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4:25 AM ET, January 2, 2009


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Ben Protess— Propublica / The Politico:
Burris sought death for innocent man  —  Former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris, embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich's pick to replace Barack Obama in the Senate, is no stranger to controversy.  —  Public fury over the governor's alleged misconduct has masked the once lively debate …
Ian Welsh / Firedoglake:
Harry Reid's Doing the Right Thing  —  digg it  —  I've had my problems with Reid over the years, but he's not in the wrong on Blagojevich and Burris.  This is not a racial issue.  Long before Burris, a black man, was appointed by a corrupt governor, Reid said he wouldn't allow anyone, anyone, appointed by Blagojevich, to be seated.
How the Senate Can Stop Blagojevich  —  It easily has the power to block the governor's appointment of Roland Burris.  —  Does the Constitution allow the Senate to refuse to seat Roland Burris, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's surprise appointee?  In a word, yes.  Here's why.
Chicago Tribune:
Roland Burris battles roadblocks to U.S. Senate; stall tactics likely by others
Discussion: Don Surber and SCOTUSblog
Los Angeles Times:
Senate leaders plan for arrival of Blagojevich appointee
Oliver Kay / Times of London:
Gaza rockets put Israel's nuclear plant in battle zone  —  Growing concern over Hamas's new arsenal  —  There were growing fears in Israel last night that Hamas missiles could threaten its top-secret nuclear facility at Dimona.  —  Rocket attacks from Gaza have forced Israelis to flee …
IAF bombs Gaza mosque used as terror hub  —  Israel Air Force aircraft struck a mosque in Jabaliya late Thursday night used as a terror-hub by the Hamas terror organization.  —  The mosque was used as a storehouse for a large amount of Grad missiles, Qassam rockets and additional weaponry.
Jerusalem Post:
IAF strikes Jabalya mosque that was used as launching ground  —  As Israel's Operation Cast Lead against Hamas in Gaza entered its sixth day, the Israeli Air Force bombed a mosque in the village of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip.  —  The Holfe Mosque was used as a launching ground for rockets …
Discussion: Ynetnews, Israellycool and
Isabel Kershner / New York Times:
In a Broadening Offensive, Israel Steps Up Diplomacy
Ephraim Sneh / Washington Post:
Why Israel Is Bombing Gaza
Ezra Klein / American Prospect:
AN OCCUPIED NATION AND A THREATENED ONE.  —  This blog is on a light schedule today and tomorrow due to various New Years related program activities, but it's worth quickly responding to Jonathan Chait's post on Israel and Palestine.  Chait makes a common claim, which is that all analysis …
Rosa Brooks / Los Angeles Times:
Israel can't bomb its way to peace
Discussion: Soccer Dad
The Politico:
Obama's paparazzi presidency  —  ABC's Jake Tapper predicted this week that Barack Obama will be “the Britney Spears of 2009.”  —  Considering that Obama was deemed by some to be the Britney Spears of 2008, it wasn't much of a leap.  —  But a funny thing happened on the way to the cover of Us Weekly.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bigger Than Bush  —  As the new Democratic majority prepares to take power, Republicans have become, as Phil Gramm might put it, a party of whiners.  —  Some of the whining almost defies belief.  Did Alberto Gonzales, the former attorney general, really say, “I consider myself a casualty …
Discussion: driftglass
New York Times:
A Focus on Violence by G.I.'s Back From War  —  FORT CARSON, Colo. — For the past several years, as this Army installation in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains became a busy way station for soldiers cycling in and out of Iraq, the number of servicemen implicated in violent crimes has raised alarm.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
James Randerson / Guardian:
Nasa's James Hansen warns Barack Obama on climate change  —  Current approaches to deal with climate change are ineffectual, one of the world's top climate scientists said today in a personal new year appeal to Barack Obama and his wife Michelle on the urgent need to tackle global warming.
Patrick Healy / MSNBC:
Calif. Taxpayers Due Refunds May Get IOUs  —  If you expect you'll be getting a refund from California when you file your 2008 state income tax return, be prepared: you may instead receive a “registered warrant.”  Translation: an IOU.  —  California is rapidly running out of money.
Phil Nourie / PR Newswire:
Poll: 77% of Americans Blame Media for Making Economic Crisis Worse  — New Poll Conducted by Opinion Research Corporation -  —  Seventy-seven percent of Americans believe that the U.S. media is making the economic situation worse by projecting fear into people's minds.
Discussion: RedState and
Kenneth Chang / New York Times:
New Evidence of Meteor Bombardment  —  At least once in Earth's history, global warming ended quickly, and scientists have long wondered why.  —  Now researchers are reporting that the abrupt cooling — which took place about 12,900 years ago, just as the planet was emerging from an ice age …
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Gurcharan Das / New York Times:
The Next World Order
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Patterico's Los Angeles Dog Trainer Year in Review 2008
Discussion: JOSHUAPUNDIT and Reuters
New York Times:
Donald E. Westlake, Mystery Writer, Is Dead at 75
Discussion: Amygdala, The Corner and Crooked Timber
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
On Fast Track for Clemency, via the Oval Office
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Spin Cycle
Esther / Islam in Europe:
Odense: Danish-Arab arrested for shooting attack
Discussion: Reuters
Little Green Footballs:
Report on Palestinian Rocket and Mortar Attacks
 Earlier Items: 
John E. Mulligan / Providence Journal:
Former U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, 90, dies
Discussion: Daily Kos and Wonkette
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Grief Marks Anniversary of Triumph of Castro
Discussion: Power Line
Michelle Malkin:
First hate mail of 2009  —  Someone told me about your blog today (
Discussion: The Sundries Shack