Gaza; Barack's Back in Town; Senate Appointees

We won't solve the Middle East crisis today, but the question appears to be why has this fighting broken out now? Bob says that Israel wanted to pre-empt Barak Obama and create a crisis before he gets into office; Arianna wants to know the end goal. Tony says Arafat rejected the only viable two-state solution that Clinton proposed, and the rest is history. Will the stimulus package be big enough? Is there a spotlight bright enough to shine on abusers and fraud-mongers? Tony says we've got to expect fraud and abuse, you can't spend trillions quickly and efficiently. And will Blagojevich's Burris be seated? Will Caroline inherit a throne?