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7:10 PM ET, December 28, 2008

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Press Association:
Egyptians open fire on Palestinians  —  Egyptian border guards have opened fire on Palestinians who breached the border to escape Israel's assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.  —  An Egyptian security official said there were at least five breaches along the nine-mile border and hundreds of Palestinian residents were pouring in.
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Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
ISRAEL, WRONG.  —  This is the paragraph that I can't get out of my head: … No deaths and few injuries.  “Deeply disturbing.”  Hamas lacks the technology to aim its rockets.  They're taking potshots.  In response, the Israeli government launched air strikes that have now killed …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Marty Peretz and the American political consensus on Israel  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  Opinions about the Israeli-Palestinian dispute are so entrenched that any single outbreak of violence is automatically evaluated through a pre-existing lens, shaped by one's typically immovable beliefs …
Greg Mitchell / The Huffington Post:
Attack on Gaza: As Usual, U.S. Media (And Most Liberals) Silent — As Israeli Newspaper Raises Doubts  —  In the usual process, the U.S. government, media here — and most liberal bloggers — are silent or playing down questions about whether Israel overreacted in its massive air strikes on Gaza …
BBC:
Israeli jets target Gaza tunnels
Carol E. Lee / The Politico:
Obama bristles as the bubble closes in on him  —  HONOLULU - The media glare, the constant security appendage and the sheer production that has become a morning jog or a hankering for an ice cream cone - it's been closing in on Barack Obama for some time.  —  Now the president-elect appears …
Michael Goodwin / NY Daily News:
Goodwin: Say goodnight, Caroline  —  In the beginning, just three long weeks ago, the idea of Caroline Kennedy being a United States senator had a certain ring to it.  The Camelot myth still has shelf life and a merger with the historic Obama presidency provided an intriguing story line.
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CBS News:
Condoleezza Rice: “I'm Not A Type A”  —  Outgoing Secretary Of State Shares Thoughts With Sunday Morning … She's been called the administration's “warrior princess,” the true believer who's visited scores of countries, traveling a million miles to implement, explain, and defend, president George W. Bush's foreign policy.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Think Progress
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CNN:
Rice: People will soon thank Bush for what he's done  —  (CNN) — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that despite President Bush's low approval ratings, people will soon “start to thank this president for what he's done.”  —  “So we can sit here and talk about the long record …
Dave Barry / Washington Post:
The Year in Review  —  How weird a year was it?  Here's how weird:  — O.J. actually got convicted of something.  — Gasoline hit $4 a gallon — and those were the good times.  — On several occasions, “Saturday Night Live” was funny.  — There were a few days there in October …
Discussion: Extreme Mortman and Commentary
Maria Panaritis / Philly.com:
Cars leaving lots without drivers  —  A half-dozen trailers rolled up to Eckenhoff Cadillac Buick Pontiac GMC in Jenkintown bright and early and wiped the lot clean of $8.4 million in inventory - Hummers, Cadillacs and all.  —  “Load up, leave.  Load up, leave. . . .” …
Discussion: Angry Bear
Christopher Booker / Telegraph:
2008 was the year manmade global warming was disproved  —  Looking back over my columns of the past 12 months, one of their major themes was neatly encapsulated by two recent items from The Daily Telegraph.  —  The first, on May 21, headed “Climate change threat to Alpine ski resorts” …
NY Daily News:
Bernie's funda-mental defense  —  If you thought Bernard Madoff's $50 billion investment scheme was audacious, get ready for his alibi.  Lawyers for the accused scammer are exploring an insanity defense, we hear.  —  “Bernie's family and his attorneys may argue that, somewhere along the line …
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Immigration hypocrisy: Because it's so much easier to just harass Latinos  —  Last year, Arizona enacted one of those anti-immigration laws that actually tried to address the employer side of the equation, ostensibly cracking down on the businesses that hire illegal immigrants.
Discussion: Arizona Republic
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Win, Win, Win, Win, Win ...  How many times do we have to see this play …
Discussion: EconLog
Dave Kopel / Rocky Mountain News:
Opinion pays its own way
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
New York Times:
An Emissions Plan Conservatives Could Warm To
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Damian Thompson / Damian Thompson's blog listings:
MPAC launches a witchhunt against ‘Zio-Con’ Muslims
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gibbs: Bush needed better bailout message
Iran Focus:
Norway deplores executions in Iran
Discussion: Hot Air and Right Wing News
Niall Ferguson / Financial Times:
An imaginary retrospective of 2009
Discussion: TigerHawk
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Sophia Tareen / Associated Press:
LtGov: Blagojevich out by Lincoln's 200th birthday
Rachel Cooke / Guardian:
Rachel Cooke interviews Debra Winger
Discussion: marbury and Jezebel
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Axelrod: Warren prayer ‘a good thing’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Scientific illiteracy all the rage among the glitterati
Discussion: Liberal Values and Daily Pundit