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9:45 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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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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Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Coleman camp projects win, if court helps
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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.
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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New York Times:
Kennedy, Seen From Paris
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
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 …
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
Media Matters for America:
It's official: Readers pick Cokie Roberts' “foreign, exotic” Hawaii comments as Most Inane  —  In the end, it wasn't close.  By an overwhelming margin, criticism by Cokie Roberts, NPR contributing senior news analyst and ABC political commentator, of then-Sen. Barack Obama for choosing Hawaii …
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters.org:
Mitchell to Buchanan: You Wouldn't Say Caroline ‘In Miers Country’ If You Knew Her  —  The people just don't know Caroline like I do.  That was the essence of Andrea Mitchell's defense of the would-be senator after Pat Buchanan analogized her to another nominee who famously flopped.
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 …
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.
 
 
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