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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.
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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.
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WARREN TO GIVE INVOCATION.... Barack Obama is, for the time being …
Discussion: Spin Cycle
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:   Warren To Deliver Invocation at Inaguration
Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Prop 8 Homophobe Rick Warren to Deliver Inaugural Benediction
Discussion: Box Turtle Bulletin
Marc Ambinder:
Rick Warren To Give Invocation At The Inauguration; John Williams …
Discussion: The New Republic
Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Obama appeared on half of TIME's covers
Discussion: Time
Callie Shell / Time:
The Interview: Person Of the Year Barack Obama
Discussion: Change.gov
New York Times:
Kennedy Goes on Tour Upstate  —  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, on her first day touring upstate …
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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:
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Kennedy - An Author, A Mother - Starts Making Her Case
Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
For senate, Caroline or Carolyn?
Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
LaHood asked to be Transportation Sec  —  Peoria Republican congressman Ray LaHood has been asked to be Transportation Secretary for the Obama Administration, a Republican source said today.  —  A spokesman for the Obama transition team declined to comment and LaHood's office did not immediately return phone calls.
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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 …
Washington Wire:   GOP Rep. LaHood Eyed for Transportation Secretary
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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Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama: Wait until Hawaii for answers
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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.
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 …
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: The Politico and Right Wing News
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Environmentalists Wary of Obama's Interior Pick  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama's choice to lead the Interior Department, Senator Ken Salazar of Colorado, will inherit an agency demoralized by years of scandal, political interference and mismanagement.
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New York Times:
Fixing Interior  —  Senator Ken Salazar, the Colorado Democrat …
Discussion: Change.gov
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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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.
Patrick / FishBowlDC:
WaPo: Only Positive Obama Ads, Please  —  Hoping to make a little cash off of Barack Obama's inauguration (that's certainly nothing new...), Washington Post.Newsweek Interactive and the Washington Post's classifieds departments have launched “Welcome to the White House”, a classfieds …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Corner
Newsdesk / Clout St:
Illinois Supreme Court rejects Madigan bid to declare Blagojevich ‘unfit’  —  SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois Supreme Court today rejected Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan's attempt to have disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich declared unable to hold the office of Illinois chief executive, court officials said.
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Chicago Breaking News:   Court refuses to hear Blagojevich fitness case
 
 
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