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9:00 AM ET, December 30, 2008


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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.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Vanity Fair:
Ghetto Blasters  —  In angry retaliation for the house arrest of Bernie Madoff, Israel has launched a hellacious air assault against Hamas in Gaza that errs so far on the side of disproportionality that its running up the fatality score may become self-defeating.  Johann Hari in The Independent:
New York Times:
Death Toll Surpasses 350 in Fourth Day of Conflict  —  JERUSALEM — Israel launched airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza for a fourth consecutive day on Tuesday after Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Parliament that his country was waging an “all-out war with Hamas” and another official ruled out a cease-fire.
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.
Discussion: MSNBC and Commentary
Jules Crittenden:
So, What Next?  —  Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak wants “war to the bitter end.”  Hamas is on the run, its terrorist infrastructure and personnel being blown to bits as we speak.  All good, but at the end of the day, all that gets you is a pile of rubble and a bunch of dead terrorists …
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 …
Jerusalem Post:   Barak: This is ‘all out war’ on Hamas
Lorenzo Benet /
Bristol Palin Welcomes a Son  —  Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin  —  Bristol Palin, the 18-year-old daughter of former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, gave birth on Sunday to a healthy 7 lb., 4 oz., baby boy in Palmer, Alaska.  —  “We think it's wonderful,” …
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.
Anchorage Daily News:
Bristol Palin gives birth to healthy son  —  Gov.Sarah Palin is a grandmother.  The baby's name is Tripp, and he was born early Sunday morning, People magazine is reporting.  —  Palin's daughter, Bristol, gave birth to the healthy 7-pound, 4-ounce baby in the Valley, the magazine reported on its Web site.
Mark Silva / The Swamp:   Sarah Palin's grandson: What a Tripp
Vanity Fair:
Farewell to All That: An Oral History of the Bush White House  —  The threat of 9/11 ignored.  The threat of Iraq hyped and manipulated.  Guantánamo and Abu Ghraib.  Hurricane Katrina.  The shredding of civil liberties.  The rise of Iran.  Global warming.  Economic disaster.
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 …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Gates of Vienna
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,” …
Little Green Footballs:
‘Death to All Juice’  —  A classic picture of numb-skulled hatred from the pro-Palestinian demonstration in Manhattan yesterday.  (Larger image here.)  —  (Hat tips: NoSubmission and zombie.)  —  237  —  Cicero05 ::  4 seconds ago
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Nicole Belle / Crooks and Liars:
Meet the Press: Rich Lowry Sez Bush Agenda Hurt By Bush Derangement Syndrome
Discussion: The Sideshow
Roy Edroso / Village Voice:
The Top 10 Rightblogger Stories of 2008
John Heilemann / New York Magazine:
Bush and Barack, Bedfellows
The Daily Politics:
The Doctor Is In (Cyberspace)  —  State Health Commissioner …
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Washington Post:
As Obama Gets Ready to Golf, Middle East Activists Try to Make a Delivery
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and Mondoweiss
Jeffrey Gettleman / New York Times:
Somalia's Fate Still Unclear After Leader Quits
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M Peretz / The New Republic:
The “Juicebox Mafia” On Gaza