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10:20 PM ET, December 20, 2008


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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.
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 …
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.
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
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Paterson Calls Higher Taxes on Wealthy Unappealing but Likely  —  ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson rolled out 137 proposed tax and fee increases last week on items including iTunes downloads and soft drinks, but there could very well be another big one to come.
Discussion: Open Left and Spin Cycle
The Raw Story:
'Karl Rove's IT guru' Mike Connell dies in plane crash  —  A top level Republican IT consultant who was set to testify in a case alleging GOP election tampering in Ohio died in a plane crash late Friday night.  —  Michael Connell — founder of Ohio-based New Media Communications …
Akron Beacon Journal:
Pilot killed as plane crashes in Lake Twp.
Discussion: The Impolitic
New York Times:
White House Philosophy Stoked Mortgage Bonfire  —  “We can put light where there's darkness, and hope where there's despondency in this country.  And part of it is working together as a nation to encourage folks to own their own home.”  — President Bush, Oct. 15, 2002
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.
Josh Kraushaar / Scorecard's Blogs:
Franken expects to defeat Coleman by 35-50 votes  —  Al Franken's campaign is as close to declaring victory as it has throughout the weeks-long recount in the Minnesota Senate race.  —  Franken's campaign attorney Marc Elias said he expects Franken to be leading Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
If criminal penalties are removed, what will deter lawbreaking by political officials?  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus today perfectly expresses the consensus view of establishment Washington regarding the exemption which political elites …
Stirling Newberry / Firedoglake:
The Cost of Conservatism, in Trillions  —  Let's engage in a back of the envelope exercise for a moment: the cost of conservatism to America.  Right wingers want to de-emphasize the costs, and pump up the virtues.  They want to account for every penny of liberal projects but declare that conservative projects have no price.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Top Lawyer Urges Voiding California Proposition 8
Discussion: MyDD
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.
Leonard Downie Jr / Washington Post:
Could We Uncover Watergate Today?  —  The death last week of W. Mark Felt — Bob Woodward's secret source, indelibly dubbed “Deep Throat,” who played such a crucial role in this newspaper's Watergate reporting — coincided with the appearance of Richard M. Nixon, as played by Frank Langella, on local movie screens.
Discussion: Open Left, Daily Kos and
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 …
Bob Geiger:
The Saturday Cartoons  —  Here's Mark Fiore with a timely version of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas — “Corruption Christmas.”  —  Click on the screenshot above or go here to see it.  —  Our friends at Headzup show us Dick Cheney admitting to war crimes on national television:
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Baby, Who's Your Stakeholder Now?
Discussion: MSNBC
Diana B. Henriques / New York Times:
Madoff Scheme Kept Rippling Outward, Across Borders
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Media Matters for America:
Media Matters: Matthews for Senate (?)
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Court Overturns Air Pollution Exemption for Industrial Plants
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Althouse
Mary Jackson / Pajamas Media:
Society Builds Wall Between Men and Children
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Krishna Guha / Financial Times:
Hedge funds gain access to $200bn Fed aid
Discussion: Angry Bear and naked capitalism
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Shashank Bengali / Christian Science Monitor:
Forget Depp: Somali pirates risk all for riches, women
Discussion: FP Passport
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Bush on His Record  —  The president defends his democracy agenda …
James Fallows:
First in a series of year end pensees: grand strategy
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
We're in the fast lane to Bailoutistan
Discussion: and Power Line