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3:40 AM ET, December 22, 2008


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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 …
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
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 …
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” …
Associated Press:
Senate-for-sale case threatens new chief of staff
Willie Brown / San Francisco Chronicle:
Illinois governor seems to be growing stronger
Discussion: Don Surber
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Blago-Rahma: Only one call between Blago and Emanuel?
Discussion: Riehl World View
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
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.
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?
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.
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 …
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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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Associated Press:
AP study finds $1.6B went to bailed-out bank execs
Discussion: Washington Monthly