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3:03 AM ET, December 28, 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 …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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] …
Michael Abramowitz / Washington Post:
Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Strip Imperil Obama's Peace Chances  —  Likely Escalation Complicates Already-Delicate Diplomacy  —  Israel's airstrikes on Gaza yesterday, in retaliation for a nonstop barrage of rocket attacks from Hamas fighters, raised the prospect of an escalation of violence …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Reuters
Mike Allen / The Politico:
24 days till Inauguration …
Discussion: MoJoBlog
New York Times:
Israeli Attack Kills Scores Across Gaza
Associated Press:   Israeli assault on Hamas kills more than 200
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: La Figa and RedState
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Republican's Gift Held Racial Parody of Obama
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Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Caroline Kennedy: ‘Unconventional’
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
More Caroline: Spoke to Hillary, won't run if not selected
Discussion: Daily Kos, Dohiyi Mir and Donklephant
Andie Coller / The Politico:
After Bush, will MoveOn live up to its name?  —  After more than a decade spent railing against the Republican machine, MoveOn wants to move on —even if it means leaving some of its high-minded ideals behind.  —  Last week, the group's members chose their top four priorities for the organization …
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
David S. Broder / Washington Post:
The GOP Goes South  —  As a rule, a new president's choice of a secretary of transportation makes few headlines, even when the appointee is a member of the opposition.  In 2001, George W. Bush decided to name as transportation secretary Norman Mineta, a former representative from California …
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
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 …
Sarah Wheaton / The Caucus:
Samuel P. Huntington of Harvard Dies at 81  —  Samuel P. Huntington, an influential political scientist and longtime Harvard University professor, died at the age of 81 on Wednesday, according to an obituary on Harvard's Web site.  Mr. Huntington's most famous thesis - that world conflicts stem …
Discussion: Foreign Affairs
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Corydon Ireland / Harvard University Gazette:
Samuel Huntington, 81, political scientist, scholar
Marianne Mollmann / Washington Post:
Ending Impunity For Rape  —  I have a project for Joseph Biden and Hillary Clinton to work on together: ending impunity for rape.  Rape-conviction rates are appallingly low across the globe.  I don't mean only in countries that many would think of as lacking good justice systems …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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: Calculated Risk and Eschaton
Richard Galpin / BBC:
Hero to some  —  The former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin may have killed millions of his own people but this weekend he could be chosen by Russians as their greatest-ever countryman.  —  Inspired by the British competition 100 Greatest Britons, one of Russia's biggest television stations Rossiya …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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 …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   LTCM Revisited  —  Tyler Cowen says maybe the “Committee to Save …
 
 
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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:
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Greg Mitchell / Editor and Publisher:
Bill Kristol's Year Up at ‘NYT’: Will He Get Axed?
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