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12:15 PM ET, January 10, 2009

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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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Tim Butcher / Telegraph:
Israeli strike on civilian house may be ‘war crime’ says UN
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and EU Referendum
Digby / Hullabaloo:
The Final Straw  —  It seems that the conservative airbrushers have decided that poor George W. Bush's fantastically successful presidency was derailed by an act of God.  Yes, that's right.  Until Hurricane Katrina, Bush was headed to Mt Rushmore.  It's just so darned unfair.  —  That's ridiculous, of course.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
ONE-WORD ANSWER.... During the campaign, Barack Obama vowed to end the military's “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy, a position that proved to be uncontroversial and generally endorsed by voters.  Since Election Day, however, there have been at least some whispers about the policy and its eventual fate.
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Michelle Goldberg / The New Republic:
The End Of An Error  —  Ok, maybe this makes up for Rick Warren.
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CNN:   Gaza video genuine, journalists say
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
CNN republishes fake atrocity video; Update: CNN responds
Discussion: Macsmind
The Politico:
Dems stew in botched Burris imbroglio  —  Democrats angry over the botched handling of the Roland Burris imbroglio are putting the blame on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin and President-elect Barack Obama — even as new legal developments in Illinois throw the issue back to the Senate again.
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Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Bill Moyers on Israel/Gaza  —  (updated below - Update II)  —  On his PBS Journal Show last night, Bill Moyers delivered a poignant essay on Israel/Gaza (video below).  The whole segment is worth watching — it begins with coverage of a mostly ignored anti-war march this week in Washington …
johnny dollar's place:
'Alan Colmes, You're a Great American'  —  J$P Video!  Alan signs off the last Hannity & Colmes:
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 …
Mike Allen / The Politico:
4 million jobs - Obama ups the ante  —  Featured Topics: - Barack Obama - Presidential Transition  —  President-elect Obama raised the jobs forecast for his stimulus plan from 3 million to as many as 4 million on Saturday, upping the ante of his economic blueprint for the second time in three weeks.
David Frum:
“She Doesn't Have a Well-Informed Worldview.”  —  Mrs Frum appeared on The O'Reilly Factor last night to discuss Gov. Sarah Palin's interview for John Ziegler's “How Obama Got Elected” project.  But the negative words quoted in the headlines aren't Danielle's.
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David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Pictured: The moment a $3million ransom was parachuted to Somali pirates … This is the dramatic moment a ransom of $3million was paid to Somali pirates to end the world's biggest ship hijacking.  —  The canister full of cash was parachuted onto the Sirius Star - observed by the U.S. Navy …
New York Times:
No Instruction Manual as Stimulus Bill Takes Shape  —  WASHINGTON — The fresh evidence on Friday of the economy's downward spiral focused even more attention on two questions: Is the stimulus package being pushed by President-elect Barack Obama big enough?  And will the component parts …
Watts Up With That?:
“The good news is, if this sucker blows, global warming is not going to be a problem. ”  —  Some worrisome news from Greg Laden's Science blog, also in the running for Best Science Blog  —  Note: Image below was not part of the original story  —  This images indicates Yellowstone earthquake from the past week.
 
 
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Pedro Nicolaci da Costa / Reuters:
Great Depression jobs parallel may not be far flung
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
BBC criticised over broadcast by £19 million Arabic TV station
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Ben Nuckols / Associated Press:
Baltimore mayor indicted on theft, perjury charges
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
CERTIFIABLE  —  Okay, fine, Blagojevich is clearly insane.
Discussion: D-Day and Emptywheel
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Conyers's opposition to Gupta is connected to Michael Moore