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4:05 PM ET, December 29, 2008

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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 >
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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.
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
The Juicebox Mafia on Gaza
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Olmert's Final Failure
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Wall Street Journal:
Palestinians Need Israel to Win
Discussion: Israpundit
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
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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Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Study: ‘Virginity pledges’ are ineffective  —  Youths who promise abstinence are also less likely to use protection  —  Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely …
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Veterans of '90s Bailout Hope for Profit in New One  —  WASHINGTON — A tight-knit group of former senior government officials who were central players in the savings and loan bailout of the 1990s are seeking to capitalize on the latest economic meltdown, enjoying a surge in new business …
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McConnell Puts the Brakes on Stimulus Plan  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced skepticism today about the emerging economic stimulus plan, applying a brake to Democratic plans to quickly pass up to $850 billion in spending and tax cuts soon after President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration.
Discussion: TIME.com and AMERICAblog News
Chuck Bennett / Associated Press:
CAROLINE'S CRIB  —  SEN. HOPEFUL'S $50M SPREAD  —  Forget Chappaqua.  —  This amazing Martha's Vineyard spread will be the next home-away-from-the-Beltway for New York's junior senator if Caroline Kennedy is tapped to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  The 366-acre estate …
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
Cesar Chelala / Gulf Times:
Afghanistan's public health emergency  —  MORE than 1.6mn children under the age of five and thousands of women could die in 2009 as a result of the lack of food and medical care, particularly in terms of proper services for women and children, according to the Afghan Ministry of Health.
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Emanuel to resign House seat Friday  —  Rep. Rahm Emanuel will resign his House seat Friday.  —  Emanuel, set to serve as chief of staff to President-elect Barack Obama, sent a letter to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Monday indicating that he planned to step down at the end of the week.
Hasso Hering / Albany Democrat-Herald:
Kulongoski to pursue mileage tax  —  A year ago, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced it had demonstrated that a new way to pay for roads — via a mileage tax and satellite technology — could work.  —  Now Gov. Ted Kulongoski says he'd like the legislature to take the next step.
Discussion: Eschaton
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Humbled By Our Ignorance  —  It's the end of an era.  We know that 2008, much like 1932 or 1980, marks a dividing line for the American economy and society.  But what lies on the other side is hazy at best.  The great lesson of the past year is how little we understand and can control the economy.
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
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.
 
 
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Washington Post:
Child Neglect Cases Multiply As Economic Woes Spread
Maria Cramer / Boston Globe:
Homicides among black males spike
BBC:
Iraq civilian deaths down in 2008
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Wizbang
Nathan J. Diament / The New Republic:
Works, Not Words  —  How Obama can appeal to religious voters …
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Holder's hearing might be rocky
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Wall Street Journal:
Discounts Not Enough to Revive Online Retail Sales
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Hawaiian ‘shaka’ greeting comes natural to Obama
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