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4:00 PM ET, December 26, 2008

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Joby Warrick / Washington Post:
Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghanistan  —  The Afghan chieftain looked older than his 60-odd years, and his bearded face bore the creases of a man burdened with duties as tribal patriarch and husband to four younger women.  His visitor, a CIA officer, saw an opportunity …
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BBC:
CIA ‘using Viagra’ to win over Afghan warlords
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
She Said You Couldn't Stay Up  —  The portrait of 2009's passel …
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
Susan Page / USA Today:
Poll: Obama is man Americans admire most  —  WASHINGTON — A month before his inauguration, Americans choose Barack Obama as the man they admire most in the world, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.  It's the first time a president-elect has topped the annual survey in more than a half-century.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Obama, Hillary Clinton Share “Most Admired” Billing  —  Palin makes impressive showing as second most admired woman  —  PRINCETON, NJ — A remarkable 32% of Americans choose Barack Obama as the man they most admire living anywhere in the world today, putting him in the No. 1 position on Gallup's annual Most Admired Man list.
Agence France Presse:   Obama is most admired American: poll
Associated Press:   Obama the most admired man in the world, American poll says
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC candidate distributes controversial Obama song  —  RNC candidate Chip Saltsman's Christmas greeting to committee members includes a music CD with lyrics from a song called “Barack the Magic Negro,” first played on Rush Limbaugh's popular radio show.  —  Saltsman, a personal friend …
Joel Stein / Los Angeles Times:
Republicans are blinded by love  —  Lefties just don't have the same feeling about America as the hard right does.  —  Idon't love America.  That's what conservatives are always telling liberals like me.  Their love, they insist, is truer, deeper and more complete.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Stop The ACLU
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Barack Be Good  —  Times have changed.  In 1996, President Bill Clinton, under siege from the right, declared that “the era of big government is over.”  But President-elect Barack Obama, riding a wave of revulsion over what conservatism has wrought, has said that he wants to “make government cool again.”
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Bush Is a Book Lover  —  A glimpse of what the president has been reading.  —  With only five days left, my lead is insurmountable.  The competition can't catch up.  And for the third year in a row, I'll triumph.  In second place will be the president of the United States.
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Now, feds probe Gov. Richardson of Obama Cabinet for ‘pay-to-play’  —  It seems that Illinois' legally challenged Gov. Rod Blagojevich is not the only close Barack Obama associate and Democratic governor being investigated by the feds for possibly selling government business in return for campaign contributions.
Discussion: MoJoBlog
CNN:
Calendar offers chance to spend 2009 with Sarah Palin  —  We're NOT “your friends”!!!  —  This is just wrong, so wrong.  I do hope she runs again.  She's one of the best things the Dems have going for them, except GWB!  —  Carol  —  December 26th, 2008 11:13 am ET  —  I got one for Christmas and I LOVE IT!
Discussion: Washington Wire
Associated Press:
Trooper Says Election Delayed Alaska Drug Case  —  WASILLA, Alaska — The mother of Bristol Palin's boyfriend sent text messages discussing drug transactions less than a month after the young woman's mother, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, was nominated as the Republican vice presidential candidate …
Associated Press:
Blagojevich Attorney Asks Illinois Panel to Subpoena Emanuel and Others  —  An attorney for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) has asked the legislative panel considering impeachment of the governor to subpoena more than a dozen witnesses, including President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
White House Press Corps Faces Unique Challenges in Hawaii  —  It's prime time and CNN's Ed Henry is standing on the white sand of Waikiki Beach, reporting live on President-elect Barack Obama's holiday vacation in Hawaii.  With the volcanic mountain Diamond Head in the distance …
Amie Parnes / The Politico:
Jeb Bush poised for Florida Senate run  —  As Caroline Kennedy pursues her bright-lights, big-city bid for the U.S. Senate, another child of dynasty is quietly testing the waters for his own Senate run.  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush - the son of one president and the brother of another …
Discussion: Commentary and The Campaign Spot
Juliet Eilperin / Los Angeles Times:
Agencies' report warns of faster climate change  —  Reporting from Washington — The United States faces the possibility of much more rapid climate change by the end of the century than previous studies have suggested, according to a report led by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Kennedy Tells AP She'll Have to Work Twice as Hard  —  Kennedy tells AP she'll have to work harder than anyone else if she's picked as NY senator  —  Caroline Kennedy told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that she knows she will have to work twice as hard as others if she is picked for the U.S. Senate.
Michael Janofsky / Bloomberg:
California Crisis May Crunch $3.8 Billion of Jobs in Slowdown  —  A A A  —  Dec. 24 (Bloomberg) — Just $5 million of work is needed to complete a new California Court of Appeals building in Santa Ana.  The state may not have the money, and come July judges may be writing opinions in their living rooms.
Mike Glenn / Houston Chronicle:
Naked man fights Harris deputies; dies after Taser shocks  —  A naked man who was banging on doors and windows at a northside apartment complex died Wednesday after being shocked by Tasers at least three times during a confrontation with Harris County sheriff's deputies, authorities said.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Ynetnews:
Palestinian rocket kills 2 Gaza girls  —  Palestinians misfire rocket, two Gaza girls killed after Qassam hits home in northern Strip; earlier Friday, Palestinian man wounded by misfired rocket taken for treatment in Israeli hospital  —  A rocket apparently fired by Palestinians on Friday struck …
 
 
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Michael Bamberger / Golf.com:
Barack Obama's golf swing reveals he's an athlete, a duffer and fun to play with
Discussion: Commentary
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
States Driven to Make Deeper Cuts in Medicaid
Discussion: cab drollery
Lauren Stiller Rikleen / Washington Post:
First Lady: A Job Worth A Paycheck
Discussion: Right Wing News
Wall Street Journal:
Donor Disclosure Has Its Downsides
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Right Wing News
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Far West of Washington, Calm Before the Term
Discussion: The Caucus, TIME.com and The Note
 Earlier Items: 
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
New Board Named at Fannie Mae
Military.com:
Police Say Vet Made, Sold IEDs to Gangs
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Helping Clinton Retire Debt
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Study Criticizes Bush Approach to War Funding, Calls for Changes
Discussion: Time, Think Progress and TIME.com
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Caroline has stiffed N.Y. Dems for years