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2:55 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 …
Emptywheel:
President Bush: Employees of American Companies Must Get Paid Less than Employees of Foreign Companies!  —  The President of the United States just dictated that American corporations pay their employees significantly less than the employees of foreign owned manufacturers.
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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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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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The U.S. House Of Lords?
Rasmussen Reports:
Most Voters Like Caroline, But Only 37% Say She Is Fit for Senate
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?  —  (updated below)  —  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 …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:   Taking Yes For An Answer
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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Aaron Wiener / The Washington Independent:   Franken Takes First Lead in Senate Race
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Supreme Court: Count rejected absentee ballots
Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:
Coleman leads Franken by just 2 votes
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 …
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?
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
32 days to inauguration — Bailout for GM, Chrysler requires profitability ‘soon’ — CBS and Fox embeds land Sarah Palin book contract  —  N.Y. Post: “Bubba of Arabia” — Guest “Sports Blink” from Ari Fleischer — Dessert: New reason to take piano lessons  —  Good Friday morning.
Discussion: Think Progress
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CNN:   Bernstein first met ‘Deep Throat’ this year
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 …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
A Way Out For Obama?  —  Here's an idea.  A reader notes that one of the other Americans honored at Obama's inaugural will be Itzhak Perlman, the great musician and violinist.  Rick Warren compared one of Perlman's daughters to someone practicing incest or pedophilia, and argued forcefully that her marriage be nullified.
Jeremy Olshan / New York Post:
COPS EYE QUEENS REP FOR GAL BEATING  —  POLICE: SLASHED GIRLFRIEND'S FACE WITH BOTTLE  —  City Councilman and State State-senator-elect Hiram Monserrate, who touted himself as a staunch advocate of victims of domestic violence, was arrested early this morning for allegedly attacking and cutting …
 
 
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Neil Macfarquhar / New York Times:
In a First, Gay Rights Are Pressed at the U.N.
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Joe Conason / Salon:
What's Obama hiding about Blagojevich?
BBC:
People ‘still willing to torture’
Discussion: Gawker and Truthdig
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
No Jews  —  It seems Barack Obama is giving us a cabinet with no Jewish members.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Associated Press:
Burger King launches beef-scented body spray
New York Post:
THE LEFT BEREFT  —  FOOLISHLY OUTRAGED AT OBAMA
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Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich to hold 2 p.m. news conference
Chris / TVNewser:
Chuck Todd's “No-Cut” Contract with NBC
Charles Homans / Washington Monthly:
Last Secrets of the Bush Administration
Chris Vogel / Houston Press:
Police Get The Wrong House In Galveston, Allegedly Assault 12-Year-Old Girl
Discussion: The Agitator