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10:25 AM ET, December 23, 2008

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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Warren On?  Party Off.  —  Not that he was planning to attend, but Barack Obama should know that my sister's inauguration night party — the one for which she was preparing Obama Punch — has been canceled.  The notice went out over the weekend, by e-mail and word of mouth …
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E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
A Gamble for Obama  —  By inviting Pastor Rick Warren to give the inaugural invocation, President-elect Barack Obama has alienated some of his friends on the left.  By accepting, Warren has enraged some of his allies on the right.  —  Obama and Warren have helped each other in the past, and both know exactly what they're doing.
Discussion: The Corner
Digby / Hullabaloo:
One Way Street  —  I saw something very interesting today on MSNBC.  Barnicle, filling in for Matthews on Hardball, hosted Reverend Eugene Rivers, a well respected, uncontroversial African American preacher, and Mike Rogers, strident gay activist.  —  Loaded for bear, Rivers came out firing …
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 …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
Fox News Finds Typo, Blames Liberal Conspiracy  —  Who was this ballot cast for?  —  Norm Coleman, right?  —  No, this is not a trick question.  Unless your name is John Lott, Jr., Ph.D. and you just published an analysis at FoxNews.com.  —  The ballot in question, from Minnesota's 4th Ward …
Discussion: Alas, a blog and Firedoglake
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Aaron Blake / The Hill:
GOP recount guru advises Coleman
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Pat Doyle / Minneapolis Star Tribune:   Senate recount: Franken leads but margin narrows
Media Research Center:
Quote of the Year  —  Co-anchor Chris Matthews: “I have to tell you, you know, it's part of reporting this case, this election, the feeling most people get when they hear Barack Obama's speech.  My — I felt this thrill going up my leg.  I mean, I don't have that too often.  —  “Co-anchor Keith Olbermann: “Steady.
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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Peter J. Parisi / Washington Times:
Why do retailers fear using the word ‘Christmas’?  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  In the fall 2008 edition of “FYI Alexandria,” which the city bills as “Alexandria's Official Resident Newsletter,” a front-page blurb announced: “City Seeks 2008 Holiday Tree.”  —  Alexandria at the time was …
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Washington lobbying booms as economy tanks  —  Washington's influence industry is humming steadily while the national economy is declining in what several economists predict will be the worst recession in 50 years.  —  More than half a million Americans lost jobs last month, and the value of most 401 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Foundry
Bob Owens / Pajamas Media:
The Op-Ed the New York Times Wouldn't Run  —  An FBI informant's response to Bill Ayers' rewriting of history got the cold shoulder — but you can read it here.  —  On December 5, the New York Times afforded former domestic terrorist Bill Ayers a chance to publish an op-ed …
David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Kennedy Declines to Make Financial Disclosure  —  If she were applying to be, say, an undersecretary of education in Barack Obama's new administration, Caroline Kennedy would have to fill out a 63-item confidential questionnaire disclosing potentially embarrassing text messages and diary entries …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Price Of Their Security  —  Understanding isn't the same as forgiving.  The history-be-my-judge interviews that President Bush and Vice President Cheney have been giving recently help me understand why they acted with such contempt for our Constitution and our values …
Discussion: theheretik.us
Mackubin Thomas Owens / Weekly Standard:
Lincoln, Obama, and Bush  —  In a time of war, eloquence matters, but so does prudence.  —  Long before the recent election, Barack Obama often liked to compare himself to Abraham Lincoln.  An adoring press followed suit.  Googling “Obama and Lincoln,” results in over 14 million hits.
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
John O'Sullivan / Wall Street Journal:
Conservative Snobs Are Wrong About Palin  —  I know Maggie Thatcher.  The two women have a lot in common.  —  Being listed in fourth place for Time magazine's “Person of the Year,” as Sarah Palin was for 2008, sounds a little like being awarded the Order of Purity (Fourth Class).
Discussion: Commentary and Media Blog
Julian E. Barnes / Los Angeles Times:
Agencies prep Obama for ‘tourniquet’ on Afghanistan  —  Many military leaders seek a new strategy to deal with the growing violence and advances by the Taliban and other extremists.  —  Reporting from Washington — The Pentagon and U.S. national security officials are transmitting a battery …
 
 
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