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4:25 PM ET, December 17, 2008

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Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Obama appeared on half of TIME's covers  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  In light of Barack Obama (predictably) being named Time's Person of the Year, First Read took a look back to see which magazine — Time or Newsweek — won the battle of who put Obama on the cover the most in 2008.
Discussion: Time and Weekly Standard
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time opts for the obvious
Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Aretha Franklin to Participate in Inaugural Ceremony  —  Aretha Franklin and Dr. Rick Warren, an author and leader of the Saddleback Church, are among the select group of people who will participate in Barack Obama's inaugural swearing-in ceremony on Jan. 20.
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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Rick Warren to give inaugural invocation  —  (CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony will feature big names like minister Rick Warren and legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced Wednesday.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans Revolt on RNC's Obama-Blago Strategy  —  As the Republican National Committee continues its attempt to tie disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich to President-elect Barack Obama, more high-profile GOPers are rebelling against the strategy.  —  Newt Gingrich (Ga.), the former Speaker …
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Chicago Sun Times:
Blago drama for Obama  —  President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, was pushing for Obama's successor just days after the Nov. 4 election, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.  —  Emanuel privately urged Gov. Blagojevich's administration to appoint Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett …
Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama: Wait until Hawaii for answers
Discussion: The Politico
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
Blackwell's RNC bid gains steam
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Ken Blackwell
Marc Ambinder:
Understanding Power In Washington: Who's Afraid Of Rahm Right Now?
Discussion: Commentary
New York Times:
In Appearance Upstate, Kennedy Says Little  —  SYRACUSE — In a carefully controlled strategy reminiscent of the vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, aides to Caroline Kennedy interrupted her on Wednesday and whisked her away when she was asked what her qualifications are to be a United States senator.
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Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
LaHood considered for Cabinet post  —  Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) is in discussions with the Obama administration to take a Cabinet-level post — most likely secretary of the Department of Transportation, according to knowledgeable GOP sources.  —  When reached on his cell phone …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
LaHood, a Republican, Considered for Transportation Slot
Discussion: Gristmill
Charlie / Explorations:
US Bankrupt?  —  Glenn posts this: … They're not accurate: … They palmed a card, actually two cards: the first one is they're using household net worth ... but that leaves out corporate net worth, so they're ignoring, eg, Exxon.  The second is that they're comparing future obligations …
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www.dcexaminer.com:
Who Will Bail Out Uncle Sam?
Discussion: Right Wing News and TigerHawk
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Four really, really bad scenarios
Discussion: Riehl World View
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama's Pressers: No Comment — and NoDoz  —  A month from now, the nation will say farewell to its sports-obsessed president who doesn't like tough questions.  And it will replace him with, well, another sports-obsessed president who doesn't like tough questions.
Chuck Goudie / WLS-TV:
Blagojevich was bookie, says federal informant  —  The ABC7 I-Team has learned that an attorney who went undercover for the FBI in the late 1980's says he told federal authorities years ago about wrongdoing by Blagojevich.  —  His name is Robert Cooley.  —  Cooley was a criminal defense lawyer …
Gateway Pundit:
IRAQI AMBASSADOR TELLS OFF CODE PINK WHACKOS (Video)  —  CODE PINK AMBUSHES IRAQI AMBASSADOR- AMBASSADOR FIRES BACK  —  “He's lucky he didn't try something like this under Saddam Hussein.”  —  Ambassador Samir Sumaida'ie: … The anti-American Marxist front group Code Pink ambushed Iraq Ambassador …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Prostitution vs. war crimes: The real moral offense  —  In October, the extremely pro-war, neoconservative New York Sun ceased operations, and its journalists are now finding a warm and welcoming home, appropriately and revealingly enough, at The New Republic.
Marc Ambinder:
Card Checkin' Across The Universe  —  That's.... 57 votes in favor of cloture now.  In-cycle Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas formally opposes the Employee Free Choice Act.  She says it's “not necessary” right now.  BTW: Lincoln's potential GOP opponent?  Tim Griffin, the former White …
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Chicago Breaking News:
Court refuses to hear Blagojevich fitness case  —  SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Supreme Court has rejected Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan's attempt to have Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unfit to hold office, court officials said.  —  The high court issued the order without comment.  —  More details to come.
Discussion: Hotline On Call and The Reaction
San Francisco Peninsula / San Francisco Peninsula …:
Rep. Eshoo to push for Fairness Doctrine  —  Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (pictured), D-Palo Alto, said Monday she will work to restore the Fairness Doctrine and have it apply to cable and satellite programming as well as radio and TV.  —  “I'll work on bringing it back.
Associated Press:
Justice Kennedy rejects 2 more challenges to Obama  —  Featured Topics:  —  AP - President-elect Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, where ...  - Slideshow: President-elect Barack Obama  — Play Video U.S. Courts Video: N.C. Supreme Court hears year-round school case WRAL Raleigh
Discussion: Hot Air
Fox News:
Scientists Call AP Report on Global Warming ‘Hysteria’  —  Scientists skeptical of the assertion that climate change is the result of man's activites are criticizing a recent Associated Press report on global warming, calling it “irrational hysteria,” “horrifically bad” and “incredibly biased.”
Discussion: Moonbattery, QandO and Hot Air
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Making It To America  —  A video that shows immigration to the US from 1820 to 2007.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and FP Passport
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Environmentalists Wary of Obama's Interior Pick
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
WaPo: Only Positive Obama Ads, Please
Discussion: The Corner
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Destroying What the UAW Built
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
KLEIN ACCOUNTABILITY WATCH: TESTING EDITION.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1999.... Last week, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Great Unraveling  —  The stranger, a Western businessman …
Discussion: USA Today