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7:50 AM ET, January 5, 2009


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Wall Street Journal:
Obama Eyes $300 Billion Tax Cut  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are crafting a plan to offer about $300 billion in tax cuts to individuals and businesses, a move aimed at attracting Republican support for an economic-stimulus package and prodding companies to create jobs.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Fighting Off Depression  —  “If we don't act swiftly and boldly,” declared President-elect Barack Obama in his latest weekly address, “we could see a much deeper economic downturn that could lead to double-digit unemployment.”  If you ask me, he was understating the case.
Discussion: Angry Bear and Kevin Drum
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama plans to unveil big tax cuts
William Kristol / New York Times:
Why Israel Fights  —  The Israeli assault on Hamas in Gaza is going to be a replay, we're told, of the attempt to subdue Hezbollah in southern Lebanon in the summer of 2006.  And the outcome, it's asserted, will be the same: lots of death and destruction, no strategic victory for Israel …
Scott Shane / New York Times:
For Israel, Chance to Strike Before an Ally Departs  —  For nine days, as European and United Nations officials have called urgently for a cease-fire in Gaza, the Bush administration has squarely blamed the rocket attacks of the Palestinian militant group Hamas for Israel's assault …
Discussion: Balkinization
John R. Bolton / Washington Post:
The Three-State Option  —  War in the Gaza Strip demonstrates yet again …
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Barack Obama's silence on Gaza is damaging his reputation
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog and Daily Pundit
Michael Lerner / Times of London:
It breaks my heart to see Israel's stupidity
Dschabner / Political Punch:
Obama Team Feels Richardson Wasn't Forthcoming About Investigation Before Being Offered Commerce  —  Sources tell ABC News that officials on the Obama Transition Team feel that before he was formally offered the job of commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was not forthcoming …
Chris Welch / CNN:
Panel to declare Franken winner of Senate race  —  MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) — A state election board on Monday will announce Democrat Al Franken has defeated Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, state officials told CNN Sunday.
MN board to certify Franken's win in tight senate race  —  MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - A state election board on Monday will announce Democrat Al Franken as the winner of the Minnesota Senate race, defeating Republican incumbant Norm Coleman, state officials told CNN Sunday.
Discussion: The Washington Note and Don Surber
Eric Kleefeld / TPM Election Central:
Reid To Coleman: It's Over. Concede.
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Shailagh Murray / Washington Post:
Reid Defends Right to Fight Burris Appointment  —  Majority Leader Says Senate Appointment Is Tainted by Illinois Scandal but ‘Anything Can Happen’  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid defended his right to block the Senate appointment of former Illinois attorney general Roland W. Burris …
Discussion: Associated Press
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Good Questions to Vote for in the ATR Debate  —  Tomorrow is the RNC candidates debate hosted by ATR.  You can submit your question for the candidates and vote here.  —  Perhaps not surprisingly, Ron Paul activists have voted up the majority of questions con the site.
Discussion: Whiskey Fire
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blogs:   Paul-ites, still rolling
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
Activist Unmasks Himself as Federal Informant in G.O.P. Convention Case  —  When the scheduled federal trial begins this month for two Texas men who were arrested during the Republican National Convention on charges of making and possessing Molotov cocktails, one of the major witnesses …
Gili Izikovich / Haaretz:
Foreign journalists vie for the few slots to get into Gaza  —  Since the Israel Defense Forces operation began in the Gaza Strip late last month, Sderot has become a communications hub, mainly for journalists from around the world.  Earlier this week the IDF agreed to allow eight journalists …
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
SF: Interesting Pro-Hamas Protest Banner  —  Pro Hamas rally on Jan. 2nd “Queers for Palestine”.  —  Hmmm, I wonder if these people realize what Hamas would do to them?
Discussion: Dodgeblogium
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Influential Hamas Leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef's Son Renounces Islam  —  FNC documentary “Escape from Hamas” featured the son of Yousef, Mosab Hassan Yousef.  Yousef now faces death for renouncing Islam and converting to Christianity.  —  Yousef, when asked; “Can the Palestinians and Israel live in peace?”:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Va. Governor Kaine to Become DNC Chairman  —  Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will become chairman of the Democratic National Committee later this month, serving as the top political messenger for Barack Obama's administration even while he finishes his final year in the governor's mansion, several sources said.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
NOW THE TRUTH CAN BE TOLD  —  Al Franken, in tights, impersonating Mick Jagger.  I'm just going to leave it at that.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Boing Boing
Mike Snyder / Houston Chronicle:
New sheriff says he wants more deputies  —  Garcia also presses for new ‘cold case’ squad  —  Harris County needs more “boots on the ground” to arrest criminals, prevent crime and help residents of its far-flung neighborhoods feel safer, newly instated Sheriff Adrian Garcia said Sunday.
Discussion: Off the Kuff
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Robert Bluey / Bluey's blog:
The Case Against Michael Steele
Discussion: Political Machine
Debora Spar / Washington Post:
One Gender's Crash  —  Let me begin with the caveats: I like men.
Michael Calderone / The Politico: gets a makeover
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Justices' Ruling in Discrimination Case May Draw Quick Action by Obama
Andrew McLemore / The Raw Story:
Cheney: Bush's actions legal if not impeached
 Earlier Items: 
The Moral Battleground  —  And so now begins the second and most difficult stage.
Discussion: Commentary and AmSpecBlog