There Is No Let-up in the Fighting in Gaza
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Israel's invasion of Gaza continues and so does Hamas rocket fire. We hear from both sides today and update the fighting and the diplomacy. Also, Barack Obama arrives on Capitol Hill, and Al Franken has been certified as the Senator from Minnesota. But it's not over yet. Roland Burris may not be the only appointee from Illinois.
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Barack Obama Goes to Washington ()
Two weeks from tomorrow, Barack Obama will be sworn in as president of the United States. Today, he was on Capitol Hill for meetings with leaders of Congress, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Reporter Margaret Talev covers Congress and national politics for McClatchy Newspapers.
There Is No Let-up in the Fighting in Gaza ()
The invasion of Gaza is 10 days old, and there's no sign of a slowdown. Israel says the invasion will go on until Hamas can no longer fire rockets over the border. Hamas says the rockets won't stop. More than 500 Palestinians have died in the past 10 days; 2600 have been wounded. Five Israelis have died from Hamas rocket fire. While European leaders work for a ceasefire, the US says it has to be "durable and sustainable." We update the fighting and the diplomacy.
- Kevin Peraino: Jerusalem Bureau Chief, Newsweek
- Uri Dromi: Senior Aide, then-Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
- Daoud Kuttab: Palestinian journalist, @daoudkuttab
- Rami Khouri: Editor at Large, Beirut's Daily Star, @RamiKhouri
- Aaron David Miller: former Middle East peace negotiator, @aarondmiller2
Musical Chairs to a Discordant Tune in the US Senate ()
The new US Senate is scheduled to be sworn in tomorrow, but not all the seats will be filled. Former comedian Al Franken will be certified as the next US Senator from Minnesota, but the battle with Norm Coleman is not over. Roland Burris has not been certified as Barack Obama’s replacement from Illinois, but he insists that Governor Rod Blagojevich's nomination is good enough. Josh Kraushaar is political correspondent for Politico.
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