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12:50 PM ET, December 19, 2008

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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:
Bush Approves $17.4 Billion Auto Bailout  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush on Friday announced $13.4 billion in emergency loans to prevent the collapse of General Motors and Chrysler, and another $4 billion available for the hobbled automakers in February with the entire bailout conditioned …
Jonathan Karl / ABCNEWS:
To the Rescue: Bush to Give Low-Interest Loans to Carmakers  —  Obama Team Agrees to Bush's Strategy  —  The White House has decided to come to the rescue of General Motors and Chrysler by providing them with $17.4 billion in low-interest loans to keep them afloat, ABC News has learned.
The Politico:
Bush announces $17.4 billion auto bailout  —  President Bush stepped in Friday to keep America's auto industry afloat, announcing a $17.4 billion bailout for GM and Chrysler, with the terms of the loans requiring that the firms radically restructure and show they can become profitable soon.
Roosevelt Room / White House:
President Bush Discusses Administration's Plan to Assist Automakers  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning.  For years, America's automakers have faced serious challenges — burdensome costs, a shrinking share of the market, and declining profits.  In recent months, the global financial crisis has made these challenges even more severe.
Michelle Malkin:
Anyone want to sue over the illegal UAW bailout?
Fox News:
Federal Government to Loan Automakers $17.4B
Discussion: Hot Air and Sister Toldjah
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.
Joe Solmonese / Washington Post:
Obama's Inaugural Mistake  —  It is difficult to comprehend how our president-elect, who has been so spot on in nearly every political move and gesture, could fail to grasp the symbolism of inviting an anti-gay theologian to deliver his inaugural invocation.  And the Obama campaign's response to the anger about this decision?
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
How new is Obama's New Politics?  —  The disparity is stark between the actual importance of the Inaugural invocation and the anger triggered by Obama's choice of Rick Warren to deliver it.  Obviously, the controversy is a proxy for numerous pre-existing conflicts and agendas that have nothing to do with Rick Warren.
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 …
Discussion: Wilshire & Washington
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Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Supreme Court: Count rejected absentee ballots
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Coleman leads Franken by just 2 votes
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs and CNN
Aaron Wiener / The Washington Independent:
Franken Takes First Lead in Senate Race
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
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?
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Madoff Economy  —  The revelation that Bernard Madoff — brilliant investor (or so almost everyone thought), philanthropist, pillar of the community — was a phony has shocked the world, and understandably so.  The scale of his alleged $50 billion Ponzi scheme is hard to comprehend.
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?
Richard A. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Employee Free Choice Act Is Unconstitutional  —  Free speech and the takings clause are at stake.  —  A top priority of the incoming Democratic Congress and Obama administration is the misnamed Employee Free Choice Act.  The EFCA, as is well known, introduces a card-check procedure …
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 …
NY Daily News:
Caroline Kennedy's voting record proves spotty  —  Caroline Kennedy wants to be the next senator from New York, but her voting record is already spotty, the Daily News has found.  —  City Board of Elections records show Kennedy has failed to vote in many elections since she registered in the city in 1988 …
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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 …
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Mike J / Andrew Bolt:
Column - The 10 worst warming predictions
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
Charles Homans / Washington Monthly:
Last Secrets of the Bush Administration  —  How to find out what we still don't know.  —  In March 2001, U.S. Archivist John W. Carlin received a letter from Alberto Gonzales, then counsel to the newly inaugurated president George W. Bush.  It concerned an important deadline that was looming—one that Bush owed to Richard Nixon.
Chris / TVNewser:
Chuck Todd's “No-Cut” Contract with NBC  —  Chuck Todd never saw it coming.  —  NBC's fast-rising political director — named today as chief White House correspondent — was “shocked” when he was offered the plum late last week.  —  “It came out of left field,” says Todd, 36, who joined NBC in March 2007.
Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Are the New Ethics Story  —  Blagojevich is just the tip of the iceberg.  —  A note to all those visitors who will soon flood Washington for the inauguration: Be careful of the “swamp.”  —  That would be the swamp Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to drain when she led her party to victory in 2006.
Real Clear Politics:
Interview with President George W. Bush - Part Two  —  “I am the very last President not to really have to worry about YouTube” while campaigning for the White House, President Bush told RealClearPolitics in an exclusive Oval Office interview last week, discussing the role the Internet and new media played in the November 4th elections.
Eli Lake / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama to create Iran outreach post  —  The incoming Obama administration plans to create a new position to coordinate outreach to Iran and is considering a number of senior career diplomats, State Department officials and Iran specialists say.  —  President-elect Barack Obama promised during …
 
 
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Most Voters Like Caroline, But Only 37% Say She Is Fit for Senate
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Alan Sepinwall / New York Times:
Extinction-Level Television Event
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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
Marc Ambinder:
The Democrats' Card Check Quandary
Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich to hold 2 p.m. news conference
Carol J. Williams / Los Angeles Times:
California Supreme Court allows good Samaritans to be sued for nonmedical care
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Reuel Marc Gerecht / Weekly Standard:
Our Pakistan Problem  —  Could its holy warriors be the most dangerous?
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About That Special Election  —  WHEN THE alleged brazen attempts …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
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Chris Vogel / Houston Press:
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The Politico:
Should the DOJ consider prosecuting Bush administration officials …
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