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11:25 AM ET, December 29, 2008

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New York Times:
Obama Defers to Bush, for Now, on Gaza Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — When President-elect Barack Obama went to Israel in July — to the very town, in fact, whose repeated shelling culminated in this weekend's new fighting in Gaza — he all but endorsed the punishing Israeli attacks now unfolding.
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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 >
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 …
CNN:   Israeli airstrikes in Gaza enter third day
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC members call unprecedented special meeting  —  For the first time in party history, members of the Republican National Committee have called their own unscheduled meeting without the aid of the Washington-based party apparatus.  —  Organized by North Dakota Republican Party chairman Gary Emineth …
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Peter Yarrow / The Huffington Post:
My Response to the Mean-Spirited “Barack the Magic Negro”  —  The sending of a Christmas greeting by Chip Saltsman to the members of the Republican National Committee that includes a recording of the so-called parody, “Barack the Magic Negro” is not only offensive, it is shocking and saddening in the extreme.
Discussion: Jezebel, JammieWearingFool and TMZ.com
The Hill:
Rivals slam Saltsman over controversial Obama song
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 …
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.
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 …
Andrew Osborn / Wall Street Journal:
As if Things Weren't Bad Enough, Russian Professor Predicts End of U.S.  —  In Moscow, Igor Panarin's Forecasts Are All the Rage; America ‘Disintegrates’ in 2010  —  MOSCOW — For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the U.S. will fall apart in 2010.
R. Jeffrey Smith / Washington Post:
Under Bush, OSHA Mired in Inaction  —  In early 2001, an epidemiologist at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration sought to publish a special bulletin warning dental technicians that they could be exposed to dangerous beryllium alloys while grinding fillings.
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich's lawyer to submit internal report to impeachment panel  —  SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Blagojevich's lawyer Monday intends to submit President-elect Barack Obama's internal report to a House impeachment panel as evidence the governor wasn't trying to enrich himself while deciding who to appoint to Illinois' vacant U.S. Senate seat.
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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William Kristol / New York Times:
George, Abe, Rick & Barack  —  I'm leaving the country the day of Barack Obama's inauguration.  —  It's nothing personal.  Nor, I hasten to add — lest some people get too excited — is it anything permanent.  It's just that I happen to have a speech to give in Canada.
Argghhh!:
Dueling Information Operations  —  Yesterday, in the “Flies in Amber” post, I put up the story about the suicide bombing in Khowst, and chose to make it a discussion of viewpoint, outlook, and will.  The fact that CJTF-101 PAO put the story out so quickly was clearly intended to get out in front …
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.
New York Times:
Skaters Jump In as Foreclosures Drain the Pool  —  On a recent morning, a 27-year-old skateboarder who goes by the name Josh Peacock peered into a swimming pool in Fresno, Calif., emptied by his own hands — and the foreclosure crisis — and flashed a smile as wide as a half-pipe.
Discussion: Political Machine
 
 
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Adam B. Ellick / New York Times:
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Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Webb Sets His Sights On Prison Reform
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Jerusalem Post:
Some 60 rockets strike South; 1 killed by Grad in Ashkelon
Clifford Winston / Wall Street Journal:
‘Stimulus’ Doesn't Have to Mean Pork
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Mark Steyn / The Corner:
What's the matter with Waziristan?
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Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Stimulus Could Help Shrink N.Y.'s Budget Gap
Discussion: TIME.com and cab drollery
New York Times:
Lessons for Other Smokers in Obama's Efforts to Quit
Discussion: TIME.com and Don Surber
Yigal Schleifer / Christian Science Monitor:
Shoes flung at Bush flying from shelves
Deborah Howell / Washington Post:
A Farewell Hope for The Post's Future
Associated Press:
Robert Graham, a Sculptor of Monuments in Bronze, Dies at 70
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Amira Hass / Haaretz:
‘Little Baghdad’ in Gaza - bombs, fear and rage
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Sarah Baxter / Times of London:
George W Bush's $300m library in danger of becoming white elephant
Discussion: Think Progress and Booman Tribune