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2:45 AM ET, December 26, 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 …
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.
W.G. Dunlop / Agence France Presse:
Iraqis defy threats to pack massacre church on Xmas  —  BAGHDAD — Hundreds of Christians packed Baghdad's Our Lady of Salvation church for Christmas on Saturday, defying threats of attacks less than two months after militants massacred worshippers and priests there.
Zvi Bar'el / Haaretz:
Christmas requiem for Iraq's Christian community
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
Robert Naiman / The Huffington Post:
The Christmas Truce of 1914: “Threat to National Security”?  —  What's Your Reaction:  —  As we celebrate Christmas 2010, 100,000 US troops languish in Afghanistan, and Bradley Manning sits in “maximum custody” in Quantico for the alleged crime of disclosing classified “secrets” …
Discussion: DownWithTyranny!
US President Obama condemns Pakistan suicide bombing  —  The aftermath of the attack on the food aid distribution point in Khar  —  US President Barack Obama has condemned as “outrageous” Saturday's deadly suicide bomb attack on a town in north-western Pakistan.
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) …
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.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Wikileaks suspect Bradley Manning's health ‘declining’  —  The only person to visit Wikileaks suspect Pte Bradley Manning in custody other than his lawyer says his health has declined in the past four months.  —  Pte Manning, a US soldier, is being held in solitary confinement …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Truthdig
So You Lost Your Election  —  A outplacement transition guide to life beyond Washington  —  for former members and associates of Congress  —  Losing a job can be a challenging and stress-filled time.  Especially during the holidays, and especially for someone like you …
Discussion: Power Line and Sister Toldjah
Agence France Presse:
‘Jihadist’ issues Christmas bombing threat  —  WASHINGTON (AFP) - A “jihadist” in an audiotaped threat said fireworks displays will set off terrorist bombs in countries celebrating Christmas, the SITE monitoring group said.  —  The recording, titled “The Zero Hour has arrived” and directed to …
Fausta / Fausta's Blog:
The Digital Story of the Nativity  —  Via Eneas.  —  UPDATE  —  Welcome, Memeorandum readers!
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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