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12:25 PM ET, December 31, 2008


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Alan M. Dershowitz / Christian Science Monitor:
Israel, Hamas, and moral idiocy  —  Much of the world's response is a false moral equivalence that simply encourages the terrorists.  —  Israel's decision to take military action against Hamas rocket attacks targeting its civilian population has been long in coming.
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.
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.
Discussion: Don Surber, normblog and Harry's Place
New York Times:
Israel Likely to Reject 48-Hour Cease-Fire Plan  —  Relatives Tuesday at the funeral of two sisters killed in an airstrike.  More than 370 Palestinians have died, Palestinians say.  More Photos >  —  JERUSALEM — Israel was expected on Wednesday to reject a proposal for a 48-hour cease-fire …
TEXT-Netanyahu calls for Hamas's removal in Gaza
Israel rejects Gaza truce calls
Discussion: PoliBlog and Feministing
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 …
Chicago Sun Times:
Another bad choice by ethically bankrupt gov
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blogs
Chicago Tribune:
Does Senate have authority to block Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Burris?
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Defiant Governor Picks Obama Successor
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Roland Burris: Blago's ‘problems’ not his
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 Alberto Gonzales left office in disgrace 16 months ago, and has kept a low profile since.  His reputation has not improved in the interim — Gonzales has struggled to find a law firm willing to hire him — but at least …
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.
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama's Â'One President' Philosophy Is Not One-Fit-All
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
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.
Discussion: Gothamist and Romenesko
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.
David Johnston / New York Times:
Lobbyist Sues Times, Citing Report of McCain Ties  —  WASHINGTON — A Washington lobbyist sued The New York Times and several of its reporters and editors Tuesday, charging that the newspaper had falsely created an impression that she had engaged in an improper romantic relationship with Senator John McCain.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Nobody Goes There Anymore, It's Too Crowded  —  I think trying to build housing in shopping malls is a potentially promising idea.  It's a reminder that I've been meaning for a while to write a post about separating the idea of “walkable urbanism” from the idea of “living in a city.”
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Harold Meyerson / Washington Post:
The Big Bailout Lessons
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Jeff Karoub / Associated Press:
Banned words list offers no ‘bailout’ to offenders
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Yael / Boker tov, Boulder!:
It's the Road Map, Stupid!
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Associated Press:
Iranian leader presents bill to cut subsidies
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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
Zachary Roth / TPMMuckraker:
For Some Culprits In Financial Meltdown, Life Is Still Pretty Good
Discussion: New York Post and Prairie Weather
Elder of Ziyon:
If the IDF made Hamas-style videos....
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Washington Post:
Downgrades And Downfall  —  How could a single unit of AIG cause …
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