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6:45 PM ET, January 10, 2009

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Paul Krugman:
Romer and Bernstein on stimulus  —  Is this enough?  —  OK, Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein have put out the official (?) Obama estimates of what the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan would accomplish.  The figure above summarizes the key result.
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Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:   NEW STIMULUS ANALYSIS.  —  The transition team has just released …
George E. Bisharat / Wall Street Journal:
Israel Is Committing War Crimes  —  Hamas's violations are no justification for Israel's actions.  —  Israel's current assault on the Gaza Strip cannot be justified by self-defense.  Rather, it involves serious violations of international law, including war crimes.
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Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Israel to step up assault on Hamas  —  The Israeli military appeared to be preparing for a major new ground assault against Gaza City and other towns tonight after dropping leaflets warning residents it was about to “escalate” its offensive against Hamas.  —  The tens of thousands of leaflets …
Discussion: At-Largely
Mohamed Olad Hassan / Associated Press:
5 Somali pirates drown with ransom share  —  MOGADISHU, Somalia - Five of the pirates who hijacked a Saudi supertanker drowned with their share of a $3 million ransom, a relative said Saturday, the day after the bundle of cash was apparently dropped by parachute onto the deck of the ship.
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David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Pictured: The moment a $3million ransom was parachuted to Somali pirates
Charles D. Ellison / The Huffington Post:
Uneasy Times for Black Politicos  —  The (dis) appointment of Roland Burris appears to spin out of unnecessary control at every speeding moment of the news cycle, even as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Illinois chum/senior Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) fail to see the full reality of it.
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Mark Steyn / Orange County Register:
The ‘oldest hatred’ lives, from Gaza to Florida  —  Jew-hating pathologies ultimately harm the Jew-hater, too.  —  Recommend  —  In Toronto, anti-Israel demonstrators yell “You are the brothers of pigs!,” and a protester complains to his interviewer that “Hitler didn't do a good job.”
Discussion: Commentary and five feet of fury
Jacob Weisberg / Slate:
We still don't know how or why Bush made the key decisions of his administration.  —  As George W. Bush once noted, “You never know what your history is going to be like until long after you're gone.”  What I think he was trying to say is that, over time, historians may evolve toward …
Daily Mail:
Protesters clash with police as 100,000 strong London Gaza demo descends into violence … Violent clashes occurred between police and around 20,000 protesters outside the Israeli Embassy in London - with an estimated 100,000 protesters airing their views around the city.
David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site  —  WASHINGTON — President Bush deflected a secret request by Israel last year for specialized bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran's main nuclear complex and told the Israelis that he had authorized new covert action intended …
Carrie Johnson / Washington Post:
Obama Attorney General Pick Eric Holder Facing Increasing Criticism  —  Eric H. Holder Jr. is facing increasing resistance to his bid to become the next attorney general, emerging from President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet nominees as the prime target of Senate Republicans …
Stephen Moore / Wall Street Journal:
‘Atlas Shrugged’: From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years  —  Some years ago when I worked at the libertarian Cato Institute, we used to label any new hire who had not yet read “Atlas Shrugged” a “virgin.”  Being conversant in Ayn Rand's classic novel about the economic carnage caused …
Paul / Power Line:
RACIAL PREFERENCES — THE PLOT THICKENS  —  The Supreme Court has decided to review the Second Circuit's decision in Ricci v. DeStefano.  In that case, New Haven firefighters — one Hispanic and more than a dozen whites — sued the city after they were denied promotion because the city disregarded …
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Obama braces nation for ‘heavy lift’
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Amir Mizroch / Jerusalem Post:
IDF: Army didn't fire on UN truck driver
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
When a C.I.A. Nominee Urged a New York Coup
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
At Defining Moment for G.O.P., a Diverse Choice of Leadership
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