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2:31 AM ET, December 26, 2007

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Elena Becatoros / Associated Press:
Iraqis Crowd Churches for Christmas Mass  —  BAGHDAD (AP) - Thousands of Iraqi Christians made their way to church through checkpoints and streets lined with blast walls, many drawing hope from a lull in violence to celebrate Christmas Mass in numbers unthinkable a year ago.
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John Steele Gordon / Opinion Journal:
A Brief History of Christmas  —  The Elizabethans partied hard.  The Puritans banned it.  Now comes the ACLU.  —  Christmas famously “comes but once a year."  In fact, however, it comes twice.  The Christmas of the Nativity, the manger and Christ child, the wise men and the star of Bethlehem …
Gateway Pundit:
Merry Christmas -2007  —  Eyes are on Iraq this year and thankful that there is reconciliation and a peace movement on the streets today.  —  Shiite tribal leaders attended Christmas Mass in Iraq today.  —  2,000 people crowded the Mar Eliya Church in Baghdad today.
Julie Bosman / New York Times:
Edwards Gets Demerits for Tardiness on the Trail  —  MANCHESTER, Iowa — It seemed as if everybody in this northeast Iowa town had squeezed into the Cedar Lodge Steakhouse one night this month for a John Edwards event.  —  Everyone, that is, except Mr. Edwards.
Discussion: Bad Attitudes
Sebastian Junger / Vanity Fair:
Into the Valley of Death  —  A strategic passage wanted by the Taliban and al-Qaeda, Afghanistan's Korengal Valley is among the deadliest pieces of terrain in the world for U.S. forces.  One platoon is considered the tip of the American spear.  Its men spend their days in a surreal combination …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Weekly Standard
Rsinderbrand / CNN Political Ticker:
Bush gives purse, gets biking gear for Christmas  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) - It's hard to imagine a tough guy from Texas shopping for a pocketbook, but President Bush gave his wife a new purse and a silver tray for Christmas, according to an aide to First Lady Laura Bush.
Discussion: Shakespeare's Sister
Greg Palast:
A Quechua Christmas Carol  —  Good and Evil at the Center of the Earth:  —  A Quechua Christmas Carol  —  by Greg Palast  —  December 24th, 2007  —  [Quito] I don't know what the hell seized me.  In the middle of an hour-long interview with the President of Ecuador, I asked him about his father.
Discussion: Fact-esque
Kyle-Anne Shiver / American Thinker:
Rejoice!  America's Love for Troops Cannot be Blocked by the MSM  —  'Tis the season to be jolly and joyful, and one of my greatest personal joys this year has been corresponding with some of our soldiers on the front lines of America's defenses in Iraq and Afghanistan.
John Ridley / The Huffington Post:
Why are Liberals so Afraid of Baby Jesus?  —  He was America's first born again president.  He was deacon of a Baptist church that — during his bid for presidency — he had to sever his membership with because they would not allow blacks to become members.  —  Shades of Huckabee.  —  Shades of Romney.
Menzie Chinn / Econbrowser:
A Thought on the Sub-prime Debacle  —  Most of the NYT's recent coverage of the subprime mess focused on Greenspan and the Federal Reserve System.  —  However, it's clear that regulation was deficient along other fronts.  From the NYT: … I think that as we learn more and more about the run …
Toronto Star:
Oscar Peterson dies at 82  —  VIDEO: Canadian jazz legend remembered  —  Oscar Peterson during a ceremony honouring his achievements in June, 2004.  —  ASHANTE INFANTRY  —  POP & JAZZ CRITIC  —  WITH FILES FROM BRUCE DEMARA  —  If raindrops were made of crystal, they'd be akin to the sound of Oscar Peterson playing.
Discussion: apostropher
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Immigrant Crackdown Falls Short  —  Despite Tough Rhetoric, Few Employers of Illegal Workers Face Criminal Charges  —  In its announced clampdown on companies that hire illegal workers, the federal government has arrested nearly four times as many people in the past year as it did two years ago …
 
 
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