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11:45 PM ET, December 27, 2008

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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Disinformation, secrecy, deception: How the Gaza offensive came about  —  Long-term preparation, careful gathering of information, secret discussions, operational deception and the misleading of the public - all these stood behind the Israel Defense Forces “Cast Lead” operation against Hamas targets …
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Bradley Burston / Haaretz:
Bradley Burston / The worst anti-Israel charges you'll hear in wartime  —  It is, abruptly and again, wartime.  Across the globe, the selective pacifists of the left and the recliner Rambos of the right are spoiling for their next battle, the war in Gaza.  —  They will fight one another …
BBC:
Eyewitness: Chaos in Gaza  —  The BBC's Rushdi Abou Alouf in the Gaza Strip described the chaos as Israeli warplanes fired missiles at Hamas targets, killing at least 155 Palestinians.  —  Israeli planes are still flying over Gaza and they have just targeted another Hamas [security] …
Hana Levi Julian / Arutz Sheva:
IDF Releases Photos of Hamas Targets, Terror Training Facilities  —  (IsraelNN.com) The IDF on Saturday night released aerial photos of Hamas facilities targeted by IAF fighter pilots on Saturday in Operation ‘Cast Lead.’  —  The photos show the military training facilities Hamas has developed in Gaza …
Aussie Dave / Israellycool:
Israel Strikes Back  —  I will be updating this post.  Scroll down for news posts and updates.  —  I have logged on to my computer after the Jewish Sabbath and discovered that the Israeli government has finally done something it should have done a very long time ago.  —  We have hit Hamas hard.
New York Times:
Israeli Attack Kills Scores Across Gaza
Mike Allen / The Politico:
24 days till Inauguration …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP chair ‘appalled’ by ‘Magic Negro’ CD  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan issued a statement Saturday distancing the party's leadership from one of the GOP's best-known operatives, Chip Saltsman, who distributed a CD containing “Barack the Magic Negro” …
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Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
RNC chairman condemns ‘Magic Negro’ song  —  (CNN) — The chairman of the Republican National Committee said he was “appalled” by a song called “Barack the Magic Negro” on a CD distributed by one of his political rivals.  —  “The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach …
Discussion: La Figa and RedState
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Republican's Gift Held Racial Parody of Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, CNN and Commentary
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
More Caroline: Spoke to Hillary, won't run if not selected
Discussion: Daily Kos, Donklephant and Dohiyi Mir
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Caroline Kennedy: ‘Unconventional’
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
The Disaster In Tennessee  —  I'm late to this story, but: what's happening in Tennessee sounds horrific: … This is much bigger than the Exxon Valdez spill.  You can see aerial video here.  I find it disturbing that the amount of fly ash now thought to have been released is over twice …
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Corydon Ireland / Harvard University Gazette:
Samuel Huntington, 81, political scientist, scholar  —  ‘One of the most influential political scientists of the last 50 years’  —  Samuel P. Huntington - a longtime Harvard University professor, an influential political scientist, and mentor to a generation of scholars in widely divergent fields - died Dec. 24 on Martha's Vineyard.
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Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Samuel P. Huntington of Harvard Dies at 81
Discussion: Foreign Affairs
Charles Krauthammer / Weekly Standard:
The Net-Zero Gas Tax  —  A once-in-a-generation chance.  —  Americans have a deep and understandable aversion to gasoline taxes.  In a culture more single-mindedly devoted to individual freedom than any other, tampering with access to the open road is met with visceral opposition.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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New York Times:
The Gas Tax  —  President-elect Barack Obama and the Democrats …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and marbury
Marianne Mollmann / Washington Post:
Ending Impunity For Rape  —  I have a project for Joseph Biden and Hillary Clinton to work on together: ending impunity for rape.  Rape-conviction rates are appallingly low across the globe.  I don't mean only in countries that many would think of as lacking good justice systems …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Andie Coller / The Politico:
After Bush, will MoveOn live up to its name?  —  After more than a decade spent railing against the Republican machine, MoveOn wants to move on —even if it means leaving some of its high-minded ideals behind.  —  Last week, the group's members chose their top four priorities for the organization …
New York Times:
By Saying Yes, WaMu Built Empire on Shaky Loans  —  “We hope to do to this industry what Wal-Mart did to theirs, Starbucks did to theirs, Costco did to theirs and Lowe's-Home Depot did to their industry.  And I think if we've done our job, five years from now you're not going to call us a bank.”
Discussion: Eschaton
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The GOP Goes South  —  As a rule, a new president's choice of a secretary of transportation makes few headlines, even when the appointee is a member of the opposition.  In 2001, George W. Bush decided to name as transportation secretary Norman Mineta, a former representative from California …
Discussion: TIME.com and AMERICAblog News
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Bailout of Long-Term Capital: A Bad Precedent?  —  THE financial crisis is a result of many bad decisions, but one of them hasn't received enough attention: the 1998 bailout of the Long-Term Capital Management hedge fund.  If regulators had been less concerned with protecting the fund's creditors …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   LTCM Revisited  —  Tyler Cowen says maybe the “Committee to Save …
 
 
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Richard Galpin / BBC:
Hero to some  —  The former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin …
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Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
City of Immigrants Fills Jail Cells With Its Own
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Islamic Revival Tests Bosnia's Secular Cast
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama's Vacation: Power Returns to Oahu
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in ‘Passive Houses’
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Politico reviews the year in American “political journalism”
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
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Peter Schiff / Wall Street Journal:
There's No Pain-Free Cure for Recession
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Bill Kristol's Year Up at ‘NYT’: Will He Get Axed?
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