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7:20 PM ET, December 26, 2011

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Eric Dondero / Right Wing News:
Statement from fmr. Ron Paul staffer on Newsletters, Anti-Semitism  —  Fmr. Senior Aide, US Cong. Ron Paul, 1997 - 2003  —  Campaign Coordinator, Ron Paul for Congress, 1995/96  —  National Organizer, Draft Ron Paul for President, 1991/92  —  Travel Aide/Personal Asst. Ron Paul, Libertarian for President
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Ron Paul, In 1996, ‘Did Not Deny’ Controversial Statement In Newsletter
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
GOP hopefuls poised to go ‘back to war’
Discussion: Hot Air and Don Surber
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
The Freedom To Oppress: Why Ron Paul's Old Racist Newsletters Matter
Richard Winger / Ballot Access News:
Virginia 2011 Independent Candidate for Legislature has Big Impact on 2012 Presidential Primary  —  There are currently many news stories and blog discussions about the Virginia presidential primary ballot access law.  Some large blogs, such as Red State, have over 300 comments about the story.
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Moe Lane:
Did the VA GOP change the rules on primary ballot access in November 2011?  —  Apparently, yes.  —  Richard Winger over at Ballot Access News has an EXTREMELY interesting post (link via here) on the mess that the Virginia Republican party has found itself in over... access to the ballot in Virginia.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Many Iowans struggle with political indecision
Alan Duke / CNN:
Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce  —  Editor's note: Alan Duke grew up in Carrollton, Georgia, and began his career covering politics there.  He began covering Newt Gingrich during Gingrich's first campaigns for public office.
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Schumer bro-in-law judge nod stuns NJ  —  Sen. Charles Schumer's brother-in-law was quietly nominated this month to a federal judgeship in New Jersey — a move that has some in the Garden State crying political foul, The Post has learned.  —  Kevin McNulty, who is married to Schumer's sister …
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
Schumer in-law offered judgeship
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rich Lowry / National Review:
“We Don't Have Our ‘A Team’ on the Field”  —  Speaking of discontent with the Republican field, I talked the other day to a pretty prominent conservative officeholder who's constantly been discussing with people around the country the possibility of a new entrant or a push to draft someone.  But who?
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Fear and Loathing at BWI  —  BALTIMORE-WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT  —  They'll call final boarding in less than an hour, so there's no time now for a lot of fancy stuff.  I'm scheduled for a three-hour flight to Detroit, a one-hour layover and then a 40-minute hop to Cedar Rapids.
Discussion: Daily Pundit and Washington Post
Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
While focus is now Iowa, GOP can't sleep on Florida  —  The attention may be focused on the Republican presidential contests around the corner in Iowa and New Hampshire, but the candidates ignore what's under way in Florida at their peril.  —  More Florida Republicans — about 370,000 …
Discussion: 2012 Decoded, Hot Air and The Politico
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
GOP candidates heading to Iowa for a final sprint to the caucuses
Discussion: CNN
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Mike Huckabee Handicaps Iowa Race; Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Meaning of Christmas
Oren Yaniv / NY Daily News:
Georgia woman who threatened 2 New York lawmakers is shot to death by cop  —  Jameela Barnette targeted Rep. Pete King & state Sen. Greg Ball  —  Cobb County, Ga., police investigate shooting of Jameela Barnette.  —  A Muslim woman who had been charged with sending fake weapons and a pig's foot …
Washington Post:
Solyndra: Politics infused Obama energy programs  —  Tony Avelar/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST - Linda Sterio, along with 1,100 full-time and temporary employees, were laid off Aug. 31 from Solyndra.  The company shut down without paying severance; today Sterio remains out of work and in danger of losing her home.
Steve Clemons / The Atlantic Online:
GW Bush + Six Years = Islamists?  —  A hat tip to Jim Pinkerton for sending this my way.  —  Washington Post, 22 December 2011: … President George W. Bush, 20 January 2005:
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
China Insolvency Wave Begins As Nation's Biggest Provincial Borrowers “Defer” Loan Payments  —  Remember, back in the day, when a bankruptcy was simply called a bankruptcy?  Naturally, this was well before ISDA came on the scene and footnoted the living feces out of everything by claiming …
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Daniel Craig: Pols are ‘sh**heads’  —  Actor Daniel Craig put on a display of straight-talk that might have endeared him to voters had he been on the campaign trail, telling Men's Journal that politicians are “sh**heads” who “stab you in the f**king back.”  —  “Politicians are sh*theads,” …
WTVF-TV:
Occupy Protestors Fight on Christmas Day  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn .- Protestors have been together since October 6 th occupying Legislative Plaza.  But on a day that many intended to be full of festivities, quite the opposite took center stage for a time.  —  “Well, today we're celebrating mainly Christmas …
 
 
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Russian Meridian satellite crashes into street named after cosmonauts
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
American Firms See Europe Woes as Opportunities
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mj Lee / The Politico:
New laws in 2012: More voter ID
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Bam's still pocketing MF money
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools and Hot Air
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
Most Americans Still Say They Are Better Off Than Their Parents
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Former WABC host Lynn Samuels dies Christmas Eve at 69
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: Norelco on Takeoff? Fine. Kindle? No.
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Rep. Paul says defense bill assures ‘descent into totalitarianism’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Roderick Gregory / EconWorld:
Sen. Harry Reid's Unicorns: Fact Checking A Whopper
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
2012's top unanswered questions
Discussion: Althouse
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Springtime for Toxics  —  Here's what I wanted for Christmas …
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
A SWIFT Denial - How In Europe, Even Admission Of A “Plan B” Is Equivalent To Failure
Discussion: Vox Popoli
AP Member Choice Complete / Associated Press:
Nun's remains miraculously healed New York woman, Vatican says
Discussion: Hot Air
 

 
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