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2:15 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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Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
LaHood, a Republican, Considered for Transportation Slot
Discussion: The Bellows
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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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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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, Hot Air and Don Surber
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Mark Leibovich / New York Times:
Between Obama and the Press
Huma Khan / The Note:
Blago Set to Break His Silence
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Punch
Marc Ambinder:
Understanding Power In Washington: Who's Afraid Of Rahm Right Now?
Discussion: Commentary
Colum Lynch / Washington Post:
U.N. Authorizes Land, Air Attacks on Somali Pirates
Callie Shell / Time:
B-Ball with Barack  —  My father Fraser Robinson and my …
Discussion: Gawker
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Palin / Time:
Person of the Year 2008
Discussion: Don Surber
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
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