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8:05 AM ET, January 5, 2009


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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 …
John R. Bolton / Washington Post:
The Three-State Option  —  War in the Gaza Strip demonstrates yet again that the current governance paradigm for the Palestinian people has failed.  Terrorists financed and supplied by Iran control Gaza; the Palestinian Authority is broken, probably irretrievably; and economic development is stalled in Gaza and the West Bank.
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 …
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
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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
Robert Bluey / Bluey's blog:
The Case Against Michael Steele  —  Among the candidates for Republican National Committee chairman, there's no question Michael Steele is among the most recognizable — a political celebrity thanks to his work for Fox News and run for U.S. Senate in 2006.  —  Aside from his political celebrity …
Discussion: The Politico and Political Machine
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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DeNeen L. Brown / Washington Post:
The Long Wait for a Quick Glimpse of History
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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