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10:40 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.”
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
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
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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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 …
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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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The Politico:
Madoff sold influence in Washington  —  Within a day of the Dec. 11 arrest of Wall Street financier Bernard L. Madoff, his Washington lobbyists were scrambling to sever all ties to a man who's been accused of a $50 billion fraud and who may go down in history as the largest financial scam artist ever.
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Henry Blodget / clusterstock.alleyinsider.com:
Fairfield Greenwich Group: We Thought Bernie Madoff Was Best Money Manager In World
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Power Line
Robert Chew / Time:
How I Got Screwed by Bernie Madoff
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Analysis of challenged ballots shows Coleman lead erased  —  The Star Tribune has performed its own analysis of the challenged ballots by relying on a virtual “canvassing board” of more than 26,000 readers.  —  With thousands of frivolous challenges discarded, the state Canvassing Board …
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John / Power Line:   THE “FIFTH PILE”: WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
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.
Daphne Retter / New York Post:
CHARLIE'S SICK HOUSE VOTE RECORD  —  WASHINGTON - Harlem Rep. Charles Rangel missed more votes than any other New York House member, according to a study released by Congressional Quarterly.  —  Rangel, 78, missed 16 percent of House votes in 2008, partly due to a hospital stay last spring …
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 …
David Zaring / Conglomerate:
Will Toyota Sue if Treasury Bails Out GM?  —  If the TARP is given to Detroit, as I think is plausibly permitted by the statute (though others disagree), there may well be litigation over it.  This is because, unlike those ad hoc section 13 bailouts by the Fed, the government's implementation …
Discussion: The Right Coast and PoliPundit.com
Jad Mouawad / New York Times:
Big Oil Projects Put in Jeopardy by Fall in Prices  —  From the plains of North Dakota to the deep waters of Brazil, dozens of major oil and gas projects have been suspended or canceled in recent weeks as companies scramble to adjust to the collapse in energy markets.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The Cabinet: Who's Next?
Discussion: TIME.com
Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama-san  —  As January 20 nears, Barack Obama's ambitions …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
New York Times:
Bomb Found at Paris Dept. Store
Discussion: A Blog For All
Herman J. Cohen / New York Times:
Can Africa Trade Its Way to Peace?
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and UN Dispatch
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
Richard Posner / The Becker-Posner Blog:
The Auto Bailout Issue—Posner
 Earlier Items: 
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Unions Second to Auto Execs in Bailout Blame Game
Discussion: Political Machine and The Corner
Wall Street Journal:
Gitmo Lawyers Are the Latest in Radical Chic
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Kidnapping Negotiator Is Now a Victim in Mexico
Discussion: Fausta's Blog
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
Associated Press:
It's official: Barack Obama elected 44th president
Discussion: MyDD
 

 
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Q&A with Radio Ambulante's cofounders on the launch of Radio Ambulante Records, the podcast company's label, which they see as a community building exercise

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