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3:01 AM ET, December 27, 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 …
Toby Harnden / Telegraph:
CIA give Afghan warlords Viagra in exchange for information on Taliban  —  The CIA has secured co-operation from ageing Afghan warlords by providing them with an unusual incentive - Viagra.  —  “Whatever it takes to make friends and influence people - whether it's building a school or handing out Viagra …
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Think Progress and Kevin Drum
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
Zimbabwe child malnutrition rises  —  Acute child malnutrition in parts of Zimbabwe has increased by almost two-thirds compared with last year, aid agency Save the Children says.  —  In a new report, the UK-based agency said “some children are wasting away from lack of food”.
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
A Water Park, but No Pool  —  HONOLULU - In the news-free zone that is Barack Obama's pre-inaugural Hawaiian vacation, this passes for a bulletin: The president-elect ditched his “press pool” of media minders to take his daughters to a water park on Friday morning.
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.
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.
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 …
Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Israel transferring humanitarian aid to Gaza  —  JERUSALEM - Israel renewed its transfer of humanitarian aid into Gaza on Friday despite continued rocket and mortar fire from the coastal strip and rising expectations of a large-scale Israeli military campaign against Gaza militants.
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