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3:50 PM ET, December 17, 2008

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Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:
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Callie Shell / Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:  —  Why History Can't Wait
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: Weekly Standard
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time opts for the obvious
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans Revolt on RNC's Obama-Blago Strategy  —  As the Republican National Committee continues its attempt to tie disgraced Gov. Rod Blagojevich to President-elect Barack Obama, more high-profile GOPers are rebelling against the strategy.  —  Newt Gingrich (Ga.), the former Speaker …
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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 …
Marc Ambinder:
Understanding Power In Washington: Who's Afraid Of Rahm Right Now?
Discussion: Commentary
Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama: Wait until Hawaii for answers
Discussion: The Politico
New York Times:
In Appearance Upstate, Kennedy Says Little  —  SYRACUSE — In a carefully controlled strategy reminiscent of the vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, aides to Caroline Kennedy interrupted her on Wednesday and whisked her away when she was asked what her qualifications are to be a United States senator.
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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.
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 …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
LaHood asked to be Transportation Sec
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
LaHood, a Republican, Considered for Transportation Slot
Discussion: Gristmill
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.
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 and TigerHawk
Eamon Javers / The Politico:
Four really, really bad scenarios
Discussion: Riehl World View
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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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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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 …
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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.
Marc Ambinder:
Card Checkin' Across The Universe  —  That's.... 57 votes in favor of cloture now.  In-cycle Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas formally opposes the Employee Free Choice Act.  She says it's “not necessary” right now.  BTW: Lincoln's potential GOP opponent?  Tim Griffin, the former White …
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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.
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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Great Unraveling  —  The stranger, a Western businessman, slipped into the chair next to me at an Asia Society lunch here in Hong Kong and asked me a question that I can honestly say I've never been asked before: “So, just how corrupt is America?”  —  His question was occasioned …
Discussion: USA Today
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: Moonbattery, QandO and Hot Air
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
VILSACK TO BE NAMED SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE.  —  Contrary to a statement he gave to the Des Moines Register a few weeks ago, Tom Vilsack will indeed be appointed Secretary of Agriculture.  As I've argued before, the pick is not necessarily comforting.  Vilsack is the former governor of Iowa.
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.
 
 
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KLEIN ACCOUNTABILITY WATCH: TESTING EDITION.
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Insurer: Victims of Houston office fire died from ‘pollution’
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1999.... Last week, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) …
Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Abortion Rules Face Possible Reversal
Discussion: Liberty Street and RedState
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
MEDIAN WAGES....So let's assume that we manage to stabilize …
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