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5:05 PM ET, December 17, 2008

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Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA APPEARED ON HALF OF TIME 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
Callie Shell / Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:  —  Why History Can't Wait
Michael Caronna / Time:
Zhang Yimou
Discussion: Achenblog
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.
Aretha Franklin / CBN.com:
Pro-Life Rick Warren to Give Invocation at Obama Inauguration  —  Pro-life pastor Rick Warren will give the invocation at President-Elect Barack Obama's inauguration.  It makes a whole lot of sense.  Even though Warren and Obama disagree on the life issue, they do see eye to eye on many social justice issues.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Salon
New York Times:
In Appearance Upstate, Kennedy Says Little  —  ROCHESTER — She talked about her book, about the Bill of Rights.  She talked about raising her family.  And, echoing her friend, President-elect Barack Obama, she said she could bring change to Washington.  —  Caroline Kennedy …
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Syracuse Post-Standard:
CENTRAL NEW YORK NEWS  —  Real-Time News Updates for Syracuse and CNY  —  Caroline Kennedy meets with Syracuse mayor … SYRACUSE, NY — On the way out of Syracuse City Hall this morning, Caroline Kennedy briefly addressed about 20 reporters and photographers:
New York Post:
HILL TELLS PALS: LAY OFF CAROLINE
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 …
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Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama: Wait until Hawaii for answers
Discussion: The Politico
Marc Ambinder:
Understanding Power In Washington: Who's Afraid Of Rahm Right Now?
Discussion: Commentary
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
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Chicago Breaking News:
Court refuses to hear Blagojevich fitness case
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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 …
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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
Eamon Javers / The Politico:   Four really, really bad scenarios
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 …
Mark Preston / CNN:
Second GOP senator to announce retirement  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Sam Brownback will announce Thursday he is retiring from the Senate when his term ends in 2010, allowing the Kansas Republican to explore a run for governor.  —  He will be the second GOP senator this year to publicly state …
Associated Press:
Cake request for 3-year-old Hitler namesake denied  —  EASTON, Pa. - The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child's full name on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance.  Heath Campbell and his wife, Deborah …
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.
Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Between Obama and the Press  —  ROBERT GIBBS'S HEADY WASHINGTON RISE was certified on a humid day in June when a procession of media and political fancies gathered in tribute to Tim Russert, the “Meet the Press” host who died of a heart attack several days earlier.
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.
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
DSCC Senior Staff Stays Put  —  New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the newly-chosen chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, has convinced the committee's top two staffers from the 2008 election to stay on for another election cycle, according to party sources familiar with the decision.
Discussion: MyDD
 
 
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Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Panel calls for dropping Blackwater guards in Iraq
Discussion: Think Progress
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