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6:45 PM ET, December 30, 2008

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Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich snubs Senate, taps Burris for seat  —  Brushing aside charges that he tried to sell Illinois' vacant U.S. Senate seat, Gov. Rod Blagojevich appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the post today in defiance of Senate leaders who said they would not admit anyone he selected.
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Senate Leadership: Burris ‘unacceptable’  —  The Senate will not seat Roland Burris if Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich attempts to appoint him, a Democratic leadership aide said.  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid views Burris as “unacceptable,” the aide said.
Associated Press:
White will try to reject  —  Blagojevich Senate pick  —  SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says he'll reject any paperwork that Gov. Rod Blagojevich files to name a new U.S. senator.  —  The secretary of state keeps state records and certifies official actions.
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich to name Roland Burris to Obama's Senate seat  —  Gov. Blagojevich today is expected to name former state Comptroller and Attorney General Roland Burris to Illinois' vacant U.S. Senate seat, a knowledgeable source said this morning.  —  A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m.
CNN:
Sources: Senate Democrats to block Burris appointment  —  (CNN) — Two Democratic officials tell CNN Senate Democratic leaders are planning to block Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Burris to the Senate seat once held by President-elect Obama.  —  The officials said this has nothing …
The Huffington Post:
Blagojevich Pick Raised Money For The Governor
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Blagojevich, Burris and More Problems for Illinois Dems
Discussion: The Campaign Spot
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
BLAGO'S NEW GAMBIT  —  We've just gotten word that Gov. Blagojevich …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Chicago Tribune:
Rod Blagojevich expected to name Roland Burris to Obama senate seat
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
What YouTube Doesn't Want You to See  —  Yesterday, the IDF did something innovative: it opened a channel on YouTube and posted videos to it that help explain why Israel is fighting Hamas.  The site hosted about a dozen videos showing things like Israeli humanitarian aid deliveries to Gaza …
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Jeffrey Goldberg:
A Fatah Friend Writes: I'm Supporting the Israeli Air Force  —  It's a strange world, but there you have it.  I've been talking to friends of mine, former Palestinian Authority intelligence officials (ejected from power by the Hamas coup), and they tell me that not only are they rooting …
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
ZBIG SMACKS DOWN MORNIN' JOE  —  Zbig to Joe: “You have a such stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on it's almost embarrassing to listen to you.”
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The Huffington Post:
Zbigniew Brzezinski Calls Joe Scarborough ‘Stunningly Superficial’  —  On this morning's Morning Joe, former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski offered his expertise on the conflict in Gaza.  It was all very insightful!  But you'll want to just skip to the end of this clip …
Andy Barr / The Politico:
‘Magic Negro’ flap might help Saltsman  —  The controversy surrounding a comedy CD distributed by Republican National Committee chair candidate Chip Saltsman has not torpedoed his bid and might have inadvertently helped it.  —  Four days after news broke that the former Tennessee GOP chairman …
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
PARSING BARACK THE MAGIC NEGRO.
Craig Schneider / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
McKinney relief boat rammed by Israeli navy  —  A boat carrying international peace activists, including former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip sailed back into a Lebanese port on Tuesday after being turned back and damaged by the Israeli navy, organizers of the trip said.
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Home Prices Fell Sharply in October  —  Home values in 20 large metropolitan areas across the country dropped at a record pace in October as the fallout from the financial collapse reverberated through the housing market, according to data released Tuesday.  —  The price of single-family …
Discussion: Kevin Drum
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Les Christie / CNNMoney.com:
Home prices post record 18% drop
Discussion: Megan McArdle
Amanda Hill / The 2008 Weblog Awards:
2008 Weblog Awards Finalists  —  Here is a complete list of the finalists for The 2008 Weblog Awards.  Finalists badges (hosted by Imageshack) will be available Wednesday.  Voting is scheduled to begin on January 5, 2009.  —  Please note that the names of the Technorati Autority categories have changed …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
John Leland / New York Times:
Breaking Up Is Harder to Do After Housing Fall  —  When Marci Needle and her husband began to contemplate divorce in June, they thought they had enough money to go their separate ways.  They owned a million-dollar home near Atlanta and another in Jacksonville, Fla., as well as investment properties.
Discussion: Law Blog and Jezebel
Fouad Ajami / Wall Street Journal:
Samuel Huntington's Warning  —  He predicted a ‘clash of civilizations,’ not the illusion of Davos Man.  —  The last of Samuel Huntington's books — “Who Are We?  The Challenges to America's National Identity,” published four years ago — may have been his most passionate work.
Roger E.A Farmer / The Economists' Forum:
How to prevent the Great Depression of 2009  —  The US recession that began in December 2007 resulted in 403,000 lost jobs in September, 320,000 in October and 533,000 jobs in November.  Projections for 2009 are ominous.  —  The global financial system is undergoing a meltdown …
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Canvassing Board nudges Franken's lead up to 50  —  The State Canvassing Board today made changes to a handful of withdrawn challenges in the U.S. Senate recount battle and gave DFL challenger Al Franken a net gain of four votes, nudging his unofficial lead to 50.
Discussion: Power Line and TIME.com
 
 
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Associated Press:
Iranian students break into UK Embassy residence
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The New Republic:
Trash Talk  —  I want to take issue with Martin Peretz's description …
Mary M. Chapman / New York Times:
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Chris Smith / The New Republic:
Move On Up  —  The case for having the inauguration right after New Year's.
Discussion: neo-neocon and Washington Monthly
James Boyce / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Time
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
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Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Add Up the Damage  —  Does anyone know where George W. Bush is?
Discussion: BuzzFlash.org