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5:10 PM ET, December 29, 2008

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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 >
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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.
Mustafa Barghouthi / The Huffington Post:
Palestine's Guernica and the Myths of Israeli Victimhood  —  This is a guest post written by Mustafa Barghouthi, Secretary General of the Palestinian National Initiative.  These comments and views are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Huffington Post.
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Olmert's Final Failure
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Wall Street Journal:
Palestinians Need Israel to Win
Discussion: Commentary and Israpundit
Michelle Malkin:
Gag-worthy: Bipartisan indignance over “Barack the Magic Negro” parody  —  Oh, give me a super-sized break.  —  Leftie '60s leftover/songwriter Peter Yarrow at the Huffington Post fumes over the “Barack the Magic Negro” parody that has RNC candidate Chip Saltsman in hot water.
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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC, AmSpecBlog, Truthdig and Daily Kos
Hasso Hering / Albany Democrat-Herald:
Kulongoski to pursue mileage tax  —  A year ago, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced it had demonstrated that a new way to pay for roads — via a mileage tax and satellite technology — could work.  —  Now Gov. Ted Kulongoski says he'd like the legislature to take the next step.
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
 
 
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Homicides among black males spike
Nathan J. Diament / The New Republic:
Works, Not Words  —  How Obama can appeal to religious voters …
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Scott Helman / Boston Globe:
Holder's hearing might be rocky
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Wall Street Journal:
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Alan Rusbridger / New York Review of Books:
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