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5:55 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.
Tim Fernholz / American Prospect:
NEW STIMULUS ANALYSIS.  —  The transition team has just released a report that analyzes the potential effects of the stimulus package, written by incoming Council of Economic Advisors Chair Christina Romer and Vice-President-elect Biden's Chief Economic Advisor, Jared Bernstein.
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.
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.
Discussion: Commentary and Don Surber
David Gardner / Daily Mail:
Pictured: The moment a $3million ransom was parachuted to Somali pirates
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 …
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
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Burris may return to D.C. to demand seat  —  Roland Burris may return to Washington next week to demand that he be accepted as the legitimate Senate appointee to replace President-elect Barack Obama and be sworn into office, according to a Burris adviser.  —  If Burris' appointment is not accepted …
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.
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 …
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 …
Sam Roberts / New York Times:
When a C.I.A. Nominee Urged a New York Coup  —  President-elect Barack Obama's nominee as C.I.A. director plotted his first coup when he was in City Hall.  —  Before he became a California congressman and later chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, Leon E. Panetta was hired in 1970 …
Discussion: Gothamist
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Amir Mizroch / Jerusalem Post:
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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
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Breast cancer gene-free baby born
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Great Depression jobs parallel may not be far flung
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