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9:25 AM ET, December 31, 2008


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The Huffington Post:
Roland Burris Almost Certain To Be Seated, Legal Scholars Say  —  Rod Blagojevich's decision to appoint Roland Burris to Illinois' vacant Senate seat, even as the governor faces intense criminal scrutiny, is being treated as a crazy political power grab.  It also seems very likely to be permanent.
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Defiant Illinois Governor Names Pick for Obama Seat  —  CHICAGO — Defying Senate leaders in Washington and a galaxy of political leaders here, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois announced Tuesday that he would fill the Senate seat of President-elect Barack Obama, which he has been accused of trying to sell.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: The surreal, race-baiting Blagojevich press conference; Update: No seat for Burris, says Obama; Update: Blago's General Counsel quits  —  A transmission from Bizarroland, where Blago's only option to make sure Illinois has two Senators in January is to appoint someone himself rather …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Cabinet debating 48-hour Gaza truce as international pressure grows  —  The cabinet will reconvene Wednesday to discuss a French proposal for a 48-hour “humanitarian” cease-fire, after failing late Tuesday night to reach a decision.  Tuesday's meeting followed a day in which a Hamas rocket struck Be'er Sheva …
Associated Press:
PM, Barak appear split on cease-fire  —  Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak appeared split Tuesday on whether to accept a French proposal for a 48-hour suspension of the IDF offensive against Hamas to allow Paris the opportunity to mediate a cease-fire.
Alan M. Dershowitz / Christian Science Monitor:   Israel, Hamas, and moral idiocy
Elder of Ziyon:
Women and children deaths pretty low
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Ynetnews
David Johnston / New York Times:
Lobbyist Sues Times, Citing Report of McCain Ties  —  WASHINGTON — A Washington lobbyist sued The New York Times and several of its reporters and editors Tuesday, charging that the newspaper had falsely created an impression that she had engaged in an improper romantic relationship with Senator John McCain.
Virginia Lawyers Weekly /
D.C. lobbyist sues Times over McCain affair story
Dena Potter / Associated Press:   Lobbyist linked by Times to McCain sues paper
Washington Post:
Downgrades And Downfall  —  How could a single unit of AIG cause the giant company's near-ruin and become a fulcrum of the global financial crisis?  By straying from its own rules for managing risk and then failing to anticipate the consequences.  —  Third of three parts
Discussion: EconLog and Angry Bear
Rob Hotakainen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
One group that still is getting a raise — Congress  —  WASHINGTON — Members of Congress have at least one reason to ring in the new year: They've given themselves a $4,700-a-year pay raise starting Thursday.  —  With the economy in a recession and millions of Americans losing their jobs …
Discussion: Multi Medium
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
FLORIDASTAN: ISLAMIC ANTI JEW, PRO-HAMAS RALLY - THE HATRED OF THE GOOD  —  Federal building Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Muslims rally against the Jewish state.  —  It was pandemonium.  Muslims dress in full jihad garb juiced with .... hate.It looked like Halloween in Gaza.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Russia Aside, Georgia Chief Is Pressed at Home  —  GOMARDULI, Georgia — On Dec. 20, the eve of his 41st birthday, President Mikheil Saakashvili was racing around western Georgia shaking hands.  He told miners that his “heart hurt” when he saw their city suffer, and promised to build …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Elder of Ziyon:
If the IDF made Hamas-style videos....  Have you ever seen Hamas' jihadist music videos?  They are cheesy propaganda with awful music and tacky special effects that would be funny if they weren't advocating genocide.  —  Anyway, here is my take on how an IDF video would look if it was directed by the same talent that Hamas uses...
Discussion: Boker tov, Boulder!
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Consumers Union to Buy Gawker Blog Consumerist  —  Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, planned to announce on Wednesday that it had acquired, a popular blog formerly owned by Gawker Media.  —  Consumerist is one of several sites Gawker has sold this year …
E. J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Coming Soon: The 21st Century  —  Social and political epochs rarely end precisely on schedules provided by calendars.  Many historians date the end of Europe's 19th century to 1914 and the outbreak of World War I. What we call “The Sixties” in the United States, with its ethos of reform and protest …
Discussion: QandO, Commentary and Power Line
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
For Some Culprits In Financial Meltdown, Life Is Still Pretty Good  —  This probably won't come as a surprise.  But some of the major culprits in the financial crash — former CEOs or top execs at banks whose billion-dollar losses helped precipitate the turmoil — don't seem to be paying …
Discussion: New York Post and Prairie Weather
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Village Voice Lays Off Nat Hentoff and 2 Others
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Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Influx of black renters raises tension in Bay Area
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Yoanisanchez / Generation Y:
The end of the subsidies  —  Escrito por: yoanisanchez en Generation Y
Discussion: Babalu Blog
Michelle Cottle / The New Republic:
Obama's Super-Bubble  —  A couple of days ago, Politico posted …
Discussion: The Other McCain
Ahmed Rasheed / Reuters:
Trial delayed for Iraqi who threw shoes at Bush
Discussion: D-Day
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Jessica Pressler / New York Magazine:
Madoff's Latest Victims: Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick
Discussion: Gothamist and Gawker
Jack Healy / New York Times:
Home Prices Fell at Their Sharpest Pace in October
Discussion: Kevin Drum and Law Blog
Roger E.A Farmer / The Economists' Forum:
How to prevent the Great Depression of 2009