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6:55 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?
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.
Discussion: The American Mind and Whiskey Fire
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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.
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
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
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Cheney says top congressional Democrats complicit in spying  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Dick Cheney's interview yesterday with Fox's Chris Wallace was filled with significant claims, but certainly among the most significant was his detailed narration of how the administration …
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 …
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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!
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   PALIN WANTED MORE MEDIA TIME.... Opinions may vary …
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
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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.
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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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.
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   WHEN WATER CARRIERS PUT DOWN THEIR BUCKETS.... Conservative talk …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Sweet Bailout  —  Looks to me like the $700 billion rescue package may have been $1.6 billion too large: … A lot of people are going to read this as a confirmation of the Sirota/Pence view that government intervention was unnecessary.  I don't see it that way.
Discussion: Open Left
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David Sirota / Open Left:
Bailout Caricatures  —  UPDATE: Yglesias essentially concedes the point.
Discussion: TPMCafe and Matthew Yglesias
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 Campaign Spot
Anne Schroeder Mullins / Anne Schroeder's Blogs:
Krugman in contact with the Obama team?  —  Yes.  —  When master economist, columnist, and plain ole intellectual (so few left these days) Paul Krugman was asked this morning* about whether or not he was “in communications” with the Obama administration regarding the economy, he declared …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
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.
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: Israel Matzav
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.
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 and Calculated Risk
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.
David Carr / New York Times:
Newspaper Shuns Web, and Thrives  —  With 2008 drawing to a brutal close on the media beat — bankruptcies, daily newspapers that are no longer daily, magazines that are downsizing into brochures — a little ray of light appeared in my e-mail inbox.  It was from a newspaper owner, of all people.
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Toyota Expects Its First Loss in 70 Years  —  TOKYO — Toyota Motor, the Japanese auto giant, said Monday that it expected its first operating loss in 70 years, underscoring how the economic crisis was spreading across the global auto industry.  —  On Monday, Toyota said it expected …
Washington Post:
Howard Dean, a Victim of His Own Success?  —  As Democratic National Committee chairman, Howard Dean helped put a Democrat in the White House — but made his share of enemies in the party along the way.  As his DNC tenure ends, he's a free agent.  (By Mark Wilson — Getty Images)
Discussion: Truthdig
William Booth / Washington Post:
Headless Bodies Found in Mexico  —  9 of the 12 Corpses Left on Busy Street As Drug War Rages  —  The decapitated bodies of 12 men were discovered early Sunday scattered in and around a state capital in southern Mexico.  Nine of the headless corpses were strewn along a busy street …
Discussion: The New Republic
Mickey Kaus / Kausfiles:
Don't Sweat the Details?  —  Where's the Quirk?  The seemingly infallible Nate Silver counts cloture votes on ‘card check,’ with a particular focus on Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln: … Except that Pryor is hemming and hawing too. ...  P.S.: Does this mean we can abandon the grail-like quest …
 
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
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Bob Drogin / Los Angeles Times:
Even jury hiring is frozen
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Associated Press:
President Bush has an MRI on shoulder
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Ryan Grim / The Crypt's Blogs:
Barney Frank has post-partisan depression
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New York Times:
A New Respect for Science  —  Though Barack Obama's cabinet …
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Matt Labash / Weekly Standard:
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Carrie Teegardin / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
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