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12:55 PM ET, December 30, 2008


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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.
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 …
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
Discussion: Hot Air, Atlas Shrugs and The Muqata
Wall Street Journal:
Hamas Knows One Big Thing
Discussion: Commentary
David Grossman / Haaretz:
Is Israel too imprisoned in the familiar ceremony of war?
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
George Washington's warnings and U.S. policy towards Israel
Discussion: TalkLeft, CQ Politics and Guardian
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:
PARSING BARACK THE MAGIC NEGRO.  —  I've been reading defenses of Rush Limbaugh's “Barack, The Magic Negro” on right wing blogs for a while now and I often get the impression that the people defending the song as satire don't actually get the point, and that they've never actually read David …
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 …
Lynn Sweet:
Roland Burris to be named to replace Obama in Senate  —  WASHINGTON—I've learned that Gov. Blagojevich is poised to name former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to replace President elect Barack Obama in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.  The embattled Blagojevich is fighting impeachment charges …
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 …
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,” …
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 TransGriot
New York Times:
U.S. Agrees to a Stake in GMAC  —  WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department injected $5 billion into GMAC, the automobile financing company, as part of a deal announced Monday night that will let GMAC convert itself into a bank holding company to reduce its borrowing costs and thus borrow money at low rates from the Federal Reserve.
Silla Brush / The Hill:
White House adds $6 billion to auto bailout
Discussion: The Foundry
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
GOP warns against stimulus rush  —  Congressional Republicans on Monday criticized a $1 trillion stimulus as wasteful spending and signaled they will oppose having the bill ready by President-elect Obama's inauguration on Jan. 20.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) …
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Stimulus Will Test Remaining GOP Clout
Daniel Libit / The Politico:
Obamas may come out of woodwork  —  Just days before the election, the media focused briefly on the news that Barack Obama's paternal aunt was living illegally in public housing in Boston.  —  While the story didn't get much traction, it offered a glimpse of things to come …
Discussion: Political Machine
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
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Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
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Wall Street Journal:
New Jersey Is the Perfect Bad Example
Discussion: TigerHawk
Lee Davidson / Deseret News:
Matheson again fights automatic pay hike
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Extreme Mortman:
Top Ten Marketing Flops Bigger Than Caroline Kennedy
Sarah Abruzzese / The Politico:
Journos may not get inaugural spots
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Washington Post:
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Logan Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
Why Detroit Has an Especially Bad Union Problem
Discussion: Commentary
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