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8:50 AM ET, December 16, 2008

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Jim Tankersley / Los Angeles Times:
Obama picks Salazar as Interior secretary  —  The Colorado senator, an attorney with expertise in water law, has criticized the department for opening up his state's Roan Plateau to drilling.  —  Reporting from Washington — Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.), a Latino with deep knowledge of water and land issues …
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Denver Post:
Sources: Salazar accepts Interior spot  —  Sen. Ken Salazar has agreed to become secretary of the Interior pending the outcome of a background check, The Denver Post has learned.  —  Democratic sources, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on Salazar's behalf …
The Politico:
Obama to pick Duncan, Salazar
Chicago Breaking News:
Obama to tap Arne Duncan as Sec. of Education
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Los Angeles Times:
Obama clears himself and staff in Blagojevich case  —  The president-elect says an internal review shows there were no inappropriate conversations with the Illinois governor about who would fill the vacant Senate seat.  —  Reporting from Washington and Chicago — Barack Obama said Monday …
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Blagojevich's nerve?  —  Sarah Palin, Republican governor of Alaska, says she has wondered how long Rod Blagojevich, Democratic governor of Illinois, thought he might “get away with” an alleged scheme to sell the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama of Illinois.
Discussion: The Politico
Chicago Tribune:
House approves impeachment probe; Senate proposal on hold
Discussion: Washington Post and Truthdig
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Roads to Iraq:
Urgent, just reported: Al-Zaidi in U.S. run Camp Cropper prison  —  Iraqi TV al-Sharqiya just reported on the news that AL-Zaidi is transferred to Camp Cropper prison [the Airport prison, managed by the American forces].  —  The TV Channel announced that Al-Zaidi is in a difficult condition …
Jules Crittenden:
The Bulge  —  Goering, Hitler and Guderian survey plans for Wacht Am Rhein, a.k.a. The Battle of the Bulge, October 1944.  —  It began at dawn on Dec. 16, 1944, 64 years ago today, with rapid assaults through the Ardennes forest, as the Germans blitzed one last time, hoping to split the Allied armies and take Antwerp.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Pelosi lays down the law with Rahm  —  In a recent conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel offered some advice on a Democratic House leadership race.  Pelosi's response, according to several Democratic sources: It is “an internal House Democratic Caucus matter, and we'll handle it.”
Discussion: TIME.com
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Marc Ambinder:   The Most Important White House Office
Washington Post:
Majority of Public Opposes Auto Rescue  —  Poll Finds Most Blame Industry for Problems, Believe Failure Won't Hurt Economy  —  Most Americans continue to oppose a government-backed rescue plan for Detroit's Big Three automakers as majorities blame the industry for its own problems …
Caroline Graham / Daily Mail:
Gay penguins expelled from zoo colony for stealing eggs are given their own to look after following animal rights protest … A pair of gay penguins thrown out of their zoo colony for repeatedly stealing eggs have been given some of their own to look after following a protest by animal rights groups.
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Kidnapping Negotiator Is Now a Victim in Mexico  —  MEXICO CITY — An American security consultant who has helped negotiate the release of scores of kidnapping victims in Latin America was himself kidnapped last week in northern Mexico after delivering a seminar there on how to avoid that fate, officials said Monday.
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
On Making Mitch McConnell Wet His Pants  —  User B.R. writes in: … B.R. raises several interesting points, but they ultimately point back to one thing: Harry Reid has been exceptionally ineffective as the Democrats' majority leader.  —  The number of cloture votes skyrocketed …
John Slattery / WCBS-TV:
Madoff Investors May Be Protected By Government  —  Judge Says Those Duped Need Aid Under The Securites Investor Protection Act  —  NEW YORK (CBS) ― Federal investigators remain at the investment offices of disgraced investor Bernard Madoff, scouring through records to learn the scope …
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Matt Fiorentino / The Visible Measures Blog:
In Bush vs. Flying Shoes, Viral Video is the Winner  —  President Bush has had to overcome many obstacles during the past 8 years, but nobody ever expected him to have to avoid an international crisis involving flying shoes.  And yet, this is the exact situation he faced on Saturday …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Moderate Voice
ABCNEWS:
Transcript: Cheney Defends Hard Line Tactics  —  In Exclusive Interview With ABC News, Vice President Dick Cheney Opens Up About His Hard Line Tactics  —  KARL: Did you authorize the tactics that were used against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?  —  CHENEY: I was aware of the program, certainly …
Wall Street Journal:
Gitmo Lawyers Are the Latest in Radical Chic  —  How about some pro bono work for the government?  —  Within the ranks of our leading law schools, law firms and legal centers, it would be hard to find a cause more popular than the detainees of Guantanamo Bay.  Every lawyer wants his own detainee or detainee group.
John / Power Line:
OBAMA'S PRESS CONFERENCE  —  At today's press conference, Barack Obama introduced his environmental team.  He then took some questions.  The only news that has come out of the event was Obama's exchange with a reporter who asked him whether Rahm Emanuel was in contact with Governor Blagojevich.
Todd J. Zywicki / Wall Street Journal:
Bankruptcy Is the Perfect Remedy for Detroit  —  Washington hates the idea because it would lose leverage.  —  While Washington tries to arrange a bailout, the Detroit Three auto makers and their union, the United Auto Workers, keep insisting that bankruptcy would be the kiss of death.
Discussion: The Corner
Janna Anderson Lee Rainie / Pew Internet:
The Future of the Internet III  —  A survey of internet leaders, activists and analysts shows they expect major tech advances as the phone becomes a primary device for online access, voice-recognition improves, artificial and virtual reality become more embedded in everyday life, and the architecture of the internet itself improves.
Julian Sanchez:
Orwell in Bailoutland  —  Oh, FireDogLake: … Did we all follow that one?  Failing to funnel billions to a failing business is a form of authoritarian punishment.  As an alternative, we're offered the proposition that we “want affordable, safe, fuel-efficient, environmentally sound cars built …
 
 
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Daily Mail:
World's first refrigerated BEACH to be built next to luxury hotel in Dubai
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Think Progress
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Résumé Long on Politics, but Short on Public Office
Rick Perlstein / OurFuture.org:
Against Shoe Bombing
Associated Press:
It's official: Barack Obama elected 44th president
Discussion: MyDD
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Book: Minimum wage lowers earnings, produces unemployment
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Associated Press:
Obama unveils leaders for energy and environmental issues
Discussion: Agence France Presse and Reuters
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StrategyPage:
Iraq Is Safer  —  This month, about 26 people a day are dying …
S. J. Komarnitsky / Anchorage Daily News:
Accelerant poured around Palin's church