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6:15 PM ET, December 18, 2008

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Greg Sargent / TPM Election Central:
Obama On Rick Warren Pick: We Have To Be Able To Agree To Disagree  —  Obama, at his presser today, defends the decision to choose Rick Warren to deliver the invocation as his inauguration with a restatement of his commitment to gay rights and, more broadly, to the principles of unity that have been a hallmark of his rise to power:
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Sarah Posner / The Nation:
What's the Matter With Rick Warren?  —  Now it has officially gone too far: Democrats, in their zeal to appear friendly to evangelical voters, have chosen celebrity preacher and best-selling author Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration.
Satyam Khanna / Think Progress:
Warren insists he's not homophobic: I served ‘water and donuts’ to gay people.»  —  Pastor Rick Warren, President-elect Obama's choice to deliver the inaugurual invocation, has espoused far-right views on gay rights, including likening same-sex marriage to polygamy and incest.
CBN.com:
Pro-Lifers Rip Rick Warren on Obama Invocation  —  So let me get straight to the point.  —  Liberals and gay activists aren't happy with Barack Obama for choosing pro-life and prop 8 supporting pastor Rick Warren to give the invocation at Obama's inaugural.
Associated Press:
Obama defends choice of pastor for invocation
Discussion: Queerty, Weekly Standard and TalkLeft
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA ON RICK WARREN
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE MEANING OF “OPEN AND INCLUSIVE.”
Thom Hartmann / The Huffington Post:
Three Cups of Tea for Rick Warren
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ACCOUNTABILITY WATCH.... It's not my intention to belabor …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
AP source: Rep. Hilda Solis is Obama's labor pick  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A labor official says Rep. Hilda Solis of California will be nominated as labor secretary by President-elect Barack Obama.  —  The Democratic congresswoman was just elected to her fifth term representing heavily Hispanic portions …
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Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
HILDA SOLIS IS GREAT.  —  What does Rep. Hilda Solis, Barack Obama's selection for secretary of labor, bring to the job?  Only a record of passionate commitment to working people, a high level of political smarts, and some genuine displays of raw guts that could make her a star of American liberalism.
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 …
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Demands for war crimes prosecutions are now growing in the mainstream
ScienceInsider:
Sources: John Holdren to be Nominated as Obama's Science Adviser  —  Strong indications are that President-elect Barack Obama has picked physicist John Holdren to be the president's science adviser.  —  A top adviser to the Obama campaign and international expert on energy and climate …
Rod Watson / Buffalo News:
Kennedy is listening to wrong folks  —  Who says Camelot kid Caroline Kennedy isn't ready to be a big-time politician representing New York in the U. S. Senate?  —  She doesn't even have the job yet, and she's already acting like a seasoned insider.  —  In her first visit to Buffalo …
Discussion: Open Left and Taylor Marsh
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New York Times:
Bush Weighs ‘Orderly’ Bankruptcy for Automakers  —  WASHINGTON — The White House said on Thursday that an “orderly” bankruptcy was one option being considered to try to rescue General Motors and Chrysler, which are seeking billions of dollars to avoid a shutdown.
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Obama names intel czar  —  From NBC's Jim Miklaszewski  —  Sources involved in President-elect Obama's transition confirm that former Admiral Dennis Blair has been selected as the new Director of National Intelligence.  —  A 34-year Navy veteran, Blair was commander …
Discussion: Hot Air
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Gay man backed for Navy secretary  —  Foes cite 'Don't ask, don't tell'  —  Some top retired military leaders and some Democrats in Congress are backing William White, chief operating officer of the Intrepid Museum Foundation, to be the next secretary of the Navy - a move that would put …
New York Times:
Blagojevich Wants Campaign Funds to Pay Lawyer  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois plans to ask that he be permitted to use campaign funds to defend himself against federal corruption charges, a lawyer who represents the head of the embattled governor's campaign fund said Thursday.
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Brett Favre Beats Lizard People  —  Yesterday, the Franken campaign challenged this ballot, claiming that “Brett Favre” was an identifying mark:  —  The Canvassing Board rejected the challenge and awarded the vote to Coleman.  —  Today, just moments ago, the infamous Lizard People ballot came up for the Canvassing Board's review!
Discussion: Wonkette
MSNBC:
Todd NBC's chief White House correspondent  —  Will retain political director title in addition to new duties  —  NBC News political director Chuck Todd will add the White House beat and Meet the Press Contributing Editor responsibilities to his list of duties.
Discussion: TalkLeft and NewsBusters.org
David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Shares Bittersweet Memories  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush shared some bittersweet reflections on Thursday as he looked back fondly on his White House days, but regretted his inability to win passage of immigration legislation and to change the tone of debate in the capital.
Discussion: Althouse
Associated Press:
Frigid Storm Closes California Freeways, Drops Snow in Malibu  —  LOS ANGELES — Snow snarled major mountain highways and even dusted Malibu on Wednesday as a cold storm hit parts of California.  One person was killed by a wind-related helicopter crash, and an overflowing river …
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.
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
New Rule Protects Health-Care Workers' ‘Right of Conscience’  —  The Bush administration today issued a sweeping new regulation that protects a broad range of health-care workers — from doctors to janitors — who refuse to participate in providing services that they believe violate their personal, moral or religious beliefs.
Discussion: Shakesville, ACSBlog and Daily Kos
BBC:
Iraqi shoe-thrower ‘apologises’  —  The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at US President George W Bush has apologised to Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki, the prime minister's office says.  —  Local TV reporter Muntader al-Zaidi wrote a letter to Mr Maliki asking for forgiveness over his “ugly act” …
Discussion: Don Surber
 
 
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Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk emerges as front-runner for Obama Cabinet post
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Aims Stimulus Under $1 Trillion
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Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Audit: FBI agents billed $45k apiece for Iraq OT
Michael Lind / Salon:
The economic Civil War
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Corner
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Pan Am Dies, America Lives
Discussion: Commentary and Gawker
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Obama Names Three to Top Economic Posts
USA Today:
Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff awaits trial at home
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Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Much Ado About Caroline  —  I find fascinating all the hyperventilating …
Discussion: Ross Douthat and The Reaction
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise
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Obama's Chief Speechwriter, 27, Works on Inaugural Address …
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