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11:00 PM ET, December 27, 2008

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Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Disinformation, secrecy, deception: How the Gaza offensive came about  —  Long-term preparation, careful gathering of information, secret discussions, operational deception and the misleading of the public - all these stood behind the Israel Defense Forces “Cast Lead” operation against Hamas targets …
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Bradley Burston / Haaretz:
Bradley Burston / The worst anti-Israel charges you'll hear in wartime  —  It is, abruptly and again, wartime.  Across the globe, the selective pacifists of the left and the recliner Rambos of the right are spoiling for their next battle, the war in Gaza.  —  They will fight one another …
Hana Levi Julian / Arutz Sheva:
IDF Releases Photos of Hamas Targets, Terror Training Facilities  —  (IsraelNN.com) The IDF on Saturday night released aerial photos of Hamas facilities targeted by IAF fighter pilots on Saturday in Operation ‘Cast Lead.’  —  The photos show the military training facilities Hamas has developed in Gaza …
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.
BBC:
Eyewitness: Chaos in Gaza  —  The BBC's Rushdi Abou Alouf in the Gaza Strip described the chaos as Israeli warplanes fired missiles at Hamas targets, killing at least 155 Palestinians.  —  Israeli planes are still flying over Gaza and they have just targeted another Hamas [security] …
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 …
Ynetnews:
IDF mobilizing tanks in event of Gaza ground incursion  —  IDF prepares to intensify operation against Hamas infrastructure in Gaza, sending tanks and infantry reinforcements southward in preparation for possible ground incursion.  Throughout day IAF carried out strikes on nearly 100 Hamas targets …
Discussion: Reuters, Yourish.com and Israel Matzav
Noah Pollak / Commentary:   What's at Stake in Gaza
Mike Allen / The Politico:
24 days till Inauguration …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
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
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Republican's Gift Held Racial Parody of Obama
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, CNN and Commentary
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
More Caroline: Spoke to Hillary, won't run if not selected
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Caroline Kennedy: ‘Unconventional’
Discussion: The Crypt's Blogs
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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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.
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Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Samuel P. Huntington of Harvard Dies at 81
Discussion: Foreign Affairs
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
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
Tyler Cowen / New York Times:
Bailout of Long-Term Capital: A Bad Precedent?  —  THE financial crisis is a result of many bad decisions, but one of them hasn't received enough attention: the 1998 bailout of the Long-Term Capital Management hedge fund.  If regulators had been less concerned with protecting the fund's creditors …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   LTCM Revisited  —  Tyler Cowen says maybe the “Committee to Save …
 
 
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David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The GOP Goes South
Discussion: TIME.com and AMERICAblog News
Richard Galpin / BBC:
Hero to some  —  The former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Nina Bernstein / New York Times:
City of Immigrants Fills Jail Cells With Its Own
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Islamic Revival Tests Bosnia's Secular Cast
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Atlas Shrugs
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama's Vacation: Power Returns to Oahu
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
No Furnaces but Heat Aplenty in ‘Passive Houses’
Discussion: Mathew Gross and Kevin Drum
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Politico reviews the year in American “political journalism”
Discussion: The Politico and The Impolitic
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Retail Sales Down  —  A touch of “yikes” from the WSJ:
Peter Schiff / Wall Street Journal:
There's No Pain-Free Cure for Recession
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
The Politics of Fat  —  A hefty problem for the left.
Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Bill Kristol's Year Up at ‘NYT’: Will He Get Axed?
Discussion: PoliBlog and The Impolitic