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9:40 PM ET, December 17, 2008

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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.
John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Obama picks homophobe pro-'Prop 8' evangelical preacher to give the invocation at inaugural  —  5:22PM UPDATE: Warren compared abortion to the “Jewish Holocaust,” and said that making abortion “rare” wasn't enough, he's for outlawing abortion, period.  So that would make pro-choice people …
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: Salon, Don Surber, The Note and AmSpecBlog
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Ugh  —  Rick Warren will give the invocation at Obama's inauguration.  Warren is a man who believes my marriage removes his freedom of speech and cannot say that authorizing torture is a moral failing.  Shrewd politics, but if anyone is under any illusion that Obama is interested in advancing gay equality …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WARREN TO GIVE INVOCATION.... Barack Obama is, for the time being …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Spin Cycle
Matt Duss / Think Progress:
Anti-gay, anti-choice, pro-assassination pastor to give inaugural invocation.»
Discussion: The Seminal
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama's Rick Warren pick irks liberals
Discussion: Hot Air and Wilshire & Washington
Kyle / Right Wing Watch:
Warren To Deliver Invocation at Inaguration
Discussion: Calitics
Marc Ambinder:
Rick Warren To Give Invocation At The Inauguration; John Williams …
Discussion: The New Republic
Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
LaHood to be Transportation Sec  —  Peoria Republican congressman Ray LaHood will be nominated Transportation Secretary for the Obama Administration, Republican and Democratic sources 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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Washington Post:
LaHood Accepts Transportation Secretary Job
Discussion: The Huffington Post
New York Times:
Kennedy Goes on Tour Upstate  —  BUFFALO — The first day of Caroline Kennedy's tour through upstate New York on Wednesday was meant to be a low-key, decorous excursion, mindful of the skepticism surrounding her bid to be appointed the state's next United States senator.  —  Fat chance.
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New York Post:
HILL TELLS PALS: LAY OFF CAROLINE
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Kennedy - An Author, A Mother - Starts Making Her Case
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New York Times:
Tumult in Iraqi Parliament Over Shoe Hurling
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Philly.com
The Australian:
Bush shoe thrower Muntazer al-Zaidi ‘too injured’ for court
Time:
Person of the Year 2008: Barack Obama  —  For having the confidence to sketch an ambitious future in a gloomy hour, and for showing the competence that makes Americans hopeful he might pull it off, the President-elect is TIME's Person of the Year.
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Obama appeared on half of TIME's covers
Discussion: Time and Fausta's Blog
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Media Matters for America:
Sean Hannity: Media Matters ' 2008 Misinformer of the Year  —  As Media Matters for America has demonstrated time and again, Fox News' Sean Hannity has been a prolific and influential purveyor of conservative misinformation.  But never has he so enthusiastically applied his talents …
Wall Street Journal:
Quick Ouster of Blagojevich Unlikely  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Chances that Illinois would swiftly oust its governor faded Wednesday.  —  The combative new lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrived at the state capitol with a host of objections to the impeachment process just getting under way.
Discussion: Progress Illinois, Fox News and Gawker
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Susan Saulny / New York Times:   Request to Remove Blagojevich Denied
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Coleman v. Minnesota Canvassing Board  —  This afternoon, Minnesota's Supreme Court will take up Norm Coleman's request (PDF) to stop the counting of so-called “fifth-pile” absentee ballots in Minnesota.  These are ballots that initially were rejected by the counties, but that upon further review appear …
Discussion: Braublog and The RBC
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice and FP Passport
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Environmentalists Wary of Obama's Interior Pick
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Destroying What the UAW Built
Associated Press:
Justice Kennedy rejects 2 more challenges to Obama
Discussion: Hot Air