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11:25 PM ET, January 3, 2009


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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 …
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Hamas moves on Fatah ‘collaborators’  —  The Hamas government has placed dozens of Fatah members under house arrest out of fear that they might exploit the current IDF operation to regain control of the Gaza Strip.  —  The move came amid reports that the Fatah leadership in the West Bank …
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Israelis Invade  —  And the rationale is explicated: … How does just war theory defend the deaths of many innocent civilians as a means to increase “deterrent strength”?  But notice also the modesty of Israel's apparent war-aims: a more stable security situation for residents of Southern Israel over the long term.
Discussion: Commentary
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Is the Real Target Hamas Rule?  —  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: can the rockets really be stopped for any length of time while Hamas remains in power in Gaza?
Daily Mail:
Bodies of Hamas leader's children paraded as group promises ‘painful’ revenge for their deaths … The bodies of a senior Hamas leader's small children were today ghoulishly paraded through the streets of Gaza as the group pledged to avenge their deaths.  —  Nizar Rayan, his four wives …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Mere Rhetoric
Associated Press:
IDF begins shelling northern Gaza for 1st time since op began
2 soldiers seriously wounded in Gaza
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Coleman may lose office until election is decided
Chris Welch / CNN:
Senate GOP prepared to fight if Franken seated
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 …
Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
Republicans Pounce on Reid Story to Insinuate Possible Bias  —  An interesting development after today's Chicago Sun-Times story in which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., suggests to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagoevich that he pick either Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan …
Discussion: MyDD and Don Surber
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.
Victor Davis Hanson / The Corner:
Creepy Times  —  There is something especially nauseating about the latest Middle East war — scenes of worldwide Islamic protests with photos of Jews as apes, protesters (in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida of all places!) screaming about nuking Israel and putting Jews in ovens …
Discussion: GayPatriot
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
McAuliffe Declares Bid for Governor  —  Former Democratic National Committee chairman and McLean businessman Terry McAuliffe said yesterday that he has decided to run for Virginia governor.  —  In a three-minute video e-mailed to supporters yesterday afternoon, McAuliffe, 51 …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Portrait Emerges of Anthrax Suspect's Troubled Life  —  FREDERICK, Md. — Inside the Army laboratory at Fort Detrick, the government's brain for biological defense, Bruce Edwards Ivins paused to memorialize his moment in the spotlight as the anthrax panic of 2001 reached its peak.
Discussion: Emptywheel
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
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
A Donor's Gift Soon Followed Clinton's Help  —  WASHINGTON — An upstate New York developer donated $100,000 to former President Bill Clinton's foundation in November 2004, around the same time that Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton helped secure millions of dollars in federal assistance for the businessman's mall project.
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
The New Meaning of an Old Battle  —  WASHINGTON — In unleashing a series of punishing attacks in Gaza last week, Israel clearly aimed to hand Hamas a defeat from which it could not recover anytime soon.  —  The campaign may succeed, experts here and in Israel say, but it could also backfire.
Discussion: Wizbang
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Six Are Vying to Become Next RNC Chairman
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RE: Gaza  —  Andrew Stuttaford remarked at The Corner earlier …
Discussion: Daled Amos and The Corner
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Top conservatives back Blackwell
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A New Cigarette Hazard: ‘Third-Hand Smoke’
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