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8:25 AM ET, December 31, 2008


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Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: The surreal, race-baiting Blagojevich press conference; Update: No seat for Burris, says Obama; Update: Blago's General Counsel quits  —  A transmission from Bizarroland, where Blago's only option to make sure Illinois has two Senators in January is to appoint someone himself rather …
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Defiant Illinois Governor Names Pick for Obama Seat  —  CHICAGO — Defying Senate leaders in Washington and a galaxy of political leaders here, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois announced Tuesday that he would fill the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama, which he has been accused of trying to sell.
The Politico:
Go out on a limb and give us your boldest political prediction for 2009
Associated Press:
White will try to reject
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Cabinet debating 48-hour Gaza truce as international pressure grows  —  The cabinet will reconvene Wednesday to discuss a French proposal for a 48-hour “humanitarian” cease-fire, after failing late Tuesday night to reach a decision.  Tuesday's meeting followed a day in which a Hamas rocket struck Be'er Sheva …
Discussion: Reuters and Ynetnews
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Vicki Iseman files $27 million lawsuit against NYT over McCain hit piece  —  Remember that one?  It blew up in the middle of the primaries, alleging that McCain staffers were convinced he'd had a “romantic” relationship with her in 2000 and that he'd admitted to acting “inappropriately,” …
Virginia Lawyers Weekly /
D.C. lobbyist sues Times over McCain affair story
Dena Potter / Associated Press:   Lobbyist linked by Times to McCain sues paper
Washington Post:
Downgrades And Downfall  —  How could a single unit of AIG cause the giant company's near-ruin and become a fulcrum of the global financial crisis?  By straying from its own rules for managing risk and then failing to anticipate the consequences.  —  Third of three parts
Discussion: EconLog and Angry Bear
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Consumers Union to Buy Gawker Blog Consumerist  —  Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, planned to announce on Wednesday that it had acquired, a popular blog formerly owned by Gawker Media.  —  Consumerist is one of several sites Gawker has sold this year …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Coming Soon: The 21st Century  —  Social and political epochs rarely end precisely on schedules provided by calendars.  Many historians date the end of Europe's 19th century to 1914 and the outbreak of World War I. What we call “The Sixties” in the United States, with its ethos of reform and protest …
Discussion: QandO, Commentary and Power Line
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Russia Aside, Georgia Chief Is Pressed at Home  —  GOMARDULI, Georgia — On Dec. 20, the eve of his 41st birthday, President Mikheil Saakashvili was racing around western Georgia shaking hands.  He told miners that his “heart hurt” when he saw their city suffer, and promised to build …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
For Some Culprits In Financial Meltdown, Life Is Still Pretty Good  —  This probably won't come as a surprise.  But some of the major culprits in the financial crash — former CEOs or top execs at banks whose billion-dollar losses helped precipitate the turmoil — don't seem to be paying …
Discussion: New York Post and Prairie Weather
Elder of Ziyon:
If the IDF made Hamas-style videos....  Have you ever seen Hamas' jihadist music videos?  They are cheesy propaganda with awful music and tacky special effects that would be funny if they weren't advocating genocide.  —  Anyway, here is my take on how an IDF video would look if it was directed by the same talent that Hamas uses...
Discussion: Boker tov, Boulder!
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Influx of black renters raises tension in Bay Area  —  ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) - As more and more black renters began moving into this mostly white San Francisco Bay Area suburb a few years ago, neighbors started complaining about loud parties, mean pit bulls, blaring car radios, prostitution, drug dealing and muggings of schoolchildren.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Obama's Super-Bubble  —  A couple of days ago, Politico posted a piece about how the closing of the presidential bubble was already beginning to chafe Barack Obama.  All I could think was: Better make peace with it quickly, my man, because things are about to get so much worse.
Discussion: The Other McCain
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Elder of Ziyon:
Women and children deaths pretty low
Discussion: Ynetnews and The Jawa Report
Yoanisanchez / Generation Y:
The end of the subsidies  —  Escrito por: yoanisanchez en Generation Y
Discussion: Babalu Blog
Ahmed Rasheed / Reuters:
Trial delayed for Iraqi who threw shoes at Bush
Discussion: D-Day
Jessica Pressler / New York Magazine:
Madoff's Latest Victims: Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
Discussion: Gothamist and Gawker
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Obama goes to Washington: School's in
Discussion: Gawker and
 Earlier Items: 
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Home Prices Fell at Their Sharpest Pace in October
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Law Blog
Roger E.A Farmer / The Economists' Forum:
How to prevent the Great Depression of 2009
John Tierney / New York Times:
For Good Self-Control, Try Getting Religious About It