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9:35 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 on 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
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
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.
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
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.”
Bob Ostertag / The Huffington Post:
Why Gay Marriage is the Wrong Issue
Discussion: L.A. Now
Steve Young / The Huffington Post:
Pastor Rick Warren Likens Gays To Pizza
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
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.
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.
Mark Halperin /
Obama Release on Middle Class Task Force  —  OBAMA TRANSITION TEAM ANNOUNCES WHITE HOUSE TASK FORCE ON WORKING FAMILIES  —  President-elect Obama Taps Vice President-elect Biden to Chair  —  Washington, DC - Today the Obama Transition team announced the President-elect's intention to form …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Think Progress
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
Squeezed on All Sides, Parents Forgo Day Care  —  Education, Safety Sacrificed in Fiscal Crunch  —  In the Prince George's County community of Riverdale Park, town officials have noted a distressing sign of the national economic downturn: more children left home alone to fend for themselves …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
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Sebnem Arsu / New York Times:
‘Bush Shoe’ Gives Firm a Footing in the Market
Discussion: The Raw Story
New York Times:
How to Pay for a 21st-Century Military
Discussion: Defense Tech
Frank James / The Swamp:
Bush poured fuel on housing fire: NYT
Cernig / Crooks and Liars:
Afghanistan: “The opposite of everything we consider to be democracy”
Discussion: The Seminal
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
 Earlier Items: 
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Illinois governor seems to be growing stronger
Discussion: Don Surber
Colin McEnroe / To Wit:
Merry Christmas from Wayne LaPierre
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
Lori Monsewicz / Repository:
Pilot in plane crash had connections to White House
Discussion: AMERICAblog News