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4:10 PM 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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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 …
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.
Susan Kelleher / Seattle Times:
Seattle refuses to use salt; roads “snow packed” by design  —  To hear the city's spin, Seattle's road crews are making “great progress” in clearing the ice-caked streets.  —  But it turns out “plowed streets” in Seattle actually means “snow-packed,” as in there's snow and ice left on major arterials by design.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THERE IS NOTHING ANYONE CAN DO ABOUT IT.  —  Over at BoingBoing, Clay Shirky engages in a bit of self-congratulatory schadenfreude for predicting the collapse of the newspaper business model back in 1993.  And no doubt: He was prescient.  But like a lot of folks (many of them named Jeff Jarvis) …
Discussion: Don Surber
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Tim Lee / The Technology Liberation Front:   The News Innovator's Dilemma
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
What Might Have Been  —  Ezra Klein makes the case that the decline …
Discussion: Eschaton
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
More on What Might Have Been  —  I promised more thoughts …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Obama wants Bush war team to stay  —  Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is asking many of the Bush administration's 250 Pentagon political appointees to remain on the job until the incoming Obama administration finds replacements — a move designed to prevent a leadership vacuum …
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN, Fox News and Open Left
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David M. Halbfinger / New York Times:
Kennedy Declines to Make Financial Disclosure
The Huffington Post:
Emanuel Heads To Africa As Blagojevich Report Drops  —  With the Obama transition team set to release an internal report regarding the extent of its interactions with embattled governor Rod Blagojevich, one of the key figures in the mix is heading out of the country.
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus and Gawker
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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).
The Politico:
Obama to use Lincoln Bible  —  From the transition team:  —  “Washington, D.C. - On January 20th, President-elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office using the same Bible upon which President Lincoln was sworn in at his first inauguration.  The Bible is currently part of the collections of the Library of Congress.
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Katharine Q. Seelye / The Caucus:
Obama to Take Oath on Same Bible as Lincoln
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
Bush pardons 19, commutes 1 prison term  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - Before leaving for the holidays, President Bush on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of a drug offender and granted 19 pardons, including one to a man who helped the Jewish resistance in the 1940s.
Discussion: Townhall.com
James H. Burnett III / MiamiHerald.com:
Quirky Festivus holiday gains followers  —  Those who celebrate Festivus display a pole instead of a tree and air grievances instead of exchanging gifts.  —  JBURNETT@MIAMIHERALD.COM  —  Alexandra Casuso was only 11 years old when Festivus made its TV debut on Seinfeld in 1997 …
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:
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 …
CNN:
Child porn investigation catches California lawyer  —  (CNN) — A lawyer who served in the Clinton administration and more recently was an adviser to California's lieutenant governor pleaded guilty to a child porn charge in a San Diego federal court Monday.  —  Wade Rowland Sanders admitted …
Discussion: Tabloid Edition
Maggie Haberman / New York Post:
O, MY BOD!  IT'S BEACH BARACK  —  NEXT PREZ HEATS UP HAWAII  —  Just call him “Ab"-bama.  —  Buff-bodied President-elect Barack Obama put his chiseled frame on full display - as seen on Page 1 - during a stroll in Hawaii while on vacation with his family.
John H. Richardson / Esquire:
Why Obama Really Might Decriminalize Marijuana  —  The stoner community is clamoring to say it: “Yes we cannabis!”  Turns out, with several drug-war veterans close to the president-elect's ear, insiders think reform could come in Obama's second term — or sooner.
Little Green Footballs:
NPR Rewrites Rathergate History to Cover Up Fraud  —  National Public Radio does their best to rewrite history in this shockingly disingenuous piece on the Rathergate affair, told from Dan Rather's perspective as he openly states (and NPR doesn't challenge) that the memos in his infamous 60 Minutes II piece …
Discussion: NPR
New York Times:
As Economy Dips, Arrests for Shoplifting Soar  —  Richard R. Johnson is the first to admit it was a bad idea.  —  Recently laid off from a job building trailers in Elkhart, Ind., Mr. Johnson came up a dollar short at Martin's Supermarket last month when he went to buy a $4.99 bottle of sleep medication.
Wall Street Journal:
Bush and Scooter Libby  —  The former White House aide deserves a full pardon.  —  Rarely can Presidents improve their legacy in an Administration's twilight days.  But President Bush now has that opportunity, by undoing a measure of the injustice inflicted on I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby.
 
 
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
A housing scammer, pardoned
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama to Attend Memorial for Grandmother
Discussion: TIME.com
John Lippert / Bloomberg:
Friedman Would Be Roiled as Chicago Disciples Rue Repudiation
Discussion: The Big Picture and D-Day
Lynn Sweet:
Emanuel House chief of staff Smith tapped for White House spot.
Discussion: Think Progress
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
White House: Expect more pardons from Bush.»
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Xinhua News Agency:
Zimbabwe asks Bush to leave office quietly
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
APPLY ECONOMICS TO ECONOMISTS.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum
Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Shuster Pushes Inhofe On Global Warming Skepticism: 'If There Is …
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BBC:
Gay groups angry at Pope remarks
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Daniel / Crooked Timber:
The future is a shoe being thrown at a human face - forever!
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and Kevin Drum
Wall Street Journal:
The President Comforts a Marine Mom
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
The Price Of Their Security  —  Understanding isn't the same as forgiving.
Discussion: The Mahablog and theheretik.us
Peter J. Parisi / Washington Times:
Why do retailers fear using the word ‘Christmas’?