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11:15 AM ET, December 17, 2008


 Top Items: 
Callie Shell / Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:  —  Why History Can't Wait
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time opts for the obvious
Discussion: Snapped Shot
Henry Paulson / Time:
Person of the Year 2008
Discussion: Political Machine
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.
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
Eric Konigsberg / New York Times:
In Fraud Case, Middlemen in Spotlight  —  As a go-between who shepherded clients and their money to Bernard L. Madoff, Walter M. Noel became so prosperous that he was only too happy to show off his good fortune to the world.  —  In 2002, Vanity Fair dispatched the photographer Bruce Weber …
James Pethokoukis / Capital Commerce:
The 10 Dopiest Business and Economy Leaders of 2008
Chris Fusco / Chicago Sun Times:
Holder omitted Blagojevich link from questionnaire  —  Announced as a ‘special investigator to the Illinois Gaming Board’ in 2004  —  Before Eric Holder was President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be attorney general, he was Gov. Blagojevich's pick to sort out a mess involving Illinois' long-dormant casino license.
Discussion: Hot Air, The Hill and The Campaign Spot
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1999.... Last week, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Balloon Juice
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.
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.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Obama's e-mails raise cash, concerns  —  Want a sleek Obama '08 coffee mug, a four-year calendar with pictures of Barack Obama on the campaign trail, or a blue T-shirt with “Change Can Happen” emblazoned under stylized photos of the incoming president and vice president?  —  You'll have to hurry.
Discussion: and Associated Press
Los Angeles Times:
Obama picks Vilsack as Agriculture secretary
Discussion: New York Times, MSNBC and Salon
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 …
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:
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: Liberty Street and On Deadline
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
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
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,” …
Mary Flood / Houston Chronicle:
Insurer: Victims of Houston office fire died from ‘pollution’  —  Company says smoke that killed 3 was ‘pollution’  —  An insurance company with a potential $25 million liability from a 2007 Houston office fire is claiming smoke that killed three people was “pollution” …
Discussion: Liberty Street
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Marc Ambinder:
Card Checkin' Across The Universe
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
Obama named Time's ‘Person of the Year’
Discussion: The Swamp and Reuters
New York Times:
Bomb Kills 18 Near Baghdad Police Station
Discussion: Veterans For America
Michelle Malkin / National Review:
The Real Housewives of Crook County
Discussion: HazZzMat
New York Post:
Sam Dillon / New York Times:
Obama Pledge Stirs Hope in Early Education
Discussion: The Bellows
 Earlier Items: 
Callie Shell / Time:
Why History Can't Wait  —  Yes, Obama could talk …
San Francisco Peninsula / San Francisco Peninsula …:
Rep. Eshoo to push for Fairness Doctrine
Discussion: Commentary and
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Trips to Caribbean appear to have broken House rules
Discussion: A Blog For All
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