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2:15 PM ET, December 25, 2010

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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Hawaii's Governor Takes On ‘Birthers’  —  HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who befriended President Obama's parents when they were university students here, has been in office for less than three weeks.  But he is so incensed over the “birthers” — conspiracy theorists who assert …
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Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
For Hawaii governor, discrediting anti-Obama ‘birthers’ is a top priority  —  Democrat Neil Abercrombie, who knew Obama's parents, is determined to torpedo the conspiracy theory.  Underlying his effort may be a desire to dispel the view that Hawaiians aren't Americans in the same way as mainlanders.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Smiling Dems will soon cry ‘Washington is broken’  —  “Washington, right now, is broken,” said Vice President Biden in February.  “I've never seen it this dysfunctional.”  —  Back then, Biden was just one of many who complained that partisan rancor and gamesmanship had brought the functioning …
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
‘We the people’ to open next Congress  —  House to read Constitution  —  The Constitution frequently gets lip service in Congress, but House Republicans next year will make sure it gets a lot more than that - the new rules the incoming majority party proposed this week call for a full reading …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Reid: My job will be ‘easier’ next year
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Phoenix Abuzz as a Palin Buys a Home Nearby  —  PHOENIX — Bristol Palin, the 20-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin, has bought a five-bedroom house in Maricopa, a modest community south of Phoenix, setting off a flurry of speculation as to exactly what her plans — and those of her famous mother — are for the desert dwelling.
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
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Ben Smith / The Politico:
Kamala Harris: Democrats' anti-Palin  —  It's easy to understand why Kamala Harris, California's next attorney general, is being called the future of the Democratic Party, a rising political star in the mold of one of her big supporters — President Barack Obama.
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
G.O.P. to Open House to Electronic Devices  —  WASHINGTON — The iPad is coming to Capitol Hill.  —  Tucked into new rules proposed by the incoming House Republican majority is one that could fling the chamber — for good or ill — into the 21st century: Members may use an electronic device …
Discussion: The Caucus and FrumForum
Agence France Presse:
Xmas joy mixed with threats for Mideast Christians  —  BAGHDAD (AFP) - Christians in the Middle East prepared on Friday to celebrate Christmas, some in fear of attacks against their community, as in Iraq, and others in the most discreet way possible, as in Saudi Arabia.
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Howard Portnoy / Examiner:
Christmas in Bethlehem: Cross banished to appease Islamic fundamentalists
B. Daniel Blatt / GayPatriot:
Grande Conservative Blogress Diva 2011  —  After extensive consultations with our committee, we have determined that the following blogresses, divas all, are the nominees for the coveted honor of Grande Conservative Blogress Diva 2011, the tiara commonly known as the “Ethel” …
Luisita Lopez Torregrosa / Politics Daily:
Year in Review: Five Women on Top in Pop Culture … At year's end we've got a rich crop of uppity women — real and imagined — who left their deep prints on popular culture in 2010.  Some are famous, some are obscure.  Some are not widely known by name but known for what they did.
Lizzie Skurnick / Politics Daily:
Scrooge, George Bailey and ‘Vows’: Our Warring Views on True Love … Maybe it's because I've been chewing over last Sunday's “Vows” brouhaha in the New York Times at the same time I've been scouring store shelves and trimming trees, but something in the combo leads me observe …
David Harsanyi / Townhall.com:
Actually, Huck, It's Palin Who Gets It  —  Two names frequently bandied about as potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates engaged in a minor but revealing squabble this week.  —  During what I assume was an action-packed episode of “Sarah Palin's Alaska” on TLC …
Christian Science Monitor:
Would global warming be so bad?  —  Guest blogger Stefan Karlsson presents his take on global warming, more often called ‘global climate change.’  —  What has always troubled me the most with the view that we needs to stop “climate change” in the form of “global warming” is the idea that it would be bad if the Earth became warmer.
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The Independent:
“Expect more extreme taxes thanks to global warming, say scientists”
Discussion: AMERICAblog News and EU Referendum
 
 
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Republicans Labor to Avoid ‘Labor’
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