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5:25 AM ET, December 22, 2008


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Shannen Coffin / The Corner:
Biden Reinforces the Point  —  Vice President Cheney had a little fun at his successor-to-be's expense today, telling Fox News Sunday that he didn't take Joe Biden's criticism of his tenure too seriously because Joe Biden doesn't know the Constitution from a hole in the ground.
Discussion: Don Surber
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?
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Transcript: Vice President Cheney on ‘FOX News Sunday’  —  WASHINGTON — “FOX NEWS SUNDAY” HOST CHRIS WALLACE: And hello again from FOX News in Washington.  In exactly 30 days, President Bush and Vice President Cheney leave office.  —  Their eight years in the White House have been marked …
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Cheney Defends His Tenure, Adminstration's Actions
Discussion: TalkLeft and Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Cheney and Biden trade shots
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:   Cheney says Congress failed struggling automakers
Bob Ostertag / The Huffington Post:
Why Gay Marriage is the Wrong Issue  —  It's just plain sad what the gay and lesbian movement has come to.  November 4 was so extraordinary, so magical.  The whole world seemed to come together.  Except for gays and lesbians in California.  We were supposed to feel crushed over Proposition 8.
Discussion: American Power and L.A. Now
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.
Christina Hoag / Associated Press:
Pastor Rick Warren preaches love for all, defends his invitation …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
A Special Note Re: Third Way  —  This is Jennifer Palmieri, acting CEO of the Center for American Progess 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.
Michael / Petrelis Files:
Sully = Zero No on Prop 8 Donations?  —  Hey Andrew,  —  I was checking the SF Chronicle's search engine for donations to either side in the battle over Prop 8 and your name didn't turn up.  Your husband, Aaron Tone, also appears to have not donated to the campaign to defeat Prop 8.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
Elisabeth Bumiller / New York Times:
Trying to Redefine Role of U.S. Military in Iraq  —  WASHINGTON — It is one of the most troublesome questions right now at the Pentagon, and it has started a semantic dance: What is the definition of a combat soldier?  More important, when will all American combat troops withdraw from the major cities of Iraq?
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
More Firms Cut Labor Costs Without Layoffs  —  Even as layoffs are reaching historic levels, some employers have found an alternative to slashing their work force.  They're nipping and tucking it instead.  —  A growing number of employers, hoping to avoid or limit layoffs …
Jon Sinton / Wall Street Journal:
Limbaugh Is Right on the Fairness Doctrine  —  Liberals don't need equal-time rules to compete.  —  Conservative talk radio has worked itself into a tizzy lately over the rumored revival of the Fairness Doctrine — the FCC policy that sought to enforce balanced discussion on the nation's airwaves.
Dec. 21: Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice  —  Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, CNBC's Erin Burnett, NBC's Andrea Mitchell, NPR's Michele Norris & the Chicago Sun-Times' Carol Marin  —  MR. DAVID GREGORY: Our issues this Sunday: She has been a member of President Bush's inner circle …
Discussion: Brendan Nyhan
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.
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Wesley K. Clark / Washington Post:
Taking Command  —  Actually, Democrats and the military can get along.
Discussion: The RBC
Mark Halperin /
Obama Release on Middle Class Task Force
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!
Frank James / The Swamp:
Bush poured fuel on housing fire: NYT
Discussion: Gateway Pundit and Liberty Street
Thomas A. Schweich / Washington Post:
The Pentagon is muscling in everywhere.  It's time to stop the mission creep.
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Outside The Beltway
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Parisa Hafezi / Yahoo! News:
Police raid Iran Nobel Laureate's office
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Illinois governor seems to be growing stronger
Discussion: Don Surber and Gateway Pundit
Colin McEnroe / To Wit:
Merry Christmas from Wayne LaPierre
Laura Olson / Los Angeles Times:
For Palin fans, a team of their own
Discussion: alicublog, AmSpecBlog and Don Surber
Mike Allen / The Politico:
30 days to Inauguration — Obama report absolves Emanuel on Illinois gov contacts
Associated Press:
AP study finds $1.6B went to bailed-out bank execs
Jennifer Parker / George's Bottom Line:
Exclusive: Obama's Blago Report: Only One Rahm Call to Governor