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7:25 PM ET, December 25, 2008

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New York Times:
Harold Pinter, Nobel-Winning Playwright, Dies at 78  —  Harold Pinter, the British playwright whose gifts for finding the ominous in the everyday and the noise within silence made him the most influential and imitated dramatist of his generation, died on Wednesday.  He was 78 and lived in London.
Dan Eggen / Washington Post:
Bush Revokes Pardon Of GOP Donors' Relative  —  President Bush took the remarkable step yesterday of reversing a pardon that he granted the day before to a Brooklyn, N.Y., real estate developer, whose relatives contributed more than $40,000 to Republicans before his clemency petition was filed with the White House.
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Selim Algar / New York Post:
BARACK NAME LOSES ‘CLASS’ ON LI  —  SCHOOL NIXES CHANGE TO ‘OBAMA ELEMENTARY’  —  They said NO-bama.  —  A proposal to change the name of a Long Island public school to Barack Obama Elementary was scrapped this week after running into fierce public opposition.
Discussion: Don Surber and A Blog For All
Oliver Janney / CNN:
Blog ‘miracle’ saves Christmas for hard-luck family  —  (CNN) — A family facing foreclosure is anything but a unique story in these troubled economic times.  —  But this is a happier story of one family whose financial ruin was averted by the actions of a friend, the compassion of strangers …
Discussion: Liberty Street
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Joe and Jill feed the homeless  —  Vice President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, slipped on aprons Wednesday afternoon to serve meatloaf to a few hundred homeless people at a soup kitchen in Wilmington, Del.  —  Biden told a local news station that the long lines outside …
Discussion: TIME.com and Don Surber
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Hamas mocks Israel's nonresponse to Kassams  —  Hamas on Wednesday remained as defiant as ever and said it would continue to fire rockets at Israel as an act of “self-defense.”  —  Hamas also mocked what it described as the “state of confusion” in Israel over how to react to the latest spree of rocket and mortar attacks.
Jerusalem Post:
8 Katyusha rockets defused in Lebanon  —  The Lebanese army on Thursday discovered and defused eight Katyusha rockets that had been placed near the southern town of Nakoura and were about to be fired at Israel.  —  The 107-millimeter projectiles were fitted with timers and were defused …
Discussion: A Blog For All and Israel Matzav
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Bush a catalyst in America's declining influence  —  The president oversaw a period of eroding economic and political power, in which the rise of China, India and others was a major factor, but assisted by an aversion to him and his policies.  —  Reporting from Washington …
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Print news is fading, but the content lives on  —  It's been about 20 years since Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web on the back of the Internet.  For more than a billion people on the planet, the Web today is an alternate, digital universe that is gradually overtaking the analog …
Michael Falcone / The Caucus:
Top Bush Aides to Linger on High-Profile Boards  —  As President Bush settles in for his last Christmas in office, he has been busy handing out presents to some of his top aides.  And they are not the kind that require wrapping paper or a bow.  —  The White House announced on Wednesday …
Discussion: TIME.com and Think Progress
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Federal Cases of Stock Fraud Drop Sharply  —  WASHINGTON — Federal officials are bringing far fewer prosecutions as a result of fraudulent stock schemes than they did eight years ago, according to new data, raising further questions about whether the Bush administration has been too lax in policing Wall Street.
 
 
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David Hambling / New Scientist:
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Peter Scowen / Globe and Mail:
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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
White House Views on Past 8 Years Diverge
Discussion: TIME.com
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Discussion: bastard.logic