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4:55 PM ET, December 17, 2008

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Time:
Person of the Year 2008  —  INSIDE:
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Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
OBAMA APPEARED ON HALF OF TIME 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: Time and Weekly Standard
Michael Caronna / Time:
Zhang Yimou
Discussion: Achenblog
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Time opts for the obvious
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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Alexander Mooney / CNN:
Rick Warren to give inaugural invocation  —  (CNN) — President-elect Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony will feature big names like minister Rick Warren and legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies announced Wednesday.
Aretha Franklin / CBN.com:
Pro-Life Rick Warren to Give Invocation at Obama Inauguration
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Salon
New York Times:
In Appearance Upstate, Kennedy Says Little  —  ROCHESTER — She talked about her book, about the Bill of Rights.  She talked about raising her family.  And, echoing her friend, President-elect Barack Obama, she said she could bring change to Washington.  —  Caroline Kennedy …
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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:
New York Post:
HILL TELLS PALS: LAY OFF CAROLINE
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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Mike Dorning / The Swamp:
Obama: Wait until Hawaii for answers
Discussion: The Politico
Marc Ambinder:
Understanding Power In Washington: Who's Afraid Of Rahm Right Now?
Discussion: Commentary
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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Chicago Breaking News:
Court refuses to hear Blagojevich fitness case
Discussion: Hotline On Call
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 …
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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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www.dcexaminer.com:
Who Will Bail Out Uncle Sam?
Discussion: Right Wing News
Eamon Javers / The Politico:   Four really, really bad scenarios
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.
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 …
Mark Preston / CNN:
Second GOP senator to announce retirement  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Sam Brownback will announce Thursday he is retiring from the Senate when his term ends in 2010, allowing the Kansas Republican to explore a run for governor.  —  He will be the second GOP senator this year to publicly state …
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Cake request for 3-year-old Hitler namesake denied  —  EASTON, Pa. - The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child's full name on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance.  Heath Campbell and his wife, Deborah …
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.
 
 
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Making It To America  —  A video that shows immigration to the US from 1820 to 2007.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and FP Passport
John M. Broder / New York Times:
Environmentalists Wary of Obama's Interior Pick
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WaPo: Only Positive Obama Ads, Please
Discussion: The Corner
Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
Destroying What the UAW Built
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
KLEIN ACCOUNTABILITY WATCH: TESTING EDITION.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1999.... Last week, Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Great Unraveling  —  The stranger, a Western businessman …
Discussion: USA Today