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11:35 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” …
College of Law:
University of Illinois College of Law Mourns the Loss of Professor Larry Ribstein  —  The University of Illinois College of Law community mourns the loss of Professor Larry E. Ribstein, the Mildred Van Voorhis Jones Chair, Associate Dean for Research, and Co-Director of the Illinois Business Law …
Jamie Malanowski / Washington Monthly:
Give 'Em Hell, Barry  —  Facebook Twitter Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Delicious  —  “You know, you never want to say, 'It's all them,'” President Obama told Barbara Walters last week, “But I do think that right now at least, in the Republican Party there are a couple of notions.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Lugar: I'm the Republicans' best chance  —  (CNN) - Republican Sen. Dick Lugar said Sunday Republicans should support his candidacy if they want to hold onto his Indiana Senate seat in 2012.  —  The six-term senator, who may face a difficult reelection due to a challenge from the right …
Discussion: The Politico
Tom Cheredar / VentureBeat:
Go Daddy loses over 37,000 domains due to SOPA stance  —  Hosting and domain registrar company Go Daddy has lost more than 37,000 domains in the past two days due to the company's wishy-washy stance on the Stop Online Piracy Act.  —  The fleeing domains comes as a result of the intense backlash …
Aurelius / Pundit Press:
Pictures: Obama Campaign Can't Do Third-Grade Math  —  And these are the people who are trying to “fix” the American economy?  —  The Obama Campaign has launched a coordinated effort urging people to save money... or something.  On their official Wisconsin, California, and Indiana twitter feeds …
Nigeria churches hit by blasts during Christmas prayers  —  The most casualties were caused in the attack near Abuja  —  Bomb blasts targeting Christmas Day church services in two Nigerian cities have left at least 28 people dead, with three more attacks on other towns.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
Mark Steyn / National Review:
Silent Night  —  On this Christmas Eve, one of the great unreported stories throughout what we used to call Christendom is the persecution of Christians around the world.  In Egypt, the “Arab Spring” is going so swimmingly that Copts are already fleeing Egypt and, for those Christians that remain …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Will Desperate Egyptian Christians Seek Refuge In The US?  —  As political and economic conditions in Egypt deteriorate, a new kind of refugee is beginning to appear, one that will test America's character.  Violence against Christians is growing; bad economic times, the inability or unwillingness …
Main Islamist parties take 65% of second-round votes  —  Egypt's leading Islamist parties won 65% of votes in the Dec. 14 second round of parliamentary elections, the electoral committee said Saturday, with the Muslim Brotherhood's party taking 36.5% and the Salafists winning 28.78%.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Tens of Thousands Gather in Moscow to Protest  —  MOSCOW — Tens of thousands of protesters gathered here on Saturday afternoon for a second large antigovernment demonstration, as a wave of new activists struggle to convert an inchoate burst of energy into a durable political force.
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
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 …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama Challenges Provisions in Budget Bill
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Simon van Zuylen-Wood / The New Republic:
Gingrich Gets An “A” From Niall Ferguson
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Faiz Shakir / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Defends South Carolina's Decision To Fly Confederate Flag At Capital
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Big Lie