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8:45 PM ET, December 21, 2008


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Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Cheney Mocks Biden, Defends Rumsfeld in ‘FOX News Sunday’ Interview  —  In one of his last interviews before leaving Washington, D.C., Vice President Cheney, a 40-year veteran of Washington politics, tried to straighten out a few misconceptions about his tenure and the way the executive and legislative branches are supposed to work.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Right To Dissolve The Constitution  —  One thing you have to concede to Dick Cheney.  He says what he thinks.  And so we get this: … The irony seems lost in him.  How can the suspension of all laws into the power of the executive branch in wartime be seen as a defense or protection of the Constitution?
Discussion: Below The Beltway and PoliBlog
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Cheney and Biden trade shots  —  Vice President Dick Cheney took some of the toughest political shots yet in the post-election period, using an interview to belittle Vice President-elect Joe Biden's constitutional law acumen and pointedly declined to offer his successor any advice.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Cheney Defends His Tenure, Adminstration's Actions  —  Vice President Cheney offered an unabashed defense of the Bush administration's claims of broad executive powers today, mocking criticism from Vice President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and saying the president “doesn't have to check with anybody” before launching a nuclear attack.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Weasel Zippers
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:   Cheney says Congress failed struggling automakers
Brian Knowlton / The Caucus:
Biden and Cheney Clash on Role of No. 2
Jen Dimascio / The Politico:   Cheney takes a shot at Biden
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Exclusive: Obama's Blago Report: Only One Rahm Call to Governor  —  Sources tell me that the Obama team's review of contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will show that Rahm Emanuel had only one phone conversation with Blagojevich.  —  The contact, described as a “pro-forma” …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Blago-Rahma: Only one call between Blago and Emanuel?
Discussion: Riehl World View
Frank James / The Swamp:
Obama Blago report to clear Rahm
Mike Allen / The Politico:   30 days to Inauguration — Obama report absolves Emanuel on Illinois gov contacts
Associated Press:
Lawmaker says ‘no’ to Rev. Warren at inauguration  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The first openly gay member of Congress said Sunday it was a mistake for President-elect Barack Obama to invite the Rev. Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.  —  “Mr. Warren compared same-sex couples to incest.
Discussion: The Politico, Reuters and Truthdig
Christina Hoag / Associated Press:
Pastor Rick Warren preaches love for all, defends his invitation to Obama inauguration  —  LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Under fire for opposing gay marriage, influential evangelical pastor Rick Warren said Saturday that he loves Muslims, people of other religions, Republicans and Democrats, and he also loves “gays and straights.”
Steve Young / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Rick Warren Likens Gays To Pizza
Joe Gandelman / The Moderate Voice:
Birth Of The Professional Obama Haters  —  Every President has had his contingent of seemingly professional haters, sometimes stemming from policy but sometimes stemming from the need to market an opposition persona, increase readership or an audience, or rally partisan followers to do battle to halt specific polices.
Frank James / The Swamp:
Bush poured fuel on housing fire: NYT  —  The Bush Administration once again comes off looking poorly in the latest installment of the New York Times series called “The Reckoning” for pouring fuel on the raging fire that was the housing bubble, then waiting to long to mount a serious and effective effort to put the fire out.
Lori Monsewicz / Repository:
Pilot in plane crash had connections to White House
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Michael Portillo / Times of London:
Britain has lost the stomach for a fight  —  Last week Gordon Brown announced a date for Britain's withdrawal from Iraq.  Most troops will be back in time for a spring general election.  The prime minister posed with soldiers and expressed his sorrow over yet more fatal casualties in Afghanistan.
Caroline H. Dworin / New York Times:
Inside a Gritty Brooklyn Factory, Potomac Fever  —  ON Thursday, Dec. 11, Jim Donnelly got the call at his office on Jay Street in Dumbo for the biggest job he had ever had.  Emmett Beliveau, the executive director of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, told him that Precise Continental …
Discussion: Kevin Drum, TalkLeft and The Mahablog
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Illinois governor seems to be growing stronger  —  Igot a call from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich the other day.  The first thing I said to him was, “You know, this call is probably being taped.”  —  Blagojevich said he had read my column in The Chronicle last week, in which I raised questions about the …
Discussion: Don Surber
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Mark Halperin /
Obama Release on Middle Class Task Force
Discussion: The Raw Story and Think Progress
Sebnem Arsu / New York Times:
‘Bush Shoe’ Gives Firm a Footing in the Market
Discussion: The Raw Story
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
Squeezed on All Sides, Parents Forgo Day Care
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
New York Times:
How to Pay for a 21st-Century Military
Discussion: Defense Tech
Thomas A. Schweich / Washington Post:
The Pentagon is muscling in everywhere.  It's time to stop the mission creep.
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
Parisa Hafezi / Yahoo! News:
Police raid Iran Nobel Laureate's office
Colin McEnroe / To Wit:
Merry Christmas from Wayne LaPierre
 Earlier Items: 
Laura Olson / Los Angeles Times:
For Palin fans, a team of their own
Discussion: AmSpecBlog and Don Surber
Associated Press:
AP study finds $1.6B went to bailed-out bank execs
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
The Madoff Generation
Discussion: The Huffington Post
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Making Congress Moot