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8:30 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.
Zaz Hollander / Anchorage Daily News:
Levi Johnston's mother hit with drug charges  —  Arrested: her son was in the spotlight as father of bristol palin's baby.  —  zhollander@adn.com  —  WASILLA — A 42-year-old Wasilla woman was arrested Thursday at her home by Alaska State Troopers with a search warrant in an undercover drug investigation.
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JammieWearingFool:
Bad News for Trig Troofers
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
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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Jonathan P. Hicks / City Room:
With Little Fanfare, Kennedy Meets Weingarten
Discussion: Spin Cycle and GothamSchools
New York Post:
CAROLINE'S POLL FAULT
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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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.
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  —  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, has the power to decide which …
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?
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
Catrina Stewart / Associated Press:
World Bank: Russia may need help if oil falls more … MOSCOW (AP) - Russia would come under crippling financial pressure and may need to raise money externally if oil languishes at an average of $30 a barrel over the next two years, the World Bank predicted Friday.
Discussion: GINA COBB and Hot Air
Associated Press:
Portrait shows Bush relaxed and smiling  —  President, first lady unveil official paintings at National Portrait Gallery  —  WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush's two terms in office have been marked by wars, a global financial crisis, and a steady stream of political opposition.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
California posts 8.4% jobless rate, the third highest in U.S.
Discussion: Calitics
BBC:
Severed cable disrupts web access
Discussion: On Deadline and Ars Technica
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Symbolic Politics  —  People who are upset about a politician …
Discussion: Obsidian Wings
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
Richard A. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Employee Free Choice Act Is Unconstitutional
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Madoff Economy
 

 
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Chloe Meley / Bloomberg:
Informa agrees to buy Ascential, the owner of the Cannes Lions and Money20/20 conferences, for ~£1.2B in cash, or £5.68/share, a 53% premium on Monday's close

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
The NBA declines WBD's effort to join the set of rights packages built for Amazon, Disney, and NBCUniversal, saying WBD's proposal did not match Amazon's offer

Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube Q2 ad revenue grew 13% YoY to $8.66B, vs. $8.93B est.; Google's subscriptions, platforms, and devices unit that includes YouTube TV had revenue of $9.3B

 
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