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2:37 AM ET, December 25, 2011

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Lawrence Solum / Legal Theory Blog:
Larry Ribstein, Rest in Peace  —  My former colleague and dear friend Larry Ribstein passed away this morning.  Ribstein had a powerful intellect and iron will.  His contributions to legal scholarship are many.  In recent years, he has been best know for his work on the “uncorporation” …
The White House:
Statement by the President on H.R. 2055  —  Today I have signed into law H.R. 2055, the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012.”  This bill provides the funding necessary for the smooth operation of our Nation's Government.  —  I have previously announced that it is the policy of my Administration …
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama says he's not bound by Guantanamo, gun-control provisions  —  President Obama said Friday he will not be bound by at least 20 policy riders in the 2012 omnibus funding the government, including provisions pertaining to Guantanamo Bay and gun control.  —  After he signed the omnibus …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Taylor Marsh
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Challenges Provisions in Budget Bill  —  WASHINGTON — When President Obama signed a budget bill on Friday, he issued a signing statement claiming a right to bypass dozens of provisions that placed requirements or restrictions on the executive branch, saying he had “well-founded constitutional objections” to the new statutes.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Obama's worst error  —  President Obama missed the boat on tax reform.  He put politics above entitlement reform.  He worsened already-tense relations with Israel.  But the worst error, in large part because it was both avoidable and is not irreversible, was to pull all troops out of Iraq.
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Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:   Iraq's “March Backwards Into the Sun”
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Big Lie  —  So this is how the Big Lie works.  —  You begin with a hypothesis that has a certain surface plausibility.  You find an ally whose background suggests that he's an “expert”; out of thin air, he devises “data.”  You write articles in sympathetic publications …
Daniel Libit / The Daily:
Candidate warned of looming confrontation in 90's fundraising letter  —  Less than two weeks before the Iowa caucuses, Ron Paul is trying desperately to stave off the fate that befell Herman Cain, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race under a cloud of scandal.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Ballot Box
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Defends South Carolina's Decision To Fly Confederate Flag At Capital  —  At an event in South Carolina yesterday, Newt Gingrich was asked by a town hall participant to offer his views regarding the state's decision to fly the Confederate flag at the statehouse in Columbia.
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
How to Discuss Climate Change With Your Uncle During the Holidays  —  by Russell McLendon, in a Mother Nature Network cross-post  —  Most people know better than to bring up politics, religion or climatology in polite company.  It's a recipe for arguments, or at least for awkwardness.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Christianity Remains Dominant Religion in the United States  —  Majority still says religion is very important in their lives  —  PRINCETON, NJ — This Christmas season, 78% of American adults identify with some form of Christian religion.  Less than 2% are Jewish, less than 1% are Muslim, and 15% do not have a religious identity.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters.org blogs:
Barbara Walters' Slobbering Interview With Obama: What Super Power Do You Want?  —  Barbara Walters, who famously asked Katherine Hepburn what type of tree she was, may have outdone herself in a slobbering interview with Michelle and Barack Obama.  In previews of Friday's “20/20” segment …
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Christmas greetings replace partisanship in weekly addresses
Discussion: The Politico
Damian Thompson / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
When Islam met the diversity industry...  This week, I was told about a London primary school whose pupils are overwhelmingly Muslim.  It isn't having a nativity play.  There was a plan to sing carols in a lesson, but parents banned their children from attending.  Mixed swimming lessons will soon be a thing of the past.
Discussion: Power Line and The Right Sphere
Wall Street Journal:
On Taxes, ‘Modeling,’ and the Vision Thing  —  The GOP front-runner says Iran is ‘evil,’ Newt Gingrich is wrong on judges, and he might consider a value-added tax.  He also explains why his penchant for ‘data’ and analysis won't limit his ability to lead as president.  —  New York
Discussion: Big Government and GayPatriot
Sarah Maslin Nir / The Caucus:
Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry Fail to Qualify for Virginia Primary Ballot  —  3:09 a.m. |  Updated Newt Gingrich will not appear on the Virginia presidential primary ballot, state Republican Party officials announced Saturday, after he failed to submit the required number of valid signatures to qualify.
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Associated Press:   Gingrich fails to qualify for Va. primary ballot
 
 
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