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12:05 PM ET, December 30, 2008


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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 …
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.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Don Surber
Washington Post:
Israel Rejects Truce, Presses on With Gaza Strikes  —  Israel continued airstrikes against Gaza Strip targets for a fourth day on Tuesday, destroying civic and other buildings linked to the militant Hamas movement in a campaign Israeli leaders say will continue until the group is crippled.
David Grossman / Haaretz:
Is Israel too imprisoned in the familiar ceremony of war?  —  After its severe strike on Gaza, Israel would do well to stop, turn to Hamas' leaders and say: Until Saturday Israel held its fire in the face of thousands of Qassams from the Gaza Strip.  Now you know how harsh its response can be.
ANALYSIS / Hamas is hoping for an IDF ground operation  —  Three days into Operation Cast Lead, Israel is proposing a diplomatic exit.  A ground operation likely looms in an effort to increase the pressure on Hamas.  At the same time, however, others argue that the air force is close …
James Hider / Times of London:
Israel vows to sweep Hamas from power
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 …
Ralph Z. Hallow / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: RNC draft rips Bush's bailouts
Discussion: The Next Right and AmSpecBlog
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
Daoud Kuttab / Washington Post:
Has Israel Revived Hamas?  —  JERUSALEM — In its efforts to stop amateur rockets from nagging the residents of some of its southern cities, Israel appears to have given new life to the fledging Islamic movement in Palestine.  —  For two years, the Islamic Resistance Movement …
Wall Street Journal:
Hamas Knows One Big Thing
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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.
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,” …
Ben Pershing / Washington Post:
Stimulus Will Test Remaining GOP Clout  —  How much clout do Republicans have left in this town?  The first and best test of that question should come quickly next month, as congressional Democrats start moving an historically huge, Barack Obama-backed stimulus package under the wary eye of the minority.
Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:   McConnell Urges Caution in Debate on Economic Stimulus Measure
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 …
Silla Brush / The Hill:
White House adds $6 billion to auto bailout  —  The White House upped its commitment to bail out the American auto industry, moving late on Monday to send General Motors Corp. and its financing arm another $6 billion in federal money.  —  The new money brings the total of taxpayer-backed support to the carmakers to $23.4 billion.
Discussion: The Foundry
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Bristol Palin's baby makes Sarah Palin a grandma.  And he's a Republican  —  Sarah Palin's oldest daughter, Bristol, has had a baby boy — 7 pounds 7 ounces.  —  His name weighs in at only four pounds — Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston.  —  “The baby is fine.  Bristol is doing well.
Associated Press:
Fallout begins after dismal holiday season  —  ‘The downturn has been catastrophic,’ according to one retail analyst  —  Fallout from the dismal holiday sales season promises to have a lasting impact on how the retail industry operates.  —  Retailers slash prices
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Sarah Abruzzese / The Politico:
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