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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 …
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Marvin Hier / Wall Street Journal:
The Jews Face a Double Standard  —  Why doesn't Israel have the same right to self-defense as other nations?  —  The world-wide protests against Israel's ground incursion into Gaza are so full of hatred that they leave me with the terrible feeling that these protests have little …
THE WEEK - Online:
Why Democrats recoil from Gaza  —  Good for Shrum for championing Israel's right to defend itself against the Hamas rocket barrage.  He is correct, too, that lasting peace will come only when the Palestinians abandon their hope that Israel can somehow be defeated or destroyed.
Andy Barr / The Politico:
Palin: Media goes easy on Kennedy  —  Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) believes Caroline Kennedy is getting softer press treatment in her pursuit of the New York Senate seat than Palin did as the GOP vice presidential nominee because of Kennedy's social class.  —  “I've been interested …
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Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Palin on Olbermann: ‘THAT guy is EVIL!’  —  Right-winger John Ziegler — who is waging a one-man crusade to prove that President-elect Obama won the election solely because of “media bias” — recently interviewed Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK).  In a gushing description published on a new website devoted …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Media Blog
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
MO-Senate: Bond to Retire  —  Missouri Sen. Kit Bond (R) will retire in 2010, a decision that hands Democrats a prime pickup opportunity in a state where the party has made strides in recent years.  —  “In 1972, I became Missouri's youngest Governor,” Bond said this morning in an address to the Missouri General Assembly.
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Manu Raju / The Politico:
Bond will not seek another term  —  Sen. Kit Bond, a senior Republican from Missouri who sits on several powerful Senate committees, announced Thursday that he will not run for reelection in 2010, giving Democrats a shot to pick up a seat in a state that has emerged as a major battleground.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama serves Reid taste of Chicago Way  —  So the Chicago Way hauled off and slapped the U.S. Senate in the face—one of those backhands with the knuckles to unsuspecting lips—and guess who blinked?  —  It wasn't Chicago.  —  It was the Senate.  —  Get used to it, America.
Discussion: RBO and Marathon Pundit
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J. Taylor Rushing / The Hill:
Weekend votes stall Iraq trip for 3 senators  —  Three senators have pulled out of a trip with Vice President-elect Biden to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan because of the Senate's expected votes this weekend.  —  Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) …
Discussion: Glenn Thrush's Blogs
David Colton / USA Today:
Obama, Spider-Man on the same comic-book page  —  In a growing world of Barack Obama collectibles, one item soon may be swinging above the rest.  —  On Jan. 14, Marvel Comics is releasing a special issue of Amazing Spider-Man #583 with Obama depicted on the cover.
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Lisa Tolin / Associated Press:
Obama and Spider-Man appear in comic together
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
Oakland Turns Violent Over Shooting  —  Protesters angry over a deadly New Year's Day shooting of a young black man by a transit police officer erupted into violence in downtown Oakland on Wednesday night while investigators struggled to determine what prompted the officer to fire his gun into the unarmed man's back.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Other McCain
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CNN:
Spokesman: Officer in subway shooting has resigned
Discussion: Ta-Nehisi Coates and The Raw Story
Neal Rodriguez / The Huffington Post:
BART Cop Needs to Be Held without Bail
Discussion: Towleroad
Christi Parsons / Chicago Tribune:
Barack Obama asks longtime University of Chicago professor Cass Sunstein to join his administration  —  Law scholar will handle regulation issues, transition official says  —  WASHINGTON — Cass Sunstein, a longtime University of Chicago legal scholar and prominent author …
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Dan Slater / Law Blog:
Sunstein to Bring Law & Behavioral Economics to Washington
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Chicago Breaking News:
Panel urges impeachment of Blagojevich  —  The special Illinois House panel investigating Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued a draft report today recommending impeachment, putting lawmakers on a path toward removing the two-term Democrat from office.  —  “The citizens of this state must have confidence …
Little Green Footballs:
A Staged Scene in a Gaza Hospital?  —  Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, a radical Marxist who openly supports Hamas and the 9/11 hijackers, is seen once again in this CNN video about the death of a “freelance cameraman's” brother in Gaza — and the footage in the hospital room was very likely staged for propaganda effect.
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CNN:
Toll of conflict strikes home as cameraman finds brother dead
Discussion: A Blog For All
Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Obama Digs In for His BlackBerry  —  WASHINGTON — President-elect Barack Obama has yet to relent, but he conceded that he might be losing the battle to keep his independent lifeline to the outside world.  —  “I'm still clinging to my BlackBerry,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday.  “They're going to pry it out of my hands.”
Jonathan Stein / MoJoBlog:
Updated Senate Phone List Erases Norm Coleman  —  The Democratic Senate leadership is doing everything it can to pretend that Norm Coleman doesn't exist.  It shut down his Capitol Hill office earlier this week, and a Senate source provides Mother Jones with a copy of an updated phone list …
Discussion: TPM Election Central
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Amanda Terkel / Think Progress:   McConnell Urges Coleman To Fight On, Despite Urging Gore To 'Be …
The Huffington Post:
Conyers: Obama Should Not Nominate Sanjay Gupta  —  Rep. John Conyers has written a letter to Democratic colleagues urging them to join him in publicly opposing the nomination of Dr. Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General.  —  Conyers, the veteran Judiciary Committee chairman, writes that Gupta …
ninemsn:
Americans miffed at Howard bumping Obama  —  John Howard's decision to stay at the luxurious Blair House mansion in Washington DC has sparked a firestorm of protest in the US.  —  Outraged American taxpayers are demanding the former Australian prime minister book a hotel or stay at the Australian embassy.
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters.org
Andie Coller / The Politico:
Obama's ‘first mistakes’ mount  —  Team Obama has made its first mistake — again.  —  When Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew his nomination as commerce secretary earlier this week, NBC's Andrea Mitchell declared it “the Obama team's first misstep.”  —  But Mitchell had been scooped.
Discussion: Hot Air
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight.com:
What Are the Chances of a Depression?  —  The answer to the question in the headline, of course, depends on just who you ask.  —  According to a USA Today/Gallup poll conducted last month, 35 percent of Americans think that a “depression” — which the poll defines as “an economic downturn …
Discussion: Wonkette
Capital Commerce:
Why Obama Will ‘Own’ the Recession  —  For eight decades, Democrats have successfully blamed Republican Herbert Hoover for the decade-long Great Depression.  That, even though Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal failed to restore prosperity or dramatically lower unemployment, and his tax increases in 1937 snuffed out a nascent recovery.
Amira Hass / Haaretz:
Hamas executes ‘collaborators’, restricts Fatah movement  —  Since the aerial attack on Gaza began, Hamas has sought to suppress individuals it believes endanger the group's fight against Israel and its hold on power in the Strip, as well as public morale.  Prime targets include Fatah members …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A SOLUTION TO A PROBLEM THAT DOESN'T EXIST.... You've got to be kidding. … These guys aren't pushing a bill to get rid of the Fairness Doctrine, because it's already gone.  They're pushing a bill to prevent anyone from trying to bring it back — despite the fact that there is no meaningful effort to do so.
Elizabeth Benjamin / The Daily Politics:
Paterson On Caroline's ‘Pluses And Minuses,’ Decision Timetable  —  Now that the date has been set for Hillary Clinton's secretary of state confirmation hearing (next Tuesday), the pressure is on for Gov. David Paterson to finally make a decision on who he will tap to replace her in the US Senate.
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.
Mark Murray / MSNBC:
THE BUSH YEARS — THEN AND NOW  —  From NBC's Mark Murray  —  With President Bush set to leave the White House less than two weeks from now, here's a “Then and Now” to show what the United States looked like when Bush was entering office and what it looks like now as he's leaving.
Wendy Norris / Colorado Independent:
Ex-FEMA head Brown evacuated in Boulder wildfire  —  Ex-FEMA director Michael Brown.  —  Hurricane Katrina victims take note.  Michael Brown is safe.  —  A series of wind-whipped wildfires north of Boulder, Colo., have forced the evacuation of more than 11,500 residents …
Discussion: Daily Camera and The Latest Word
 
 
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Richard Clarke / NY Daily News:
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Marc Ambinder:
Obama's Sales Job
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Jesse J. Holland / Associated Press:
Congress asks judge to keep Bush records at WH
Discussion: TIME.com
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. may restrict outdoor smoking
Arnold Kling / EconLog:
The Stimulus and the Somme  —  Mark Thoma gives us Joseph Stiglitz …
Discussion: The Foundry and Economist's View
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
U.N. Suspends Food Aid Into Gaza
 

 
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A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

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David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

 
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