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3:20 AM ET, December 25, 2012

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Barack Obama / The Atlantic Online:
Perfecting Our Union  —  The president of the United States reflects on what Abraham Lincoln means to him, and to America.  —  Abraham Lincoln, photographed by Alexander Gardner on February 5, 1865, in Washington, D.C. While Gardner was processing the image, the photographic plate broke.
Discussion: The Washington Note
Associated Press:
Georgia abortion law blocked  —  A state judge has suspended a Georgia law banning abortions for women who are more than 20 weeks pregnant.  —  Fulton County Superior Court Judge Doris Downs suspended the law Friday; it was set to take effect Jan. 1.  —  The law bans doctors …
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Blues Cruise  —  Steaming past Guantánamo, en route to the Cayman Islands, a boatload of Republicans ponder the plight of a party at sea.  —  The whole thing was white, and broken, that much was clear.  A week after the presidential election, when the dreams of Republicans were dashed …
Fareed Zakaria / TIME:
The Baby Boom and Financial Doom  —  The American left has trained its sights on a new enemy: Pete Peterson.  The banker and private-equity billionaire is, at first glance, an obvious target—rich and Republican.  He stands accused of being the evil genius behind all the forces urging Washington …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Dan Levine / Reuters:
Instagram furor triggers first class action lawsuit  —  (Reuters) - Facebook's Instagram photo sharing service has been hit with what appears to be the first civil lawsuit to result from changed service terms that prompted howls of protest last week.  —  In a proposed class action lawsuit filed …
CNN:
Firefighters shot, killed; suspect dead  —  (CNN) — Four firefighters were shot, two fatally, while responding to a fire in upstate New York on Monday, and investigators believe the suspect had deliberately set a trap to lure them to the scene.  —  The alleged assailant, who also died …
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The importance of prosecuting David Gregory if he violated D.C.'s gun law  —  I doubt David Gregory intended to violate D.C.'s ban on the possession or transfer of high capacity ammunition magazines when he waved around such a magazine during his interview of Wayne LaPierre yesterday.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
When Prophecy Fails  —  Back in the 1950s three social psychologists joined a cult that was predicting the imminent end of the world.  Their purpose was to observe the cultists' response when the world did not, in fact, end on schedule.  What they discovered, and described in their classic book …
Al Jazeera Blogs:
Gas used in Homs leaves seven people dead and scores affected, activists say  —  Seven people have died in Homs after they inhaled a “poisonous gas” used by government forces in a rebel-held neighbourhood, activists said.  —  Activists also told Al Jazeera on Sunday night that scores of others …
Associated Press:
THOUSANDS SIGN US PETITION TO DEPORT PIERS MORGAN  —  LONDON (AP) — Tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for British CNN host Piers Morgan to be deported from the U.S. over his gun control views.  —  Morgan has taken an aggressive stand for tighter U.S. gun laws …
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Game of Thrones Most Pirated TV-Show of 2012  —  With 4,280,000 downloads for a single episode, Game of Thrones has the honor of becoming the most pirated TV-show of 2012.  —  Over the years the number of TV-show downloads on BitTorrent has leveled off a bit, but this year we saw a small increase again.
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Outrageous... Lib NY Paper Publishes Names & Addresses of Legal Gun Permit Holders  —  On Sunday, liberal New York newspaper Lohud.com published the names and addresses of legal permit holders in two counties online and in print.  —  Empty boxes added to protect gun permit holders.
Bobby Cervantes / Politico:
Ron Paul vividly denounces NRA schools plan  —  Outgoing Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) distanced himself Monday from a National Rifle Association proposal to place armed guards at every school, saying “government security is just another kind of violence.”  —  He said the federal government should not try to …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
 
 
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Ted Kennedy Jr. will not seek Kerry's Senate seat in Massachusetts
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Senator From Idaho Is Arrested on a Drunken Driving Charge
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Mary Anastasia O'Grady / Wall Street Journal:
John Kerry's Record in Latin America
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Dylan Stableford / Reuters:
Mitt Romney ‘had no desire to run,’ son says
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