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1:55 PM 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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Noah Pollak / Commentary:
The Juicebox Mafia on Gaza  —  The Juicebox Mafia is working shifts on the Gaza crisis.  Matthew Yglesias writes something dumb enough that it needs no elaboration: … Spencer Ackerman, who becomes very Jewish when it comes time to condemn Israel:
New York Post:
DAMNED IF THEY DO  —  BUT ISRAEL'S DEAD IF THEY DON'T
Discussion: Daled Amos and A Blog For All
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Olmert's Final Failure
Griff Witte / Washington Post:
Israel Mounts Third Day of Gaza Raids
Scott MacLeod / TIME.com:
Bush's Legacy in Gaza: Inexcusable Neglect
Discussion: Riehl World View
Michael B. Oren / The New Republic:
A Crisis And An Opportunity  —  The fighting in Gaza finally …
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.
The Hill:
Rivals slam Saltsman over controversial Obama song
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.
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Xinhua News Agency:
Marked changes in world's political, economic landscape
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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 …
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Seth Mnookin / Vanity Fair:   The New York Times's Lonely War
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 …
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.
New York Times:
Veterans of '90s Bailout Hope for Profit in New One  —  WASHINGTON — A tight-knit group of former senior government officials who were central players in the savings and loan bailout of the 1990s are seeking to capitalize on the latest economic meltdown, enjoying a surge in new business …
Wall Street Journal:
The Weekend That Wall Street Died  —  Ties That Long United Strongest Firms Unraveled as Lehman Sank Toward Failure  —  With his investment bank facing a near-certain failure, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.'s chief executive officer, Richard Fuld Jr., placed yet another phone call to the man he thought could save him.
Discussion: Portfolio, Law Blog and The Big Picture
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.
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Humbled By Our Ignorance  —  It's the end of an era.  We know that 2008, much like 1932 or 1980, marks a dividing line for the American economy and society.  But what lies on the other side is hazy at best.  The great lesson of the past year is how little we understand and can control the economy.
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
An NPR Reporter Becomes the News  —  In September, Ketzel Levine, a senior correspondent for National Public Radio, came up with an idea for a series about how Americans were handling economic pressure.  Called “American Moxie: How We Get By,” it began in early December.
Nathan J. Diament / The New Republic:
Works, Not Words  —  How Obama can appeal to religious voters without abandoning his party's principles.  —  President-elect Barack Obama remains under fire from some liberals for inviting Pastor Rick Warren—an evangelical who is pro-life and anti-gay marriage—to deliver the invocation at his inauguration.
Discussion: theheretik.us
 
 
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