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2:15 PM ET, January 11, 2009


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‘This Week’ Transcript: Barack Obama  —  George Stephanopoulos' Exlusive Interview with President-Elect Barack Obama  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Hello, again.  In nine days he will be president of the United States.  This morning Barack Obama is our exclusive headliner.Welcome back to THIS WEEK.
Bill Sammon / Fox News:
Bush Says He Refused to Bail Out Republicans With Iraq Withdrawal  —  President Bush exudes serenity as he prepares to leave office, content that the war in Iraq is nearly won and he had the fortitude to buck his party despite incredible pressure to withdraw.  —
Ali Frick / Think Progress:
Bush: I Personally Authorized Torture Of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed  —  In an interview with Brit Hume that aired today on Fox News Sunday, President Bush admitted that he personally authorized the torture of 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.  He said he personally asked “what tools” …
Frank Rich / New York Times:
Eight Years of Madoffs  —  THREE days after the world learned that $50 billion may have disappeared in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, The Times led its front page of Dec. 14 with the revelation of another $50 billion rip-off.  This time the vanished loot belonged to American taxpayers.
Discussion: QandO, and The Mahablog
Tom Segev / Washington Post:
Peace Is No Longer in Sight  —  At the end of the 10th day of Israel's operation in the Gaza Strip, I was zapping between Israeli, Arab and international TV channels.  The pictures grew more gruesome from moment to moment.  Then a friend called to tell me that Mezzo, a French concert channel …
Discussion: War in Context and The E&P Pub
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
IAF targets 20 smuggling tunnels along Philadelphi Corridor  —  IAF planes on Sunday afternoon attacked at least twenty smuggling tunnels along the Philadelphi Corridor, on Gaza's southern border with Egypt.  The tunnels were being used to smuggle weaponry into Gaza, according to the IDF.
Yaakov Katz / Jerusalem Post:
IDF likely to expand Gaza op before cease-fire is imposed
Andrew Martin / New York Times:
At McDonald's, the Happiest Meal Is Hot Profits  —  Tinton Falls, N.J.  —  CHRIS WARD, 23, didn't go to McDonald's much because it wasn't open late enough for after-hours snacks.  —  Casey Fillian, 32, and her friend Carol Milano, 33, gave up their teenage McDonald's habit when they became more health-conscious adults.
Discussion: Matthew Yglesias
John / Power Line:
Manufacturing Disaster  —  It is commonly said that by storing weapons in mosques and firing rockets and mortars from residential areas and school yards, Hamas is using human shields in Gaza, a war crime.  But the truth is really worse than that.  Hamas doesn't endanger civilians in hopes …
Discussion: The Corner
Bono / New York Times:
Notes From the Chairman  —  Once upon a couple of weeks ago ...  I'm in a crush in a Dublin pub around New Year's.  Glasses clinking clicking, clashing crashing in Gaelic revelry: swinging doors, sweethearts falling in and out of the season's blessings, family feuds subsumed or resumed.
Dave Newbart / Chicago Sun Times:
Vandals deface three local synagogues  —  Vandals spray-painted the words “Death to Israel” on two synagogues and a Jewish school early Saturday in three separate incidents police say could be linked and are being investigated as hate crimes.  —  In each case, the vandals — at times donning masks …
Anthony H. Cordesman / CSIS:
DATE OF PUBLICATION: … SYNOPSIS:  —  The Israeli-Hamas War, and there is little else that it can be called, has now lasted two weeks.  Israeli jets have flown some 800 strike sorties, and the IDF has pushed deep into Gaza.  Israel also continues to report tactical gains.
Associated Press:
MI Chief: Hamas hurt in Gaza, but it will fight on  —  Two of Israel's top defense officials said Sunday that Hamas' infrastructure and personnel have been badly damaged by Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip, but felt certain the group would fight on.  —  Military Intelligence chief Major …
Discussion: Jeffrey Goldberg, Haaretz and Reuters
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Francesca Segal / Guardian:
Francesca Segal on how antisemitism means she no longer feels safe in Britain
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Paul Watson / Los Angeles Times:
Behind the lines with the Taliban
Discussion: Corrente and On Deadline
Michelle Levi / CBS News:
Burris: What Blago Did Was Good For U.S.
Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Standing Between Enemies
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Public Servant's Private Stint at Issue
Discussion:, and AmSpecBlog
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Solis pressed on jobs report, card-check
Discussion: RedState and RBO
Edith M. Lederer / Associated Press:
Palestinian minister warns of ‘disrespect’ in Gaza
Discussion: Preemptive Karma
Wall Street Journal:
President Gulliver's Lawyer
Discussion: Power Line