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The Monitor’s sort-of-annual listing of recommended websites and blogs is a little different this time. Previous listings were an amalgam of readers’ favorites and the Monitor’s own choices; this one is purely the Monitor’s concoction.

There are plenty of additional sites that could have been included, but for the sake of space and sanity the decision was made to highlight only those to which the Monitor repairs on a more than occasional basis. Most of the sites listed can be characterized as centrist-conservative, reflecting the Monitor’s preferences and prejudices. But there are those – The Daily Howler, The New Republic and Haaretz are the obvious examples – that are anything but right-wing.

The list has been assembled in no particular order.

Jewish Current Issues jpundit.typepead.com
Seraphic Secret seraphicpress.blogspot.com
Dean?s World deanesmay.com
Slate www.slate.msn.com
TimesWatch www.timeswatch.org
The Buck Stops Here stuartbuck.blogspot.com
The National Debate www.thenationaldebate.com
Spinsanity spinsanity.org
The New Republic newrepublic.com
Front Page Mag frontpagemag.com
Fightin? With Grabes guanubian.blogspot.com
Boker Tov, Boulder bokertov.typepad.com
Little Green Footballs ()littlegreenfootballs.com
The Daily Howler dailyhowler.com
Pejmanesque pejmanesque.com
The Jerusalem Post www.jpost.com
Captain?s Quarters captainsquartersblog.com
Buzz Machine buzzmachine.com
The Zionist Conspiracy jschick.blogspot.com
Israel Insider israelinsider.com
Haaretz haaretz.com
Romenesko poynter.org/medianews
Real Clear Politics www.realclearpolitics.com
Media Research Center www.mrc.org
Scrappleface scrappleface.com 
Maariv International maarivinternational.com
LILEKS lileks.com
Power Line powerlineblog.com
Weekly Standard/Daily Standard www.weeklystandard.com
Roger L. Simon rogerlsimon.com
Democracy For the Middle East dfme.org
Baseball Crank baseballcrank.com
Urban Legends Reference snopes.com
Rantingprofs rantingprofs.typepad.com
InstaPundit instapundit.com
Hugh Hewitt hughhewitt.com
Oh, That Liberal Media thatliberalmedia.com 
Belgravia Dispatch belgraviadispatch.com

About the Author: Jason Maoz is the Senior Editor of The Jewish Press.


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