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4:15 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.
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.
Md Humaidan / Arab News:
Haia men ready to block New Year festivities  —  JEDDAH: The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) has directed all its branch offices to be on the lookout for any year-end celebration, the director general of the Haia in Makkah province Sheikh Ahmad Al-Ghamdi said in a statement to Arab News on Friday.
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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.
Bridget Johnson / The Hill:
Perry on 2012: ‘A definite no, brother’  —  A governor eyed by some as a 2012 Republican contender for the White House stressed that his focus is on leading the nation's GOP governors and working with new leadership on Capitol Hill to assert states' rights.  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) …
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
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” …
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 …
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
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 …
 
 
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David Harsanyi / Townhall.com:
Actually, Huck, It's Palin Who Gets It
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Republicans Labor to Avoid ‘Labor’
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