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Israeli Troops Launch Attack on Gaza


JERUSALEM — Israeli tanks and troops swept across the border into Gaza on Saturday night, opening a ground war against the militant group Hamas after a week of intense airstrikes.

Israel’s stated goal was to destroy the infrastructure of Hamas, the militant Islamic group that controls Gaza’s government, and the military warned that the campaign could take “many long days.”

The assault brings new risks and the prospect of many new casualties on both sides in a confrontation that, before this phase began, had already cost the lives of more than 430 Palestinians and 4 Israelis.

(VIDEO) Prop 8: The Musical

“Prop 8: The Musical” may be a 3-minute Internet video, but it has a blockbuster cast — including Jack Black (who plays Jesus), Neil Patrick Harris, John C. Reilly, Andy Richter, Maya Rudolph, Margaret Cho, Rashida Jones and others.

As of Thursday, the clip had clearly ascended to viral status, with more than 1.1 million views on FunnyOrDie.com.

Rahm Emanuel’s Replacement: Just A ‘Seat-Warmer’?

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A host of Chicago politicians are lining up to run for Rahm Emanuel\’s soon-to-be-vacant Congressional seat. But the lucky winner may only have the office for a single term, Greg Hinz reports in Crain\’s Chicago Business.

The reason, Hinz says, is because of talk that Emanuel might only serve as Obama\’s chief of staff for two years and would like to return to his old seat upon leaving the White House:

[T]here’s an intriguing wrinkle in the race for Mr. Emanuel’s seat: talk that he really only wants to serve as chief of staff for two years, and wants a mere seat-warmer who would give the job back when Rahm so requests.

Mr. Emanuel’s spokeswoman terms that talk “false and ridiculous.” But at least one source, who claims to have discussed the possibility with Rahmbo personally, says he really was reluctant to give up the seat and really would like to keep his options open to reclaim it down the road.

If that talk is true, look for municipal finance banker John Borovicka, Mr. Emanuel’s chief of staff, to run for the House and for Mr. Emanuel to cut lots of Chicago-style deals to get it for him. (Mr. Borovicka, who also has never run for anything, says he’s thinking about running but has “no plans” to seek it.)

Think Progress » Foley: I’m not a pedophile because the pages were almost 18.

Former Rep. Mark Foley, the Florida Republican who resigned his seat two years ago after his sexually-explicit messages with underage male pages became public, has broken his silence, telling reporters that he's sorry and promising to "find my way back."

In an interview with The Associated Press' Brian Skoloff, Foley spoke of his "extraordinarily stupid" and "profoundly regrettable" behavior and acknowledged a drinking problem that caused his life to spiral out of control..

Biden disses ‘Joe the Plumber’

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Joe Biden says he doesn't know any plumbers that make $250K.

Joe Biden says he doesn’t know any plumbers that make $250K.

(CNN) — Joe Biden sounded skeptical of “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher’s working-class credentials Thursday.

Watch: ‘Joe the plumber’ presses Obama

“You notice John [McCain] continues to cling to the notion of this guy Joe the plumber,” Biden said on NBC’s Today show. “I don’t have any Joe the plumbers in my neighborhood that make $250,000 a year that are worried.”

Watch: ‘Joe the plumber’ on debate

“The Joe the plumbers in my neighborhood, the Joe the cops in my neighborhood, the Joe the grocery store owners in my neighborhood — they make, like 98 percent of the small businesses, less than $250,000 a year,” said the Democratic VP nominee. “And they’re going to do very well under us, and they’re going to be in real tough shape under John McCain.”

Watch: Moos: Plumbing the debate

McCain cited Wurzelbacher, who questioned Obama about his tax plan during a recent Ohio campaign swing, as someone would face higher taxes under the Democrat’s economic proposals.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters in the United States in 2007 was $47,350.

Proposition 8 … How will you vote?

If you live in California, please vote on Proposition 8

The Politics of Hate

Instead of discussing the real issues plaguing Americans, McCain and Palin have turned to fear-mongering and race-baiting, stoking the prejudices of their supporters. The situation has become so critical that we’ve teamed up with Color of Change to put an end to these dangerous mob scenes.