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10:25 AM ET, December 16, 2008

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BBC:
Shoe thrower ‘beaten in custody’  —  The brother of the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush has said that the reporter has been beaten in custody.  —  Muntadar al-Zaidi has suffered a broken hand, broken ribs and internal bleeding, as well as an eye injury, his older brother, Dargham, told the BBC.
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Siun / Firedoglake:
Shoe Thrower Being Tortured?  —  While Tweety fussed about the propriety of Al Zaida's shoe throw just now, very credible reports started to come in from Arabic sources that Muntader Al Zaida is in very bad shape:  —  Raed in the Middle reports: … From Roads to Iraq:
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, MSNBC and Riehl World View
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 …
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin: Blagojevich's nerve?
Discussion: The Politico
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
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 …
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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
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
CO-Senate: Salazar Departure Creates GOP Opportunity  —  The expectation that Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar will be nominated as Interior Secretary by President-elect Barack Obama presents Republicans with a prime pickup opportunity in a swing state, an early sign that their fortunes may be turning …
Discussion: Denver Post, Of América and Daily Kos
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Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount: Battle of ballot disputes set to begin  —  A state board prepared to rule today on ballots where voter intent was in question in the hotly contested Senate race.  —  With thousands of frivolous challenges discarded, the state Canvassing Board is expected to begin today …
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John / Power Line:   THE “FIFTH PILE”: WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Chicago Schools Chief Is Obama's Education Pick  —  Arne Duncan, the Chicago schools superintendent known for taking tough steps to improve schools while maintaining respectful relations with teachers and their unions, is President-elect Barack Obama's choice as secretary of education, Democratic officials said Monday.
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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.
New York Post:
KENNEDY FOR THE SENATE  —  Caroline Kennedy has made it official: She wants to be appointed to the US Senate seat that Hillary Clinton presently will vacate.  —  Gov. Paterson would be well-advised to select Kennedy as New York's next junior senator.  —  Her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy …
Discussion: TIME.com and Don Surber
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David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Résumé Long on Politics, but Short on Public Office
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Will Hillary Follow Through On Campaign Pledge To Ban ‘Private Mercenaries’?  —  Back in February, Senator Hillary Clinton cosponsored legislation calling for the Secretary of State to ban the use of private contractors like Blackwater from guarding State Department employees …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
Henry Blodget / clusterstock.alleyinsider.com:
Fairfield Greenwich Group: We Thought Bernie Madoff Was Best Money Manager In World  —  The Bernie Madoff swindle caught a lot of folks asleep at the switch.  Chief among them?  Funds-of-funds and other third-party advisors who brag about the extraordinary diligence of their manager selection process.
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Power Line
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Robert Chew / Time:
How I Got Screwed by Bernie Madoff
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Richard Posner / The Becker-Posner Blog:
The Auto Bailout Issue—Posner  —  We blogged on November 18 about whether the government should provide money to the U.S. auto manufacturers to keep them alive.  (I was for; Becker was against.)  In the short period since then, there have been important developments bearing on the issue …
Dan McSwain / Change.gov:
Open for Questions: Response  —  We've launched several features recently that are opening up the two-way dialogue between the Transition team and the Change.gov community.  —  The feedback has been encouraging and constructive.  Each new feature gives us the chance to refine the ways …
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 …
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
 
 
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Helene Cooper / New York Times:
A World of Issues Waiting, Obama and His Foreign Policy Squad Brush Up
Tina Susman / Los Angeles Times:
Iraq shoe thrower elicits mixed reaction among Arabs
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Gateway Pundit
Daphne Retter / New York Post:
CHARLIE'S SICK HOUSE VOTE RECORD
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Unions Second to Auto Execs in Bailout Blame Game
Discussion: Political Machine and The Corner
Felix Salmon / Portfolio:
Ecuador Own-Goal Datapoint of the Day
Discussion: Free exchange
Wall Street Journal:
Gitmo Lawyers Are the Latest in Radical Chic
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Fiorentino / The Visible Measures Blog:
In Bush vs. Flying Shoes, Viral Video is the Winner
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Moderate Voice
Daily Mail:
World's first refrigerated BEACH to be built next to luxury hotel in Dubai
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Think Progress
John / Power Line:
OBAMA'S PRESS CONFERENCE
Janna Anderson Lee Rainie / Pew Internet:
The Future of the Internet III
Julian Sanchez:
Orwell in Bailoutland  —  Oh, FireDogLake: … Did we all follow that one?
Associated Press:
It's official: Barack Obama elected 44th president
Discussion: MyDD
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
On Making Mitch McConnell Wet His Pants