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3:40 AM ET, December 23, 2008

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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.
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Fox News:
Ballot Madness: Tipping the Scales in Minnesota's Senate Recount  —  The Canvassing Board overseeing the vote recount for Minnesota's tightly contested U.S. Senate race isn't quite done examining disputed ballots, but using their numbers the Minnesota Star Tribune issued a projection Saturday night …
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Fox News Finds Typo, Blames Liberal Conspiracy
Discussion: Alas, a blog, Firedoglake and Doug Ross
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount: Franken leads but margin narrows
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?
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 …
Melissa Etheridge / The Huffington Post:
The Choice Is Ours Now  —  This is a message for my brothers and sisters who have fought so long and so hard for gay rights and liberty.  We have spent a long time climbing up this mountain, looking at the impossible, changing a thousand year-old paradigm.  We have asked for the right to love …
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John Aravosis / AMERICAblog News:
Rick Warren pulls anti-gay language from his Web site  —  Deny me three times, Rick?  —  So Rick Warren pulled the anti-gay language from his church Web site.  The site used to explicitly ban gays from membership in the church.  —  Now the offending language is gone, but you can still find the anti-gay language via Google's cache.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Paparazzi Photog Gets a ‘Pec-tacular’ Obama Shot  —  HONOLULU — More than a dozen photographs of a bathing suit-clad President-elect Barack Obama surfaced online Monday showing the shirtless Chicagoan accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters on the white-sand beach in front of their vacation home.
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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.
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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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Teach the Controversy  —  The overall ThinkProgress bossman Faiz Shakir …
Discussion: Althouse
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE CAP KERFUFFLE.... You've probably heard a little bit …
Discussion: Undiplomatic and AmSpecBlog
New York Times:
Clinton Moves To Widen Role Of State Dept.  —  WASHINGTON — Even before taking office, Hillary Rodham Clinton is seeking to build a more powerful State Department, with a bigger budget, high-profile special envoys to trouble spots and an expanded role in dealing with global economic issues at a time of crisis.
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!
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Wayne Parry / Associated Press:
Many Muslims skeptical of Fort Dix verdicts  —  Yes, they talked tough, fired guns and watched jihadist videos.  —  But the five young Muslims convicted Monday of plotting to kill soldiers at Fort Dix may not have been guilty of anything more than youthful braggadocio and poor judgment.
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: 1 in 5 say Cheney worst vice president ever  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — A new national poll suggests that one out of five Americans think that Dick Cheney is the worst vice president in American history.  —  Twenty-three percent of those questioned …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
A Special Note Re: Hummus  —  This is James Bennet, editor of The Atlantic.  —  Most readers know that the views expressed on Jeffrey's blog are his own and don't always reflect the views of The Atlantic.  Such is the case with regard to Jeffrey's comments on the relative merits of hummus and baba ghanoush.
Peter Finn / Washington Post:
European Nations Discussing Accepting Guantanamo Detainees  —  Under Bush, Nations Refused to Resettle Guantanamo Prisoners  —  European nations have begun intensive discussions both within and among their governments on whether to resettle detainees from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay …
Discussion: Kevin Drum and theheretik.us
Ragnar / The Jawa Report:
Name that Party: Scandal-ridden Ohio A.G.'s Party Affiliation Irrelevant; Party Affiliation of Mother of Mother of Child of Son of Arrestee Highly Relevant?  —  Time for ANOTHER fun round of “Name that Party!!!”  —  Marc Dann was an elected official in Ohio who is now embroiled in a scandal.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Bush v. Gore Set to Outlast Its Beneficiary  —  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
 
 
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Edward Wong / New York Times:
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Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
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Daily Mail:
Saudi court tells girl aged EIGHT she cannot divorce husband …
Andy Worthington:
An interview with Guantánamo whistleblower Stephen Abraham (Part One)
Discussion: the talking dog
Gregg Levine / Firedoglake:
Bush at Walter Reed: Between Chicken and Egg, I'll go with Chicken
Discussion: Associated Press and QandO
 Earlier Items: 
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Pope likens “saving” gays to saving the rainforest
Discussion: The Other McCain
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Bloomberg: Fight For Clinton's Seat ‘Getting Out Of Control’
William Booth / Washington Post:
Headless Bodies Found in Mexico
Discussion: The New Republic
Michael S. Malone / Wall Street Journal:
Washington Is Killing Silicon Valley
Washington Post:
Howard Dean, a Victim of His Own Success?
Discussion: Truthdig