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11:50 PM ET, December 25, 2008

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Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Revokes Pardon Of GOP Donors' Relative  —  President Bush took the remarkable step yesterday of reversing a pardon that he granted the day before to a Brooklyn, N.Y., real estate developer, whose relatives contributed more than $40,000 to Republicans before his clemency petition was filed with the White House.
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P.S. Ruckman, Jr / PARDON POWER:
On the Revocation of Pardons  —  “Experts said they knew of no other instance in which a presidential pardon had been revoked.  They said it was not clear whether Bush was legally allowed to do so.”  - Chicago Tribune, December 25, 2008  —  One can hardly blame the Tribune for printing this statement.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Open Left
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.
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Bush a catalyst in America's declining influence  —  The president oversaw a period of eroding economic and political power, in which the rise of China, India and others was a major factor, but assisted by an aversion to him and his policies.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Heather Burke / Bloomberg:
Holiday Sales in U.S. Fell as Much as 4%, SpendingPulse Says  —  A A A  —  Dec. 25 (Bloomberg) — U.S. retail sales fell as much as 4 percent this holiday season as consumers limited purchases to necessities and cut back on clothing, electronics and jewelry, according to SpendingPulse.
CNN:
Singer, actress Eartha Kitt dies at 81  —  (CNN) — Singer and actress Eartha Kitt has died, her publicist, Patty Freedman, told CNN on Thursday.  —  Kitt, 81, died in New York, where she was being treated for colon cancer, Freedman said.  Her daughter, Kitt Shapiro, was by her side.
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
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 and A Blog For All
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Joe and Jill feed the homeless  —  Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, slipped on aprons Wednesday afternoon to serve meatloaf to a few hundred homeless people at a soup kitchen in Wilmington, Del.  —  Biden told a local news station that the long lines outside …
Discussion: TIME.com and Don Surber
Jerusalem Post:
8 Katyusha rockets defused in Lebanon  —  The Lebanese army on Thursday discovered and defused eight Katyusha rockets that had been placed near the southern town of Nakoura and were about to be fired at Israel.  —  The 107-millimeter projectiles were fitted with timers and were defused …
Discussion: A Blog For All and Israel Matzav
New York Times:
E.P.A.'s Doctor No  —  On April 2, 2007, the Supreme Court ruled that the federal Clean Air Act plainly empowered the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases from cars and trucks — and, by inference, other sources like power plants.  —  There was great hope …
 
 
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Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Sin in Doing Good Deeds
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Federal Cases of Stock Fraud Drop Sharply
Peter Scowen / Globe and Mail:
A hearing into the case of Rudolph, a reindeer
Discussion: The Corner
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Print news is fading, but the content lives on
Javier Blas / Financial Times:
Cocoa hits 23-year high on supply fears
Discussion: The RBC and Don Surber
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Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Hamas mocks Israel's nonresponse to Kassams
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Top Bush Aides to Linger on High-Profile Boards
Discussion: Think Progress and TIME.com
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
White House Views on Past 8 Years Diverge
Discussion: TIME.com
Edd Pritchard / Repository:
Federal agencies examining deadly Lake Township plane crash
 

 
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