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1:45 PM ET, December 30, 2008


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Chicago Breaking News:
Blagojevich to name Burris to Senate  —  Then Governor-elect Rod Blagojevich introduces his board of advisors, including Roland Burris (to the governor's left) in November 2002.  (Tribune file photo / Chuck Berman)  —  Gov. Rod Blagojevich is expected today to name former Illinois …
Dave McKinney / Chicago Sun Times:
Blagojevich to name Roland Burris to Obama's Senate seat  —  Gov. Blagojevich today is expected to name former state Comptroller and Attorney General Roland Burris to Illinois' vacant U.S. Senate seat, a knowledgeable source said this morning.  —  A news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Lynn Sweet:
Roland Burris to be named to replace Obama in Senate; may face fight in the Senate to seat him  —  WASHINGTON—I've learned that Gov. Blagojevich will name former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to replace President elect Barack Obama in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.
Craig Schneider / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
McKinney relief boat rammed by Israeli navy  —  A boat carrying international peace activists, including former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, and medical supplies to the embattled Gaza Strip sailed back into a Lebanese port on Tuesday after being turned back and damaged by the Israeli navy, organizers of the trip said.
Max Socol / Jerusalem Post:
IDF launches YouTube Gaza channel  —  In the midst of its Gaza operations, the IDF is entering yet another conflict zone: the Internet.  The Israeli army announced yesterday the creation of its own YouTube channel, through which it will disseminate footage of precision bombing operations in the Gaza Strip …
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
What YouTube Doesn't Want You to See  —  Yesterday, the IDF did something innovative: it opened a channel on YouTube and posted videos to it that help explain why Israel is fighting Hamas.  The site hosted about a dozen videos showing things like Israeli humanitarian aid deliveries to Gaza …
Wall Street Journal:
Hamas Knows One Big Thing  —  If only it were a parable, the endless confrontation between Israel and its enemies would be the case of the hedgehog and the fox.  The fox, said the Greek poet Archilochus, knows many things, while the hedgehog knows one big thing.
Discussion: Commentary
David Grossman / Haaretz:
Is Israel too imprisoned in the familiar ceremony of war?
Andy Barr / The Politico:
‘Magic Negro’ flap might help Saltsman  —  The controversy surrounding a comedy CD distributed by Republican National Committee chair candidate Chip Saltsman has not torpedoed his bid and might have inadvertently helped it.  —  Four days after news broke that the former Tennessee GOP chairman …
Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Discussion: and Erick's blog
Jeffrey Goldberg:
A Fatah Friend Writes: I'm Supporting the Israeli Air Force  —  It's a strange world, but there you have it.  I've been talking to friends of mine, former Palestinian Authority intelligence officials (ejected from power by the Hamas coup), and they tell me that not only are they rooting …
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Reading Into Bush's Book List  —  In what without a doubt is the most astounding op-ed piece of the year, Karl Rove reveals that his friend and former boss, George W. Bush, has read probably hundreds of books over the course of his presidency.  One of them was Albert Camus' “The Stranger,” …
Bob Herbert / New York Times:
Add Up the Damage  —  Does anyone know where George W. Bush is?  —  You don't hear much from him anymore.  The last image most of us remember is of the president ducking a pair of size 10s that were hurled at him in Baghdad.  —  We're still at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
John Vinocur / International Herald Tribune:
From the left, a call to end the current Dutch notion of tolerance  —  AMSTERDAM: Two years ago, the Dutch could quietly congratulate themselves on having brought what seemed to be a fair measure of consensus and reason to the meanest intersection in their national political life …
Amanda Hill / The 2008 Weblog Awards:
2008 Weblog Awards Finalists  —  Here is a complete list of the finalists for The 2008 Weblog Awards.  Finalists badges (hosted by Imageshack) will be available Wednesday.  Voting is scheduled to begin on January 5, 2009.  —  Please note that the names of the Technorati Autority categories have changed …
Discussion: BizzyBlog and Pam's House Blend
John Leland / New York Times:
Breaking Up Is Harder to Do After Housing Fall  —  When Marci Needle and her husband began to contemplate divorce in June, they thought they had enough money to go their separate ways.  They owned a million-dollar home near Atlanta and another in Jacksonville, Fla., as well as investment properties.
Discussion: Law Blog and Jezebel
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Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Obamas may come out of woodwork
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