The Note’s Must-Reads for Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Dec 31, 2008 5:06am

Compiled by ABC News’ PETER MARTINEZ, CARRIE HALPERIN, KRISTEN RED-HORSE, JAYCE HENDERSON and STEPHANIE WASH

2008: ABC NEWS VIDEOS:

"Blago Appoints Burris to Senate" LINK

"Making Sense of Burris Appointment" LINK

"Obama’s Plan for World’s Hot Spots" LINK

"Killed, Wounded Overwhelm Gaza Hospital" LINK

"Printer Pressed for Inauguration Invites" LINK

2008: CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST:

ABC News’ Mimi Daher: "Arabs Root for Gazans, Fear Repercussions of Attacks" LINK

The Associated Press’ Matti Friedman: "Israeli Leaders Reject Immediate Gaza Truce" LINK

The New York Times’ Ethan Bronner and Taghreed El-Khodary: "Amid a Buildup of Its Forces, Israel Ponders a Cease-Fire" LINK

The New York Times’ Robert F. Worth: "Moderate Arab States Feel Popular Anger" LINK

The New York Times’ Isabel Kershner: "Despite Deeper Strikes, Israelis Vow to Soldier On" LINK

The Washington Post’s Griff Witte: "Israel Presses on With Gaza Strikes" LINK

The Washington Post’s Griff Witte: "Behind Gaza operation, An uneasy Triumvirate" LINK

Bloomberg’s Saud Abu Ramadan and Jonathan Ferziger: “Defiant Hamas Says It Can Outlast Israel as Gaza Strip Smolders” LINK

Time Magazine’s Tony Karon: “Israel versus Hamas: How to Shape a Ceasefire” LINK

2008: ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ROD BLAGOJEVICH and the SENATE SEAT:

ABC News’ Huma Khan: "Scandal-Plagued Blagojevich Taps Roland Burris for Barack Obama’s Senate Seat" LINK

ABC News’ Deanna Bellandi: "Defiant Ill. Governor Fills Obama’s Senate Seat" LINK

ABC News’ Scott Michels and Z. Byron Wolf: "Can U.S. Senate Refuse to Seat Burris?" LINK

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf, Theresa Cook and Emma Schwartz: "Outrage Greets Blagojevich Power Play" LINK

USA Today’s Judy Keen: "Blagojevich names Burris to fill Senate seat" LINK

USA Today’s Kathy Kiely: "Senate aims to block Blagojevich’s move" LINK

The Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: "Defiant Blagojevich names Obama successor" LINK

The Associated Press’ Matthew Lee: "Bush calls Abbas to discuss Gaza" LINK

The New York Times’ Carl Hulse: "Democrats Seek to Block Appointee" LINK

The Washington Post’s Eli Saslow and Hamil R. Harris: "Degrees of Separation? Not in Illinois Politics" LINK

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: "Blagojevich Makes Senate Pick Despite Democrats’ Objections" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s David Kesmodel and Douglas Belkin: “Blagojevich Names Choice for Obama Senate Seat” LINK

Bloomberg’s Joe Carroll and James Rowley: “Obama, Democrats Move to Block Blagojevich’s Senate Appointment” LINK

The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus : "Obama Sides With Senate Dems Against Blagojevich" LINK

The Hill’s Mike Soraghan: "Senate Pick Bogs Obama Down In Racial Politics" LINK

The Hill’s Susan Crabtree: "Questions Surround Blagojevich Appointment" LINK

Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown & Mike Allen: "Obama Calls Blago Move ‘Disappointing’" LINK

2008: PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA AND THE WHITE HOUSE TRANSITION:

ABC News’ Special Index for the 44th President: LINK

The New York Times’ Peter Baker: "Home Sweet Hotel Suite for Obamas in the Capital" LINK

The Washington Post’s Michael D. Shear: "Obama’s One President Gambit" LINK

The Washington Post’s Jose Antonio Vargas: "E-Hail To the Chief" LINK

The Washington Post: "Elmendorf Tapped for Congressional Budget Office" LINK

The Boston Globe’s Michael Kranish: “With Obama, D.C. residents hope for a voice” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Ray Long and Rick Pearson: “Defiant Illinois governor names Obama replacement” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Peter Nicholas: “Obama plans to campaign for economic stimulus package” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Michael Barone: “President-elect intent on rewriting the rules” LINK

Boston Herald Op-Ed by Michael Gerson: “Barack Obama needs honeymoon” LINK

The Hill’s Sam Youngman: "Obama dismisses Bush Pentagon appointees " LINK

Politico’s Chris Frates: "Transition hosts health care meetings" LINK

Politico’s Carol E. Lee: "Protests interrupt Obama’s paradise" LINK

Newsweek’s Hasan Jaber: "What Happens Next?" LINK

Newsweek’s Jean-Louis Borloo: "It’s Time To Get Going On Nukes" LINK

Newsweek’s Kishore Mahbubani: "Fixing Uncle Sam’s Image Problem" LINK

2008: PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA AND THE INAUGURATION:

ABC News’ David Muir: "Printer Crafts 1 Million Inaugural Invitations" LINK

Politico’s Amie Parnes: "Hollywood A-listers Spend Big Bucks On Inauguration" LINK

2008: MADOFF SCAM:

The New York Times’ Lynnley Browing: "Madoff Spotlight Turns to Role of Offshore Funds" LINK

2008: AUTO INDUSTRY:

USA Today’s Chris Woodyard: "Auto dealers offer cash back, low rates, 2-for-1 sales" LINK

The Washington Times’ Patrice Hill: "GM uses bailout to lure car buyers" LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s John D. Stoll: “With U.S. Help, GMAC Revs Up Car Loans” LINK

2008: ECONOMY:

USA Today’s Adam Shell: "5 stock experts foresee 2009 rebound" LINK

USA Today’s Laura Petrecca and Theresa Howard: "Spending on New Year’s Eve parties falls in tough economy" LINK

ABC News’ Scott Mayerowitz: "Foreclosure at the Mall" LINK

The Washington Times’ Timothy Warren: "As retailers suffer, thrift stores thrive" LINK

The Washington Times’ Gabriella Boston: "Slump in economy doesn’t worsen crime" LINK

The New York Times’ Eric Dash and Vikas Bajaj: "In 2009, Economy Will Depend on Unlocking Credit" LINK

The New York Times’ Vikas Bajaj and Bill Vlasic: "GMAC Makes It Easier to Get a Car Loan" LINK

The Washington Post’s Robert O’Harrow Jr. and Brady Dennis: "Downgrades and Downfall" LINK

The Washington Post’s Renae Merle: "Recession Weighs on Home Prices, Consumers" LINK

The Washington Post’s Binyamin Appelbaum: "Treasury’s Bailout Promises Runneth Over" LINK

The Boston Globe’s Beth Healy: “$135b still frozen by an early ’08 debacle” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ William Heisel: ‘Creative borrowing catches up with California cities” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Tom Petruno: “Apple shares drop as Jobs health rumors resurface” LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ Meg James: “Viacom, Time Warner Cable face midnight deadline” LINK

Boston Herald Wire Service: “Holiday retail results hit 38-year low” LINK

Bloomberg’s Ron Harui: “Dollar Heads for Biggest Annual Drop against Yen in Two Decades” LINK

Bloomberg’s Matthew Benjamin: “Americans under 70 May Find 2008 Was Their Least Favorite Year” LINK

2008: CAROLINE KENNEDY:

The Associated Press’ Jennifer Peltz: "Kennedy ‘you knows’ tic off political audiences" LINK

The New York Times’ Nicholas Confessore and Jeremy W. Peters: "For Kennedy, Self-Promotion Is Unfamiliar" LINK

2008: CURRENT ADMINISTRATION:

ABC News’ Ariane de Vogue: "Is Pardon Reversal a Sign of a Broken System?" LINK

The Washington Times’ Richard Tomkins: "New rules complicate Iraq mission" LINK

The New York Times’ William Glaberson: "Judge Agrees with Bush in Ruling on 2 Detainees" LINK

The Washington Post’s Nelson Hernandez: "For Bush, Happy Trails to Crawford" LINK

The Los Angeles Times’ James Oliphant: “Bush never recovered from response to Katrina, former aides say” LINK

The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez: “Gonzales Defends Role in Antiterror Policies” LINK

Bloomberg’s Katherine Burton: “Paulson Criticizes Hedge-Fund Managers for Limiting Withdrawals” LINK

2008: DEMOCRATS/GOP:

The Wall Street Journal’s Naftali Bendavid: “Democrats are Concerned over Stimulus Plan Delays” LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "Greer Floats Potential RNC Candidacy" LINK

2008: SENATE:

The New York Times’ Michael Falcone: "After Unofficial Tally, Senator Trails Rival in Minnesota Race" LINK

2008: SENATOR JOHN McCAIN:

The Associated Press: "Lobbyist Linked by Times to McCain Sues Paper" LINK

The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus: "Lobbyist Sues New York Times Over McCain Affair Story" LINK

2008: ELECTION:

The Wall Street Journal’s Brad Haynes: “Franken leads by 50 Votes with Absentees left to Count in Minnesota” LINK

The Hill’s Reid Wilson: "Sen. Cornyn Says Senate Shouldn’t Seat Franken" LINK

2008: ENERGY/ENVIRONMENT:

Newsweek’s Raj Singh: "Coping with Climate" LINK

2008: MUMBAI:

The Wall Street Journal’s Zahid Hussain, Matthew Rosenberg and Peter Wonacott: “Pakistan’s Probe Finds Local Links to Attacks on Mumbai” LINK

2008: OTHER MUST-READS:

ABC News Nightline: "Closing Arguments: 2008′s Biggest Villain?" LINK

USA Today’s Andrea Stone: "Troop deaths in wars at lowest" LINK

USA Today’s Alan Gomez: "50 years later, Cuba eyes Castro" LINK

USA Today’s Traci Watson: "NASA reports more details on Columbia" LINK

USA Today’s Haya El Nasser: "Fewer Americans move out of state" LINK

USA Today’s Rick Jervis: "Katrina cottage occupants face new displacement" LINK

USA Today’s Cathy Lynn Grossman: "Year in religion: Political plays, papal visit and battle over gays" LINK

The Washington Post’s Jerry Markon: "Lobbyist Sues N.Y. Times, Saying It Falsely Alleged Affair With McCain" LINK

The Associated Press’ Stephen Graham: "Pakistan kills 3 in Afghan supply route operation" LINK

Bloomberg’s Andy Fixmer and Adam Satariano: “Viacom May Pull Channels off Time Warner Cable in Contract Spat” LINK

Time Magazine’s Ada Calhoun: “Facebook’s War on Nipples” LINK

Time Magazine’s Siobhan Morrisey: “Should the Military be called in for Natural Disasters?” LINK

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