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11:40 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.
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 …
The Politico:
Gay activists furious with Obama  —  Barack Obama's choice of a prominent evangelical minister to perform the invocation at his inauguration is a conciliatory gesture toward social conservatives who opposed him in November, but it is drawing fierce challenges from a gay rights movement that …
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 …
Aretha Franklin /
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 and Firedoglake
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama's Rick Warren pick irks liberals
Discussion: Hot Air and Wilshire & Washington
Kenneth Chan /
Rick Warren Not Satisfied with Making Abortions ‘Rare’
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Hullabaloo
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 …
New York Times:
Tumult in Iraqi Parliament Over Shoe Hurling
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and
The Australian:
Bush shoe thrower Muntazer al-Zaidi ‘too injured’ for court
Discussion: Firedoglake and Hullabaloo
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Iraqi ambassador tells off Code Pink for defending shoe-thrower
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.
New York Times:
Kennedy, Touring Upstate, Gets Less and Less Low-Key  —  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.
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 …
Washington Wire:   Bush to Host Lunch for Obama, Previous Presidents
Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Report: Obama Campaign Manager Disdained Mark Halperin, Politico  —  The Huffington Post got an advance look at the forthcoming New York Times magazine profile of Robert Gibbs, the campaign spokesperson who will be White House press secretary.  —  Check out the disdain that Obama campaign …
Discussion: The Jed Report
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: Fox News, Progress Illinois and Gawker
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 …
Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
For senate, Caroline or Carolyn?  —  Caroline Kennedy strikes me as a very impressive woman with all the right priorities, such as education.  But I also find it unseemly and undemocratic that she seems to have vaulted to the top of the Senate list by virtue of who her dad was.
New York Post:
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
Matthew Kaminski / Forbes:
You Like Us!  But Not For Long  —  America's euphoria over global goodwill is misplaced.  —  In the weeks since Barack Obama and his family walked out on that Grant Park stage, our euphoria about the world's euphoria must surely count as the most endearingly silly outcome of this election.
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
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John O'Sullivan / National Review:
The Politics of Everyman  —  George W. Bush, American …
Jennifer McLogan / WCBS-TV:
Nassau Cops: PTA Mom, Boy Found Half Naked In Car
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
Panel recommends officials get pay raises
Discussion: Think Progress
Washington Wire:
Shaiken Emerges as Top Candidate for Labor Secretary
Discussion: The New Republic and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
Risky, Ill-Timed Land Deals Hit Calpers
Discussion: The Next Right and BloggingStocks
Wall Street Journal:
Regulator Schapiro to Run SEC for Obama
Nate Silver /
Coleman v. Minnesota Canvassing Board
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 Earlier Items: 
John Koblin / New York Observer:
At Magazines, It's 2.0 Steps Forward, 1.0 Step Back
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Environmentalists Wary of Obama's Interior Pick
Associated Press:
Justice Kennedy rejects 2 more challenges to Obama
Discussion: Hot Air