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5:20 AM ET, December 29, 2008


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Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
With Strikes, Israel Reminds Foes It Has Teeth  —  JERUSALEM — Israel's military operation in Gaza is aimed primarily at forcing Hamas to end its rocket barrages and military buildup.  But it has another goal as well: to expunge the ghost of its flawed 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon and re-establish Israeli deterrence.
Michael B. Oren / The New Republic:
A Crisis And An Opportunity  —  The fighting in Gaza finally provides Israel with a chance to embark on a lucid and realizable policy there.  —  CNN International's coverage of yesterday's fighting in Gaza concluded at midnight with a rush of images: mangled civilians writhing in the rubble …
Discussion: Winds of Change.NET
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.
Associated Press:
Across Mideast, Thousands Protest Israeli Assault  —  BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Crowds of thousands swept into the streets of cities around the Middle East on Sunday to denounce Israel's air assault on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip.  —  From Lebanon to Iran, Israel's adversaries used …
Discussion: Newsweek, MSNBC and Jihad Watch
The Muqata:
Day 2, 7th of Chanuka, Sunday 12-28-08  —  9:26 PM Gaza rockets fall in a Kibbutz, east of Gaza.  Damage to cow barn, no injuries.  Note: As opposed to when I previously blogged about the Second Lebanon War, I will not be giving specific locations of where rockets land …
Daniel Levy / Prospects for Peace:
What next on Gaza/Israel and Why Americans Should Care
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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:   Lebanon Enjoys a Respite
CNN:   Rice: People will soon thank Bush for what he's done
Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:   Mrs. Bush, Rice: Bush presidency not a failure
Associated Press:
Robert Graham, a Sculptor of Monuments in Bronze, Dies at 70  —  SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The sculptor Robert Graham, whose massive bronze works are seen on civic monuments across the United States, including the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial in Washington and the Duke Ellington Memorial in New York, died here on Saturday.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
George W Bush's $300m library in danger of becoming white elephant  —  His critics see it as a monument to a failed presidency that may not even hold all his key documents  —  As President George W Bush eyes his legacy, his presidential library at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, threatens to be a white elephant.
Discussion: Think Progress and Booman Tribune
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
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
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
McAuliffe's Prowess As Fundraiser Grabs Spotlight in Va. Race  —  RICHMOND — With his booming voice, quick wit and gregarious nature, Terry McAuliffe established a reputation as one of the world's best political fundraisers, soaking up hundreds of millions of dollars for Democratic causes and candidates.
Amira Hass / Haaretz:
‘Little Baghdad’ in Gaza - bombs, fear and rage  —  There are many corpses and wounded, every moment another casualty is added to the list of the dead, and there is no more room in the morgue.  —  Relatives search among the bodies and the wounded in order to bring the dead quickly to burial.
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fifty Herbert Hoovers  —  No modern American president would repeat the fiscal mistake of 1932, in which the federal government tried to balance its budget in the face of a severe recession.  The Obama administration will put deficit concerns on hold while it fights the economic crisis.
Discussion: Soccer Dad and Economist's View
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.”
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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