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12:10 PM ET, December 16, 2008

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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.”
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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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: Dartblog and The Corner
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Unions Second to Auto Execs in Bailout Blame Game
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.
Discussion: TPMMuckraker
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Robert Chew / Time:
How I Got Screwed by Bernie Madoff  —  Bernard Madoff, founder of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities, on his trading floor in New York in 1999  —  The call came at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11.  I had been waiting for it for five years.  When the call finally arrived, it was my wife Sarah who answered.
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
S.E.C. Image Suffers in a String of Setbacks
Discussion: The Plank
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Kennedy pushback  —  Caroline Kennedy's name and her celebrity don't seem to be winning her a particularly warm welcome from certain quarters of the Democratic Party: New York's Democratic pols, who resent her intrusion into their scrap for Clinton's seat; and Democratic opinion-makers …
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Mark Murray / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: SENATE BRAIN DRAIN
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Readers' 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 …
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John / Power Line:   THE “FIFTH PILE”: WHAT'S IT ALL ABOUT?
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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Washington Post:
Poll Finds Support for Obama's War Views  —  Less Pessimism on Iraq, But 70% Back Pullout  —  Americans are more upbeat about U.S. prospects in Iraq than at any time in the past five years, but nearly two-thirds continue to believe the war is not worth fighting and 70 percent …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The War's End  —  I keep hearing vague rumors that Obama may not deliver on his campaign promise to swiftly withdraw US forces from Iraq.  My guess would be that such rumors are wrong, primarily because not doing so would be crazy.  It's a campaign pledge.  It's the right thing to do.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
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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Maria Glod / Washington Post:
Education Secretary Nominee Will Reach Out to Unions, School Reform Groups
Discussion: Donklephant and The Moderate Voice
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.
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The Cabinet: Who's Next?  —  With five days to go before President-elect Barack Obama jets to Hawaii for his Christmas vacation, just a handful of his Cabinet-level posts remain open.  Based on the race so far, here's how the slate looks as Obama tries to assemble a diverse administration …
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Bloomberg:   Obama Cabinet Is Shy on Southerners, Republicans
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 …
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 …
The Raw Story:
Cheney admits authorizing torture  —  Outgoing VP says Guantanamo prison should stay open until end of terror war, but has no idea when that might be.  —  Monday, outgoing Vice President Dick Cheney made a startling statement on a nation-wide, televised broadcast.
New York Times:
Bomb Found at Paris Dept. Store  —  PARIS — French police found a package of explosives at the Printemps department store complex in central Paris on Tuesday, a spokeswoman at Paris police headquarters said.  —  The spokeswoman, Mélanie Leprettre, said a warning about the explosives …
Discussion: Gawker and A Blog For All
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 …
 
 
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Ryan Tate / Gawker:
Blago a Huge Nixon Groupie
Chicago Tribune:
Patti Blagojevich apologizes to neighbors for media ‘barrage’
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
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Laura Washington / Chicago Sun Times:
Black leaders see Senate seat being hijacked
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and Brendan Nyhan
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Colemans tap top lawyers, as does friend named in suit
Wall Street Journal:
Barack Obama-san  —  As January 20 nears, Barack Obama's ambitions …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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David Zaring / Conglomerate:
Will Toyota Sue if Treasury Bails Out GM?
Discussion: The Right Coast and PoliPundit.com
Herman J. Cohen / New York Times:
Can Africa Trade Its Way to Peace?
Discussion: Stop The ACLU and UN Dispatch
Henry Blodget / clusterstock.alleyinsider.com:
Fairfield Greenwich Group: We Thought Bernie Madoff Was Best Money Manager In World
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Power Line
Dan McSwain / Change.gov:
Open for Questions: Response
Richard Posner / The Becker-Posner Blog:
The Auto Bailout Issue—Posner
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Kidnapping Negotiator Is Now a Victim in Mexico
Discussion: Fausta's Blog