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9:15 AM ET, January 8, 2009

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Ynetnews:
Rockets hit northern Israel  —  At least two Katyushas fired at Western Galilee region, one rocket hits nursing home in Nahariya, lightly injuring two people.  IDF estimates Palestinian group behind attack.  Lebanon says committed to ceasefire resolution  —  A Katyusha barrage was fired Thursday …
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Rockets Fired From Lebanon Into Northern Israel  —  JERUSALEM — Israel's conflict with Hamas in Gaza threatened to broaden on Thursday as at least three rockets were fired into the north of Israel from Lebanon.  —  The rockets, presumably launched in support of Hamas, could presage the opening of a second front.
Jimmy Carter / Washington Post:
An Unnecessary War  —  I know from personal involvement that the devastating invasion of Gaza by Israel could easily have been avoided.  —  After visiting Sderot last April and seeing the serious psychological damage caused by the rockets that had fallen in that area, my wife, Rosalynn …
Yaakov Katz / Associated Press:
‘Lebanon liable for Nahariya attack’  —  Two people were lightly wounded when terrorists in Lebanon fired three Katyusha rockets at the area of Nahariya in northern Israel on Thursday morning.  The IDF returned fire.  —  One of the rockets went through the roof of a Nahariya retirement home …
Associated Press:
Attack on Israel from Lebanon threatens 2nd front
Discussion: Associated Press and USA Today
Bill Carter / New York Times:
NBC's Matthews Won't Run for Senate  —  Chris Matthews, the host of the MSNBC program “Hardball,” told his staff on Wednesday night that he would not run for the Senate in 2010 from Pennsylvania.  —  For much of the last year, Mr. Matthews had been considering entering the Senate race …
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Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Matthews isn't running for Senate
Discussion: BitsBlog and Sister Toldjah
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
Updated: MSNBC host Chris Matthews is not running for Senate
New York Times:
Obama Promises Bid to Overhaul Retiree Spending  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday that overhauling Social Security and Medicare would be “a central part” of his administration's efforts to contain federal spending, signaling for the first time that he would wade …
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Edmund L. Andrews / New York Times:
A Crisis Trumps Constraint
Discussion: Associated Press and ParaPundit
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama Is Reported Set to Revise Counterterrorism Efforts  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to scrap the way President Bush oversaw domestic security in the White House and name a former Central Intelligence Agency official to coordinate counterterrorism, people close to the transition said Wednesday.
Discussion: Associated Press, Macsmind and RedState
CNN:
Porn industry seeks federal bailout  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — Another major American industry is asking for assistance as the global financial crisis continues: Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and Girls Gone Wild CEO Joe Francis said Wednesday they will request that Congress allocate $5 billion …
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:
Porn Industry Goes Limp, Seeks $5 Billion Federal Injection
Discussion: The Jed Report and NewsBusters.org
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
President Bush Tried to Rein In Fan and Fred  —  Democrats and the media have the housing story wrong.  —  Mythmaking is in full swing as the Bush administration prepares to leave town.  Among the more prominent is the assertion that the housing meltdown resulted from unbridled capitalism under a president opposed to all regulation.
Joseph Abrams / Fox News:
Protester Calls for Jews to ‘Go Back to the Oven’ at Anti-Israel Demonstration  —  Like many other protests of Israel's campaign in Gaza, this one ended badly — police had to cool an ugly fight between supporters of Israel and Gaza, breaking up the warring sides as their screaming and chanting threatened to turn into something worse.
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Daniel Finkelstein / Times of London:
Israel acts because the world won't defend it
Discussion: Israel Matzav and marbury
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Obama to Name Lawyer Friend To Regulatory Affairs Position  —  President-elect Barack Obama will name Cass R. Sunstein, a close friend and one of the nation's top constitutional lawyers, to a senior-level post in charge of government regulation, a transition official said.
Art Golab / Chicago Sun Times:
Chicago Public Schools' cappuccino bill: $67,000  —  Chicago public school bureaucrats skirted competitive bidding rules to buy 30 cappuccino/espresso machines for $67,000, with most of the machines going unused because the schools they were ordered for had not asked for them …
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Carlos Sadovi / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago schools' espresso machines a waste of money, inspector reports
Discussion: NewsBusters.org
Ann Scott Tyson / Washington Post:
Army Sends ‘Dear John Doe’ Letters to Families of Fallen Troops  —  The Army mistakenly sent letters addressed “Dear John Doe” to 7,000 family members of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, unleashing calls from troubled relatives and prompting a formal apology yesterday from the Army's top general.
Discussion: VetVoice and On Deadline
SLHamlet / New World Notes:
Disputed Territory: War in Gaza Provokes Protest (And Conversation) In Second Life Israel  —  Protesters continue convening in SL Israel today  —  In Second Life there is a new Israel, appropriately called SL Israel, which recreates in virtual form aspects of the country …
Discussion: Gawker and AmSpecBlog
New York Times:
Purple Heart Is Ruled Out for Traumatic Stress  —  The Pentagon has decided that it will not award the Purple Heart, the hallowed medal given to those wounded or killed by enemy action, to war veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder because it is not a physical wound.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Daschle to Face Tough Questions on Competition in Health Insurance  —  WASHINGTON — When Tom Daschle shows up for a confirmation hearing on Thursday, senators are likely to grant him all the courtesies due a former Senate majority leader.  —  But that does not mean Mr. Daschle should expect only softball questions.
Discussion: TIME.com
David R. Henderson / Forbes:
Will The Real Christina Romer Please Stand Up?  —  Her research rejects a fiscal stimulus.  —  Most people in the incoming Obama administration—and, indeed, most people— believe that the Keynesian model of the economy is basically correct.  Developed from the theories of John Maynard Keynes …
Discussion: EconLog
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China Losing Taste for Debt From the U.S.  —  HONG KONG — China has bought more than $1 trillion of American debt, but as the global downturn has intensified, Beijing is starting to keep more of its money at home, a move that could have painful effects for American borrowers.
Bart Jansen / CQ Politics:
It's Official, Finally: Congress to Count Obama's Electoral College Victory  —  Congress will count the Electoral College votes for president and vice president Thursday in an exercise that has great meaning but holds absolutely no suspense.  —  Both chambers will meet in joint session at about 1 p.m. to officially count the votes.
Mike Allen / The Politico:
In 11 a.m. speech, Obama to sound econ warning  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  President-elect Obama is warning this morning that the economy “could become dramatically worse” and face unemployment above 10 percent without bipartisan support …
Discussion: The Swamp, Associated Press and Reuters
 
 
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