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10:15 PM ET, December 19, 2008

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Linda Hirshman / The Huffington Post:
We Call on You Lord: Leaked Rick Warren Invocation  —  (NOTE: Copies of what seemed to be a draft of an inaugural invocation by Pastor Rick Warren arrived in the fax machines of several prominent journalists this morning.  This site does not vouch for the authenticity of the draft …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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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.
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
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.
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John D. McKinnon / Wall Street Journal:
Auto Makers to Get $17.4 Billion
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:   Bush to Detroit: Don't Drop Dead
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.
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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New York Post:
CAROLINE'S POLL FAULT
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
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.”
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 …
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.
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
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
Shelby Grad / L.A. Now:
Jerry Brown: Gay-marriage ban should be invalidated  —  In a surprise move, state Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to invalidate Proposition 8.  He said the November ballot measure that banned gay marriage “deprives people of the right to marry …
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
 
 
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William Grimes / New York Times:
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Los Angeles Times:
California posts 8.4% jobless rate, the third highest in U.S.
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Symbolic Politics  —  People who are upset about a politician …
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Siobhan Gorman / Wall Street Journal:
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
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Joe Conason / Salon:
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New York Post:
THE LEFT BEREFT  —  FOOLISHLY OUTRAGED AT OBAMA
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Way Out For Obama?  —  Here's an idea.  A reader notes …
Discussion: The New Republic and marbury
Richard A. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Employee Free Choice Act Is Unconstitutional