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December 21, 2008



WaPo: Obama Expands Stimulus Goals
NYT: As Outlook Dims, Obama Expands Recovery Plans
WaPo: Optimism High About Obama Policies, Poll Finds
WSJ: Obama Fills Science Posts With Climate Change Experts
Washington Times: Obama names climate change experts to posts
Politico: Obama: Science again to be 'at the top'
NYT: Likely Pick for Intelligence Chief Would Face Task of Corralling Fractious Agencies
AP/Hoag: Pastor Rick Warren defends invite to inauguration
Christopher Hitchens: Three Questions About Rick Warren's Role in the Inauguration
Daily Herald: Cabinet-elect Lahood popular among Democrats, Republicans
Michael Barone: Expectations of Hope and Change
American Thinker: Taking Obama at his Word on Gun Rights
AP/Elliott: Obama arrives in Hawaii for holiday

Hill: Bush defends decision to bail out automakers
Bloomberg: Congress Will Set Conditions for $350 Billion in Rescue Funds
NYT: White House Philosophy Stoked Mortgage Bonfire
Charlotte Observer: The good deal that wasn't
St. Petersburg Times: Some think Bush was too liberal

LA Times: Sarah Palin: From running mate to Time's runner-up
Baltimore Sun: Women stirred by Palin build political network |
Times UK: Hillbilly heroin arrest hits Palin family

Boston Globe: Maine's GOP senators may control the moderate middle
AP: McMorris Rodgers to lead GOP earmark reform panel

McClatchy: McCarthy makes a quick rise on Capitol Hill
WaPo: Members of Congress / Kevin McCarthy

NY Post: Bill's dubious donors: $500M Charity's Rogues
WSJ: Bill Clinton's Complicated World
WaPo: Editorial: The Clinton Conflict: The former president's fundraising invites trouble

WSJ: China Blocks NY Times Web Site

Nicholas Kristof: Bleeding Heart Tightwads
NYT: Top 10 Gifts for Politics Geeks: Recession Edition

SF Chronicle: The GOP - in search of its resurrection

Politico: Sunday talk show tip sheet


Daily News: Bring on Caroline Kennedy - I can beat her, says Rep. Pete King
Politico: Nepotism NY style as clans vie for seat
NY Post: Caroline 'Pol'icies: Hedges on Mike election support
Daily News: Senate-hopeful Caroline Kennedy talks gays, war, and education
NYT: Kennedy Offers Hints of a Platform, and a Few Surprises
NYT: The Young Know Carolines a Kennedy, but Which One?
Politico: Kennedy, 51, introduces her views
Politico: Kennedy comes out for gay marriage
Buffalo News: Kennedy backs gay marriage, weapons ban, Bush tax cuts
Politico: More answers from Caroline
Salon: Is Caroline Kennedy pro-choice?
Boston Herald: Bored Caroline Kennedy wants a Senate seat to play with
Telegraph UK: Can Caroline Kennedy keep the Camelot legend alive?

NYT: Paterson Calls Higher Taxes on Wealthy Unappealing but Likely

Daily News: It was all an accident, Hiram Monserrate sez of assault
Daily News: Queens Councilman Monserrate has self-professed history of mental problems


AP/Robinson: Blagojevich Charges Go Well Beyond Senate Seat
WaPo: A Dark Cloud Hangs Over Blagojevich, Or Is It Just His Hair?
Time: In Blago's Defiance, Echoes of an Idol, Richard Nixon
Time: Blagojevich's Lawyer: Taking the 'Unwinnable' Cases
CBS: Blago Case Bad News For Rahm Emanuel
American Thinker: Blago will get Emanuel tapes
AP/Blackledge: Senate-for-sale case threatens new chief of staff
Barron's: Unraveling Rahm Emanuel's Fast Fortunes


Pioneer Press: What will it take to declare a winner?
Politico: Franken expects to defeat Coleman by 35-50 votes
Hill: Franken camp projects win by 35 to 50 votes
Minneapolis ST: The Recount: No hanging chads, but plenty of hang-ups
Minneapolis ST: Some way to elect a centaur, er, senator
CQ: Franken Inches Ahead, but Minn. Recount Battle Far From Over


AP: Pilot killed in Ohio crash was GOP consultant


LA Times: Kenneth Starr to defend gay marriage ban before state Supreme Court

Mercury News: Democrats' budget ploy could shake up balance of power in Sacramento
Mercury News: Editorial: Governor's stimulus plan looks reasonable
LA Times: Budget standoff carries big risks, marginal rewards for California governor
Washington Times: Calif. tax hike passes through loophole
Fresno Bee: Wanna be next governor? Stay away from Legislature
Sacramento Bee: Republicans must demonstrate vision
Sacramento Bee: GOP's message needs to reach more voters

SF Chronicle: S.F. police chief announces retirement

SF Chronicle: S.F. blames out-of-towners for endless homeless problem


Concord Monitor: Sununu's challenge is tougher than he makes it sound


Arizona Republic: Napolitano rankles GOP with outgoing executive orders


Miami Herald: Gov. Crist led all-out push to save Big Sugar deal
Orlando Sentinel: Florida Democrats' technology closes gap with GOP
Tampa Tribune: Local Republicans Stick With Leaders


Salt Lake Tribune: Treasurer's race probe mired in politics


Philadelphia Inquirer: GOP picks candidate for vacant Pa. Senate seat


AP: Detroit mayor orders cuts as deficit nears $300M
Detroit FP: Detroit deficit estimated as high as $300 million


Birmingham News: Shelby, Sessions knock auto bailout plan


December 20, 2008



WSJ: U.S. Throws Lifeline to Detroit
NYT: Bush Aids Detroit, but Hard Choices Wait for Obama
WaPo: Aid in Hand, Clock Ticks for Detroit
NYT: After Lifeline, Big 3 Are Still in Deep
WaPo: UAW's Sacrifices Look to Some Like Surrender
Washington Times: GOP demands at heart of auto deal
NYT: Editorial: Survivor: Detroit
WSJ: 'Non-Binding' Bailout: President Bush's parting gifts to Detroit and Obama
WSJ: Rescue to Give Obama Enormous Influence Over Industry
Rush Limbaugh: Bush Saves Two Million Jobs, Bails Out the United Auto Workers

WSJ: Obama Completes His Cabinet-Level Picks
NYT: Obama Reshapes White House for Domestic Focus
WSJ: Unions See Champion in Solis at Labor
WSJ: Obama Picks Military Man, Blair, as Top Spymaster
WaPo: Blair Is Steeped in the Ways Intelligence Works
WaPo: Obama Expected to Name Karen Gordon Mills to Lead SBA
Hill: Obama picks Sen. Snowe ally for SBA
WaPo: For Obama Cabinet, A Team of Moderates

WaPo: The Friday Senate Line: Appointments A-Plenty

McCain/Lieberman/Graham: A Chance for Consensus on Iraq
US News: Interview with Minority Whip Eric Cantor, the Houses only Jewish Republican

NYT: OpEd: U.S. Aid Should Be Earned
NYT: A Payoff Out of Poverty?

WSJ: Bush on His Record

United Liberty: Stone on McCain


NYT: Kennedy Brand Leaves Cuomo Feeling Stymied
Daily News: Caroline Kennedy seeks support for Senate bid from labor leaders
Michael Kinsley: For Caroline Kennedy, a Standards Deviation
Rasmussen: Most Voters Like Caroline, But Only 37% Say She Is Fit for Senate
Rush Limbaugh: Social X-Ray Schlossberg Eats!
Roger Stone: Don't Crown Caroline

NYT: State Senator-Elect Accused of Slashing Companions Face
NY Post: Senator Sluggo
NY Post: GOP takes whack at denying Dem seat

NYT: Suffolk to Sue Tribal Smoke Shops Over Taxes

Albany TU: Parole chairman quits over missing laptop
Albany TU: Parole chairman resigns after IG probe
NY Post: Parole honcho quits in laptop theft
Buffalo News: Head of state parole board resigns, faces computer theft charges

Albany TU: NYC Bar Association releases assessment of Chief Judge nominees

Newsday: House ethics panel drops Fossella inquiry


NYT: I Will Fight, Blagojevich Unapologetically Vows
WaPo: Blagojevich's Defiance Complicates Democratic Strategy
WaPo: Republicans Hold a News Teleconference on Gov. Blagojevich
Politico: Ill. Dems say Gov. Blago cold and remote

Fox: Blagojevich Pardons 22 People

Chicago Tribune: Got corruption? Get Jesse Junior G-Man


Minneapolis ST: High court to hear Coleman camp's arguments on duplicate ballots
Minneapolis ST: Franken posts newfound lead over Coleman
AP/Bakst: Al Franken opens first lead in Minn. Senate race
AP: Franken Takes His First Lead In Hotly Contested Senate Race
WaPo: Senator Franken?


Rick Santorum: Republicans need a new leader


LA Times: Schwarzenegger orders mass layoffs, unpaid furloughs
SF Chronicle: Governor orders layoffs, unpaid time off
AP/Lin: Schwarzenegger orders hiring freeze, worker cuts
AP/Burke: Calif. gov. calls lawmakers back on budget

LA Times: Jerry Brown asks California Supreme Court to void gay-marriage ban
NYT: Top Lawyer Urges Voiding California Proposition 8
WSJ: Calif. Attorney General Calls to Overturn Prop. 8

SF Chronicle: Bay Area home values hit 8-year low in November

LA Times: Analysis calls ambitious L.A. solar plan 'extremely risky'


Fort Worth ST: Perry makes Fort Worth speech before becoming longest-serving governor


Ledger: Ex-Rep. Ross May Consider Run for U.S. Senate

St. Petersburg Times: A better way for Florida's budgetT


CBS: Voinovich Breathes Sigh Of Relief


Flint Journal: Republicans in Michigan face difficult road ahead


NYT: Democrats Vent Against Lieberman


WaPo: Complaint Filed Over Stevens Trial

Fox: Levi Johnston's Mother Arrested on Drug Charges
Anchorage DN: Johnston's arrest was oxycontin-related
Telegraph UK: Sarah Palin daughter's future mother-in-law seized in drugs bust


Arizona Republic: Kyl reluctant to take lead on immigration plan again


December 19, 2008



NYT: Obama Team Is Seeking Stimulus Bill by New Year
WaPo: Obama Team Assembling $850 Billion Stimulus
WSJ: Stimulus Package Heads Toward $850 Billion
AP/Kuhnhenn: Obama team weighs up to $850 billion economic jolt
LA Times: Stimulus plan could shape course of Barack Obama's presidency
NYT: Wall Street Slides as Oil Falls Below $40 a Barrel
WaPo: Government Cracks Down on Unfair Credit Card Practices
NYT: Tax Break May Have Helped Cause Housing Bubble

NYT: Car Bankruptcy Cited as Option by White House
WaPo: GM Town 'On Edge Until Bush Gives Us the Money'
Detroit News: Decision close on carmaker rescue
Jed Babbin: Corker Says White House Detroit Bailout May Be Modeled On His Plan
Newsmax: House Republicans Tell Bush: No Bailout for Detroit
WSJ: U.S. Firms Join Forces to Build Car Batteries

Peggy Noonan: Who We (Still) Are
Pat Buchanan: Obama's War: Is the Afghan war worth the cost?

NYT: Obama Names Three to Top Economic Posts
WSJ: Obama's Picks Show Split on Trade
WSJ: Obama Keen to Regulate Finance
WSJ: Obama Team Takes Two Shapes
NYT: Picks for Labor and Trade Positions Disagree on Policy
WSJ: Regulator Schapiro to Run SEC for Obama
WaPo: Calif. Congresswoman Solis tapped to head Labor
CQ Politics: Obama Chooses Rep. Solis for Labor Secretary
WaPo: Ron Kirk Likely to Head USTR
Boston Globe: Obama chooses Harvard physicist as science advisor
WaPo: Obama to Announce Final Cabinet Picks
WaPo: Retired Admiral Picked as Spy Chief, Officials Say
Washington Times: Financial ties of Clinton, Vilsack scrutinized

WSJ: Pastor Rick in the Political Spotlight
WaPo: Obama Defends Invocation by Conservative Pastor
WSJ: Choice of Pastor Aims to Bridge Divide
WaPo: Obama's Inaugural Mistake
Daily News: Dial it down a notch, President-elect Barack Obama tells gays

NYT: Political Donors Contracts Under Inquiry in New Mexico
WSJ: Democrats Are the New Ethics Story
NY Post: Rahm 'pitched' Bam pick

WaPo: Risks Seen For Clinton As Husband Lists Donors
Dick Morris: 500M problems for Madame Secretary
WSJ: Clinton Reveals Donors: Charity Got $140 Million Abroad; Questions for Sen. Clinton
WaPo: Bill Clinton's Foundation Raised Millions From Foreign Governments
WSJ: Foreign Governments Among Clinton Foundation Donors
NYT: Moguls and Arab States Are Big Donors to Clinton Charity
NY Post: Bubba sheik-ing the money tree

Washington Times: FBI agents paid overtime for cocktail parties

Ted Nugent: Traitor Tamm: If they're guilty, hang em' high

WSJ: New Rule Shields Health Workers Who Object to Abortion
CQ Politics: FEC Approves Bundling Rules for Lobbyists

CQ Politics: From Campaign to Congress: No Respite for New Members and Staff

MSNBC: The GOP's future: Duncan in trouble?
Hill: Steeles management questioned in RNC race

NYT: Bush Shares Bittersweet Memories
WSJ: Bush Has Made Us Vulnerable

Energy Publisher: Sarah Palin's great future

WSJ: Conservative Activist Paul Weyrich Dead at 66
Fox: Conservative Icon Paul Weyrich Dies
US News: How Paul Weyrich Founded the Christian Right
CNW: Richard Viguerie on Paul Weyrich: America's Most Unsung Conservative Hero


Charles Krauthammer: The U.S. House Of Lords?
Judith Warner: Getting Beyond Camelot
Kathleen Parker: Caroline Kennedy Is No Sarah Palin
Wes Pruden: A Senate test for high celebrity
NY Post: Caroline's spotty voting history
Daily News: Records show Caroline Kennedy failed to cast her vote many times since 1988
NY Post: Caroline's poll fault
Village Voice: Why Bloomie is Campaigning for Caroline Kennedy
AP/Kates: Kennedy reaches out to upstate
Albany TU: Probing Kennedys resume
Syracuse PS: Caroline Kennedy stops in Syracuse during tour of Upstate New York
Daily News: Remember, Gov. Paterson, it's up to you, not the Kennedy PR machine

Rochester D&C: GOP says Paterson's budget will cost average family $3,875
NY Post: Dave's budget under fire from both sides
NYT: The Amazon Tax and the iTunes Tax, Compared

NYT: Proposed Gas Drilling Upstate Raises Concerns About Water Supply

AP: Golisano gave at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation

NY Post: 'Fraud' pol snaps at fotogs


Chicago ST: Emanuel talked directly to gov: source
WaPo: Blagojevich Allegations Are Expanded
WaPo: Thoughts on This Blagojevich Business
NYT: Blagojevich Wants Campaign Funds to Pay Lawyer
WSJ: Blagojevich Request for Public Defense Funding Denied
AP/Wills: Ill. lawmakers limited in building impeachment case
Washington Times: Blagojevich joins school for scandal: Americans riveted, poll shows


CQ Politics: Franken Scores A Legal Win as Minnesota Recount Drags On
Minneapolis ST: Coleman's lead dwindles to single digits after Day 3
AP/Condon: Coleman with 2-vote lead after 3rd day of canvass
WaPo: Holidays, Court Ruling Will Further Extend Minn. Senate Recount
Minneapolis ST: About the Senate recount vote totals
Minneapolis ST: Coleman's lead over Franken shrivels


Pittsburgh PG: Pa. Legislature holding $237 million in reserve fund
Pittsburgh TR: General Assembly has $200 million surplus


SF Chronicle: Dems' new budget plan adds $9 billion revenue
WSJ: More California Towns Face Bankruptcy


Washington Times: Candidates aplenty for Salazar's seat


Dallas MN: Hutchison sows campaign seeds
Houston Chronicle: Perry voices support for 'Choose Life' plates


AP: Former Jeb Bush Lawyer Nominated for Supreme Court
Herald Tribune: W encouraging Jeb Bush to run for U.S. Senate


Columbus Business First: Senate passes vet bonus; Strickland planning veto
AP/Majors: Governor mulls veto of voting, movie break bills
AP: Ohio governor, GOP split over filmmaker tax credit
AP/Kinney: Economy tops list of Ohio stories in '08


Arizona Republic: Governor gives state workers new right
Phoenix Business Journal: Gov. Napolitano signs order allowing state workers to unionize
Arizona Republic: GOP asks Napolitano not to sign any orders


Kansas City Star: Brownback wont seek re-election to Senate
CQ Politics: Brownback Wont Run Again for Senate, Eyes Governors Seat
CNN: Second GOP senator to announce retirement
St. Joseph NP: Brownback keeps his word on term limits


Detroit News: Lawmakers aid light rail for Detroit, abandon plans for road repairs
Detroit FP: Deals on Cobo, transit pushed


Boston Globe: DiMasi ally indicted in lobbying case


Richmond TD: Governors budget proposal shows grim outlook for Va.


Boston Globe: Racist e-mails fuel an inquiry in Alaska


News-Leader: Hulshof's wife 'not sure anymore' if she's a Republican


December 18, 2008



WaPo: Republicans Revolt on RNC's Obama-Blago Strategy
Atlanta JC: Gingrich blows whistle on partisanship?
Politico: Politico's guide to the RNC chair race
US News: RNC Chairmans Race Haunted by the Republicans Either/Or Problem
Marc Ambinder: A Shakeup In The RNC Chairman's Race
Townhall: RNC Candidates Offer Competing Blueprints
Boston Globe: The case of the vanishing GOP voter
CSMonitor: Young Republicans seek a new kind of party
Hill: With economy in shambles, Congress gets a raise

US News: Sarah Palins To-Do List if She Wants to Run for President in 2012
Tucson Citizen: McCain: 'I'm proud of Sarah Palin'

Karl Rove: Organizing the White House Is Obama's First Test
Arthur Laffer: Obama Should Forget About Energy Independence
Larry Sabato: That Was The Year That Was

NYT: Picks Made for S.E.C. and Transportation Post
WSJ: Regulator Schapiro to Run SEC for Obama
WaPo: Obama to Add GOP's LaHood to Cabinet
WaPo: LaHood Accepts Transportation Secretary Job
WSJ: LaHood to Be Named Transportation Secretary
NYT: LaHood, a Republican, Considered for Transportation Slot
AP/Tarm: Obama to name LaHood, R-Ill., transportation head
Bloomberg: Republican LaHood Likely Obamas Transportation Pick
WSJ: Shaiken Emerges as Top Candidate for Labor Secretary
WSJ: Big Drilling Issues Await Salazar
WSJ: OPEC Announces Biggest Cut in Decades
AP/Margasak: AG pick earns $4.6 million from law firm
Washington Times: Holder testimony on pardon questioned
American Thinker: Holder' s Selective Memory Syndrome?
Politico: Vilsack got Ag. Dept. farm subsidies
Hill: Clinton backers selected to join Obama administration
Washington Times: Gay man backed for Navy secretary

PolitickerNH: Sununu appointed to oversight panel
AP: Sununu named to bailout oversight panel
Politico: McConnell appoints Sununu to TARP board
Fosters: Sununu picks up where Gregg left off on panel

NYT: Obama Selects California Evangelist for Invocation at His Inauguration
CBN: Pro-Life Rick Warren to Give Invocation at Obama Inauguration
Politico: Gay leaders furious with Obama
Washington Times: Editorial: Obama's abortion conundrum

ENPR: Illinois, Colorado, and New York Senate Vacancies Kick Off 2010 Race

WSJ: States Squeeze Cities, Spreading the Economic Pain

Seattle PI: GOP animus to auto union has deep roots
LA Times: Editorial: UAW busting, Southern style
Mort Kondracke: Best Auto Plan: Bankruptcy Terms Minus Bankruptcy

Human Events: A RINO vs. El Rushbo

Washington Times: Cheney defends war on terror's morality

American Thinker: A better way to counter judicial activism

Chicago ST: Obama continues silence on Rahm Emanuel
Rick Moran: Is Rahm Emanuel in trouble?


NYT: Kennedy Goes on Tour Upstate
Daily News: We know Caroline Kennedy's name, but not her views on the issues
NYT: Mayors Aide Pushes Hard for Kennedy
Buffalo News: Caroline Kennedy brings 'listening tour' to Buffalo
Newsday: Peter King: Kennedy not qualified for Senate seat
John Fund: The Kennedy Entitlement: Can David Paterson say 'No' to Caroline?
Gail Collins: Send in the Celebrities
Steve Chapman: Caroline and the Lure of Royalty
Cal Thomas: Sweet Caroline

Albany TU: What's in Paterson budget
NYT: Editorial: Gov. Patersons Tough Budget
Nicholas Kristof: Miracle Tax Diet
CNN: Paterson's tax-hike proposal draws jeers in New York

Albany TU: Authority summoned in Bruno case


Chicago Tribune: Blagojevich strikes back
NYT: Illinois Court Wont Hear Plea to Oust Blagojevich
NYT: Vigorous Blagojevich Defense by Noted Lawyer
WaPo: Blagojevich's Attorney Assails Proceedings
USA Today: Republicans want more seats on Blagojevich impeachment committee
Daily Herald: Blagojevich attorney trying to get taxpayers to foot his tab
WSJ: Prospects Fade for Quick Ouster of Blagojevich
Fox: Attorney: Blagojevich Won't Appoint Anyone to Fill Obama's Senate Seat

Chicago ST: Emanuel likely to stay out of battle for his House seat


Ann Coulter: One Plus One Equals 20 Votes for Franken
Pioneer Press: 'This is not Florida': Coleman's case gets off to rocky start in Supreme Court
Pioneer Press: Canvassing board finishes with Franken challenges; Coleman leads by 365
AP/Condon: Minn. high court weighs rejected absentee ballots
CNN: Minnesota judge to GOP lawyer: This is not the Florida recount

AP: Pawlenty will unveil budget cuts on Friday


Pittsburgh TR: You bet your dupa Specter rues jokes


LA Times: California Democrats devise plan to hike taxes
LA Times: State Democrats plan to increase taxes
AP/Lin: Calif. Dems try to pass budget without GOP votes
WSJ: California Board Halts Financing for Infrastructure Projects
LA Times: More are moving out of California than in


WaPo: TX-Senate: Dominoes Fall
Dallas MN: Is Cornyn looking to Abbott to replace Hutchison?
LegalNewsLine: Abbott mentioned as possible U.S. Senate candidate
Houston Chronicle: Railroad panel chief plans to run for U.S. Senate
AP: Speaker candidates call for House changes


Sun-Sentinel: Florida Legislature to consider raising cigarette tax
Miami Herald: A Miami judge is being considered for the Florida Supreme Court
News-Press: Judah calls for Lee County GOP leader's resignation


Columbus Dispatch: State official resigns over 'Joe the Plumber' affair
AP/Cornwell: Director suspended over 'Joe the Plumber' flap resigns; 2 others lose jobs
Cleveland PD: Election-reform bill clears Ohio House


Detroit FP: Blackwell, first black Republican mayor, dies


WaPo: Attorney General Offers Proposals To Make Voting Easier, Laws Clearer


AP/Bluestein: Ga. lawmakers pitch death penalty rule changes


Hartford Courant: Lieberman Panned In Poll, Admonished By State Democrats
AP/Haigh: Conn. Dems express `disappointment' to Lieberman
Reuters: Chided Lieberman meets with Reid on McCain support


KWGN: In Salazar's senate seat, Republicans see an opening


American Spectator: Jindal Care


December 17, 2008



Byron York: Could the Blago Scandal Ensnare Team Obama? You Betcha.
Chicago ST: Rahm's 21 calls on tape

WSJ: Fed Cuts Rates to Historic Low
WSJ: Bernanke Goes All In
WSJ: Fed, Financials Spur Rally
WSJ: OPEC Eyes Cut of 2 Million Barrels of Oil a Day
Washington Times: Fed moves aggressively to revive economy
NYT: Fed Cuts Benchmark Rate to Near Zero
NYT: Retail Prices Fell at Record Rate in November
NYT: OPEC Plans Further Output Cut
NYT: Stocks Soar as Fed Cuts Rate to Lowest Level Ever
NYT: Growing List of Commercial Properties Facing Distress
WaPo: HUD Chief Calls Aid on Mortgages A Failure: Congress Blamed For Shortcomings

Bulletin: Palin Church Fire Sparks Debate
YouTube: AP Video: Sarah Palin's Home Church Torched

Fox: White House Nears Decision on Auto Bailout
AP: White House pressed from right, left on car rescue
Bloomberg: Bush Considers Options for GM, Chrysler Rescue Plan
Detroit FP: Auto industry rescue on hold as Bush looks at the data
WaPo: The Big Divisons on the Big Three
CQ Politics: Bailout Season Has Republicans Choosing Sides

WSJ: Obama Works to Overhaul TARP
WSJ: Bush-Era Abortion Rules Face Possible Reversal
WSJ: Tough Decision Looms on Space Shuttle's Fate
WSJ: Education Pick Backs Test-Heavy Regime
Daily News: Arne Duncan, newly tapped top education official, is Obama's neighbor
WSJ: Big Drilling Issues Await Salazar
WSJ: Obama Taps Iowa's Vilsack for Agriculture Post
Jake Tapper: The Cabinet Clock's Ticking for Obama: More Republican Picks to Come?
Marc Ambinder: Where Republicans Can Pick A Fight

WaPo: Vilsack and Salazar Nominations Expected Wednesday
NYT: Editorial: Fixing Interior
Boston Globe: Vilsack reportedly Obama's pick for agriculture secretary
AP: Vilsack's career launched in response to small-town shooting spree
Hill: GOP probes Holders role in Elian Gonzales case
NYT: Clintons Personal Secretary Helping Obama Team
WSJ: Unprecedented challenge faces next SEC chief
Hill: Murtha: Defense spending under severe pressure
Politico: Senate vacancies complicate agenda
Politico: WH: 'No hard feelings' for shoe-thrower

Washington Times: Blackwell's RNC bid gains steam
Hill: Blackwell, Benkiser team up for RNC bid
MSNBC: Anuzis unveils GOP blueprint
Marc Ambinder: Gingrich: RNC Web Ad Is "Destructive Distraction"

Newt Gingrich: Big Government Breeds Big Corruption


NYT: Paterson Proposes Austere Budget to Close Deficit
NY Post: Gov's Tax & Spend Shocker
NY Post: Paterson dishes up the same old mess
Albany TU: Budget's pain is far-reaching
Albany TU: Smith: I would wager that we will cut spending
Albany TU: Paterson's budget: $9.5 billion in spending reductions
NYDN: Paterson unveils dire New York State budget that includes new taxes, layoffs and cuts
NYT: New York Governor Unveils Plan for Closing Budget Gap
NY Post: Gov proposes new budget for New York
Albany TU: Tediscos response
NYT: From Albany, Move to Trim Pension Plans
Newsday: Paterson plan would eliminate STAR rebate checks
Buffalo News: Paterson proposes dramatic spending cuts, higher taxes and fees

Marc Ambinder: How Caroline Kennedy Cleared The Field
Human Events: Is Being a Kennedy Enough?
Kathleen Parker: To the Senate Born
Daily News: Hillary Clinton tells supporters to back off Caroline Kennedy
Daily News: Caroline Kennedy can lock in Senate seat by saying she'll run in 2010
WaPo: Beyond Senator Caroline
NYT: As Privacy Ends for Kennedy, a Rough Path Awaits
NYT: Kennedy Has No Shortage of Advisers
Politico: Clinton chides supporters on Kennedy
Albany TU: Senate Majority Leader Reid endorses Kennedy
NY Post: Caroline Kennedy in Capitol 'Hill' bid
CNN: Senator Harry Reid supports Caroline Kennedy to replace Hillary Clinton
Daily News: 45 Photos: Caroline Kennedy: Through the years
AP: Possible successors for Sen. Hillary Clinton
IBD: New York Deserves A Qualified Senator
CQ Politics: Caroline Kennedy a Senator? Not Qualified

Albany TU: Senate Dem backers appeal to Gang of Three to come back into fold

Albany TU: Spargo pleads not guilty to bribery and extortion


Chicago Tribune: Impeachment panel begins, teeth clenched
AP/Wills: Ill. parties clash over potential special election
NYT: Blagojevich Impeachment Inquiry Stalls
American Thinker: Insiders still own Illinois' Senate seat
WaPo: Rep. Jackson Says Illinois Governor Sought Donations in 2002
Daily News: Jesse Jackson Jr. ratted on Blagojevich
AP/Babwin: Father and daughter at center of efforts to remove Blagojevich have stormy past with governor


NYT: Handicapping the Colorado Senate Seat
WaPo: CO-Senate: Salazar Departure Creates GOP Opportunity
AP/Paulson: Colo. governor refuses to speculate on how he'll choose replacement
Politico: Dems scramble to replace Salazar


CQ Politics: Hopes Dim for Settling Minnesota Senate Race by Friday
Newsday: Coleman takes slim lead over Franken
Townhall: Update on Coleman/Franken Race
AP: Minn. ballot review begins with Franken challenges
NYT: In Minnesota Recount, Scribbles, Mice and Other Ballot Puzzles
Hill: Franken sues to have more votes counted
Hill: Coleman hires defense attorney
Minneapolis ST: Colemans tap top lawyers, as does friend named in suit
Fox: Coleman Hires Attorney Following Allegations of Illegal Money Funneling
CBS: Coleman To Use Campaign Funds For Defense


SF Chronicle: Dems' new budget plan fails to get 2/3 majority
AP: Calif GOP rejects Democrats' 2nd push for taxes
San Diego UT: GOP offers budget plan that relies on deep cuts
LA Times: California road, school construction projects could be halted or delayed
IBD: Drill, Arnold, Drill!


Dallas MN: Bill White to run for Senate
Reuters: Houston mayor may pursue Senate seat in 2010
Houston Chronicle: Washington: a new allure for White


Miami Herald: State party leaders to keep jobs
Business Journal: Florida Legislature to address $2.3B shortfall
Orlando Sentinel: Florida faces stark choice: Taxes vs. services
Politico: Bush: Jeb would be 'awesome' senator
Naples Daily News: Lee commissioners want Republican leaders to step down
Orlando Sentinel: Special interests jump on political newcomers
AP: $1.3B U.S. Sugar buyout approved amid skepticism of Everglades deal
Sun-Sentinel: Editorial: Sansom should resign as Florida House speaker


AP: Michigan lawmaker Huizenga to seek Hoekstra's seat


Salt Lake Tribune: Huntsman fends off calls for another special session


NYT: In Georgia, Push to End Unanimity for Execution


NPR: Is the Oregon Republican Party Dead?


December 16, 2008



USA Today: Feds: Arsonist poured flammables around Palin's church
AP: ATF: Accelerant poured around Palin's church
Politico: Palin 'suspicious' of church fire
Fox: Fire at Palin's Church Lifted Spirits, Churchgoer Says, as Governor Apologizes Again

NYDN: Barack Obama admits aides spoke with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich
Politico: Obama will report gov contacts next week
Rasmussen: 45% Suspect Obama Team Involved in Blagojevich Scandal

NYT: Wall Street Stumbles as News Remains Bleak
Fox: Madoff Made Hefty Political Contributions to Top Officials
FT: White House to set tough terms on Detroit aid
NYT: Global Markets Await Fed Decision
WSJ: Treasury Pressured to Help Homeowners
USA Today: White House: Letting auto industry fail would be 'irresponsible'
Pat Buchanan: The Toyota Republicans
Dick Morris: The Impending Collapse of Our Enemies
Politico: Bailout payout tops $8 trillion
Washington Times: Spending soars 25% before bailout
CQ Politics: Democrats Readying Legislation in Case Treasury Asks for More TARP Funds

WSJ: Duncan Is Obama's Choice for Education Secretary
WaPo: Obama Picks Chicago's Schools Chief For Cabinet
NYT: Chicago Schools Chief Is Obamas Education Pick
CQ Politics: Obama Chooses Chicago School Chief as Education Secretary
Politico: Obama to pick Duncan, Salazar
Hill: Salazar accepts Obama offer to join Cabinet
AP: Colorado Sen. Salazar for Interior is latest choice
Dallas MN: Ron Kirk could become U.S. Trade Representative
Politico: Pelosi lays down the law with Rahm
Hill: Pelosi stands behind Emanuel, Jackson
Bloomberg: Obama Cabinet Is Shy on Southerners, Republicans

WaPo: New Committee Chairmen Named on Capitol Hill
GovExec: Holder hearing, bailout might spoil bipartisan start in '09
CQ Politics: Holder Hearings Pushed Back a Week
Birmingham News: Sessions meets with Holder
Washington Times: Obama aide tied to failed immigration policy
AP: Court rejects Obama citizenship lawsuit

Fox: John McCain Returns as the Democrats Favorite Republican
WaPo: Some Republican Oversight Committee Staff Dismissed
Huffington Post: What's the GOP's 2010 Pitch to Potential Senate Candidates and Donors?
WSJ: Democrats Risk Losing Hispanics
Rush Limbaugh: Rush Responds to General Powell
American Thinker: The GOP needs a Colin-cleansing

Rush Limbaugh: Vice President Cheney Calls Rush
Hill: Cheney says Obama should be grateful to Bush
LA Times: Cheney admits role in waterboarding approval

NYT: One More Round of Voting, as Electors Do Their Duty

NYT: Report Finds Meddling in Interior Dept. Actions
NYT: Hard Task for New Team on Energy and Climate
NYT: Big Oil Projects Put in Jeopardy by Fall in Prices

Politico: The Obey-Lewis Feud Continues
WaPo: Ex-Contractor Gets 21/2 Years in Prison In Cunningham Case


WSJ: Caroline Kennedy Seeks New York Senate Seat
NYT: Caroline Kennedy to Seek Clintons Senate Seat
NYT: Rsum Long on Politics, but Short on Public Office
Politico: Kennedy hires insider to soothe critics
Politico: Kennedy begins push for Senate in earnest
NY Post: Caroline Kennedy seeking Senate seat
NYDN: Caroline Kennedy is 'interested' in Hillary's senate seat and making phone calls
NYDN: Hardworking and smart, Caroline Kennedy embodies the spirit of JFK
Albany TU: Caroline Kennedy declares interest in Senate seat
Time: Is Caroline Kennedy Ready for the Senate?

NYT: Where Buckley Entertained Liberally

Albany TU: Schumer, Paterson ask for federal aid
Buffalo News: Paterson to cut funding for Empire Zone program in half

SI Advance: Donovan: I was there for Vito

Washington Times: Amtrak awaits rail line to speed D.C.-N.Y. trip


Sacramento Bee: GOP seeks deep cuts
SF Chronicle: GOP budget plan: Slash $10 billion from schools
Mercury News: GOP proposes deep cuts to schools, aid to needy to close deficit
LA Times: State's Healthy Families program gets a last-minute lifeline
AP: Calif. GOP lawmakers propose $22B in budget cuts
AP: Democrats, Schwarzenegger critical of Republican budget proposal
Sacramento Bee: What cuts the Republicans proposed
Sacramento Bee: What revenues the Republicans proposed
Contra Costa Times: Anthony Adams named chief Republican whip


Dallas MN: With views in minority, Gramm protg Jeb Hensarling rising in House
News8Austin: Battle begins between Hutchison, Perry
Hill: DSCC wins battle for White


Palm Beach Post: Top Florida Democrat denies rewards for cash

Miami Herald: Special session set for budget crisis
Sun-Sentinel: Florida Legislature summoned to cut budget in January
St. Petersburg Times: Jan. special session will try to fill budget hole
Orlando Sentinel: Crist crafts way to get out budget of red
WSJ: Charlie Crist and the Electoral Benefits of Marriage

Rasmussen: 78% in Florida Say Jeb Bush Likely to Run for Senate


WSJ: Process to Oust Governor Starts
NYT: Illinois Legislature Votes for Impeachment Efforts
NYT: Legal Hurdle in Blagojevich Case: A Crime, or Just Talk?
AP: Ill. House votes to launch impeachment process
AP/Wills: Prospect of impeachment now looms over Blagojevich
Rush Limbaugh: Dems in Turmoil: Blago Won't Go
Politico: Should Blago stay or should he go?
Fox: The Right Man to Replace Obama
News-Gazette: Republican Edgar regrets choice not to run in 2006 race
Rick Moran: Enough with the Illinois Bashing Already
Chicago ST: Black leaders see Senate seat being hijacked
RCP: Fitzgerald the Pit Bull


Fox: Rep. Pete Hoekstra to Resign From House in 2010


Virginian-Pilot: Republican House leaders promise to keep tabs on subcommittee votes


Marc Ambinder: A Republican Governor Is Antsy About The Bailout


Pioneer Press: State Canvassing Board set to examine Senate ballots
Minneapolis ST: Senate recount: Battle of ballot disputes set to begin
Pioneer Press: Disputed ballots fall into 3 areas
Minneapolis ST: Coleman, Franken joust ahead of critical election board meeting
Pioneer Press: Minnesota Supreme Court to hear arguments Wednesday in Senate recount
Minneapolis ST: A nasty bug emerges in the state election system
CQ Politics: Minnesota Recount Enters Crucial Phase Tuesday


Rocky Mountain News: Sources: Salazar to become Obama's interior secretary


WSJ: Palin's Budget Shows Hit to Alaska From Falling Oil Prices


Hill: Mongiardo eyes rematch with Sen. Bunning


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WSJ: Emanuel, Blagojevich Aides Discussed Senate Seat
Byron York: The Blago Scandal: Whats the Rush?
WSJ: The Real Story Behind the Rushed Blagojevich Bust
American Spectator: Hot Rodders: Obama's friends of Rod Blagojevich
WaPo: RNC Pushing Hard on Obama-Blago Connection
YouTube: RNC Video: Questions Remain
American Thinker: Unanswered questions for Obama Team on Blagobust
American Conservative: Welcome back, Carter
Politico: McCain scolds GOP for whacking Obama
CNN: McCain: I can't promise to support Palin for president
Union Leader: Bill Ayers continues to justify his terrorist past

Fox: Palin Apologizes to Pastor for Fire at Her Church
KC Star: Colin Powell's trite attacks on Sarah Palin, the GOP

PolitickerMA: Romney calls for immediate action on stimulus package
Boston Globe: Groups line up for share of huge stimulus package

Detroit News: Granholm, Romney spar over bailout package for carmakers
Bloomberg: Corker Says UAW Counted on Bush to Offer a Bailout
Donald Lambro: Keys to auto overhaul
Fox: Transcript: Sens. Corker, Stabenow on 'FNS'
CQ Politics: Transcript: Romney, Granholm, Pat Quinn, Madigan on NBCs Meet the Press
CQ Politics: Transcript: Sens. Casey, Ensign, UAW Pres. Gettelfinger on CNNs Late Edition
AP: White House: No immediate deal on auto loans
Detroit FP: Battle heats up between UAW and Republicans
William Kristol: Left and Right, Piling On
WSJ: White House Sizes Up Auto Rescue
WSJ: Bush Blinks on the Auto Bailout
LA Times: Auto bailout's death seen as a Republican blow at unions

WaPo: Executive Pay Limits May Prove Toothless

NYT: States Funds for Jobless Are Drying Up

Deseret News: Republicans can bounce back, but it'll take time, effort
Milwaukee JS: Midwest is GOP's best shot at gaining ground
LA Times: Obama may bring change, but Congress will be the same
Milwaukee JS: Minority GOP still holds some cards in Congress

WSJ: Bush Touts Alliance in Iraq as Pullout Is Questioned
NYT: Touting New Security Deal, Bush Makes Final Iraq Visit
WaPo: Shoe-Throwing Mars Bush's Baghdad Trip
Washington Times: Bush's holiday extension leaves $450 million bill

Baltimore Examiner: Steele focuses on change in bid to become GOP chairman
Baltimore Examiner: Steele, GOP have clear mission: 'Turn this ship around'


NYT: Gov. Paterson to Propose $4 Billion in Taxes and Fees to Close Deficit
Albany TU: Pain, gain in budget figures
Albany TU: Gov. Paterson to sign the Indian tax bill
Buffalo News: Paterson to sign bill collecting taxes on Indians' cigarette sales
NYDN: Governor Paterson proposes 'Obesity Tax,' a tax on non-diet sodas
NY Post/Dicker: NY's 'Gang'buster gov is feeling Ill.
WNYC: Malcolm Smith Says He Has Enough Votes to be Majority Leader
Albany TU: Why Paterson may take his time re: Senate majority

Newsday: Should Rep. Peter King replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate?
NYDN: Caroline Kennedy approaches Sheldon Silver about Senate seat

NYT: At Brunch, Fossella Says Farewell. Or Does He?
WCBSTV: Supporters Turn Out For NY Rep. Fossella Farewell
NYDN: Family, pals turn out for luncheon for disgraced Staten Island pol
NY Post: Wife, kids skip Vito's SI farewell

NYDN/Benjamin: Bruno indictment likely - pals


LA Times: Is California too unwieldy to govern?
LA Times: Californians have gotten recalls out of their system
LA Times: Where Schwarzenegger goes, money follows
Stockton Record: State legislators still fiddling while deficit burns us


Southern Political Report: Texas: Line Growing for Hutchisons Senate Seat
Houston Chronicle: Republicans revive voter ID proposal
Lubbock AJ: Perry-Hutchison battle would be a memorable one
Amarillo: Eye on Austin: Perry to set Texas record


LA Times: Florida sugar deal may be going sour
Palm Beach Post: Obstacles cloud U.S. Sugar land deal
Sun-Sentinel: Gov. Crist has chance to put stamp on state Supreme Court
Tampa Tribune: State Party Leaders Likely Here To Stay


Washington Times: Blagojevich gave big contracts to donors
Chicago Tribune: Illinois lawmakers to sort out Gov. Rod Blagojevich scandal
AP/Wills: Illinois lawmakers to focus on ousting governor
Reuters: Embattled Illinois governor won't resign Monday
NYDN: No bleepin' way! Blagojevich won't budge in Illinois bid to nudge out scandal gov
USA Today: Even before arrest, Blagojevich had few allies
NYT: 2 Sides of a Troubled Governor, Sinking Deeper
Chicago ST: Illinois GOP Sunday launches drive for special election
Chicago Tribune: GOP wants special election for Obama seat
WaPo: Illinois GOP Pushing for Special Election for Senate Seat
Hill: Illinois GOP launches special election campaign
Hartford Courant: Rowland Says Illinois Governor Should Resign
American Thinker: Blago meets with Criminal lawyer: Resignation tomorrow?
Am Thinker: 'More than a dozen' witnesses have come forward in the Blago investigation
TimesUK: Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich digs in over 'pay-to-play' claim


Akron BJ: Campaigns under way for 2010: Brunner, Voinovich losing some support
Dayton Daily News: Say 'Who?' three times, and there's Ohio GOP's problem


Hill: Hoekstra to announce retirement
Hill: Levin hopeful of White House help for Big Three
Chicago ST: Michigan card show drops autograph session of auto bailout foe Bunning


WaPo: House GOP Agrees to Recorded Votes
Northern Virginia Daily: McAuliffe stops in Shenandoah


AP: Analysts focus on NV governor's no-tax pledge


Charlotte Observer: High-energy Charlotte mayor leaves a high bar


Minneapolis ST: Minnesota's vote: Cast into doubt
Fox: Franken Campaign to Withdraw Several Hundred Contested Ballots
Washington Times: Minnesota recalls Florida 2000 fight
AP/Condon: Veteran lawyers battle in Minn. Senate recount


Arizona Republic: Napolitano successor Brewer seen as competent, partisan
Arizona Daily Star: With Brewer in office, change may be tangible
Arizona Republic: House leaders: Drop Renzi charges


Hartford Courant: Shays Unsure Of Where Loss Will Take Him


Salt Lake Tribune: Senate Republicans call for 15 percent budget cuts


NYT: In Georgia, Stir Over Plan for Black Colleges


Allentown MC: Specter looms as a decisive voice


NWAnews: Webb wins bid to lead state GOP for 2 years
Pine Bluff Commercial: Ark. GOP elects new chairman


Wisconsin SJ: Doyle: Double state job cuts if no federal aid



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