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11:50 AM ET, December 22, 2008

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William Kristol / New York Times:
Popularity Isn't Everything  —  O.K., O.K. ...  you don't have to.  But consider this exchange with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday”:  —  WALLACE: Did you really tell Senator Leahy, bleep yourself?  —  CHENEY: I did.  —  WALLACE: Any qualms, or second thoughts, or embarrassment?
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Nothing to See Here, Move Along
Discussion: Commentary and The Caucus
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Special Note Re: Third Way  —  This is Jennifer Palmieri, acting CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.  —  Most readers know that the views expressed on Matt's blog are his own and don't always reflect the views of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.
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Teddy Partridge / Firedoglake:
Lieberman Campaign Manager to be DHS Spokesbot
Mike Allen / The Politico:   Exclusive: Wolfson, other top Dems in mix for spokesperson roles
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Toyota Expects Its First Loss in 70 Years  —  TOKYO — Toyota Motor, the Japanese auto giant, announced Monday that it expected the first loss in 70 years in its core vehicle-making business, underscoring how the economic crisis is spreading across the global auto industry.
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Bloomberg:
Toyota Forecasts Its First Operating Loss in 71 Years
Discussion: Daimnation!
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Life Without Bubbles  —  Whatever the new administration does, we're in for months, perhaps even a year, of economic hell.  After that, things should get better, as President Obama's stimulus plan — O.K., I'm told that the politically correct term is now “economic recovery plan” — begins to gain traction.
Geoffrey Dunn / The Huffington Post:
‘Watermelon Roll’: More Racism from ‘Team Sarah’  —  There is something very ugly happening out there in the hinterlands these days—a brewing cauldron of racist anger being directed at President-elect Barack Obama as he and his family get ready to move into the White House.
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Ann Coulter / Human Events:
Sarah Palin: Conservative of the Year
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
For Conservative Radio, It's a New Dawn, Too  —  Amid all the pressures on the radio industry, news-talk stations see an opportunity — and his name is Barack Obama.  —  After eight years of playing defense for President Bush, the conservatives who dominate talk radio are back on offense.
hollywood farm girl:
the big rick's yamaka  —  OMG. when was the last time i had so many minutes to play with my blog? awesome.  —  so honey met rick warren last night.  well, she spoke to him on the phone beforehand, giving us insight into the man the media has made our latest “HE HATES YOU!” …
Matt Apuzzo / Associated Press:
Where'd the bailout money go?  Shhhh, it's a secret  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - It's something any bank would demand to know before handing out a loan: Where's the money going?  —  But after receiving billions in aid from U.S. taxpayers …
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Surprise! Banks won't tell where bailout money goes
Discussion: Riehl World View and Fausta's Blog
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Mika Brzezinski, Letting Her Opinions Percolate on ‘Morning Joe’ and the Radio  —  Mika Brzezinski doesn't mince words about what happened when CBS dropped her as a correspondent two years ago.  —  “Nobody wanted me,” she says.  “I spent a year looking for a job.
Chicago Tribune:
Fundraiser seeks immunity in Blagojevich probe  —  Blagojevich allegedly pressured ‘Individual D’ for cash to pick Jackson  —  A key figure in Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged scheme to sell a U.S. Senate seat has sought immunity from federal authorities in return for his cooperation in their ongoing probe, the Tribune has learned.
Mary Beth Sheridan / Washington Post:
Inauguration Day Crowd Estimate Reduced by Half  —  Officials are casting doubt on an early projection that 4 million to 5 million people could jam downtown Washington on Inauguration Day, saying it is more likely that the crowd will be about half that size.
Wall Street Journal:
Developers Ask U.S. for Bailout  —  With a record amount of commercial real-estate debt coming due, some of the country's biggest property developers have become the latest to go hat-in-hand to the government for assistance.  —  They're warning policymakers that thousands of office complexes …
Discussion: Hot Air
CBS News:
N.Y. Republicans Slam Caroline Kennedy  —  Face The Nation: Potential Replacement For Hillary Dissed As “Celebrity”; Supporters Praise Her Character, Conviction  —  (CBS) Caroline Kennedy, who has placed her name in contention as a replacement for Sen. Hillary Clinton …
Discussion: Commentary and JammieWearingFool
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Mike Soraghan / The Hill:
Ackerman compares Caroline Kennedy to Palin
Discussion: Right Wing News
Washington Post:
Secret Tapes Helped Build Graft Cases In Illinois  —  CHICAGO — The wide-ranging public corruption probe that led to the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich got its first big break when a grandmother of six walked into a breakfast meeting with shakedown artists wearing an FBI wire.
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
Blago records may stay under wraps  —  Barack Obama is promising that next week he'll disclose contacts between his staff and disgraced Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's office, but he's stopped short of pledging to release e-mails or other records that could be key to understanding those contacts.
 
 
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