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10:55 AM ET, December 26, 2011

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Eric Dondero / Right Wing News:
Statement from fmr. Ron Paul staffer on Newsletters, Anti-Semitism  —  Fmr. Senior Aide, US Cong. Ron Paul, 1997 - 2003  —  Campaign Coordinator, Ron Paul for Congress, 1995/96  —  National Organizer, Draft Ron Paul for President, 1991/92  —  Travel Aide/Personal Asst. Ron Paul, Libertarian for President
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Althouse
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New York Times:
Paul Disowns Extremists' Views but Doesn't Disavow the Support  —  The American Free Press, which markets books like “The Invention of the Jewish People” and “March of the Titans: A History of the White Race,” is urging its subscribers to help it send hundreds of copies of Ron Paul's collected speeches to voters in New Hampshire.
David Neiwert / Crooks and Liars:
The Freedom To Oppress: Why Ron Paul's Old Racist Newsletters Matter  —  Let's face it — Ron Paul's lame denials about his repulsively racist and homophobic newsletters of the '80s and '90s on CNN should permanently lay to rest everyone's favorite myth about the man, i.e., that he's a “straight shooter” and an “honest man”.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Obama: The conservative in 2012  —  At a moment when the nation wonders whether politicians can agree on anything, here is something that unites the Republican presidential candidates — and all of them with President Obama: Everyone agrees that the 2012 election will be a turning point involving …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
“We Don't Have Our ‘A Team’ on the Field”  —  Speaking of discontent with the Republican field, I talked the other day to a pretty prominent conservative officeholder who's constantly been discussing with people around the country the possibility of a new entrant or a push to draft someone.  But who?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Whiskey Fire
Paul Roderick Gregory / EconWorld:
Sen. Harry Reid's Unicorns: Fact Checking a Whopper  —  Tax policy should be serious business carried out by serious politicians using real facts and figures.  This is why we have the Library of Congress and the Congressional Budget Office, among other expert institutions.
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Schumer bro-in-law judge nod stuns NJ  —  Sen. Charles Schumer's brother-in-law was quietly nominated this month to a federal judgeship in New Jersey — a move that has some in the Garden State crying political foul, The Post has learned.  —  Kevin McNulty, who is married to Schumer's sister …
Discussion: The Politico and iOwnTheWorld.com
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Mike Huckabee Handicaps Iowa Race; Cardinal Donald Wuerl on Meaning of Christmas  —  Special Guests: Mike Huckabee, Cardinal Donald Wuerl … CHRIS WALLACE, HOST: I'm Chris Wallace.  It is Christmas day.  A day of family and faith — and this year, for politics.  —  There is no clear front runner in Iowa.
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Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Romney leads, Paul rises in N.H. poll
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
The top unanswered questions for 2012  —  Plenty of big questions were answered in 2011:  —  Will tea party-aligned Republicans emerge as a potent force on Capitol Hill?  Yes.  —  Will New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie run for president?  No.  —  Can the president notch a major national security victory?
Discussion: Althouse
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's secret money  —  MITT ROMNEY is zero for two when it comes to transparency in campaigning.  —  First, Mr. Romney — breaking with the practice of previous Republican presidential candidates, including George W. Bush and John McCain — has refused to release the identities of his bundlers …
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
A SWIFT Denial - How In Europe, Even Admission Of A “Plan B” Is Equivalent To Failure  —  While we have long known that the drachma, and recently the lira, have seen significant “when issued” interest by institutional clients desiring to hedge their currency collapse exposure …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Rep. Paul says defense bill assures ‘descent into totalitarianism’  —  GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul warned that the National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed by Congress this month, will accelerate the country's “slip into tyranny” and virtually assures “our descent into totalitarianism.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Springtime for Toxics  —  Here's what I wanted for Christmas: something that would make us both healthier and richer.  And since I was just making a wish, why not ask that Americans get smarter, too?  —  Surprise: I got my wish, in the form of new Environmental Protection Agency standards on mercury and air toxics for power plants.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Reuters:
Islamists kill dozens in Nigeria Christmas bombs  —  (Reuters) - Islamist militants set off bombs across Nigeria on Christmas Day - three targeting churches including one that killed at least 27 people - raising fears that they are trying to ignite sectarian civil war.
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Associated Press:
Explosion Rips Through Catholic Church in Nigeria
 
 
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Justin Gillis / New York Times:
News Analysis: Climate Scientists Hampered in Study of 2011 Extremes
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Nun's remains miraculously healed New York woman, Vatican says
Discussion: Hot Air
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Goldwater Institute an Aggressive Conservative Watchdog
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Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
GOP senator says Tea Party challenges ‘killed off’ efforts at Republican majority
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and ABCNEWS