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9:40 PM ET, December 26, 2008


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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 …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Poll: 75% of Americans glad Bush is done  —  CNN Deputy Political Director  —  (CNN) — A new national poll suggests that three out of four Americans feel President Bush's departure from office is coming not a moment too soon.  —  Seventy-five percent of those questioned …
Agence France Presse:
Obama is most admired American: poll
Discussion: The Politico and Associated Press
Associated Press:   Obama the most admired man in the world, American poll says
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.
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.
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
THE LITTLE BLUE PILL GOES TO WAR.  —  According to the BBC, the CIA has come up with a surprisingly effective inducement to get information for warlords in Afghanistan: Trade them Viagra.  The younger tribal leaders know about the drug already, but the older chiefs often don't, and for them, it's a godsend.
CIA ‘using Viagra’ to win over Afghan warlords  —  America's CIA has found a novel way to gain information from fickle Afghan warlords - supplying sex-enhancing drug Viagra, a US media report says.  —  The Washington Post said it was one of a number of enticements being used.
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Obama Visits Marine Corps Base for Christmas  —  FROM ABC NEWS' SUNLEN MILLER IN HAWAII:  —  President-elect Obama stopped by the Marine Corps base in Hawaii Kaneche Bay where servicemen and -women were eating Christmas dinner in Kailua Thursday evening.  —  “Just wanted to say hi …
Discussion: BLACKFIVE and Gateway Pundit
Hugh Hewitt /
Signals From The New C-in-C  —  The president-elect dropped in on some Marines stationed in Hawaii yesterday, a fine gesture of appreciation for the military he will soon be leading.  —  The Los Angeles Times reported in a separate article, however, that “President-elect Barack Obama's transition team …
Discussion: Power Line
Nitya Venkataraman / ABCNEWS:
American Shores Face Threat of Rising Sea Level  —  Report Projects 4-Foot Rise in Global Sea Level by End of Century  —  An Iditarod without snow, Florida's coastal towns lost forever to the Gulf of Mexico, wheat farmers in Kansas without crops.  —  What sounds like the climatic end …
Juliet Eilperin / Los Angeles Times:
Agencies' report warns of faster climate change
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Pakistan Shift  —  Rising tensions with India are prompting Pakistan to shift forces away from fighting the Taliban near the Afghan border and toward preparations for a subcontinental standoff.  And of course they are — Pakistan has no choice but to make its situation vis-a-vis India its primary security concern.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Send Caroline Kennedy to Court of St. James  —  (UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown receiving bust of John F. Kennedy from Caroline Kennedy)  —  Caroline Kennedy is having a rough time convincing fellow New York-based Dems that she's good for them.  If she really, really wants to be in the rough …
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Caroline has stiffed N.Y. Dems for years
Discussion:, Redhot and JammieWearingFool
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Kennedy: Would have run earlier if her name weren't Kennedy, ‘dismayed’ by own voting record  —  Caroline Kennedy, diving in on an otherwise slow news day, also spoke to NY1 News, making her case as an “unconventional” choice for the Senate, responding to the suggestion that she's only in the race …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
Lauren Shepherd / Associated Press:
Stores cut prices to entice post-holiday shoppers  —  Two hours before the doors were set to open Friday morning, a Miami-area Wal-Mart parking lot was full of cars — and possibility.  But in a Christmas shopping season in which many Americans were unwilling to spend, even a packed lot …
New York Times:
Burning Coal at Home Is Making a Comeback  —  SUGARLOAF, Pa. — Kyle Buck heaved open the door of a makeshift bin abutting his suburban ranch house.  Staring at a two-ton pile of coal that was delivered by truck a few weeks ago, Mr. Buck worried aloud that it would not be enough to last the winter.
New York Times:
A Parting Shot at Women's Rights  —  Undermining women's reproductive rights and access to health care has been a pervasive theme of the outgoing administration.  On his first full day in office, President Bush imposed the “global gag rule,” which prohibits taxpayer dollars …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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 …
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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Agence France Presse:
Chinese navy off on historic anti-piracy mission
Mary Sanchez / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Commentary: Rick Warren needs to evolve
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Matt Kelley / USA Today:
Third of top aides become lobbyists
Michael Bamberger /
Barack Obama's golf swing reveals he's an athlete, a duffer and fun to play with
Discussion: Commentary
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Kennedy Tells AP She'll Have to Work Twice as Hard
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Now, feds probe Gov. Richardson of Obama Cabinet for ‘pay-to-play’
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
States Driven to Make Deeper Cuts in Medicaid
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First Lady: A Job Worth A Paycheck
Discussion: Right Wing News and The XX Factor
Calendar offers chance to spend 2009 with Sarah Palin
Discussion: Washington Wire
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California Crisis May Crunch $3.8 Billion of Jobs in Slowdown
Rick Klein / ABCNEWS:
Clinton Helping Clinton Retire Debt
Discussion: Top of the Ticket
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
White House Press Corps Faces Unique Challenges in Hawaii
Mike Glenn / Houston Chronicle:
Naked man fights Harris deputies; dies after Taser shocks
Discussion: The Raw Story and Hullabaloo

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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Tucker Carlson launches the Tucker Carlson Network, or TCN, a $9-per-month streaming video service with access to “5 brand-new shows, speeches, films, and more”

Alex Sherman / CNBC:
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