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1:00 PM ET, December 29, 2008

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New York Times:
Obama Defers to Bush, for Now, on Gaza Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — When President-elect Barack Obama went to Israel in July — to the very town, in fact, whose repeated shelling culminated in this weekend's new fighting in Gaza — he all but endorsed the punishing Israeli attacks now unfolding.
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New York Times:
Israeli Aircraft Continue Raids on Gaza; Arab Anger Rises  —  The Israeli army said some areas around Gaza had been declared a “closed military zone,” a move which some analysts depicted as a potential precursor to a ground offensive.  Above, tanks near the Gaza border.  More Photos >
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Olmert's Final Failure
New York Post:
DAMNED IF THEY DO  —  BUT ISRAEL'S DEAD IF THEY DON'T
Discussion: Daled Amos, Ynetnews and A Blog For All
Michael B. Oren / The New Republic:
A Crisis And An Opportunity  —  The fighting in Gaza finally …
CNN:
Obama could inherit Gaza crisis
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
TV News Winds Down Operations on Iraq War  —  Quietly, as the United States presidential election and its aftermath have dominated the news, America's three broadcast network news divisions have stopped sending full-time correspondents to Iraq.  —  “The war has gone on longer than a lot …
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Seth Mnookin / Vanity Fair:   The New York Times's Lonely War
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Steven Reinberg / Yahoo! News:
Many Teens Don't Keep Virginity Pledges
Discussion: Donklephant
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC members call unprecedented special meeting  —  For the first time in party history, members of the Republican National Committee have called their own unscheduled meeting without the aid of the Washington-based party apparatus.  —  Organized by North Dakota Republican Party chairman Gary Emineth …
Peter Yarrow / The Huffington Post:
My Response to the Mean-Spirited “Barack the Magic Negro”  —  The sending of a Christmas greeting by Chip Saltsman to the members of the Republican National Committee that includes a recording of the so-called parody, “Barack the Magic Negro” is not only offensive, it is shocking and saddening in the extreme.
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The Hill:
Rivals slam Saltsman over controversial Obama song
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Under Bush, OSHA Mired in Inaction  —  In early 2001, an epidemiologist at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sought to publish a special bulletin warning dental technicians that they could be exposed to dangerous beryllium alloys while grinding fillings.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fifty Herbert Hoovers  —  No modern American president would repeat the fiscal mistake of 1932, in which the federal government tried to balance its budget in the face of a severe recession.  The Obama administration will put deficit concerns on hold while it fights the economic crisis.
Yigal Schleifer / Christian Science Monitor:
Shoes flung at Bush flying from shelves  —  An Istanbul cobbler capitalizes on the ‘shoe mania’ sparked by the tossing of his work.  —  ISTANBUL, TURKEY -  —  For the past 10 years, model 271 has been the bestseller of Ramazan Baydan's Ducati line of shoes.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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Scott MacLeod / TIME.com:
Bush's Legacy in Gaza: Inexcusable Neglect
Discussion: Riehl World View
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
An NPR Reporter Becomes the News  —  In September, Ketzel Levine, a senior correspondent for National Public Radio, came up with an idea for a series about how Americans were handling economic pressure.  Called “American Moxie: How We Get By,” it began in early December.
William Kristol / New York Times:
George, Abe, Rick & Barack  —  I'm leaving the country the day of Barack Obama's inauguration.  —  It's nothing personal.  Nor, I hasten to add — lest some people get too excited — is it anything permanent.  It's just that I happen to have a speech to give in Canada.
New York Times:
Skaters Jump In as Foreclosures Drain the Pool  —  On a recent morning, a 27-year-old skateboarder who goes by the name Josh Peacock peered into a swimming pool in Fresno, Calif., emptied by his own hands — and the foreclosure crisis — and flashed a smile as wide as a half-pipe.
Discussion: Political Machine
Wall Street Journal:
The Weekend That Wall Street Died  —  Ties That Long United Strongest Firms Unraveled as Lehman Sank Toward Failure  —  With his investment bank facing a near-certain failure, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s chief executive officer, Richard Fuld Jr., placed yet another phone call to the man he thought could save him.
Discussion: Portfolio, Law Blog and The Big Picture
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Life at New Animal Farm Won't Be All That Bad  —  By July, we will come to feel that 2009 will be one of the most upbeat years in our history, as what used to be the news media∗ begins to get behind America and report on all the mysteriously wonderful things that are suddenly taking place.
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
 
 
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Ross Colvin / Front Row Washington:
Hawaiian ‘shaka’ greeting comes natural to Obama
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Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Humbled By Our Ignorance  —  It's the end of an era.
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Californians Shape Up as Force on Environmental Policy
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Michael Kaiser / Washington Post:
No Bailout for the Arts?
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Alan Rusbridger / New York Review of Books:
A Chill on ‘The Guardian’
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Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
A Farewell Hope for The Post's Future
 

 
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