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1:40 PM ET, January 5, 2009

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William Kristol / New York Times:
Why Israel Fights  —  The Israeli assault on Hamas in Gaza is going to be a replay, we're told, of the attempt to subdue Hezbollah in southern Lebanon in the summer of 2006.  And the outcome, it's asserted, will be the same: lots of death and destruction, no strategic victory for Israel …
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John R. Bolton / Washington Post:
The Three-State Option  —  War in the Gaza Strip demonstrates yet again that the current governance paradigm for the Palestinian people has failed.  Terrorists financed and supplied by Iran control Gaza; the Palestinian Authority is broken, probably irretrievably; and economic development is stalled in Gaza and the West Bank.
Michael Lerner / Times of London:
It breaks my heart to see Israel's stupidity
Agence France Presse:
US ex-envoy says Mideast two-state solution unworkable
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Amy Forliti / Associated Press:
Minnesota canvassing board expected to say that Democrat Al Franken is winner in Senate race  —  MINNEAPOLIS - The state Canvassing Board was posed to certify the results of the recount in Minnesota's grueling Senate election in Al Franken's favor — but that doesn't mean the race is definitely over.
Pat / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Court rejects Coleman bid to consider rejected absentee ballots
Discussion: Scorecard's Blogs
Michelle Malkin:
A real clown takes a Senate seat
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fighting Off Depression  —  “If we don't act swiftly and boldly,” declared President-elect Barack Obama in his latest weekly address, “we could see a much deeper economic downturn that could lead to double-digit unemployment.”  If you ask me, he was understating the case.
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Paul Krugman:
Is Obama relying too much on tax cuts?  —  I don't know yet.  But news reports this morning certainly raise questions.  —  Let's lay out the basics here.  Other things equal, public investment is a much better way to provide economic stimulus than tax cuts, for two reasons.
Change.gov:
President-elect Obama announces key Department of Justice posts  —  WASHINGTON—Today, President-elect Barack Obama announced that he intends to nominate the following individuals for key posts at the United States Department of Justice: David Ogden, Deputy Attorney General; Elena Kagan …
Discussion: Think Progress and ACSBlog
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
TRANSITION TO JUSTICE.  —  The latest news from the Transition Office: We have sub-cabinet Justice Department nominees — bios after the jump: … Initial impressions: Kagan is the real story and has been on the short-list for this post since the very beginning of the transition process …
Foon Rhee / Boston Globe:
Kagan nominated for solicitor general
Associated Press:
Chronology of key events in Richardson withdrawal  —  Notable events leading to New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson's withdrawal of his bid to become commerce secretary:  —  _ Early 2003: Richardson wins legislative approval of a $1.6 billion highway and transportation construction program …
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Team pressed Richardson, got nothing
Right Wing News:
The 7th Annual “20 Most Annoying Liberals Of 2008”  —  Honorable Mentions: Bill Ayers, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Juan Cole, Kent Conrad, The Daily Kos, Bill Delahunt, Glenn Greenwald, Alcee Hastings, Christopher Hitchens, The Huffington Post, Jesse Jackson, Jesse Jackson Jr. Caroline Kennedy …
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Chicago Sun Times:
Secretary of the Senate rejects Burris' appointment  —  Judge also grants prosecutors 90-day extension to indict Blagojevich, former chief of staff  —  Firing the first shot in Washington in the fight over the appointment of Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, Gov. Blagojevich's acting chief …
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Chicago Breaking News:
U.S. granted more time to indict Blagojevich
Discussion: TIME.com
Connie Hair / Human Events:
Pelosi Erases Gingrich's Long-Standing Fairness Rules  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to re-write House rules today to ensure that the Republican minority is unable to have any influence on legislation.  Pelosi's proposals are so draconian, and will so polarize the Capitol …
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Fares Akram / The Independent:
Gaza: The death and life of my father  —  For Fares Akram, The Independent's reporter in Gaza, the Israeli invasion became a personal tragedy when he discovered his father was one of the first casualties of the ground war  —  The phone call came at around 4.20pm on Saturday.
Discussion: Mondoweiss
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Maria Recio / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bush first ex-prez to face limit on Secret Service protection  —  WASHINGTON — President George W. Bush's “after-life,” as Laura Bush calls the post-presidency, is shaping up to be pretty comfortable, with a Dallas office, staffers, Secret Service protection, a travel budget …
George Selgin / Wall Street Journal:
Argentina Is Short of Cash - Literally  —  Spare some change?  —  Suppose you want to ride the bus or feed a parking meter without exact change.  Or suppose you just want to drop a few cents in a street musician's hat.  Nothing easier, right?  Not if you live in Argentina.
Discussion: Reason and LewRockwell.com Blog
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner:
‘Like Son Jeb as President’  —  Former President Bush (there's currently only one of those!) has endorsed his other governor-son for president.  As we await David Paterson's Caroline Kennedy Senate appointment, I have to think that Jeb for President is not the craziest idea.
David J. Lynch / USA Today:
Investors dump $89B in U.S. securities in historic fire sale  —  The deep river of private money that helped knit together the global economy has abruptly dried up, new government figures show.  —  As the global financial crisis grew more severe this summer, foreigners sold almost $90 billion …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Fox Business's ‘Bell’ Sounds A New Start For Liz Claman  —  NEW YORK — When Liz Claman made the jump from local television to business news a decade ago, she had never heard of Warren Buffett.  —  Last month, the Fox Business Network anchor aired an hour-long special with the legendary investor …
Discussion: The New Republic
 
 
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
CHUTZPAH WATCH.... John Bolton, the former ambassador to the U.N. …
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Obama Nominees, Take Note
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Washington Post's Managing Editor to Step Down
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Life in the Clown-Car Fast Lane
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Donald R. Winslow / nppa.org:
Pete Souza Named Obama's White House Photographer
Debbi Wilgoren / Washington Post:
Obama Girls Start School at Sidwell
Discussion: TIME.com
Pajamas Media:
Some Differences Between Hamas and the Nazi Party
Debora Spar / Washington Post:
One Gender's Crash  —  Let me begin with the caveats: I like men.