The latest news on Hamas
Two key factors: A six-month cease-fire ended and Israel faces a pivotal election in February.
The death toll rose to at least 315 and another 1,400 wounded.
If they don't, incoming President Obama could face an immediate Mideast crisis.
A Bush legacy, Palestinian radicalism, and an Israeli right turn will burden any peacemaking effort.
The region has gone from bad to worse to horrible.
A Lebanese militant convicted of murder will be traded for two Israeli soldiers who are possibly dead.
For Israelis, the angst over paying a high price for the return of captured soldiers, alive or dead.
Obama to forgo federal campaign financing, Israel and Hamas set a cease-fire, and Midwest floods.
With high gas prices, Bush renewed his call for offshore drilling.
With Egypt playing the middleman, the process allows for deniability on both sides.