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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.
Megan McArdle:
The problem with Israel-Palestine blogging  —  Everyone engaged in it is interested in proving that one side is righter than the other.  Since no action in the region has occurred without plausible provocation for 4,000 years or so, this requires constantly shifting the metrics by which you measure whichever side you happen to favor.
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:
White House says cease-fire depends on Hamas
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Roni Sofer / Ynetnews:
Gaza: Hamas gunmen hide in hospitals
Discussion: Seraphic Secret and Yourish.com
Reuters:
TEXT-Netanyahu calls for Hamas's removal in Gaza
Discussion: Townhall.com
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
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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 Tribune:
Does Senate have authority to block Blagojevich's appointment of Roland Burris?  —  Supreme Court has said in past that House and Senate cannot refuse to seat someone who meets qualifications  —  WASHINGTON — Democratic Senate leaders swiftly declared Tuesday that they would refuse …
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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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Torture prosecutions finally begin in the U.S.  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  While fiercely loyal establishment spokespeople such as The Washington Post's Ruth Marcus continue to insist that prosecutions are only appropriate for common criminals ("someone breaking into your house") …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Pyrrhic Torture Trials
Discussion: theheretik.us and American Street
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:   GONZALES FEELS SORRY FOR HIMSELF.... Former Attorney General …
Barak Ravid / Haaretz:
Arab youths open fire on Israelis working at mall in Denmark  —  A group of Arab youths opened fire Wednesday evening on a number of Israelis working at a mall in the Danish city of Odenza, some 200 kilometers north of Copenhagen.  —  The Israelis, who were operating a stall in the shopping center, were lightly wounded in their legs.
Discussion: Mere Rhetoric and Hot Air
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Carl / Israel Matzav:
Breaking: Terror in Copenhagen
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
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.
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:
No end in sight  —  More evidence?  A weak case?  Behind-the-scenes negotiations?  —  Anyway, it goes on:
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
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
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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