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11:50 PM ET, December 29, 2008


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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
WOE IS ME ... PITY THOSE POOR DEAD ANNIHILATIONISTS  —  Hamas Charter (1988) The Charter of Allah: The Platform of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) … The media is depraved.  In reviewing the media coverage of Israel's counter defensive in Gaza it is impossible to digest …
Jeffrey Goldberg:
The Gaza War  —  If someone was sending rockets on my house where my daughters were sleeping at night, I would do everything to stop it, and I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.  —  These aren't my words — they're Barack Obama's.  But I attach myself to this sentiment.
World rallies around Palestinians amid Gaza offensive  —  LONDON, England (CNN) — Israeli attacks on suspected Hamas strongholds in Gaza have triggered protests in more than a dozen countries.  —  The attacks entered their third day Monday, with more than 300 people in Gaza reported killed and hundreds more wounded.
David Bernstein / The Volokh Conspiracy:
No Free Vacation for Greenwald: Glenn Greenwald, I take it, will not take me up on my offer of a free vacation to Sderot.  My offer was specifically in response to his claim that Israel is engaging in a “massively disproportionate response” to the shelling of southern Israel from Gaza.
Mustafa Barghouthi / The Huffington Post:   Palestine's Guernica and the Myths of Israeli Victimhood
Michael Goldfarb / Weekly Standard:
The Good Fight in Gaza  —  Seeing Gaza from the lookout …
Discussion: Time, The Politico, Commentary and Hot Air
Lorenzo Benet /
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,” …
Esnead / The Dish Rag:
Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol has a son, Tripp Easton Mitchell  —  Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol Palin and her boyfriend Levi Johnston are proud new parents of a baby boy, according to People.  —  His name is Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, says Colleen Jones, Bristol's grandmother's sister.
Discussion: Don Surber and Top of the Ticket
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
Bristol Palin gives birth to healthy son  —  Gov. Sarah Palin is a grandmother.  The baby's name is Tripp, and he was born Sunday, People magazine is reporting.  —  Palin's daughter Bristol gave birth to the healthy 7-pound, 4-ounce baby in Palmer, the magazine reports on its Web site.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Sarah Palin's grandson: What a Tripp  —  Sarah Palin: Soccer mom, and now grandma.  —  The boy's name is Tripp.  —  Bristol Palin,18, daughter of the Alaska governor who ran for vice president on the Republican Party's ticket this year, has given birth to a son.
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.
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?
Discussion: Multi Medium
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 …
Rebecca Sinderbrand / CNN:
GOP reaction divided over ‘Magic Negro’ song  —  (CNN) — Republican Party reaction is divided over the decision of a candidate for party chairman to distribute a CD that features the parody tune “Barack the Magic Negro,” with the majority of Chip Saltsman's political rivals criticizing the move.
Huck PAC:
STATEMENT FROM MIKE HUCKABEE  —  Hello Team Huck PAC-  —  Chip should have been more careful in his selection of Christmas gifts, but no one who knows him would ever suggest that he in any way would purposely disparage other people.  Chip knows how sensitive such issues are.
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 …
Caroline Kennedy says she's best for the job
Discussion: Hot Air and Truthdig
Little Green Footballs:
‘Death to All Juice’  —  A classic picture of numb-skulled hatred from the pro-Palestinian demonstration in Manhattan yesterday.  (Larger image here.)  —  (Hat tips: NoSubmission and zombie.)  —  237  —  Cicero05 ::  4 seconds ago
M Peretz / The New Republic:
The “Juicebox Mafia” On Gaza  —  I pity them their hatred of their inheritance.  Actually of both their inheritances, Jewish and American.  They are pip-squeaks, and I do not much read them.  But when any one of them writes a real doozey it is likely to come to my attention.
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 …
Vanity Fair:
Farewell to All That: An Oral History of the Bush White House  —  The threat of 9/11 ignored.  The threat of Iraq hyped and manipulated.  Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib.  Hurricane Katrina.  The shredding of civil liberties.  The rise of Iran.  Global warming.  Economic disaster.
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Washington Post:
As Obama Gets Ready to Golf, Middle East Activists Try to Make a Delivery
Discussion: Mondoweiss
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Opportunities and Risks After Somali Leader Quits
Discussion: Prometheus 6 and Matthew Yglesias
Cesar Chelala / Gulf Times:
Afghanistan's public health emergency
Jim Oliphant / The Swamp:
Emanuel to resign House seat Friday
Hasso Hering / Albany Democrat-Herald:
Kulongoski to pursue mileage tax
 Earlier Items: 
Iraq civilian deaths down in 2008
Discussion: LT Nixon Rants and Wizbang
Nathan J. Diament / The New Republic:
Works, Not Words  —  How Obama can appeal to religious voters …
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Humbled By Our Ignorance  —  It's the end of an era.
Discussion: Prometheus 6