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7:30 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
Associated Press:
Richardson withdraws as Commerce nominee  —  New Mexico governor cites pending investigation of business dealings  —  New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on Sunday announced that he was withdrawing his nomination to be President-elect Barack Obama's commerce secretary amid a grand jury investigation …
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Team Obama: Richardson misled us
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
Simon Tisdall / Guardian:
Barack Obama's silence on Gaza is damaging his reputation
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog and Daily Pundit
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
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
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
Gideon Levy / Haaretz:
And there lie the bodies  —  The legend, lest it be a true story, tells of how the late mathematician, Professor Haim Hanani, asked his students at the Technion to draw up a plan for constructing a pipe to transport blood from Haifa to Eilat.  The obedient students did as they were told.
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Robert Bluey / Bluey's blog:
The Case Against Michael Steele
Discussion: Political Machine
John R. Bolton / Washington Post:
The Three-State Option  —  War in the Gaza Strip demonstrates yet again …
Discussion: Soccer Dad, MSNBC and Atlas Shrugs
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
Stable Hand / The Jawa Report:
Influential Hamas Leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef's Son Renounces Islam
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Justices' Ruling in Discrimination Case May Draw Quick Action by Obama
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Andrew McLemore / The Raw Story:
Cheney: Bush's actions legal if not impeached
The Moral Battleground  —  And so now begins the second and most difficult stage.
Discussion: Commentary and AmSpecBlog