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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 …
Aussie Dave / Israellycool:
Israel Strikes Back  —  I will be updating this post.  Scroll down for news posts and updates.  —  I have logged on to my computer after the Jewish Sabbath and discovered that the Israeli government has finally done something it should have done a very long time ago.  —  We have hit Hamas hard.
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
What's at Stake in Gaza
Discussion: Pajamas Media
Mike Allen / The Politico:
24 days till Inauguration …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Haaretz:
Olmert: Our desire for quiet was met with terror
Discussion: Ynetnews, Commentary and Yourish.com
Associated Press:
Israeli assault on Hamas kills more than 200
Nidal al-Mughrabi / Reuters:
Israel attacks Gaza, more than 155 reported killed
Discussion: Jerusalem Post
Mike Allen / The Politico:
GOP chair ‘appalled’ by ‘Magic Negro’ CD  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan issued a statement Saturday distancing the party's leadership from one of the GOP's best-known operatives, Chip Saltsman, who distributed a CD containing “Barack the Magic Negro” …
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Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
RNC chairman condemns ‘Magic Negro’ song  —  (CNN) — The chairman of the Republican National Committee said he was “appalled” by a song called “Barack the Magic Negro” on a CD distributed by one of his political rivals.  —  “The 2008 election was a wake-up call for Republicans to reach …
Discussion: RedState
Randyj / TIME.com:
RNC Chair “Shocked and Appalled” at Obama Parody  —  Mike Duncan blasts fellow Republican Chip Saltsman for distributing a CD including the parody song “Barack the Magic Negro.”  —  “I am shocked and appalled that anyone would think this is appropriate as it clearly does not move us in the right direction.”
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Republican's Gift Held Racial Parody of Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, CNN and Commentary
Hilzoy / Washington Monthly:
The Disaster In Tennessee  —  I'm late to this story, but: what's happening in Tennessee sounds horrific: … This is much bigger than the Exxon Valdez spill.  You can see aerial video here.  I find it disturbing that the amount of fly ash now thought to have been released is over twice …
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New York Times:
As a Candidate, Kennedy Is Forceful but Elusive  —  Caroline Kennedy, the woman who would be New York's next senator, is sure of one thing.  Among all the hopefuls seeking to succeed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, she said on Saturday, there is no better choice.
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
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New York Times:
The Gas Tax  —  President-elect Barack Obama and the Democrats …
Discussion: NewsBusters.org and marbury
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Caroline Kennedy: ‘Unconventional’  —  In that limited gene pool that has fueled American politics for several decades now - the Kennedy, Clinton and Bush clans - Caroline Kennedy maintains that she represents an “unconventional choice” for the New York Senate seat of Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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New York Times:
By Saying Yes, WaMu Built Empire on Shaky Loans  —  “We hope to do to this industry what Wal-Mart did to theirs, Starbucks did to theirs, Costco did to theirs and Lowe's-Home Depot did to their industry.  And I think if we've done our job, five years from now you're not going to call us a bank.”
Discussion: Eschaton
Corydon Ireland / Harvard University Gazette:
Samuel Huntington, 81, political scientist, scholar  —  ‘One of the most influential political scientists of the last 50 years’  —  Samuel P. Huntington - a longtime Harvard University professor, an influential political scientist, and mentor to a generation of scholars in widely divergent fields - died Dec. 24 on Martha's Vineyard.
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in ‘Passive Houses’  —  DARMSTADT, Germany — From the outside, there is nothing unusual about the stylish new gray and orange row houses in the Kranichstein District, with wreaths on the doors and Christmas lights twinkling through a freezing drizzle.
Discussion: Mathew Gross and Kevin Drum
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama's Vacation: Power Returns to Oahu  —  HONOLULU — A thunderstorm knocked out power across Oahu island Friday night, crippling the island of 900,000 people and interrupting the vacations of thousands of tourists, including President-elect Barack Obama.  —  Electrical crews …
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Photo surfaces of Bush and Isaac Toussie?s dad  —  A stunning photo of President Bush shaking hands with the father of pardoned - then unpardoned - housing scammer Isaac Toussie emerged Friday as the White House reeled from the embarrassing scandal.  —  The full-color picture …
 
 
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