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7:40 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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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 …
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.
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The Gaza War  —  If someone was sending rockets on my house …
Discussion: Reuters and Weekly Standard
Mustafa Barghouthi / The Huffington Post:   Palestine's Guernica and the Myths of Israeli Victimhood
CNN:
World rallies around Palestinians amid Gaza offensive
Discussion: Wizbang and NewsBusters.org
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Olmert's Final Failure
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 and Truthdig
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
A Media Morality Tale
Discussion: The Swamp and Democracy in America
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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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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,” …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Hasso Hering / Albany Democrat-Herald:
Kulongoski to pursue mileage tax
BBC:
Iraq civilian deaths down in 2008
Discussion: Wizbang
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
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Humbled By Our Ignorance  —  It's the end of an era.
Discussion: Greg's Opinion
 Earlier Items: 
Victor Davis Hanson / Real Clear Politics:
Life at New Animal Farm Won't Be All That Bad
Discussion: Maggie's Farm
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
An NPR Reporter Becomes the News
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
RNC members call unprecedented special meeting