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5:30 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: Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS
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
Michael Levenson / The Boston Globe:
Romney leads, Paul rises in N.H. poll  —  Gingrich's surge muted as 1st US primary nears  —  Mitt Romney (with his wife, Ann) has a clear lead in New Hampshire over Newt Gingrich, who could find himself eclipsed by Ron Paul, while Jon Huntsman appears to be carving out a niche by appealing to independent voters.
Discussion: The Politico, CNN and Fox News
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: 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.
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: Belmont Club and Vox Popoli
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Will Desperate Egyptian Christians Seek Refuge In The US?
David Warren / Ottawa Citizen:   A prayer for brothers and sisters
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 …
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.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
Britain Defiant On The Falklands  —  Prime Minister David Cameron's Christmas message to the Falkland Islanders was as clear as anything Mrs. Thatcher would have said. … At the same time, Britain has joined the United States and other European and Arab countries in rattling sabers in the general direction of Iran.
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 …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Cratchit Tax Credit  —  AT Christmastime, we like to tell stories about resilient families.  The Cratchits of “A Christmas Carol,” for instance, who subsist on love, hope and 15 shillings a week.  The Baileys of Bedford Falls, who survive wars, bank runs and bankruptcies because they have friends …
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Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Tens of Thousands Gather in Moscow to Protest
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The White House:
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Katherine Maher / NPR:
Memo: NPR's Katherine Maher says questioning whether NPR is living up to its mission is fair, but questioning staff integrity based on identity is disrespectful

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

Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
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