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11:40 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.
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 …
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 …
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Quinnipiac University:
New York Is Semi-Sweet On Caroline, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Cuomo Is Favored By Upstate Voters  —  New York State voters split 40 - 41 percent on whether Caroline Kennedy is qualified to be a U.S. Senator, but they expect by a 48 - 25 percent margin that Gov. David Paterson will name …
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.
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
Aaron Blake / The Hill:
GOP recount guru advises Coleman  —  EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - A veteran of the nation's most famous recount has been quietly advising Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), who is fighting a fierce battle to hang on to his seat.  —  Florida recount guru Benjamin Ginsberg, who played a prominent role …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Bush Legacy  —  Ed Gillespie's RealClearPolitics article on “Myths and Facts About the Real Bush Record” is about as stupid and dishonest as you'd expect.  But after “debunking” five perfectly accurate alleged myths, Gillespie gets into the whopper that really gets my goat:
Discussion: Eschaton
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Ed Gillespie / Real Clear Politics:
Myths & Facts About the Real Bush Record
Discussion: Washington Monthly and RedState
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).
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.
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
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: The Mahablog and theheretik.us
Wall Street Journal:
The President Comforts a Marine Mom  —  This Thursday morn, Julie McPhillips will awake to the great hope that is Christmas Day.  And amid her joy for the Savior born of woman in a Bethlehem stable, she will offer two prayers.  —  The first will be for her son, Lt. Brian McPhillips …
Benedict Carey / New York Times:
Drug Rehabilitation or Revolving Door?  —  ROSEBURG, Ore. — Their first love might be the rum or vodka or gin and juice that is going around the bonfire.  Or maybe the smoke, the potent marijuana that grows in the misted hills here like moss on a wet stone.  —  But it hardly matters.
Discussion: Megan McArdle and Althouse
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 …
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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Jared Allen / The Hill:
Black lawmakers irked by Obama's diverse Cabinet  —  Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) are disappointed President-elect Obama did not appoint more African-Americans to his Cabinet.  —  Obama tapped four blacks for Cabinet posts, including Eric Holder.
 
 
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