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9:55 AM ET, January 8, 2009


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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Matthews won't run for Pa. Senate seat
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Michael Calderone / Michael Calderone's Blogs:
Matthews isn't running for Senate
Matea Gold / Show Tracker:
Updated: MSNBC host Chris Matthews is not running for Senate
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.
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Red Cross Reports Grisly Find in Gaza  —  Israel Accused of Blocking Aid to Wounded  —  The International Committee of the Red Cross said Thursday that it had found at least 15 bodies and several children — emaciated but alive — in a row of shattered houses in the Gaza Strip and accused …
Associated Press:   Hezbollah denies firing rockets on Israel
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
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.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Obama Builds Powerful Team of White House Advisers  —  Influential Advisers May Compete With Cabinet  —  President-elect Barack Obama is assembling a new and influential cadre of counselors just steps from the Oval Office whose power to direct domestic policy will rival, if not exceed, the authority of his Cabinet.
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.
Daniel Finkelstein / Times of London:
Israel acts because the world won't defend it
Discussion: Israel Matzav and marbury
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.
David Rogers / The Politico:
Obama, Dems face hard sell on stimulus  —  Faced with record deficits and a skeptical public, Democrats are doubling up efforts to sell their economic recovery plan, with President-elect Barack Obama taking the lead in a speech Thursday designed to lay out the case for government action.
Chicago Tribune:
Senate's Democratic majority clears path for Roland Burris  —  Pressure by President-elect Barack Obama leads to about-face  —  WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate's Democratic majority opened the way Wednesday for Roland Burris to become Illinois' next senator, pressured by President-elect Barack Obama …
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, Reuters and Associated Press
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
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
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Ibrahim Barzak / Associated Press:
AP Gaza reporter finds hometown in rubble
Discussion: Power Line
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
The Gaza Boomerang
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Even after $14 billion in TARP money, Detroit's on life-support
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
Gaza War Role Is Political Lift for Ex-Premier
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias and
Bart Jansen / CQ Politics:
It's Official, Finally: Congress to Count Obama's Electoral College Victory
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Eric Black / MinnPost:
Senate recount: It's unlikely Coleman will win in court
Discussion: Firedoglake and Washington Post