The First Draft, Monday Dec. 29

December 29, 2008

WASHINGTON – Israeli air attacks in Gaza dominate morning talk shows and front pages of major U.S. newspapers. The attacks pushed up oil prices by more than $3 a barrel to over $40. Gold prices also moved higher. Nevertheless, U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Wall Street in what is expected to be a light trading.tanks2

President-elect Barack Obama remains in Hawaii and President George W. Bush is at his ranch in Texas.

Winter weather extremes and dismal holiday shopping season featured on morning talk shows.

Those who really enjoyed 2008 — there must be a few of you out there — will be glad to hear that the year will last a little bit longer.  The world’s timkeepers are preparing to add a special “leap second” on Wednesday just before the clock strikes midnight to take into account the slowing of the earth’s rotation.


REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun (Israeli tanks move just outside the northern Gaza Strip)


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It’s about time Israel did something, they have been putting up with this garbage for long enough.

Posted by Johnny B Good | Report as abusive

we should understand what is happening, iran and syria would attack israel now, but they know they will get a pounding.,so they get the palestinians to what they are frightened to do them selves.if israel let down their defenses every country in the middle east would join in the frenzy.this an example to america if there is a perception of weakness like during the 90s under obama then look out.they only respect strenght.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive