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12:45 AM ET, December 29, 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 …
New York Times:
Israeli Attacks in Gaza Strip Continue for Second Day
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.
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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 …
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:   Mrs. Bush, Rice: Bush presidency not a failure
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Anger, sadness over fabricated Holocaust story  —  NEW YORK (AP) - It's the latest story that touched, and betrayed, the world.  —  “Herman Rosenblat and his wife are the most gentle, loving, beautiful people,” literary agent Andrea Hurst said Sunday, anguishing over why she, and so many others …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Vox Popoli
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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Anne Glusker / Washington Post:
She's a Kennedy, But She's a Lot Like Us
Discussion: Commentary and NewsBusters.org
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
The Raw Story:
Laura Bush: Shoe-throwing ‘was an assault’  —  While President Bush shrugged off an Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at him during a press conference, the First Lady said the incident was no laughing matter.  —  “It was an assault,” she said.  “And the president laughed it off …
Discussion: Pam's House Blend
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Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
The banality of vacation  —  Just got my fifth pool report of the day, from the Trib's John McCormick , who reports that Obama is at a friend's house, and that reporters could glimpse “a couple jet skiis moving about in the water” and “a group of people watching from shore.”
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 …
Bloomberg:
Cracks in U.S.-China Relations Are Widening Again in Crisis  —  The global recession is re-exposing fissures in United States-China relations that Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. spent more than two years smoothing over.  —  Mr. Paulson, 62, who visited China 70 times during his career …
Discussion: MyDD
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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
CNN:
Afghan car bomb kills 14 children  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — A suicide car bomb blast near a voter registration site killed 16 people, 14 of them children, and wounded 58 in southeastern Afghanistan on Sunday morning, according to a senior police official and the U.S. military.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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 …
 
 
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