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3:15 AM ET, January 4, 2009


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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 …
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 …
Daily Mail:
Bodies of Hamas leader's children paraded as group promises …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Mere Rhetoric
Associated Press:
IDF begins shelling northern Gaza for 1st time since op began
Orange County Register:
Mark Steyn: Gaza has its version of rocket scientists
Discussion: five feet of fury
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Franken up 225 with recount complete; focus turns to court  —  The State Supreme Court is considering a request from Coleman's camp on adding more absentee ballots.  —  Norm Coleman's term as a U.S. senator ended at noon Washington time on Saturday, and by evening his hopes of winning …
Discussion: The Confluence and Hot Air
Chris Welch / CNN:
Senate GOP prepared to fight if Franken seated
Noah Pollak / Commentary:
Correcting Christiane Amanpour  —  On CNN a few moments ago, Christiane Amanpour, in the midst of an otherwise completely warped report on the Gaza war, said that over the past year only two Israelis were killed by Hamas rocket fire.  Her point in the segment was to insinuate that Israel …
IDF Spokesperson:
Rocket Statistics, 3  —  Rocket Statistics  —  Today, over 950,000 Israelis live within range of rocket and mortar attacks.  —  There have been approximately 7,200 rockets (Grads, Qassams) and mortars launched at Israel since 2005.  —  During 2008, there have been 1755 mortars shells …
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 …
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.
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 …
Zombie / zomblog:
“I'm a little spooked”: Palestinian protests bring Gaza fighting to San Francisco  —  For nearly every day of the last week, San Francisco has seen street protests about the fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.  Hundreds of Palestinians, as well as left-wing activists organized by ANSWER …
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: the talking dog and GayPatriot
BBC names 11th - and youngest - Doctor Who  —  Matt Smith has been named as the actor who will take over from David Tennant in Doctor Who - making him the youngest actor to take on the role.  —  At 26, Smith is three years younger than Peter Davison when he signed up to play the fifth Doctor in 1981.
Discussion: Don Surber and The Sideshow
The Tank:
RE: Gaza  —  Andrew Stuttaford remarked at The Corner earlier on Gaza and its wider implications for United States interests and greater national security.  His remarks should get a closer look, as he said in part: … He makes a very good point about Pakistani madrassas as well as those in Indonesia …
Discussion: Daled Amos and The Corner
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 …
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.
Discussion: Doug Ross
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
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