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1:35 PM ET, December 16, 2008

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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Clinton chides supporters on Kennedy  —  Hillary Clinton has told her supporters not to impede Caroline Kennedy's path to the U.S. Senate on her behalf, a person familiar with replacement discussions said.  —  The move clears a major obstacle between Kennedy and the seat.
Discussion: TIME.com
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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 …
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.”
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Says Inquiry Shows Nothing Wrong  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama said Monday that an internal review had found that his advisers were not involved in any “inappropriate” talks with Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich or his aides over the vacant Senate seat in Illinois …
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New York Post:
BUNGLING ON BLAGO  —  TEAM BAM MISMANAGES MEDIA
Discussion: Donklephant
Joe Carroll / Bloomberg:
Illinois Democrats Let Blagojevich Keep Naming Power
The Politico:
Madoff bought 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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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
Discussion: Dartblog
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?
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 …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN
New York Times:   Mr. Obama's Internet Agenda
Michael Sneed / Chicago Sun Times:
Rahm's calls on tape  —  The Blago scandal . . .  Sneed hears rumbles President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, is reportedly on 21 different taped conversations by the feds — dealing with his boss' vacant Senate seat!  —  A lot of chit-chat?  —  Hot air?  —  Or trouble?
Discussion: The Hill and The Corner
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Al Kamen / Washington Post:
The Cabinet: Who's Next?
Discussion: Becoming 44, TIME.com and LiberalOasis
Bloomberg:   Obama Cabinet Is Shy on Southerners, Republicans
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.
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Schools Chief From Chicago Is Cabinet 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 Raw Story:
Cheney admits authorizing detainee's 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.
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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: Neptunus Lex and Scared Monkeys
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Juan Williams: Iraqi Protesters Are ‘Ingrate[s]’ Who Should Appreciate U.S. Invasion  —  Last night on “The O'Reilly Factor,” host Bill O'Reilly slammed Muntader al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at President Bush, and said that if he had been there, he “would have physically taken the guy down.”
Discussion: Eschaton
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Newt denounces Blago attacks  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is denouncing Republican attempts to link President-elect Barack Obama and disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.  —  Senator John McCain Sunday distanced himself from Republican National Committee attacks on Obama …
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 …
BBC:
Serious security flaw found in IE  —  Users of the world's most common web browser have been advised to switch to a rival until a serious security flaw has been fixed.  —  The flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer could allow criminals to take control of people's computers and steal their passwords, internet experts say.
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
In Defense Of Torture  —  Reuel Marc Gerecht responds to my postings yesterday:
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Dawn Kawamoto / CNN:
Survey: Many would take Internet over sex
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Sarah Posner / American Prospect:
The Truth About Abortion Reduction
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
THE WEEK - Online:
The GOP's “Hoover time”  —  I never agree with Dick Cheney.
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
How to Burst a Bubble  —  Barack Obama seems to have a recurring nightmare.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
An Empire of Sentimentality
Jeanne Cummings / The Politico:
Bailout payout tops $8 trillion
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The Return of Realpolitik in Arabia
David Zaring / Conglomerate:
Will Toyota Sue if Treasury Bails Out GM?
Discussion: The Right Coast and PoliPundit.com
New York Times:
Bomb Found at Paris Dept. Store
Discussion: Gawker and A Blog For All
Daphne Retter / New York Post:
CHARLIE'S SICK HOUSE VOTE RECORD
Justin Elliott / TPMMuckraker:
Will Hillary Follow Through On Campaign Pledge To Ban ‘Private Mercenaries’?
Caroline Graham / Daily Mail:
Gay penguins expelled from zoo colony for stealing eggs are given …