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4:35 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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The Huffington Post:
Obama's Talking Points On Rick Warren  —  At his press conference on Thursday, Barack Obama for the first time addressed the flurry of protest that has erupted over the choice of Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation.  —  Stressing his own advocacy of equal rights for gay and lesbian Americans …
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.
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.
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.
Associated Press:
Obama defends choice of pastor for invocation  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday defended his choice of a popular evangelical minister to deliver the invocation at his inauguration, rejecting criticism that it slights gays.
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
OBAMA ON RICK WARREN
Jane Hamsher / Firedoglake:
The Divisiveness Of the Rick Warren Choice
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE MEANING OF “OPEN AND INCLUSIVE.”
David Corn:
With Rick Warren, Has Obama Gone Too Far as Co-opter-in-Chief?
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.
Alec MacGillis / Washington Post:   Calif. Congresswoman Solis Tapped to Head Labor
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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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 …
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Obama Names Three to Top Economic Posts  —  Pledging to create “a 21st century regulatory framework” to protect against future financial crises, President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday nominated three veteran financial regulators to top economic positions in his administration.
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Christi Parsons / The Swamp:   Obama names SEC chair, vows crackdown
Carrie Dann / MSNBC:
FIRST THOUGHTS: CABINET CENSUS
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 …
Washington Wire:
Rahm Emanuel's Brother Joins White House Team  —  Jonathan Weisman reports on the transition.  —  A second Emanuel is heading for the White House.  —  Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a prominent bioethicist at the National Institutes of Health-and the brother of incoming White House Chief …
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CNN:   Cheney to Emanuel: Control your VP
John Fund / Wall Street Journal:
The Kennedy Entitlement  —  Can David Paterson say ‘No’ to Caroline?  —  Media reaction to news that Caroline Kennedy is actively seeking appointment to the U.S. Senate seat held by Hillary Clinton was certainly different from how the media responded to Sarah Palin's arrival on the national stage.
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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.
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.
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 …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise  —  A crumbling economy, more than 2 million constituents who have lost their jobs this year, and congressional demands of CEOs to work for free did not convince lawmakers to freeze their own pay.  —  Instead, they will get a $4,700 pay increase …
Christina Bellantoni / Washington Times:
MSNBC host Brzezinski mugged in D.C.  —  UPDATED:  —  Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty was confronted face-to-face Thursday with some of the district's crime problems, when it turned out the host of the morning talk show he appeared on had been mugged in the city an hour earlier.
 
 
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