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1:50 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 …
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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 …
CNN:
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.”
Jerusalem Post:
World leaders call for halt to violence
Barbara Boyer / Philly.com:
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 …
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
More Caroline: Spoke to Hillary, won't run if not selected  —  Caroline Kennedy made a little more news on NY1 tonight, telling host Dominic Carter that she finally spoke to Hillary Clinton — who didn't initially take her call — and that, if she's not selected, she won't run for the seat.
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NY1:
NY1 Exclusive: Caroline Kennedy Discusses Senate Hopes, Remembers Her Family
Larry Neumeister / Associated Press:
Kennedy says 9/11, Obama led her to public service
Discussion: protein wisdom
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Retail Sales Down  —  A touch of “yikes” from the WSJ:  —  When I was in Switzerland, where luxury goods production is a big deal, a number of people speculated that such items were somehow recession-proof.  That didn't really make sense to me, but apparently I'm not the only one who was told …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 …
Charles Krauthammer / Weekly Standard:
The Net-Zero Gas Tax  —  A once-in-a-generation chance.  —  Americans have a deep and understandable aversion to gasoline taxes.  In a culture more single-mindedly devoted to individual freedom than any other, tampering with access to the open road is met with visceral opposition.
Discussion: AmSpecBlog
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Politico reviews the year in American “political journalism”  —  Politico's media reporter, Michael Calderone, does an unintentionally superb job of conveying the vapid, wretched soul of the American political media, with his list of what he calls — without any irony at all — “The Top Ten Political Scoops of 2008”:
Discussion: The Politico
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Downturn Ends Building Boom in New York  —  Nearly $5 billion in development projects in New York City have been delayed or canceled because of the economic crisis, an extraordinary body blow to an industry that last year provided 130,000 unionized jobs, according to numbers tracked by a local trade group.
Discussion: Gothamist
Ronald J. Pestritto / Wall Street Journal:
Theodore Roosevelt Was No Conservative  —  There's a reason he left the GOP to lead the Progressive Party.  —  We know that Barack Obama and his allies identify themselves as “progressives,” and that they aim to implement the big-government liberalism that originated in America's Progressive Era and was consummated in the New Deal.
Discussion: Power Line, Commentary and The Corner
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
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Chris Brummitt / Associated Press:   Pakistan redeploying troops to Indian border
 
 
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Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
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Matthew Parris / Times of London:
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Dear Mr. Obama  —  Between now and Jan. 20, the Post-Gazette …
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