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6:15 PM ET, January 3, 2009


 Top Items: 
Israel launches ground offensive in the Gaza Strip  —  Palestinian witnesses said the artillery barrage caused a large explosion in Gaza City as well as a series of blasts stitching the nearby frontier with Israel.  —  Channel 10 television quoted a witness as saying that Israel …
New York Times:
Israeli Troops Launch Attack on Gaza  —  JERUSALEM — Israeli tanks and troops swept across the border into Gaza on Saturday night, opening a ground war against the militant group Hamas after a week of intense airstrikes.  —  The Israeli military said in a statement that the objective …
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
News Analysis: Israel Weighs Goal: Ending Hamas Rule, Rocket Fire, or Both  —  EREZ CROSSING, on the Israel-Gaza border — As Israel's tanks and troops poured into Gaza on Saturday, the next phase in its fierce attempt to end rocket attacks, a question hung over the operation …
Fox News:
Israeli Ground Forces Cross Border Into Gaza Strip  —  DEVELOPING: Israeli ground forces began moving across the border into the northern Gaza Strip in an escalation late Saturday night of the weeklong offensive against Hamas.  —  The incursion was confirmed to FOX News by Israeli defense officials …
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and Op For
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Israel invades Gaza; Update: “A lengthy operation”  —  Just a headline so far and no one else is reporting it, but they've been shelling northern Gaza since this morning to prepare the way so it's not unexpected.  —  Now the JPost is reporting it too.  Stand by for updates.
Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Gaza has its version of rocket scientists
Discussion: five feet of fury
Fida Qishta / Guardian:
Do Israel pilots feel happy killing innocent women and children?
Discussion: bastard.logic
IDF enters Gaza; dozens of terrorists hurt
Discussion: Commentary and Atlas Shrugs
Spencer Ackerman / ATTACKERMAN:
The Invasion  —  The invasion of Gaza has begun.
Discussion: The Daily Dish and Taylor Marsh
Tim Butcher / Telegraph:
No ground attack as Israel seeks to decapitate Hamas with airstrikes
Discussion: Mere Rhetoric and
Israeli troops enter Gaza Strip
Discussion: PoliBlog
Ron Ben-Yishai / Ynetnews:
IDF artillery targets Gaza
Chicago Sun Times:
Reid pressured Blagojevich not to appoint Jackson Jr. to Obama's U.S. Senate seat  —  Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid made it clear who he didn't want in the post …
Lynn Sweet / Chicago Sun Times:
Roland Burris tells Lynn Sweet: ‘We are the senator’  —  NO CIRCUS?  Says he'll try to avoid a scene when he shows up to claim seat  —  WASHINGTON — Roland Burris, being Roland Burris, put it to me this way Friday when we talked: “We are the senator.”  —  And we, that is he …
Chris Bowers / Open Left:
IL-Sen: Electability As Corruption  —  A new story in the Chicago Sun-Times indicates that, the day before Blagojevich's calls were taped, Harry Reid pushed Blagojevich not to appoint the three leading African-American politicians in Illinois (after Barack Obama, of course).
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Cornyn rips Reid on Blago calls
Discussion: The Marathon Blog
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
As 111th Senate Is Set to Begin, Four Seats Still Up in Air
Discussion: New York Times and The Caucus
Harold Ambler / The Huffington Post:
Mr. Gore: Apology Accepted  —  You are probably wondering whether President-elect Obama owes the world an apology for his actions regarding global warming.  The answer is, not yet.  There is one person, however, who does.  You have probably guessed his name: Al Gore.
Michael Saul / NY Daily News:
Me-ow!  Ann Coulter hits Michelle Obama over styles  —  Right-wing flame thrower Ann Coulter blasts incoming First Lady Michelle Obama as a freakish Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis imitator in a book to be published next week.  —  In her latest screed, titled “Guilty: Liberal 'Victims …
Khalid al-Ansary / Reuters:
U.S.-installed Iraqi ex-PM says Bush “utter failure”  —  BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Former U.S.-installed Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has denounced the policies of President George W. Bush as an “utter failure” that gave rise to the sectarian venom that ravaged his country.
Ben Feller / Associated Press:
Analysis: Bush's personality shapes his legacy  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush will be judged on what he did.  He will also be remembered for what he's like: a fast-moving, phrase-mangling Texan who stays upbeat even though his country is not.
Discussion: Hullabaloo, The Jed Report and MSNBC
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
A New Cigarette Hazard: ‘Third-Hand Smoke’  —  Parents who smoke often open a window or turn on a fan to clear the air of second-hand smoke, but experts now have identified another smoking-related threat to children's health that isn't as easy to get rid of: third-hand smoke.
Discussion: Villainous Company
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