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8:45 AM ET, December 19, 2008

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Tim Weiner / New York Times:
W. Mark Felt, Watergate Deep Throat, Dies at 95  —  W. Mark Felt, who was the No. 2 official at the F.B.I. when he helped bring down President Richard M. Nixon by resisting the Watergate cover-up and becoming Deep Throat, the most famous anonymous source in American history, died Thursday.
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Johanna Neuman / Los Angeles Times:
W. Mark Felt, ‘Deep Throat’ in Watergate reports, dies  —  Former FBI official had storied role in Washington Post investigation that brought down Nixon  —  Mark Felt appears on CBS' “Face the Nation” in Washington on Aug. 30, 1976.  Felt was the source identified for years only as …
Washington Post:
‘Deep Throat’ Mark Felt Dies at 95
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Franken The Likely Winner As Minnesota Recount Heads To Finish Line  —  Late Update: Norm Coleman's apparent lead has been cut to a mere five votes at the close of business today, according to the running vote count from the Star Tribune, down from a 358-vote lead last night.
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Coleman leads Franken by just 2 votes  —  Two votes is all that stands between Minnesota Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken, according to the Associated Press tally in the state's still-unresolved Senate race.  —  Coleman's shrinking lead, combined with a state Supreme Court decision handed …
Discussion: The BRAD BLOG, Truthdig and Yahoo! News
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Supreme Court: Count rejected absentee ballots  —  In a ruling crucial to the disputed U.S. Senate election, the Minnesota Supreme Court Thursday rejected an attempt by incumbent Norm Coleman to block the state Canvassing Board from counting improperly rejected absentee ballots.
Michael O'Brien / The Hill's Blog Briefing Room:
Minn. High Court Ruling Could Help Coleman
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight.com and Daily Kos
Marcia Kramer / WCBS-TV:
Kennedy Takes A Beating From Upstate Media  —  Reporters Jump All Over Mostly Silent Princess Of Camelot; Mayor Of Syracuse Doesn't Offer Endorsement  —  Who Should Get Senate Gig?  Siena Poll: Cuomo 26, Kennedy 23  —  Reporting  —  Caroline Kennedy took a page from Hillary Clinton's playbook …
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David M. Halbfinger / City Room:
A Kennedy-Sharpton Meet-Up at Sylvia's
Discussion: Gothamist, Hotline On Call and Gawker
Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
The Warren Problem: Jane on CNN  —  Jane addresses the problems with having Pastor Rick Warren give the invocation at Barack Obama's inaugural on CNN at this hour.  —  Update: Jane spoke with Rick Sanchez who repeatedly asked why “the left” would have a problem with inviting Warren to speak at the presidential inaugural.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ACCOUNTABILITY WATCH.... It's not my intention to belabor …
Discussion: American Power and The Impolitic
David Stout / New York Times:
Medical ‘Conscience Rule’ Is Issued  —  WASHINGTON — The Bush administration, as expected, announced new protections on Thursday for health care providers who oppose abortion and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds.  —  “Doctors and other health care providers …
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The Politico:
Should the DOJ consider prosecuting Bush administration officials for detainee abuse as the NYT and others have urged?  —  Given the stance he took against what he perceived to be illegal and unethical methods of interrogation during his time at the Office of Legal Counsel …
Discussion: TalkLeft, New York Times and Open Left
Washington Post:
Advocates for Action on Global Warming Chosen as Obama's Top Science Advisers  —  President-elect Barack Obama has selected two of the nation's most prominent scientific advocates for a vigorous response to climate change to serve in his administration's top ranks, according to sources …
Joe Weisenthal / clusterstock.alleyinsider.com:
Brilliant: Credit Suisse To Pay Top Execs With Illiquid Mortgage Securities  —  We're shocked that nobody has suggested this before, but on its face this looks like a great idea... Credit Suisse announced today that bonuses for its top executives would be made in illiquid, mortgage-backed securities.
Alex Rodriguez / Chicago Tribune:
Russia rewriting Josef Stalin's legacy  —  Archives on dictator seized from human-rights group Memorial  —  A rally this month celebrating the 1936 adoption of Josef Stalin's Soviet Constitution illustrates his rising stock among some Russians.  (Dmitry Kostyukov / Getty-AFP / December 17, 2008)
Discussion: RedState
Scott Horton / Harper's:
“The American Public has a Right to Know That They Do Not Have to Choose Between Torture and Terror": Six questions for Matthew Alexander, author of How to Break a Terrorist  —  At 5:15 p.m. on June 7, 2006, two American F-16 fighters dropped 500-pound bombs on a farmhouse about five miles north of the Iraqi town of Baqubah.
Pamela Hess / Associated Press:
Report raps ex-White House pair on Iraq claims  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Former White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales misled Congress when he claimed the CIA in 2002 approved information that ended up in the 2003 State of the Union speech …
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
HILDA SOLIS FOR SECRETARY OF LABOR.  —  Word is that Congresswoman Hilda Solis is to be named Labor Secretary.  I'd write a long post on this, and maybe I will later, but I think most of what I'd say is better expressed by the fact that Harold Meyerson just ran into my office doing everything but clicking his heels in the air.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Madoff Economy
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Lies, Damn Lies, and Bank Assets and Liabilities
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Miracle Tax Diet
Tyler Cowen / Marginal Revolution:
Fiscal policy and the burden of proof
Scott Payne / The Moderate Voice:
Meditations on Torture  —  I wrote a post earlier this week …
Discussion: The Daily Dish
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A.C. Thompson / The Nation:
Katrina's Hidden Race War
Discussion: Brave New Films blog
Jeralyn / TalkLeft:
Another Change You Won't See From Obama
Discussion: Liberal Values and Newshoggers.com
Todd J. Gillman / Dallas Morning News:
Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk emerges as front-runner for Obama Cabinet post
Jonathan Weisman / Wall Street Journal:
Stimulus Package Heads to $850 Billion
Discussion: Commentary and Calculated Risk
Domenico Montanaro / MSNBC:
First Read: Obama names intel czar
Discussion: Associated Press and Hot Air