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8:10 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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New York Times:
Israeli Aircraft Continue Raids on Gaza; Arab Anger Rises  —  The Israeli army said some areas around Gaza had been declared a “closed military zone,” a move which some analysts depicted as a potential precursor to a ground offensive.  Above, tanks near the Gaza border.  More Photos >
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
Mustafa Barghouthi / The Huffington Post:   Palestine's Guernica and the Myths of Israeli Victimhood
Gershon Shafir / Informed Comment:
WAR WITHOUT END?
Discussion: D-Day and ATTACKERMAN
CNN:
World rallies around Palestinians amid Gaza offensive
Discussion: Wizbang and NewsBusters.org
Wall Street Journal:
Palestinians Need Israel to Win
Discussion: Commentary and Israpundit
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?
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 …
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Balloon Juice and MSNBC
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CNN:
Caroline Kennedy says she's best for the job
Discussion: Hot Air
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Media Morality Tale
Discussion: The Swamp and Democracy in America
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 …
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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,” …
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 …
Discussion: Jezebel, Reason and AMERICAblog News
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
TV News Winds Down Operations on Iraq War  —  Quietly, as the United States presidential election and its aftermath have dominated the news, America's three broadcast network news divisions have stopped sending full-time correspondents to Iraq.  —  “The war has gone on longer than a lot …
Rob Stein / Washington Post:
Study: ‘Virginity pledges’ are ineffective  —  Youths who promise abstinence are also less likely to use protection  —  Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely …
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
David Gregory shows why he's the perfect replacement for Tim Russert  —  (updated below - Update II - Update III)  —  Several months before he was named as moderator of Meet the Press, David Gregory went on MSNBC to categorically reject Scott McClellan's accusations that the American media failed …
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Emanuel to resign House seat Friday  —  Rep. Rahm Emanuel will resign his House seat Friday.  —  Emanuel, set to serve as chief of staff to President-elect Barack Obama, sent a letter to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Monday indicating that he planned to step down at the end of the week.
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Lynn Sweet:   Rahm Emanuel to resign from House Jan. 2 to join Obama White House …
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 …
 
 
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Cesar Chelala / Gulf Times:
Afghanistan's public health emergency
Discussion: Newshoggers.com
Hasso Hering / Albany Democrat-Herald:
Kulongoski to pursue mileage tax
Nathan J. Diament / The New Republic:
Works, Not Words  —  How Obama can appeal to religious voters …
Ross Colvin / Front Row Washington:
Hawaiian ‘shaka’ greeting comes natural to Obama
Discussion: Hot Air, Wizbang and The Sundries Shack
 Earlier Items: 
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
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC members call unprecedented special meeting