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10:50 AM ET, December 17, 2008


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Callie Shell / Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:  —  Why History Can't Wait
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Obama named Time's ‘Person of the Year’
Discussion: The Swamp and Associated Press
Callie Shell / Time:   Why History Can't Wait  —  Yes, Obama could talk …
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama's e-mails raise cash, concerns
Los Angeles Times:
Obama picks Vilsack as Agriculture secretary
Discussion: New York Times, MSNBC and Salon
Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Nepotism Nation: Dems embrace dynasty politics  —  Barack Obama's path to the presidency included beating what had been one of the nation's most powerful families.  But, in an unusual twist, his election last month is helping accelerate the trend toward dynasty politics.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
MEDIAN WAGES....So let's assume that we manage to stabilize the economy sometime soon via whatever combination of stimulus spending, tax cuts, and bailouts you think is best.  What's next?  Where will demand come from to get the economy moving normally again?  Paul Krugman comments:
Paul Krugman / TPMCafe:
The Global Jigsaw  —  Bob Reich raises an important question that's …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
Jackson, Jr. an informant to Blago investigations  —  SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (CNN) — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. — who was cited in a criminal complaint against Rod Blagojevich — has been an informant for at least a decade with the U.S. Attorney's office, and has informed on the embattled governor of Illinois …
Who Will Bail Out Uncle Sam?  —  By EXAMINER EDITORIAL HOT ZONE  —  The United States of America is bankrupt.  Don't believe it?  Consider this: Federal obligations now exceed the collective net worth of all Americans, according to the New York-based Peter G. Peterson Foundation.
Discussion: TigerHawk
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: QandO and Don Surber
Agence France Presse:
Bush says sacrificed free-market principles to save economy … US President George W. Bush said in an interview Tuesday he was forced to sacrifice free market principles to save the economy from “collapse.”  —  “I've abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system,” …
Wall Street Journal:
SEC to Probe Its Ties to Madoffs  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission will examine the relationship between a former official at the agency and a niece of financier Bernard L. Madoff, after the SEC's chief admitted “apparent multiple failures” to oversee the firm at the center of an alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme.
New York Post:
RUDY TO RADIO?  —  EVERYONE knows Bill O'Reilly is quitting his radio show to concentrate on his Fox News TV program.  Now, Page Six has learned the leading candidate to succeed him is Rudy Giuliani (above).  Westwood One, which syndicates the O'Reilly show, is negotiating with the former mayor.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
George Tenet, Drunk in Bandar's Pool, Screaming about Jews  —  I just picked up Patrick Tyler's forthcoming book, A World of Trouble, about America's tortured relations with the Middle East, and the prologue contains this whopper of a scene, one that is quite devastating, if true …
Discussion: Marc Ambinder
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Trips to Caribbean appear to have broken House rules  —  For at least five of the last six years, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) and several other members of the Congressional Black Caucus have spent a few days each fall at a different luxurious Caribbean island resort.
Discussion: A Blog For All
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Abortion Rules Face Possible Reversal  —  Obama Team Looks at Regulation Set to Be Finalized This Week Letting Medical Staff Refuse to Take Part in Practices They Oppose  —  WASHINGTON — The outgoing Bush administration this week will finalize a regulation establishing a “right of conscience” …
Discussion: On Deadline
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.
Discussion: Commentary and
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
HUD Chief Calls Aid on Mortgages A Failure  —  Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Steve Preston said the centerpiece of the federal government's effort to help struggling homeowners has been a failure and he's blaming Congress.  —  The three-year program was supposed to help 400,000 borrowers avoid foreclosure.
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New York Times:
Bomb Kills 18 Near Baghdad Police Station
Discussion: Veterans For America
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama's Pressers: No Comment — and NoDoz
Michelle Malkin / National Review:
The Real Housewives of Crook County
Discussion: HazZzMat
New York Post:
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Obama's $10 Billion Promise Stirs Hope in Early Education
Discussion: The Bellows
Washington Post:
New Poll Shows 63% Are Already Hurt by Downturn
Discussion: The Sideshow and
 Earlier Items: 
Watching romantic comedies ‘can spoil your love life’
Discussion: The Corner and Dr. Helen
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama charm offensive sways Republicans
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Note
Jim Lindgren / The Volokh Conspiracy:
What the Duncan Appointment Suggests About Obama.
Discussion: The Corner, Freakonomics and Redhot
Adam / pomomusings:
The Bible & Homosexuality: Enough with the Bible Already
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Scott Payne / The Moderate Voice:
The Ineffable Likability of Bush
Jello Biafra / Firedoglake:
Jello Biafra Writes An Open Letter To Barack Obama
James Pethokoukis / Capital Commerce:
The 10 Dopiest Business and Economy Leaders of 2008