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3:15 PM ET, December 17, 2008

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Callie Shell / Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:  —  Why History Can't Wait
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 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
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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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 …
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
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.
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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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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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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.
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: The Caucus and Matthew Yglesias
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Mike Dorning / The Swamp:   LaHood asked to be Transportation Sec
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 …
Associated Press:
Lincoln: ‘Card-check’ proposal not necessary  —  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Sen. Blanche Lincoln says she doesn't think federal legislation that would allow labor organizations to unionize workplaces without secret-ballot elections is necessary.  But in an interview with The Associated Press today …
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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.
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
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 and Paul Krugman
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
WARREN TO GIVE INVOCATION.... Barack Obama is, for the time being, a man without a pastor of his own, so we knew he'd have to turn to someone else to deliver the invocation at his presidential inauguration.  Unfortunately, Obama has chosen Rick Warren. … This is not too big a surprise, but it is disappointing.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
KLEIN ACCOUNTABILITY WATCH: TESTING EDITION.  —  Yesterday, I joined Seyward Darby in lauding the impressive improvement in test scores during Arne Duncan's tenure as CEO of Chicago's public schools.  Dana Goldstein, however, has a useful corrective on this sort of thinking:
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
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” …
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Justice Kennedy rejects 2 more challenges to Obama
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Between Obama and the Press
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Sarah Palin / Time:
Person of the Year 2008
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Telegraph:
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino gets black eye as ‘shoevenir’ in Baghdad
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Mary Flood / Houston Chronicle:
Insurer: Victims of Houston office fire died from ‘pollution’
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Laura Meckler / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Abortion Rules Face Possible Reversal
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Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
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