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11:30 AM ET, December 28, 2008

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Jerusalem Post:
‘Hamas could have prevented massacre’  —  Hamas could have prevented the “massacre” in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday in Cairo.  —  “We spoke to them and told them ‘Please, we ask you not to end the cease-fire.  Let it continue,’” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Israel Matzav
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Marty Peretz and the American political consensus on Israel  —  Opinions about the Israeli-Palestinian dispute are so entrenched that any single outbreak of violence is automatically evaluated through a pre-existing lens, shaped by one's typically immovable beliefs about which side bears …
Gateway Pundit:
IDF Continues Airstrikes— Gazans Fire 110 Rockets Into Israel— Egyptian Foreign Minister Blames Hamas (Video)  —  Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit harshly censured Hamas for the current situation in Gaza:  —  Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit harshly censured Hamas today …
New York Times:
Israeli Attacks in Gaza Strip Continue for Second Day  —  GAZA — Israeli airstrikes against Hamas facilities in Gaza continued for a second day on Sunday and the death toll rose to more than 280 as Israel retaliated for rocket fire from the area with its most severe campaign against Palestinian militants in decades.
Steve Clemons / The Washington Note:
Hijacking Obama's Middle East Strategy  —  One of the most important and sensible comments made during the last stretch of the campaign came from the straight-talking Joe Biden.  The then Democratic vice-presidential nominee said that Barack Obama would be “tested” by crisis early in his presidency.
Ynetnews:
Iran orders Muslims to defend Palestinians  —  Supreme leader issues religious decree in support of Palestinians; parliamentarian likens Israel's actions in Gaza to those of Hitler  —  Dudi Cohen  —  Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a religious decree to Muslims around the world on Sunday …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Attack on Gaza: As Usual, U.S. Media (And Most Liberals) Silent — As Israeli Newspaper Raises Doubts  —  In the usual process, the U.S. government, media here — and most liberal bloggers — are silent or playing down questions about whether Israel overreacted in its massive air strikes on Gaza …
Discussion: Mondoweiss
BBC:
Hamas ‘bars injured leaving Gaza’
Discussion: Harry's Place and Jihad Watch
Frank Rich / New York Times:
You're Likable Enough, Gay People  —  IN his first press conference after his re-election in 2004, President Bush memorably declared, “I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.”  We all know how that turned out.  —  Barack Obama has little in common …
Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
2008 was the year manmade global warming was disproved  —  Looking back over my columns of the past 12 months, one of their major themes was neatly encapsulated by two recent items from The Daily Telegraph.  —  The first, on May 21, headed “Climate change threat to Alpine ski resorts” …
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
RNC Rivals Discuss Racial Song  —  Would-Be Chairman Who Sent CD With Parody Blames Media  —  Republicans who are vying to lead the national party offered a mix of reactions yesterday to the decision by one candidate for the job to mail out a music CD including the song “Barack the Magic Negro.”
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Blackwell defends Saltsman
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Scientific illiteracy all the rage among the glitterati  —  When it comes to science, Barack Obama is no better than many of us.  Today he joins the list of shame of those in public life who made scientifically unsupportable statements in 2008.  —  Closer to home, Nigella Lawson …
Adam J.V. Sell / Boston Globe:
Samuel Huntington, author, Harvard political scientist; at 81  —  Dr. Samuel Huntington's first book, “The Soldier and the State: the Theory and Politics of Civil-Military Relations,” was such an influential book that it merited a 50th anniversary symposium at West Point last year …
 
 
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Christopher Caldwell / Financial Times:
No smoke without ire
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