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William Sieghart / Times of London:
We must adjust our distorted image of Hamas  —  Gaza is a secular society where people listen to pop music, watch TV and many women walk the streets unveiled  —  Last week I was in Gaza.  While I was there I met a group of 20 or so police officers who were undergoing a course in conflict management.
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
FLORIDASTAN: ISLAMIC ANTI JEW, PRO-HAMAS RALLY - THE HATRED OF THE GOOD  —  Federal building Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Muslims rally against the Jewish state.  —  It was pandemonium.  Muslims dress in full jihad garb juiced with .... hate.It looked like Halloween in Gaza.
Reuters:
TEXT-Netanyahu calls for Hamas's removal in Gaza
Discussion: Townhall.com
Ali Akbar Dareini / Associated Press:
Volunteer suicide bombers in Iran seeking to attack Israel
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Gateway Pundit
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Davis said thanks, but no thanks  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Ill.) would like to replace President-elect Barack Obama in the Senate.  The appointment was dangled before him last Wednesday.  He turned it down.  We discussed why when we talked Tuesday night …
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Ta-Nehisi Coates:
Bobby Rush on CNN  —  Here's Rush arguing for the importance of a black senator.  To which I respond—Nigga, please!!  —  I don't know if I've shifted politically or what.  But after watching a black man named Barack Obama—who couldn't get into the Democratic convention eight years ago …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs and MoJoBlog
Chicago Sun Times:
Another bad choice by ethically bankrupt gov  —  The people of Illinois didn't need another reason to throw Gov. Blagojevich out of office.  —  They had plenty already.  —  But on Tuesday, the governor gave the state one more excellent reason, this time by going back on his word and appointing …
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Chicago Breaking News:
Bobby Rush warns Democratic senators
Discussion: MoJoBlog
Evan Perez / Wall Street Journal:
Gonzales Defends Role in Antiterror Policies  —  WASHINGTON — Alberto Gonzales, who has kept a low profile since resigning as attorney general nearly 16 months ago, said he is writing a book to set the record straight about his controversial tenure as a senior official in the Bush administration.
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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Pyrrhic Torture Trials  —  Should Bush administration officials be put on trial for crimes such as authorizing torture?  —  Personally, I'm just relieved to have this crowd heading out of office and its policies — on torture, on indefinite detention, on warrantless wiretapping …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   GONZALES FEELS SORRY FOR HIMSELF.... Former Attorney General …
Carl / Israel Matzav:
Breaking: Terror in Copenhagen  —  Israel Radio is reporting that a ‘Palestinian’ opened fire on a group of Israelis in a supermarket just outside of Copenhagen.  —  More details to follow.  —  UPDATE 6:01 PM  —  Israel Radio is now reporting that this shooting took place in a mall and that two Israelis were wounded.
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Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Moving Day for the Obamas  —  Even in a town where the hotels are swamped for the inauguration, it turns out to be easy to get a room if you're the one being inaugurated.  —  President-elect Barack Obama and his family will move to Washington this weekend in time for his daughters to start school, aides said Tuesday.
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Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama's Â'One President' Philosophy Is Not One-Fit-All
Discussion: TIME.com
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Village Voice Lays Off Nat Hentoff and 2 Others  —  The troubled Village Voice laid off three employees Tuesday, including Nat Hentoff, the prominent columnist who has worked for the paper since 1958, contributing opinionated columns about jazz, civil liberties and politics.
Joe / Power Line:
HAMAS H.Q. BOMBED; POWER LINE, TOO  —  Talk about disproportionate response.  Just an hour or so after Power Line posted a series of videos from the Israeli Defense Forces—videos that, as Scott discovered, YouTube had pulled—we experienced a Denial-of-Service attack from a cabal …
Discussion: JTA and PoliGazette
Wall Street Journal:
Let Detroit Build Profitable Cars  —  UAW chief Ron Gettelfinger doesn't seem to get the picture.  Let's help him.  —  In the continuing battle over Detroit, UAW chief Ron Gettelfinger doesn't seem to get the picture.  Let's help him.  —  With shareholders virtually wiped …
Discussion: Lean Left and EconLog
Paul Elias / Associated Press:
Influx of black renters raises tension in Bay Area  —  ANTIOCH, Calif. (AP) - As more and more black renters began moving into this mostly white San Francisco Bay Area suburb a few years ago, neighbors started complaining about loud parties, mean pit bulls, blaring car radios, prostitution, drug dealing and muggings of schoolchildren.
Andy McCarthy / The Corner:
Re: The Sense of Proportion  —  I want to add two cents to the much needed efforts of Ramesh and Victor (see, e.g., here and here) to correct the perversion of the concept of proportionality.  I noted this trend back in the summer of 2006, when it was applied to Israel's military operations against Hezbollah in southern Lebanon.
Discussion: TigerHawk and Daled Amos
 
 
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Private firm may track all email and calls
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Rob Hotakainen / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
One group that still is getting a raise — Congress
Discussion: Multi Medium
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Washington Post:
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