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12:00 PM ET, December 27, 2008


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Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
Israel launches air strikes on Gaza, 155 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 nearly 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.
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: and Michelle Malkin
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 and The Corner
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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Kennedy: Would have run earlier if her name weren't Kennedy …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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
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: Commentary
Hugh Hewitt /
Signals From The New C-in-C  —  The president-elect dropped in on some Marines stationed in Hawaii yesterday, a fine gesture of appreciation for the military he will soon be leading.  —  The Los Angeles Times reported in a separate article, however, that “President-elect Barack Obama's transition team …
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Nile Gardiner / Telegraph:
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Paul Krugman:
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