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12:40 PM ET, December 27, 2008


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Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Israel demolishes Hamas compounds, over 200 dead  —  GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israeli warplanes retaliating for rocket fire from the Gaza Strip pounded dozens of security compounds across the Hamas-ruled territory in unprecedented waves of airstrikes Saturday, killing more than 200 people …
New York Times:
Israeli Attack Kills Scores Across Gaza  —  GAZA CITY — The Israeli Air Force on Saturday launched a massive attack on Hamas targets throughout Gaza in retaliation for the recent heavy rocket fire from the area, hitting mostly security headquarters, training compounds and weapons storage facilities …
At least 155 killed in Israeli attacks on Gaza  —  GAZA CITY (CNN) — Israeli airstrikes pounded targets in Gaza on Saturday, killing at least 155 people, Palestinian medical sources said.  An Israeli army spokeswoman said her country is ready to continue the attacks “as long as it takes.”
Barbara Boyer /
Phila. man shot because family talked during movie  —  A South Philadelphia man enraged because a father and son were talking during a Christmas showing of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took care of the situation when he pulled a .380-caliber gun and shot the father, police said.
Discussion: Hollywood Elsewhere
Lawrence Summers / Washington Post:
Obama's Down Payment  —  A Stimulus Must Aim for Long-Term Results  —  When President-elect Barack Obama takes office, he will face what may well be the bleakest economic outlook since World War II.  Economic forecasts have been revised significantly downward over the past several months …
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
The Politics of Fat  —  A hefty problem for the left.  —  On December 15, the city council of Binghamton, New York—every member a proud progressive—unanimously passed an ordinance making it a crime to discriminate against fat people.  The next day, David Paterson, the famously progressive governor …
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Bill Kristol's Year Up at ‘NYT’: Will He Get Axed?  —  NEW YORK Exactly one year ago this weekend the Huffington Post broke the news that, as Jim Morrison might have put it, the Kristol Ship was about to sail at The New York Times.  Much uproar ensued across the blogosphere.
NY1 Exclusive: Caroline Kennedy Discusses Senate Hopes, Remembers Her Family  —  For the first time since announcing her interest in assuming Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, Caroline Kennedy opened up in an exclusive NY1 interview Friday about her qualifications for high office as well as private reminisces of her family.
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Kennedy says 9/11, Obama led her to public service
Discussion: protein wisdom
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Dear Mr. Obama  —  Between now and Jan. 20, the Post-Gazette will publish letters written by local students to President-elect Barack Obama, who will be inaugurated as the nation's 44th president.  They will appear intermittently in the My Generation section.  The following are from fifth-graders at Liberty Elementary School.
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
Peter Slevin / MSNBC:
Suffering Ohio begs for federal lifeline  —  State cuts and cuts while waiting for a possible stimulus package  —  Laid-off workers attend a “transition orientation” class on their last day of work for the air shipping company ABX, Dec. 16, in Wilmington, Ohio.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and
Peter Schiff / Wall Street Journal:
There's No Pain-Free Cure for Recession  —  Belt-tightening is required by all, including government.  —  As recession fears cause the nation to embrace greater state control of the economy and unimaginable federal deficits, one searches in vain for debate worthy of the moment.
Discussion: Blog
T.W. Farnam / Wall Street Journal:
Sen. Reid in Uphill Re-Election Bid  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Harry Reid will command the biggest party majority of any Senate leader in a quarter century when the new Congress convenes in January.  But the Nevada Democrat is already worried about his own re-election fight in 2010.
Times of India:
Pak textbooks build hate culture against India  —  Text:  —  The empowerment of terror in Pakistan has not happened overnight.  This is the logical culmination of the politics and policies pursued by Pakistan for years now.  —  Terrorism in Pakistan has its roots in the culture of hate …
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Chris Brummitt / Associated Press:   Pakistan redeploying troops to Indian border
Jaketapper / Political Punch:
Obama Visits Marine Corps Base for Christmas  —  FROM ABC NEWS' SUNLEN MILLER IN HAWAII:  —  President-elect Obama stopped by the Marine Corps base in Hawaii Kaneche Bay where servicemen and -women were eating Christmas dinner in Kailua Thursday evening.  —  “Just wanted to say hi …
Hugh Hewitt /
Signals From The New C-in-C
Discussion: Outside The Beltway
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Nile Gardiner / Telegraph:
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Paul Krugman:
Mortgage rates are still too high
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
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Discussion: Commentary
Ronald J. Pestritto / Wall Street Journal:
Theodore Roosevelt Was No Conservative
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A Water Park, but No Pool
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