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12:15 AM ET, December 24, 2011


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Anita Kumar / Washington Post:
Perry disqualified from Va. primary ballot  —  Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry failed to submit enough valid signatures to qualify for the Virginia primary ballot, state GOP officials said Friday evening.  —  Perry's campaign told state election officials it had submitted 11,911 signatures …
Rockland County Times:
Two's Company, is Three a Crowd?  —  CORRECTION FROM EARLIER VERSION— Gingrich has not yet been certified as qualifying  —  The Virginia State Republican Party has indicated that of the seven candidates Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are the only two GOPers to qualify for their March 6 GOP primary ballot as of mid-Friday evening.
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Perry knocked off Va. primary ballot  —  Rick Perry has been knocked off the Virginia GOP primary ballot, a key bar for candidate credibility past the early states - and a surprising state of affairs for the only campaign other than Mitt Romney that has had the resources with which to organize.
Discussion: RedState
Steve Contorno / Campaign 2012:
Rick Perry won't make ballot in Virginia  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry failed to get on Virginia's presidential primary ballot after the state Republican Party determined Friday that he didn't submit at least 10,000 valid signatures.  The GOP earlier announced former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney …
Discussion: Bob Owens and Hot Air
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Perry ballot petition rejected in Virginia  —  (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry will not appear on the Virginia primary ballot after submitting a petition that didn't meet the commonwealth's requirements, the Virginia Republican Party announced Friday.  —  In an announcement on their Twitter feed …
The New Republic:
TNR Exclusive: A Collection of Ron Paul's Most Incendiary Newsletters  —  For years, Ron Paul published a series of newsletters that dispensed political news and investment advice, but also routinely indulged in bigotry.  Here's a selection of some especially inflammatory passages …
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:   Soldiers' Choice  —  So this is Christmas, season of peace …
Jerry Markon / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. rejects South Carolina voter ID law, calling it discriminatory  —  REUTERS/Benjamin Myers (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)  —  The Justice Department on Friday entered the divisive national debate over new state voting laws, rejecting South Carolina's measure requiring …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Justice Department blocks South Carolina's voter identification law
Discussion: The Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
New York Times sues Justice Department over targeted-killing memo
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Trump dumps GOP  —  (CNN) - Donald Trump continued to tease a potential presidential run by changing his voter registration Thursday from Republican to “unaffiliated” and publicly denouncing the behavior of members of his former party.  —  Michael Cohen, an aide to Trump …
Rachel Leven / Ballot Box:
Trump registers as an Independent, keeping door open to White House run
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Sara Sorcher / The Atlantic Wire:
Obama Blames Hawaii for his ‘Deep Down’ Laziness  —  The personality trait President Obama says he most deplores in himself and others is not exactly one you'd expect from, presumably, one of the busiest people in the world: laziness.  —  “You're lazy?”  Barbara Walters incredulously asked Obama …
Holly Bailey / Yahoo! News:
Congressman apologizes for criticizing Michelle Obama's ‘large posterior’  —  A Republican congressman from Wisconsin has offered a personal apology to First Lady Michelle Obama after he was overheard at an airport lounge criticizing her “large posterior.”  —  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers frustrated with Boehner-Cantor soap opera  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) are being prodded by their House GOP colleagues to work through their battle-scarred relationship.  —  Republican lawmakers said they are frustrated …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Media continues letting Romney claims skate by unchecked  —  Steve Benen flags a Mitt Romney interview with Mark Halperin, in which Romney pushed back on criticism of his Bain years by claiming that Obama didn't create “any new jobs.”  Romney said: … Halperin didn't bother challenging Romney on this claim.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Bob Vander Plaats' Pay-For-Play Scandal: Charged A Million Bucks For Endorsement, Asked Candidates To Drop Out  —  Bob Vander Plaats' endorsement of Rick Santorum has produced a backlash among conservatives in Iowa, some of whom are accusing the FAMiLY LEADER president of engaging in …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Suicidal House Republicans  —  The payroll tax debacle is now the third suicidal episode undertaken by the House Republicans since they took control at the beginning of the year.  The first was when they voted almost unanimously for Paul Ryan's budget, which was filled with grist for attack ads …
Solange Uwimana / Media Matters for America:
Fox Celebrates Holidays With Outrageous Race-Based Attack On Obama  —  Fox News' animosity toward President Obama, three years into his presidency, is by now well-known.  This is the network that routinely calls Obama a socialist, accuses him of being involved in all sorts of conspiratorial plots, and claims that he hates America.
Larry Pearce / Governors' Wind Energy Coalition:
Former Sen. Tim Wirth outlines ambitious 2nd Obama term on climate change  —  President Obama has a “last window of opportunity” to get it right on climate change, U.N. Foundation President Tim Wirth warned this week.  —  The former Democratic U.S. senator from Colorado and undersecretary …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Grist
John Wildermuth / San Francisco Chronicle:
Gay-friendly clergy disinvited from Castro church  —  Most Holy Redeemer Church, a Catholic parish in the middle of the Castro, is in trouble again with church leaders over how best to minister to its heavily gay and lesbian congregation.  —  In the latest incident, Archbishop George Niederauer …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and ThinkProgress
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Discussion: Ballot Box
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