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12:40 PM ET, December 21, 2008


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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” …
Associated Press:
Senate-for-sale case threatens new chief of staff  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Rod Blagojevich is legendary in Illinois political circles for not picking up the phone or returning calls, even from important figures like the state's senior senator, Dick Durbin.  —  But there was always …
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Bush E-Mails May Be Secret a Bit Longer  —  Legal Battles, Technical Difficulties Delay Required Transfer to Archives  —  The required transfer in four weeks of all of the Bush White House's electronic mail messages and documents to the National Archives has been imperiled by a combination …
Lori Monsewicz / Repository:   Pilot in plane crash had connections to White House
Kevin Freking / Associated Press:
Biden to oversee efforts aimed at middle class  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Vice President-elect Joe Biden will oversee an Obama administration effort to find ways of building up the ranks of the middle class, that ambiguously defined segment …
Discussion: The Politico
Jennifer Parker / ABCNEWS:
Biden to Chair White House Task Force on Middle Class  —  'I'll Be the Guy Honchoing That Policy,' Biden Tells Stephanopoulos  —  In an exclusive interview airing on “This Week” Sunday, Vice President-elect Joe Biden told ABC's George Stephanopoulos that he is going to chair a …
Times of London:
Bush attacker ‘incensed by bullet-riddled Koran’  —  THE young Iraqi journalist who hurled his shoes at President George W Bush had been incensed by a story he covered about an American soldier who used a copy of the Koran for target practice, according to his family.
Steve Young / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Rick Warren Likens Gays To Pizza  —  'Just because I like pizza it doesn't mean I should marry it"  —  In an interview with Ann Curry on NBC's Dateline, Evangelist Preacher, Rick Warren, who is set to deliver the invocation at Barack Obama's inauguration, equated gays getting married to eating pizza everyday.
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.
Discussion: Agence France Presse and
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Making Congress Moot  —  A new Capitol Visitor Center recently opened, just in time for the transformation of the Capitol building into a tomb for the antiquated idea that the legislative branch matters.  The center is supposed to enhance the experience of visitors to Congress, although why there are visitors is a mystery.
Associated Press:
AP study finds $1.6B went to bailed-out bank execs  —  Banks that are getting taxpayer bailouts awarded their top executives nearly $1.6 billion in salaries, bonuses, and other benefits last year, an Associated Press analysis reveals.  —  The rewards came even at banks where poor results …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Jim Hoagland / Washington Post:
The Madoff Generation  —  Bernie Madoff had his fun with the $50 billion entrusted to him by investors.  Now the media have their fun chronicling the downfall of the financier once affectionately known as “the Jewish T-bill” for his ability to generate guaranteed returns — until his Ponzi scheme collapsed.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Bleeding Heart Tightwads  —  This holiday season is a time to examine who's been naughty and who's been nice, but I'm unhappy with my findings.  The problem is this: We liberals are personally stingy.  —  Liberals show tremendous compassion in pushing for generous government spending to help the neediest people at home and abroad.
Discussion: Don Surber
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama Expands Stimulus Goals  —  As Economic Outlook Grows More Dire, Early Target for Job Growth Is Bolstered  —  President-elect Barack Obama has expanded his goals for a massive federal stimulus package to keep pace with the increasingly grim economic outlook, aiming to create or preserve …
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
As Outlook Dims, Obama Expands Recovery Plans
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