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9:10 PM ET, December 29, 2008

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Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Bush Refuses To Interrupt His Final Vacation As Middle East Crisis Escalates  —  In an effort to “prevent Palestinians from attacking towns in southern Israel” with rockets, Israel today undertook its third day of offensive military airstrikes in the Palestinian territory of Gaza, raising the death toll to more than 300.
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Haaretz:
Barak to MKs: This is all-out war against Hamas and its kind  —  Facing catcalls from Arab lawmakers, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told a stormy Knesset session on Monday that the operation in Gaza will be “widened and deepened as is necessary.”  —  “We have an all-out war against Hamas and its kind …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The Gaza War  —  If someone was sending rockets on my house where my daughters were sleeping at night, I would do everything to stop it, and I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.  —  These aren't my words — they're Barack Obama's.  But I attach myself to this sentiment.
Discussion: Reuters and Weekly Standard
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
WOE IS ME ... PITY THOSE POOR DEAD ANNIHILATIONISTS  —  Hamas Charter (1988) The Charter of Allah: The Platform of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) … The media is depraved.  In reviewing the media coverage of Israel's counter defensive in Gaza it is impossible to digest …
CNN:
World rallies around Palestinians amid Gaza offensive  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — Israeli attacks on suspected Hamas strongholds in Gaza have triggered protests in more than a dozen countries.  —  The attacks entered their third day Monday, with more than 300 people in Gaza reported killed and hundreds more wounded.
Mustafa Barghouthi / The Huffington Post:   Palestine's Guernica and the Myths of Israeli Victimhood
Wall Street Journal:
Palestinians Need Israel to Win
Discussion: Commentary and Israpundit
Gershon Shafir / Informed Comment:
WAR WITHOUT END?
Discussion: D-Day and ATTACKERMAN
Lorenzo Benet / People.com:
Bristol Palin Welcomes a Son  —  Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin  —  Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, gave birth on Sunday to a healthy 7 lb., 4 oz., baby boy in Palmer, Alaska.  —  “We think it's wonderful,” …
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Paul Kane / Washington Post:
McConnell Puts the Brakes on Stimulus Plan  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced skepticism today about the emerging economic stimulus plan, applying a brake to Democratic plans to quickly pass up to $850 billion in spending and tax cuts soon after President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration.
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The Huffington Post:
Hale “Bonddad” Stewart: Senator McConnell — Idiot of the Highest Order  —  From the Washington Post: … Rant on:  —  Let me get this straight.  A Senator who oversaw one of the largest expansions in government spending in history is now concerned about spending?
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Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
GOP reaction divided over ‘Magic Negro’ song
Brian Montopoli / CBS News:
“Barack The Magic Negro” Prompts Jockeying Among RNC Hopefuls
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC members call unprecedented special meeting
Chuck Bennett / Associated Press:
CAROLINE'S CRIB  —  SEN. HOPEFUL'S $50M SPREAD  —  Forget Chappaqua.  —  This amazing Martha's Vineyard spread will be the next home-away-from-the-Beltway for New York's junior senator if Caroline Kennedy is tapped to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton.  —  The 366-acre estate …
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CNN:
Caroline Kennedy says she's best for the job
Discussion: Hot Air and Truthdig
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Media Morality Tale
Discussion: Democracy in America and The Swamp
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Coleman, Franken differ on rejected ballots  —  The U.S. Senate recount stalled today as campaign lawyers publicly bickered over the disputed absentee ballots.  —  With a Minnesota Supreme Court-imposed deadline approaching and the sniping among lawyers increasing, the U.S. Senate recount stalled today …
Amit R. Paley / Washington Post:
For Kurdish Girls, a Painful Ancient Ritual  —  The Widespread Practice of Female Circumcision in Iraq's North Highlights The Plight of Women in a Region Often Seen as More Socially Progressive  —  Sheelan Anwar Omer, a shy 7-year-old Kurdish girl, bounded into her neighbor's house with an ear-to-ear smile …
The Moderate Voice:
Bush Apologetics 09-11-01  —  A bit about my history with the outgoing Bush Administration: I volunteered, worked as a paid advance staffer, and served in two transition teams for President George W. Bush from June of 1999 through the summer of 2002.  I worked for him because I believed in his message of …
Huck PAC:
STATEMENT FROM MIKE HUCKABEE  —  Hello Team Huck PAC-  —  Chip should have been more careful in his selection of Christmas gifts, but no one who knows him would ever suggest that he in any way would purposely disparage other people.  Chip knows how sensitive such issues are.
 
 
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M Peretz / The New Republic:
The “Juicebox Mafia” On Gaza
Discussion: Commentary and ATTACKERMAN
Cesar Chelala / Gulf Times:
Afghanistan's public health emergency
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Emanuel to resign House seat Friday
Hasso Hering / Albany Democrat-Herald:
Kulongoski to pursue mileage tax
Discussion: Eschaton
BBC:
Iraq civilian deaths down in 2008
Discussion: Wizbang
Nathan J. Diament / The New Republic:
Works, Not Words  —  How Obama can appeal to religious voters …
 Earlier Items: 
Ross Colvin / Front Row Washington:
Hawaiian ‘shaka’ greeting comes natural to Obama
Discussion: Hot Air, Wizbang and The Sundries Shack
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Humbled By Our Ignorance  —  It's the end of an era.
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
An NPR Reporter Becomes the News