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1:45 PM ET, December 17, 2008

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Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time opts for the obvious  —  How much suspense awaited Time Magazine's Person of the Year issue?  About as much as we had in the second half of the USC-Notre Dame game: … Racial divide?  Didn't this election prove that our racial divide had moved to the past?
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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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bush Prepares Crisis Briefings to Aid Obama  —  WASHINGTON — The White House has prepared more than a dozen contingency plans to help guide President-elect Barack Obama if an international crisis erupts in the opening days of his administration, part of an elaborate operation devised to smooth …
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
LaHood, a Republican, Considered for Transportation Slot
Discussion: The Bellows
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Obama's List Doesn't Quite Match Emily's
Discussion: New York Times
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.
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 …
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Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama: Wait until Hawaii for answers
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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Jacob Gershman / The New Republic:
Back So Soon?  —  Why Eliot Spitzer's attempt to be taken …
www.dcexaminer.com:
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.
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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 …
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Washington Post:
SEC Ignored Credible Tips About Madoff, Chief Says
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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Associated Press:
Lincoln: ‘Card-check’ proposal not necessary
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Wonk Room
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 …
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.
Syracuse Post-Standard:
CENTRAL NEW YORK NEWS  —  Real-Time News Updates for Syracuse and CNY  —  Caroline Kennedy meets with Syracuse mayor … SYRACUSE, NY — On the way out of Syracuse City Hall this morning, Caroline Kennedy briefly addressed about 20 reporters and photographers:
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, Hot Air and Don Surber
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.
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.
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 …
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA APPEARED ON HALF OF TIME'S COVERS  —  From NBC's Domenico Montanaro  —  In light of Barack Obama (predictably) being named Time's Man 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.  —  Drumroll.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
Marc Ambinder:
Understanding Power In Washington: Who's Afraid Of Rahm Right Now?  —  As this blog matures into the next year, it will owe a debt to the great Hedrick Smith, as I'll be writing more and more about power in Washington; what it is; who has it, who pretends to have it; how it is expressed explicity …
Discussion: Commentary
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:
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1999.... Last week, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), the #3 person in the House Republican leadership, argued that “welfare reform” should be near the top of the GOP list of policy priorities.  A few days earlier, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, considered something of a “rising star” …
 
 
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Houston Chronicle:
White announces Senate campaign via Web video
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Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
U.N. Authorizes Land, Air Attacks on Somali Pirates
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USA Today:
Who's to blame for economy?
Discussion: Salon
Callie Shell / Time:
B-Ball with Barack  —  My father Fraser Robinson and my …
Discussion: Gawker
Sarah Palin / Time:
Person of the Year 2008
Discussion: Don Surber
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
PENN'S TWO-FACED WITH GAYS
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Don Surber
Telegraph:
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino gets black eye as ‘shoevenir’ in Baghdad
Mary Flood / Houston Chronicle:
Insurer: Victims of Houston office fire died from ‘pollution’
Discussion: Liberty Street
New York Post:
SHE'S WAY OFF THE MARK ON BLAGO
Susan Crabtree / The Hill:
Trips to Caribbean appear to have broken House rules
BBC:
Watching romantic comedies ‘can spoil your love life’
Discussion: The Corner and Dr. Helen