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12:55 PM ET, December 25, 2011


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Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
GOP senator says Tea Party challenges ‘killed off’ efforts at Republican majority  —  Sen. Dick Lugar (Ind.) facing a primary contest from the right in his reelection bid said past Tea Party-backed challenges had “killed off” Republican efforts to take the Senate in the past and could undermine a GOP majority again in 2012.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Weather will influence Iowa caucuses, Huckabee says  —  (CNN) - If the weather is good on January 3, Mitt Romney will win the Iowa caucuses; if the weather is bad, a weaker turnout will result in a victorious Ron Paul, former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee predicted Sunday.
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Explosion Rips Through Catholic Church in Nigeria  —  An explosion ripped through a Catholic church Sunday during Christmas Mass near Nigeria's capital, killing at least 25 people, officials said.  A radical Muslim sect waging an increasingly sophisticated sectarian fight claimed the attack …
Discussion: THE ASTUTE BLOGGERS and Gothamist
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.
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 …
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 …
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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Frank Newport / Gallup:
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Katherine Maher / NPR:
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Elizabeth Jensen / New York Times:
Robert MacNeil, who anchored evening newscasts for over two decades on PBS and delivered evenhanded, non-flashy news with Jim Lehrer, dies at 93

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