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10:55 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.
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
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 …
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%.
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
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Obama says he's not bound by Guantanamo, gun-control provisions
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Gingrich's Ballot Miss Could Shake Voters' Confidence  —  Newt Gingrich declared confidently the other day that he would get his name on the ballot for the Republican presidential primary in Virginia.  In fact, he said he already had the requisite 10,000 signatures and an additional 2,000 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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Governors Journal:
Governor Of The Year - Scott Walker
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Christianity Remains Dominant Religion in the United States
Wall Street Journal:
On Taxes, ‘Modeling,’ and the Vision Thing
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When Islam met the diversity industry...
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Simon van Zuylen-Wood / The New Republic:
Gingrich Gets An “A” From Niall Ferguson
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Joe Nocera / New York Times:
The Big Lie
Scott Whitlock / blogs:
Barbara Walters' Slobbering Interview With Obama: What Super Power Do You Want?