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2:25 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.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
Senate Leadership: Burris ‘unacceptable’  —  The Senate will not seat Roland Burris if Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich attempts to appoint him, a Democratic leadership aide said.  —  Majority Leader Harry Reid views Burris as “unacceptable,” the aide said.
The Politico:   Breaking: Blagojevich tries to name Obama successor
Report: Blagojevich to name Obama successor
Discussion: Political Punch
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.
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 and Mondoweiss
Sam F. Ghattas / Associated Press:   Hezbollah watches for now as Israel hits Hamas
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:   Gov: Rice works phones aggressively on Gaza crisis
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: Political Machine and Erick's blog
Paul Walsh / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Canvassing Board nudges Franken's lead up to 50  —  The State Canvassing Board today made changes to a handful of withdrawn challenges in the U.S. Senate recount battle and gave DFL challenger Al Franken a net gain of four votes, nudging his unofficial lead to 50.
Discussion: Power Line, TalkLeft and
Scott / Power Line:
Discussion: Bloomberg
David Kurtz / Talking Points Memo:
ZBIG SMACKS DOWN MORNIN' JOE  —  Zbig to Joe: “You have a such stunningly superficial knowledge of what went on it's almost embarrassing to listen to you.”
Discussion: Bark Bark Woof Woof
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 Jules Crittenden
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.
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