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8:10 PM ET, December 19, 2008

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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Taking Yes For An Answer  —  Dish readers will know my own conflicted feelings about the selection of Rick Warren for the Inaugural Invocation.  But feelings must at some point cede to reason.  And I sense an understandable but, the more I think about it, misjudged response on the part of my fellow gays and lesbians.
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Rick Warren explicitly bans “unrepentant” gays from membership in his church  —  We get lectures about civility and the need to welcome everyone, even those we disagree with, and Rick Warren won't even welcome us in his church.  This is from the Saddleback Church's own Web site.
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JammieWearingFool:
Bad News for Trig Troofers  —  Crackpot conspiracy theorists and assorted nutcases such as Andrew Sullivan for months have insisted that Trig Palin was not born to his mother, Sarah, but rather to her daughter Bristol.  Sullivan as recently as two weeks ago clung to this insanity.
Discussion: Daimnation!
MSNBC:   Levi Johnston's mom arrested for drugs
John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Auto Makers to Get $17.4 Billion  —  The White House announced a $17.4 billion rescue package for the troubled Detroit auto makers that allows them to avoid bankruptcy and leaves many of the big decisions for the incoming Obama administration.  —  Speaking from the White House …
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New York Times:
A $17.4 Billion, 3-Month Lifeline for Automakers  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush tossed General Motors and Chrysler a temporary lifeline from the taxpayers on Friday, announcing $13.4 billion in emergency loans to prevent the collapse of the companies, with another $4 billion to become available in February.
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Bush to Detroit: Don't Drop Dead
Discussion: Auto Industry Tracker
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blago: I am not a crook  —  Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich struck a defiant tone in a Chicago press conference today, pledging to fight federal corruption charges in court and to stay in office despite calls for his resignation and talk of impeachment.  —  “I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing,” Blaojevich said.
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Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken pushes his lead over Coleman past 150  —  The state Canvassing Board's first rush of ballot rulings in the U.S. Senate race has unofficially put challenger Al Franken in the lead by more than 150.  —  The intense scrutiny of “voter intent” resumed this morning by the five-member board charged …
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Jonathan P. Hicks / City Room:
With Little Fanfare, Kennedy Meets Weingarten  —  (Photo: Ruby Washington/The New York Times)  —  Today's stop on the whirlwind Caroline Kennedy listening and political-exploration tour could not have been more different from the circus-like atmosphere that has been a fixture of her meetings with notable New Yorkers in recent days.
Discussion: Spin Cycle and GothamSchools
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The Politico:
Cabinet: Middle-of-the-roaders' dream
Discussion: Associated Press
PewForum.org:
Faith on the Hill: The Religious Affiliations of Members of Congress  —  Members of Congress are often accused of being out of touch with average citizens, but an examination of the religious affiliations of U.S. senators and representatives shows that, on one very basic level, Congress looks much like the rest of the country.
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Caroline Kennedy Is No Sarah Palin  —  WASHINGTON — It is a legitimate question: Why is the resume-thin Caroline Kennedy being treated seriously as a prospective appointee to the U.S. Senate when the comparatively more-qualified Gov. Sarah Palin received such a harsh review?
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Wall Street Journal:
Music Industry to Abandon Mass Suits  —  After years of suing thousands of people for allegedly stealing music via the Internet, the recording industry is set to drop its legal assault as it searches for more effective ways to combat online music piracy.  —  The decision represents …
Looseheadprop / Firedoglake:
Somebody Needs to Serve a Subpoena on Ole Fourth Branch, in a Hurry  —  digg it  —  Welcome back to another day in [CrazyWorld] CheneyWorld, or as we like to call it, the “Fourth Branch”.  The NYTimes via AP is reporting that Darth Cheney has declared that he, and he alone …
Discussion: Associated Press
Martin Kady II / The Politico:
GOP slams Bush over bailout  —  Republican leaders across the board have let loose on President Bush's auto industry bailout in what may be some of the toughest GOP criticism of the Bush presidency.  —  John McCain is leading the way, saying it is “unacceptable that we would leave …
Discussion: Emptywheel and Wonkette
Jeff Poor / The Business & Media Institute:
CNN Meteorologist: Manmade Global Warming Theory ‘Arrogant’  —  Network's second meteorologist to challenge notion man can alter climate.  —  Business & Media Institute  —  Unprecedented snow in Las Vegas has some scratching their heads - how can there be global warming with this unusual cold and snowy weather?
Mark Helprin / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Has Made Us Vulnerable  —  Two incompetently prosecuted wars have undermined our deterrent power.  —  In his great Civil War history, “Decision in the West,” Albert Castel describes the last Confederate hope of victory.  If in 1864 the Confederate armies continue to exact a steep cost from the North …
BBC:
Severed cable disrupts web access  —  Internet and phone communications between Europe, the Middle East, and Asia have been seriously disrupted after submarine cables were severed.  —  It is thought the FLAG FEA, SMW4, and SMW3 lines, near the Alexandria cable station in Egypt, have all been cut.
Discussion: On Deadline and Ars Technica
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Americans Take Parting Shots at Bush  —  It was bad enough for President Bush to have shoes tossed at his head during his farewell journey to Baghdad.  Now comes a new poll in which Americans call Bush all sorts of names — some of them a lot worse than “dog.”
Discussion: Oliver Willis
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
California posts 8.4% jobless rate, the third highest in U.S.
Discussion: Calitics
Associated Press:
Portrait shows Bush relaxed and smiling
Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
Obama Taps Blair as Intelligence Chief
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Duncan Hunter: Torture Provided 'Enormously Valuable Information …
Joe Conason / Salon:
What's Obama hiding about Blagojevich?
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
THE LEFT BEREFT  —  FOOLISHLY OUTRAGED AT OBAMA
Discussion: JammieWearingFool
Alan Sepinwall / New York Times:
Extinction-Level Television Event
Discussion: driftglass
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Way Out For Obama?  —  Here's an idea.  A reader notes …
Discussion: The New Republic
Chris / TVNewser:
Chuck Todd's “No-Cut” Contract with NBC
Richard A. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Employee Free Choice Act Is Unconstitutional
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