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4:30 PM ET, December 28, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
Discussion: TPMCafe and Mondoweiss
Jerusalem Post:
‘Hamas could have prevented massacre’  —  Hamas could have prevented the “massacre” in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Sunday in Cairo.  —  “We spoke to them and told them ‘Please, we ask you not to end the cease-fire.  Let it continue,’” …
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Playbook - 23 days to Inauguration - Gaza is ‘First test for Obama’ - Axelrod and Gibbs on Sunday shows - MoveOn.org gets practical, echoes the President-elect  —  Birthday: NBC's Savannah Guthrie ... Brokaw on Russert ... Remembering Samuel Huntington ... Engaged: CNNers Howard Lutt and Lydia Garlikov …
Daniel Levy / Prospects for Peace:
What next on Gaza/Israel and Why Americans Should Care  —  For many people, what has happened today between Gaza and Israel may have all too familiar a ring to it - Israel warns and then retaliates to an alleged or real Palestinian escalation of violence, there is Arab condemnation …
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.
Discussion: Jerusalem Post
Hana Levi Julian / Arutz Sheva:
Hizbullah Vows to Open Second Front in Gaza Conflict
Discussion: Israel Matzav
BBC:
Hamas ‘bars injured leaving Gaza’
Discussion: Harry's Place and Jihad Watch
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.
Discussion: RBO and Hot Air
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Anne Glusker / Washington Post:
She's a Kennedy, But She's a Lot Like Us  —  Amid all the recent buzz about Caroline Kennedy's bid for a U.S. Senate seat, there has been a great deal of talk about her connections, her power, her wealth.  But the way I see it, if you strip away the glamour, the name and the money, then Caroline is . . . me.
Discussion: Commentary and NewsBusters.org
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” …
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
Frank Rich / New York Times:
You're Likable Enough, Gay People  —  IN his first press conference after his re-election in 2004, President Bush memorably declared, “I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.”  We all know how that turned out.  —  Barack Obama has little in common …
Paul Mulshine / WSJ.com:
All I Wanted for Christmas Was a Newspaper  —  Bloggers are no replacement for real journalists.  —  Newark, N.J.  —  When my colleague at the Newark Star-Ledger John Farmer started off in journalism more than five decades ago, things were very different.
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Mike Allen / The Politico:
Gibbs: Bush needed better bailout message
Discussion: Associated Press and The Politico
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
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
Immigration hypocrisy: Because it's so much easier to just harass Latinos
Discussion: Arizona Republic
Sophia Tareen / Associated Press:
LtGov: Blagojevich out by Lincoln's 200th birthday
Rachel Cooke / Guardian:
Rachel Cooke interviews Debra Winger
Discussion: Jezebel and marbury
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Axelrod: Warren prayer ‘a good thing’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Adam J.V. Sell / Boston Globe:
Samuel Huntington, author, Harvard political scientist; at 81
Steve Connor / The Independent:
Scientific illiteracy all the rage among the glitterati
Discussion: Liberal Values
Andie Coller / The Politico:
After Bush, will MoveOn live up to its name?