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8:55 PM ET, December 22, 2008

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New York Times:
Editors' Note  —  Earlier this morning, we posted a letter that was signed by Bertrand Delanoe, the mayor of Paris, sharply criticizing Caroline Kennedy.  —  This letter was a fake.  It should not have been published.  —  Doing so violated both our standards and our procedures in publishing signed letters from our readers.
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New York Times:
Kennedy, Seen From Paris  —  To the Editor:  —  As mayor of Paris, I find Caroline Kennedy's bid for the seat of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton both surprising and not very democratic, to say the least.  What title has Ms. Kennedy to pretend to Hillary Clinton's seat?
Michael Calderone / The Politico:
The top ten media blunders of 2008  —  The media took its share of lumps this year, with persistent claims of bias and complaints about often wrong-headed speculation from a seemingly endless parade of talking heads.  Of course, there was great reporting, with journalists breaking news …
William Beutler / Blog P.I.:
Putting a CAP on Yglesias  —  It's been awhile since there's been a good, old fashioned “you can't do that in the blogosphere” controversy, but this morning Memeorandum brings us one in the form of a public rebuke to nomadic Center for American Progress (CAP) blogger Matthew Yglesias by CAP interim chief executive Jennifer Palmieri.
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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Regarding ThinkProgress's Editorial Independence  —  Many throughout the blogosphere have been weighing in on the decision by our acting CEO, Jennifer Palmieri, to write a guest post on Matt Yglesias' ThinkProgress blog in defense of the group Third Way.  —  Palmieri's post was meant …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Balloon Juice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE CAP KERFUFFLE.... You've probably heard a little bit about the blogospheric issue of the day.  —  If you're just joining us, the estimable Matt Yglesias had a brief item on Friday afternoon, principally about Barack Obama convincing centrists that an ambitious, progressive agenda is a great idea.
Discussion: Crooked Timber
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Special Note Re: Third Way
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Cheney says top congressional Democrats complicit in spying
Jim Kern / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
With most ballot challenges settled, Franken leads by 48  —  With most ballot challenges settled, Democrat Al Franken holds a 48-vote lead over Republican Sen. Norm Coleman in the U.S. Senate recount, according to a Star Tribune analysis of a draft report from the Secretary of State's office.
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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coleman camp projects win, if court helps  —  Sen. Norm Coleman's (R) campaign said Monday it expected to defeat Democrat Al Franken in the Minnesota Senate race — but only if the Minnesota Supreme Court grants them a key victory in a lawsuit.  —  Coleman campaign officials told reporters …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Ann Coulter / Human Events:
Sarah Palin: Conservative of the Year  —  Sarah Palin wins HUMAN EVENTS' prestigious “Conservative of the Year” Award for 2008 for her genius at annoying all the right people.  The last woman to get liberals this hot under the collar would have been ... let's see now ... oh, yeah: Me!
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Human Events:
EXCLUSIVE Interview With Sarah Palin  —  “Thank you, sir.  It is an honor to be named your “Conservative of the Year.'”  —  That's how Sarah Palin began her third interview this year with HUMAN EVENTS Political Editor John Gizzi.  She spoke to Gizzi last April as the first of 16 Republicans …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   PALIN WANTED MORE MEDIA TIME.... Opinions may vary …
The Huffington Post:
Obama Shirtless In Hawaii (PHOTOS)  —  BAUER GRIFFIN'S SITE IS HAVING SOME TEMPORARY SERVER ISSUES, BUT KEEP TRYING FOR MORE PHOTOS  —  From Bauer Griffin: … Today's pool report (below) confirmed that the President-elect went to the gym despite being on vacation.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Paparazzi Photog Gets a ‘Pec-tacular’ Obama Shot  —  HONOLULU — More than a dozen photographs of a bathing suit-clad President-elect Barack Obama surfaced online Monday showing the shirtless Chicagoan accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters on the white-sand beach in front of their vacation home.
Discussion: TMZ.com, Towleroad and Gawker
Melissa Etheridge / The Huffington Post:
The Choice Is Ours Now  —  This is a message for my brothers and sisters who have fought so long and so hard for gay rights and liberty.  We have spent a long time climbing up this mountain, looking at the impossible, changing a thousand year-old paradigm.  We have asked for the right to love …
Discussion: The Daily Dish and HRC Back Story
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Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Barney Frank has post-partisan depression
Discussion: Think Progress
Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
5 men convicted of conspiracy in Fort Dix plot  —  CAMDEN, N.J. - Five Muslim immigrants accused of scheming to massacre U.S. soldiers at Fort Dix were convicted of conspiracy Monday in a case that tested the FBI's post-Sept. 11 strategy of infiltrating and breaking up terrorist plots in their earliest stages.
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Associated Press:
President Bush has an MRI on shoulder  —  Exam done while president visited wounded soldiers at Walter Reed  —  WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush had an MRI of his left shoulder on Monday in an attempt to understand why he has experienced pain recently.
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Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
Bush at Walter Reed: Between Chicken and Egg, I'll go with Chicken
Discussion: QandO
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Arabs lavish jewels on Secretary of State Rice  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush's foreign policies may be unpopular in the Middle East, but Arab leaders showered his top diplomat with jewelry worth far more than a quarter of a million dollars last year.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Israel Matzav
Jeffrey Goldberg:
A Special Note Re: Hummus  —  This is James Bennet, editor of The Atlantic.  —  Most readers know that the views expressed on Jeffrey's blog are his own and don't always reflect the views of The Atlantic.  Such is the case with regard to Jeffrey's comments on the relative merits of hummus and baba ghanoush.
Discussion: The New Republic
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Bush v. Gore Still Influencing Court Decisions  —  The Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore, issued eight years ago this month, was widely understood to work like that tape recorder in “Mission: Impossible.”  It was meant to produce a president and then self-destruct.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Jeff Stein / SpyTalk:
Why Not Get the Saudis to Send Troops to Afghanistan?  —  Defense Secretary Gates has spent much of his term wheedling, cajoling and begging our NATO allies to send more troops to Afghanistan.  —  I've got an idea: Why not get the Saudis to pony up, say, 20-30,000 troops for Afghanistan …
Michael S. Malone / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Is Killing Silicon Valley  —  Entrepreneurship was taken for granted.  Now we're seeing a lot less of it.  —  Even as economic losses and unemployment levels mount, America's most effective engine for wealth and job creation is being dangerously — perhaps fatally — compromised.
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
Obama's Cabinet To The Right Of Democrats in Congress  —  In the 110th Congress, there were 236 Democrats in the U.S. House, 49 in the Senate, and two “Independents” who caucused with Democrats.  Of those 287 congresscritters, 74 were members of the New Democratic Coalition, which is affiliated with the DLC.
CNN:
Poll finds public split on Obama aides' contacts with Blagojevich  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new national poll indicates Americans are split on whether aides to President-elect Barack Obama did something inappropriate in their contacts with embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
Discussion: The Seminal
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Pope likens “saving” gays to saving the rainforest  —  VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict said on Monday that saving humanity from homosexual or transsexual behavior was just as important as saving the rainforest from destruction.  —  “(The Church) should also protect man from the destruction of himself.
 
 
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Carrie Teegardin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Card companies adjusting credit limits
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