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10:05 AM ET, December 18, 2008


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The Politico:
Gay activists furious with Obama  —  Barack Obama's choice of a prominent evangelical minister to perform the invocation at his inauguration is a conciliatory gesture toward social conservatives who opposed him in November, but it is drawing fierce challenges from a gay rights movement that …
Sarah Posner / The Nation:
Today in The Nation: Purpose-Driven Inauguration
Discussion: and Connecticut Bob
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Ugh  —  Rick Warren will give the invocation at Obama's inauguration.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Big News in Washington, but Far Fewer Cover It  —  WASHINGTON — A new president arrived from a new party.  The balance of power shifted in Congress.  Legions of fresh new faces showed up in the nation's capital with new ideas, eager to upend the way the country does business.
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Organizing the White House Is Obama's First Test  —  All presidents come to realize how much structure matters.  —  As he organizes his presidency, Barack Obama continues to receive glowing reviews.  Three out of four Americans approve of how he's handling his transition.
Discussion: Commentary and marbury
Lynn Sweet:
Emanuel's deeper involvement in pressing for Jarrett Senate appointment  —  My Sun-Times colleagues Natasha Korecki and Fran Spielman in a story in the Thusday paper report Rahm Emanuel's involvement in pushing Gov. Blagojevich to appoint Valerie Jarrett to replace President elect Barack Obama was deeper than previously known.
Discussion: RedState and The Caucus
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Former chiefs of staff meet with Emanuel
Discussion: marbury, Associated Press and The Swamp
Rob Bluey / The Foundry:
Conservative Leader Paul Weyrich Dies; First to Lead Heritage  —  Paul M. Weyrich, chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation and first president of The Heritage Foundation, died this morning around 1 a.m. He was 66 years old.  Weyrich was a good friend to many of us at Heritage, a true leader and a man of unbending principle.
Robert S. Boyd / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Forget the economy: Killer asteroids could pose real danger  —  WASHINGTON — A blue-ribbon panel of scientists is trying to determine the best way to detect and ward off any wandering space rocks that might be on a collision course with Earth.  —  “We're looking for the killer asteroid,” …
Scott / Power Line:
MINNESOTA SENATE RECOUNT, UPDATE XIII  —  Yesterday the Minnesota Supreme Court heard oral argument in Senator Coleman's petition to review the Board of Canvassers' “recommendation” that the one hundred plus counting locations throughout the state sort and count previously rejected “fifth pile” absentee ballots.
Discussion: MinnPost and GayPatriot
Nate Silver /
Coleman v. Minnesota Canvassing Board
New York Times:
Mayor's Aide Pushes Hard for Kennedy  —  When a powerful labor leader picked up the phone this week, he was surprised to hear the voice of a top aide to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York.  —  The aide, Kevin Sheekey, a deputy mayor, made it clear: Caroline Kennedy is going to be the next senator …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The New Legitimacy  —  Solving social problems by redefining our terms.  —  Amid all the gloomy economic news, the New York Times brings us an encouraging report on social trends: … What accounts for the turnaround?  The Times explains: … The problem of illegitimacy and broken families …
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Road closures extend overnight; county schools cancel classes  —  A rare winter storm swept through Southern Nevada Wednesday, dumping the most snow on the valley in nearly three decades, grounding flights at the airport, forcing the closure of major highways and closing schools for today.
Discussion: Babalu Blog and JammieWearingFool
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
The Denouement of Howard Dean?  —  Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, the man regarded by many sharp political operatives as the progenitor of President-elect Barack Obama's successful 2008 campaign, finds himself without an obvious next job as his tenure at the head of the Democratic National Committee comes to an end.
Discussion: Political Machine
Los Angeles Times:
California Democrats devise plan to hike taxes  —  By structuring them as fees, they would skirt GOP opponents and raise $9.3 billion.  A court fight looms.  —  Reporting from Sacramento — California's Democratic leaders were planning a vote today on a brazen proposal to raise gas …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Jennifer McLogan / WCBS-TV:
Nassau Cops: PTA Mom, Boy Found Half Naked In Car  —  Police Come Across Fogged Up SUV On Elementary School Grounds In Baldwin; Residents Shocked, Horrified  —  A prominent PTA official is facing some serious allegations involving a teenage boy.  —  Police arrested Joan Tuckruskye …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Don Surber
Mark Pazniokas / Hartford Courant:
Lieberman Panned In Poll, Admonished By State Democrats  —  U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman was rebuked twice Wednesday — first by poll respondents and then by the Democratic State Central Committee.  —  A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday gave him and U.S. Sen. Christopher J. Dodd …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Andy Worthington / The Huffington Post:
Freed Bosnian Calls Guantanamo “The Worst Place In The World”  —  As three Bosnian Algerians — Mustafa Aid Idr, Hadj Boudella and Mohammed Nechla — returned to their families in Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday, Ait Idr spoke briefly to reporters.  “For almost seven years,” he said …
Boston Globe:
The year 2008 in photographs (part 1 of 3)  —  2008 has been an eventful year to say the least - it is difficult to sum up the thousands of stories in just a handful of photographs.  That said, I will try to do what I've done with other photo narratives here, and tell a story of 2008 in photographs.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Children forced into cell-like school seclusion rooms  —  MURRAYVILLE, Georgia (CNN) — A few weeks before 13-year-old Jonathan King killed himself, he told his parents that his teachers had put him in “time-out.”  —  “We thought that meant go sit in the corner and be quiet for a few minutes …
Discussion: The Reaction
New York Times:
The Torture Report  —  Most Americans have long known that the horrors of Abu Ghraib were not the work of a few low-ranking sociopaths.  All but President Bush's most unquestioning supporters recognized the chain of unprincipled decisions that led to the abuse, torture and death in prisons run …
Discussion: TalkLeft and Prairie Weather
Wall Street Journal:
Madoff Misled SEC in '06, Got Off  —  Securities and Exchange Commission investigators discovered in 2006 that Bernard Madoff had misled the agency about how he managed customer money, according to documents, yet the SEC missed an opportunity to uncover an alleged Ponzi scheme.
Russia Plans to Test Obama, U.S. Diplomat Says  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Russia has become more rigid in dealing with the United States on issues like the Bush administration's plans for a missile shield in Europe, and it looks ready to test the administration of President-elect Barack Obama, a senior American diplomat said Wednesday.
Discussion: QandO and Jules Crittenden
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New York Times:
Generals Propose a Timetable for Iraq
Discussion: Danger Room and Right Wing News
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Move Over, Christianists  —  The Islamists are even more opposed to reality.
Publius / Obsidian Wings:
Why The Caroline Kennedy Appointment Sort Of Stinks
Associated Press:
Activists denounce Russian treason bill
Marc Ambinder:
A Shakeup In The RNC Chairman's Race
Jane Sutton / Reuters:
U.S. sends three Guantanamo men home to Bosnia
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Feds seek to freeze Blago campaign fund, sources say
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Saltzman / Boston Globe:
Court won't disqualify judge in case
Discussion: TalkLeft
White House:
President Bush Discusses National Security, Homeland Security …
John O'Sullivan / National Review:
The Politics of Everyman  —  George W. Bush, American …
Discussion: The Corner, AmSpecBlog and Firedoglake
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
Panel recommends officials get pay raises
Discussion: Think Progress and Redhot
Washington Wire:
Shaiken Emerges as Top Candidate for Labor Secretary
Discussion: Fox News, The New Republic and Gawker