January 2nd, 2009
08:47 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Ground Offensive?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/meast/01/01/israel.gaza/art.rubble.gi.jpg caption="Palestinian firefighters pour water Thursday on the rubble of the home of Hamas commander Nizar Rayan."]

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

Israel appears poised for a ground offensive as tanks and troops line the border. Israelis opened the border briefly to allow foreign nationals to leave, but are not allowing journalists to enter Gaza. Israeli TV is reporting that hospitals near the border have also been evacuated, perhaps to make way for mass casualties.

It could be the Israeli military believes it’s hard to snuff out Hamas weaponry by aerial attacks alone, though of course the risk for the Israeli military in any ground offensive would be soldier casualties as they are sure to encounter booby traps awaiting their troops if/when they did cross the border.

As rockets continue to fly into southern Israel from Gaza, and Israel continues its 7th day of air strikes against Hamas targets, protests to end the siege are planned by Palestinian groups across the USA and other parts of the world. Nic Robertson and other CNN correspondents n the region will offer the latest tonight.

P-E Obama bids Hawaii “aloha", ending his family vacation and making his way over to D.C via Chicago. The family should be at the nation’s capital by Sunday so that the young daughters can start school on Monday. They will stay at the Hay-Adams hotel in the interim before the move to the White House.

The hotel has a colorful past, it is said to be haunted by Henry Adams beloved wife “Clover” who committed suicide in 1885. Apparently she only makes appearances in December though, so the Obama family is probably thinking "phew".

There are reports that Obama plans to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday to discuss his economic stimulus plan, we may get more details on this plan today.

You may be surprised by the different clientele showing up these days at pawn shops across the country and the transactions taking place, Gary Tuchman has this story tonight.

Alaska turns 50 yrs old today, Gov. Sarah Palin will be among the officials addressing the crowd gathering to celebrate. Maybe she’ll sing Happy Birthday to her home state. See u later!

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Teresa, OH

    The pawn shop story should be a great one. I can't wait to see it. What happens when the pawn shop owners run out of money and are left with lots of merchandise? Who do they turn to for cash?

    re: "This may sound harsh but the reality is some of these people need to do away with their high priced cars and high priced living and stop trying to keep up with the Jones’ then ..."

    Cindy: you are still under the misnomer that regular citizens are responsible for the current financial situation. The economy is not in distress because of regular folks making bad money decisions or trying to keep up with the Jones's. ( I bet you had a wonderful childhood meandering around dad's pawn shops. I would have loved it !! )

    The USA has no business in the Israel/ Hamas conflict.

    January 2, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  2. Michelle

    Can anyone really resolve the conflict between Israel and
    Hamas ? The reporting from Nic Robertson from the region
    last night was very intense. I look forward to tonight's program.
    Thanks for an awesome 360 last night.

    January 2, 2009 at 11:15 am |
  3. Michelle D. Fonthill,Ont

    Good Morning Penny
    Happy New Year !
    The violence in Isreal is getting worse by the minute it was frightening to see Nic Roberston hiding behind the car i hope he can stay safe . Poor Obama having to leave the aloha behind now the real fun begins transitioning to power . Thanks for the buzz !
    have a great day
    Michelle D.

    January 2, 2009 at 9:19 am |
  4. Cindy

    I hope that there can be some agreement made between Israel and Hamas and that a ground invasion is not used by Israel. There is no turning back once that happens. Plus there will be many, many more deaths of innocents and soldiers alike. I hope Rice and others can talk some sense into both parties involved and get a cease fire and get them working towards some type of closure to this problem.

    My dad owned several pawn shops as I was growing up and I still know people who own some also. People of all backgrounds have always came to them. But now it seems that more than ever they are going to them. This may sound harsh but the reality is some of these people need to do away with their high priced cars and high priced living and stop trying to keep up with the Jones' then they wouldn't have to pawn their stuff. Cause let's be realistic here...pawn shops don't give you what your items are really worth. They have to give you less so that they can make a profit when they sell the stuff....if you sell it to them or if you fail to pay to get it out in time.


    January 2, 2009 at 9:09 am |