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2:20 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 …
Eric Owles / Baghdad Bureau:
Iraqis Pick Up Their Shoes: Reaction From Around the Country  —  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 …
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: Firedoglake, BBC, Salon and TIME.com
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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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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans' Guilt-by-Association Gamble
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and The Note
Gary Langer / The Numbers:
Obama: The Transition and the Senate Seat Scandal
Discussion: TIME.com and The Note
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 …
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Caroline Kennedy to Seek Clinton's Senate Seat  —  Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of an American political dynasty, has decided she will pursue the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, a person told of her decision said Monday.  —  The decision came after a series …
Discussion: Fox News and City Room
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 …
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Coleman Seeks to Halt Recount Until Process Clear  —  Sen. Norm Coleman's (R) campaign has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to issue a stay in a decision Friday by the state's Board of Canvassers that could significantly sway the razor-thin margin in Minnesota's still-undecided Senate race.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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NY Daily News:
Paterson proposes ‘Obesity Tax’  —  ALBANY - A can of Coke could soon cost New Yorkers more than just calories.  —  Gov. Paterson, as part of a $121 billion budget to be unveiled Tuesday, will propose an “obesity tax” of about 15% on nondiet drinks.  —  This means a Diet Coke might sell for a $1 …
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Mary Ann Akers / The Sleuth:
Obama to Inaugural Volunteers: No Mas (and No Tickets)  —  To give you an idea of just how jam-packed Washington will be on inauguration day, Barack Obama's inaugural committee is turning away scores of volunteers.  —  An email sent from the Presidential Inaugural Committee over the weekend …
Discussion: TIME.com
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Associated Press:
Obama to arrive in Washington by train
Discussion: TIME.com
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
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.
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Bloomberg:
Grand Jury Probes Richardson Donor's New Mexico Financing Fee  —  A A A  —  Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) — A federal grand jury is investigating how a company that advised Jefferson County, Alabama, on bond deals that threaten to cause the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history …
 
 
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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:
NEWS YOU CAN LOSE  —  When the Tribune Company announced …
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