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7:50 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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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.
Atrios / Eschaton:
Our Bigoted Media-Industrial Complex  —  Being anti-gay is perfectly acceptable, and nothing pleases The Villagers more than punching hippies in the face, so it's a two-fer.  —  Greg Sargent: … I don't actually think it was a good step politically, even though I agree that often punching hippies …
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.
Sarah Posner / The Nation:
What's the Matter With Rick Warren?
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE MEANING OF “OPEN AND INCLUSIVE.”
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA ON RICK WARREN
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ACCOUNTABILITY WATCH.... It's not my intention to belabor …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Thom Hartmann / The Huffington Post:
Three Cups of Tea for Rick Warren
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Group News Blog
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
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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.
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Emily Douglas / RHRealityCheck.org blogs:
HHS Publishes Provider Conscience Expansion Rule
Discussion: Wonk Room
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.
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: MyDD and Open Left
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 …
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
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 …
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk emerges as front-runner for Obama Cabinet post  —  tgillman@dallasnews.com  —  WASHINGTON - Ron Kirk emerged late Wednesday as the front-runner for an Obama Cabinet post handling international trade, thrusting the pro-trade former Dallas mayor …
White House:
President Bush Addresses the American Enterprise Institute  —  Washington, D.C.  —  In Focus: Health Care  —  In Focus: Economy  —  MR. DeMUTH: Mr. President, what's on your mind this morning?  —  THE PRESIDENT: First, thanking you for being the leader that you've been, and thanking AEI for generating good thought.
Discussion: The Corner
MSNBC:
Todd NBC's chief White House correspondent  —  Will retain political director title in addition to new duties  —  WASHINGTON - NBC News announced today that Political Director Chuck Todd has been named chief White House correspondent.  Joining him on the beat will be Savannah Guthrie, who has been named White House correspondent.
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Another Change You Won't See From Obama  —  From the time Sen. Barack Obama announced his candidacy, I wrote and wrote about his record on criminal justice issues, particularly with respect to our drug laws.  I didn't like what I learned and said so repeatedly.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com and NORML
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
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.
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Pan Am Dies, America Lives  —  I used to live in Miami and fly Pan Am to South America to cover this and that: the fall of Pinochet, uprisings in Argentina, one gazillion percent inflation in Brazil.  Lest we forget, things really have gotten better in the Americas.
Discussion: Commentary and Gawker
Michael Lind / Salon:
The economic Civil War  —  The South's attempt to kill the North's auto industry is the latest battle in an ongoing conflict.  It's time for a Third Reconstruction to put an end to it.  —  It is just as well that Barack Obama is emulating Abraham Lincoln by traveling to his inauguration in Washington by train.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and The Corner
 
 
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David M. Halbfinger / City Room:
A Kennedy-Sharpton Meet-Up at Sylvia's
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David Stout / New York Times:
Bush Shares Bittersweet Memories
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Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Aims Stimulus Under $1 Trillion
Discussion: Commentary
New York Times:
Blagojevich Wants Campaign Funds to Pay Lawyer
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Lara Jakes Jordan / Associated Press:
Audit: FBI agents billed $45k apiece for Iraq OT
USA Today:
Disgraced financier Bernard Madoff awaits trial at home
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Rangel's hint
Washington Wire:
Rahm Emanuel's Brother Joins White House Team
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise
Discussion: Hot Air and The Impolitic
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Obama's Chief Speechwriter, 27, Works on Inaugural Address …
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Mike Vorkunov / New York Times:
Sources: the WNBA's media rights deals mirror the NBA's, and the league is set to get at least $2.2B over 11 years or $200M/year, up from the current ~$50M/year

Hong Kong Free Press:
Hong Kong-based reporter Selina Cheng says she was fired by The Wall Street Journal for taking up the position of chair of the Hong Kong Journalist Association

Peter White / Deadline:
Emmy nominations numbers: Netflix took top spot with 107; FX, 93; HBO/Max, 91; Apple TV+, 72; ABC and CBS, 38 each; Prime Video, 37; Hulu, 26; and Disney+, 19

 
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