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4:55 PM ET, December 20, 2008


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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
GERRY: SHE'S NOT READY  —  Geraldine Ferraro gave a thumbs down to Caroline Kennedy's bid for the Senate yesterday - even as the Camelot daughter won her biggest endorsement for the job, The Post has learned.  —  Ferraro, the first woman nominee for vice president, sent a letter …
Discussion: The New Republic
Al Giordano / The Field on the Narcosphere:
President of the Planet of the Stupid People Opposes Caroline Kennedy  —  She's baaaaaaack!  —  Add Geraldine Ferraro to the list of those having public tantrums over the possibility that Caroline Kennedy may become the next US Senator from Nueva York.  —  Today she told The New York Post:
Discussion: TalkLeft
The Politico:
Kennedy comes out for gay marriage  —  Caroline Kennedy is finally sharing some of her political opinions with the people she's campaigning to represent — casting herself in the liberal tradition of uncle Ted Kennedy, bucking Barack Obama by supporting same-sex marriage and disavowing Hillary Clinton's 2002 vote for the Iraq invasion.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Q. and A.: Caroline Kennedy's Platform  —  ALBANY— In just a few days, Caroline Kennedy's bid to take Hillary Rodham Clinton's place in the Senate has acquired nearly all the trappings of a traditional New York statewide campaign: A bevy of consultants, a tour of struggling upstate cities and television cameras tracking her every move.
New York Times:
Kennedy Brand Leaves Cuomo Feeling Stymied  —  ALBANY — As Caroline Kennedy embarked on a tour of upstate New York this week, camera crews and reporters in tow, the state's attorney general, Andrew M. Cuomo, was announcing a $2.7 million settlement with the operator of an illegal dump in Lackawanna.
The Politico:   Nepotism NY style as clans vie for seat
Dave Rochelson /
“The search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us”  —  In the latest weekly address, President-elect Barack Obama took a bold stand for making decisions based on science and facts rather than ideology as he introduced leading members of his science and technology team.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A VISION FOR SCIENCE.... Barack Obama used his weekly radio/video address to introduce members of his science team this morning, but just as importantly, he talked a bit about his vision for the role of science in the coming years.  —  “From landing on the moon, to sequencing the human genome …
Discussion: The RBC and Liberal Values
Los Angeles Times:
Jerry Brown asks California Supreme Court to void gay-marriage ban  —  The state attorney general, who had earlier vowed to defend Prop. 8, offers a novel legal theory for why it should be overturned.  The action surprises some legal experts.  —  Reporting from San Francisco and Los Angeles …
Michelle Malkin:
Document drop: The story behind  —  I've obtained documents sent to a reader in response to his FOIA request regarding the creation of Barack Obama's website.  It gives you the rest of the story.  You'll recall last month that I blogged several questions about the propriety …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
If criminal penalties are removed, what will deter lawbreaking by political officials?  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus today perfectly expresses the consensus view of establishment Washington regarding the exemption which political elites should and do enjoy …
Washington Post:
A Chance for Consensus on Iraq  —  After our visit to Iraq this month, it is clear that what was once unthinkable there is now taking place: A stable, safe and free Iraq is emerging.  Violence has fallen to the lowest level since the first months of the war.
Zaz Hollander / Anchorage Daily News:
Johnston's arrest was oxycontin-related  —  WASILLA — Wasilla resident Sherry L. Johnston, mother of Bristol Palin's boyfriend, faces a Jan. 6 court date for an oxycontin-related arrest at her home by Alaska State Troopers.  —  Little additional information was available Friday on the case …
Martina M. Stewart / CNN:
Palin's boyfriend's mom arrested on drug charges
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
We're in the fast lane to Bailoutistan  —  Recommend  —  “See the USA in your Chevrolet!” trilled Dinah Shore week after week on TV.  —  Can you still see the USA in your Chevrolet?  Through a windscreen darkly.  —  General Motors now has a market valuation about a third of Bed …
Discussion: and Power Line
Krishna Guha / Financial Times:
Hedge funds gain access to $200bn Fed aid  —  Hedge funds will be allowed to borrow from the Federal Reserve for the first time under a landmark $200bn programme intended to support consumer credit.  —  The Fed said on Friday it would offer low-cost three-year funding to any US company investing …
Discussion: naked capitalism
James Fallows:
Tech followups on blockage in China (updated)  —  On December 19, the site was apparently blocked all across China.  For the sake of completeness, these followups.  —  1) Could the problem be related to a recent physical break in three of the four main internet cables connecting Asia to North America?
Discussion: The Peking Duck
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