog:
Net neutrality and the benefits of caching
City Journal:
The (Really) Moderate Muslims of Kosovo
 

 
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