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7:35 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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Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Senate recount: Franken leads but margin narrows
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Fox News Finds Typo, Blames Liberal Conspiracy
Discussion: Alas, a blog, Firedoglake and Doug Ross
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coleman camp projects win, if court helps
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
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.
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.
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?
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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.
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Bloomberg: Fight For Clinton's Seat ‘Getting Out Of Control’
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Teach the Controversy  —  The overall ThinkProgress bossman Faiz Shakir has a post over at the main ThinkProgress blog addressing the Third Way controversy that I think everyone interested in this subject should read.  —  And since it's a slow news day, a lot of people seem interested …
Discussion: Instapundit
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
THE CAP KERFUFFLE.... You've probably heard a little bit …
Discussion: Undiplomatic and DrexelDems.org
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 …
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: theheretik.us and Kevin Drum
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Edward Wong / New York Times:
Parents of Schoolchildren Killed in China Quake Confirm Lawsuit  —  DEYANG, China — A group of parents whose children were among the 127 killed in the collapse of an elementary school during the May earthquake that devastated western China have confirmed that they filed a lawsuit …
Daily Mail:
Saudi court tells girl aged EIGHT she cannot divorce husband who is 50 years her senior … A Saudi court has rejected a plea to divorce an eight-year-old girl married off by her father to a man who is 58, saying the case should wait until the girl reaches puberty.
 
 
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Callie Shell / Time:
The Interview: Person Of the Year Barack Obama
Discussion: marbury, BLACKFIVE and The Daily Dish
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Mitchell to Buchanan: You Wouldn't Say Caroline ‘In Miers Country’ If You Knew Her
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: QandO and Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Pope likens “saving” gays to saving the rainforest
Discussion: The Other McCain
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Bush v. Gore Set to Outlast Its Beneficiary
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Brigid Schulte / Washington Post:
Baby Dolls Raise a Stink In More Ways Than One
Discussion: The XX Factor and Crooked Timber
Bob Drogin / Los Angeles Times:
Even jury hiring is frozen
Discussion: DMI Blog and Hullabaloo
William Booth / Washington Post:
Headless Bodies Found in Mexico
Discussion: The New Republic
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
Arabs lavish jewels on Secretary of State Rice
Human Events:
EXCLUSIVE Interview With Sarah Palin