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3:45 PM ET, December 27, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
Haaretz:
Olmert: Our desire for quiet was met with terror  —  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Saturday said no country in the world would put up with the rocket and missile strikes Israel suffers from and that the time had come to react.  —  Olmert's words came during a press conference he held hours …
Discussion: Commentary and Yourish.com
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
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: marbury and NewsBusters.org
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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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Republican's Gift Held Racial Parody of Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, CNN and Commentary
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Caucus and danieldrezner.com
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
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.
Discussion: PoliBlog and The Impolitic
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.
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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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama's Vacation: Power Returns to Oahu
Discussion: TIME.com
Matthew Drake / Daily Mail:
18 certificate: Why websites could get cinema-style age ratings …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Amazon Claims ‘Best Ever’ Christmas (Whatever That Means)
Discussion: TalkLeft, New York Times and TechCrunch
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in ‘Passive Houses’
Discussion: Mathew Gross and Kevin Drum
Matthew Parris / Times of London:
As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God
Discussion: neo-neocon and The Moderate Voice
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Retail Sales Down  —  A touch of “yikes” from the WSJ:
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 Earlier Items: 
Paul Krugman:
Mortgage rates are still too high
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Downturn Ends Building Boom in New York
Discussion: Gothamist
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
The Politics of Fat  —  A hefty problem for the left.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Dear Mr. Obama  —  Between now and Jan. 20, the Post-Gazette …
Discussion: Stop The ACLU
New York Times:
Bush Data Threatens to Overload Archives
Discussion: Prairie Weather