The Georgia Mae Morning News

An audio message reportedly from al Qaeda’s deputy chief Ayman al-Zawahiri vows revenge for Israel’s air and ground assault on Gaza and calls the Jewish state’s actions against Hamas militants “a gift” from U.S. President-elect Barack Obama. In the message
al-Zawahiri addresses Muslims in Gaza and said the violence “is one part of a series of a crusade war against Islam and these air strikes are a gift from Obama before he takes office, and (Egyptian President) Hosni Mubarak, that traitor, is the main partner in your siege and killing.” CNN

Slowing tax revenues and a historic bailout of the U.S. financial system will send the budget deficit soaring toward $1 trillion this year, President-elect Barack Obama said yesterday, and the debt stands to get substantially deeper if Obama wins approval of a massive economic stimulus plan. Obama warned that even if the package of spending and tax cuts helps restore the nation’s immediate economic health, the government is likely to be left with “trillion-dollar deficits for years to come” unless policymakers “make a change in the way that Washington does business.” Washington Post

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Rules Committee that soon could take up Burris’ case, broke with her Senate colleagues Tuesday to support Roland Burris in his controversial bid to assume Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat. Feinstein said Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has the right to appoint a senator despite the allegations of corruption against him, a statement that flew in the face of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s assertion that Burris should not be seated in part because the move would be tainted by the Blagojevich scandal.

The Israeli military is halting its military operations in Gaza for three hours today to allow residents of the Hamas-ruled Palestinian territory to obtain supplies. The temporary cease-fire will take place in the “whole of the Gaza Strip” from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET) and is scheduled to take place every other day. CNN

The Obama transition team has approached Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, about becoming U.S. surgeon general. (Is it me or is Obama putting together the sexiest administration ever? I’m just sayin’…) Sources say Gupta was in Chicago, Illinois, in November to meet with President-elect Barack Obama on the matter. In addition to his career as a neurosurgeon and a CNN correspondent, Gupta has served as a White House fellow and in 1997 as a special adviser to then-first lady Hillary Clinton. CNN



  1. Two thoughts:

    – Yeaaaa Dr. Gupta. I really do like him. I saw him when he was a correspondent on ABC because he was often a guess on Good Morning America. Then I started watching his segments on CNN. So – I like that I positively recognize a face that Obama’s picked, and I actually respect him.

    – When I read the article about the IRS relaxing its collection of taxes, I thought, how are we supposed to spend billions if we don’t collect billions. I’m not an accountant, nor was a finance major, but I know if I put money in the bank, I can’t take any out. So, although I’m not a fan of taxes any more than most people, I don’t understand why we wouldn’t be concerned that tax revenues are down.

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