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7:55 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.
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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
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
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!
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PALIN WANTED MORE MEDIA TIME.... Opinions may vary, but looking back at the 2008 presidential campaign, Sarah Palin seems to have an unusual idea about what went wrong for her.  —  Palin told Human Events' John Gizzi she would have fared much better if she ... wait for it ... had done more media interviews.
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
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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Geoff Mulvihill / Associated Press:
5 convicted of plotting to kill Fort Dix soldiers
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
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
Discussion: Towleroad, TMZ.com and Gawker
Washington Post:
Obama Kicks Off His Vacation With a Round of Golf
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.
Discussion: Washington Times
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Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
Bush at Walter Reed: Between Chicken and Egg, I'll go with Chicken
Discussion: QandO
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 …
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Marisa Guthrie / Broadcasting & Cable:
Q&A: NBC News Chief Steve Capus
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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
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.
 
 
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Melissa Etheridge / The Huffington Post:
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Bob Drogin / Los Angeles Times:
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William Booth / Washington Post:
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