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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Flying Shoes & No Bailout

Reuters: President George W. Bush made an unannounced farewell visit to Baghdad on Sunday, just weeks before he leaves office and bequeaths the unpopular Iraq war to President-elect Barack Obama.  More...

Politico: Welcome to Baghdad. An Iraqi reporter set off pandemonium Sunday by hurling two shoes at President Bush during a news conference that was the centerpiece of his secret good-bye visit.  More...

AP: With Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich defying calls for his resignation, state officials pondered reducing his power or forcing him from office amid an intensifying criminal investigation… a day after he was arrested on charges that he put President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat up for sale.  More...

WSJ: Throwing a lifeline to Detroit's ailing automakers, the White House reversed course Friday and said it would consider using the $700 billion financial-rescue plan to avert a bankruptcy of the Big Three that could deepen the U.S. recession.  The announcement came hours after negotiations collapsed in Congress over a compromise bailout plan fiercely opposed by Senate Republicans.  More...

Politico: President-elect Barack Obama added sweep and meat to his economic agenda… tying his key initiatives – education, energy, health care –back to jobs in a package that has the makings of a smaller and modern version of FDR's New Deal.  More...

Baltimore Sun: On Jan. 20, an unobtrusive military officer carrying a small leather-bound metal briefcase will follow President George W. Bush up to Capitol Hill. After the inauguration ceremony, he will accompany President Barack Obama back to the White House.  Inside the attach√©, known as "the football," are the codes to identify and authenticate a presidential order that could launch nuclear weapons and ignite a global holocaust.  More...

OPINION:

WSJ: Mitch McConnell's Finest Hour: The same can't be said for President Bush on the auto bailout.  More...

Friedman: Obama's Iraq Inheritance.  More...

Noonan: The Children Are Watching: America makes history, but the mandate is for moderation.  More...

Rove: Thanksgiving Cheer from Obama: He's assembled a first-rate economic team.  More...

Noonan: Turbulence Ahead: Some things to be thankful for in depressing times.  More...

Barone: The Limits of Success--and Failure.  More...

Rove: How the GOP Should Prepare for a Comeback: Organization and ideas are what matters.  More...

And finally, the quick ducking reflexes of W... watch the clip below.


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