Israel sends ground troops into Gaza; Congress wrangles over Obama's stimulus bill.

A summary of what's in the major U.S. newspapers.
Jan. 4 2009 8:00 AM

Israeli Troops March on Gaza

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The LAT fronts a piece on the sealing of "Smuggler's Gulch," a sizeable canyon that has served as a conduit for illegal immigrants on California's border. In 2005, the Bush administration bypassed environmental regulations so that bulldozers could raze the geographic formation, and now it's done.

And the WP surveys security preparations for Barack Obama's inauguration in Washington, D.C. Historic numbers of national guard troops and other security professionals will be called up for the festivities, armed with new crowd-control technologies like sonar-based loud speakers. (Does that mean Obama's inauguration isn't dolphin-safe?) Interestingly, the paper says there are "no indications that large numbers of demonstrators are coming to Obama's swearing-in."

Barron YoungSmith is the former online editor of the New Republic.