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1:10 PM ET, December 25, 2008

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New York Times:
Harold Pinter, Nobel-Winning Playwright, Dies at 78  —  Harold Pinter, the British playwright whose gifts for finding the ominous in the everyday and the noise within silence made him the most influential and imitated dramatist of his generation, died on Wednesday.  He was 78 and lived in London.
Discussion: Althouse
Associated Press:
Iraq Declares Christmas an Official Holiday for First Year  —  BAGHDAD — Iraq's Christians, a small minority in the overwhelmingly Muslim country, quietly celebrated Christmas on Thursday with a present from the government, which declared it an official holiday for the first time.
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White House:
Statement by the Press Secretary  —  Yesterday the President forwarded to the Pardon Attorney a Master Warrant of Clemency including 19 requests for pardons with direction that he execute and deliver grants of clemency to the named individuals.  —  With respect to the case of Mr. Isaac R. Toussie …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Toussie pardon canceled
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Top Bush Aides to Linger on High-Profile Boards  —  As President Bush settles in for his last Christmas in office, he has been busy handing out presents to some of his top aides.  And they are not the kind that require wrapping paper or a bow.  —  The White House announced on Wednesday …
Discussion: Think Progress and TIME.com
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Hamas mocks Israel's nonresponse to Kassams  —  Hamas on Wednesday remained as defiant as ever and said it would continue to fire rockets at Israel as an act of “self-defense.”  —  Hamas also mocked what it described as the “state of confusion” in Israel over how to react to the latest spree of rocket and mortar attacks.
Oliver Janney / CNN:
Blog ‘miracle’ saves Christmas for hard-luck family  —  (CNN) — A family facing foreclosure is anything but a unique story in these troubled economic times.  —  But this is a happier story of one family whose financial ruin was averted by the actions of a friend, the compassion of strangers …
Discussion: Liberty Street
Matthew Moore / Telegraph:
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Christmas C4 speech sparks row  —  Channel 4 will screen an alternative Christmas message from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, in a move that has provoked widespread condemnation.  —  President Ahmadinejad's address will focus on spiritual messages …
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Selim Algar / New York Post:
BARACK NAME LOSES ‘CLASS’ ON LI  —  SCHOOL NIXES CHANGE TO ‘OBAMA ELEMENTARY’  —  They said NO-bama.  —  A proposal to change the name of a Long Island public school to Barack Obama Elementary was scrapped this week after running into fierce public opposition.
Discussion: Don Surber
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
White House Views on Past 8 Years Diverge  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have been unusually talkative in recent weeks, sharing candid thoughts in a string of exit interviews.  But after eight years of a tight partnership that gave Mr. Cheney powerful influence inside …
Discussion: TIME.com
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: America's honeymoon with Obama continues  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Call it a love affair so far between Barack Obama and the American people.  —  More than eight in 10, or 82 percent, of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released Wednesday approve …
Discussion: MyDD
Lawrence Lessig / Newsweek:
Reboot the FCC  —  We'll stifle the Skypes and YouTubes of the future if we don't demolish the regulators that oversee our digital pipelines.  —  Economic growth requires innovation.  Trouble is, Washington is practically designed to resist it.  Built into the DNA of the most important agencies created …
 
 
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Javier Blas / Financial Times:
Cocoa hits 23-year high on supply fears
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Federal agencies examining deadly Lake Township plane crash
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Phil Stewart / Reuters:
Pope issues plea for end to child abuse
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Russia may cut off Ukraine's gas
Discussion: Donklephant
Christopher N. Osher / Denver Post:
Denver mayor confirms interest in Senate job
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Obama's Job-Creation Program Flunks Basic Math: Caroline Baum
Michael C. Moynihan / Reason:
Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa is Over
 

 
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: EU may accept Apple's proposal to open its NFC payments tech to rivals, and may close its antitrust probe in May, letting Apple avoid hefty fines

George Steer / Financial Times:
Nvidia closed down 10% on Friday, falling the most since March 2020 and losing more than $200B of its market value, as investors pull back from AI bets

Robert Burnson / Bloomberg:
Court filing: OpenAI says Elon Musk's claim that the company has abandoned its altruistic principles is “revisionist history” and a bid to boost his AI company

 
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