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4:00 PM 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
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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
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
GOP hopefuls poised to go ‘back to war’
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
Schumer in-law offered judgeship  —  Sen. Chuck Schumer's (D-N.Y.) brother-in-law was quietly nominated by President Barack Obama to a federal judgeship in New Jersey, even though the state's senior senator, Frank Lautenberg, was leaning toward other candidates, according to a report Monday.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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?
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Fear and Loathing at BWI
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's secret money
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Richard Winger / Ballot Access News:
Virginia 2011 Independent Candidate for Legislature has Big Impact on 2012 Presidential Primary  —  There are currently many news stories and blog discussions about the Virginia presidential primary ballot access law.  Some large blogs, such as Red State, have over 300 comments about the story.
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Adam C. Smith / St. Petersburg Times:
While focus is now Iowa, GOP can't sleep on Florida
Discussion: 2012 Decoded, Hot Air and The Politico
Alan Duke / CNN:
Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce  —  Editor's note: Alan Duke grew up in Carrollton, Georgia, and began his career covering politics there.  He began covering Newt Gingrich during Gingrich's first campaigns for public office.
Discussion: The Politico and Verum Serum
Oren Yaniv / NY Daily News:
Georgia woman who threatened 2 New York lawmakers is shot to death by cop  —  Jameela Barnette targeted Rep. Pete King & state Sen. Greg Ball  —  Cobb County, Ga., police investigate shooting of Jameela Barnette.  —  A Muslim woman who had been charged with sending fake weapons and a pig's foot …
Discussion: The Politico and Jihad Watch
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
China Insolvency Wave Begins As Nation's Biggest Provincial Borrowers “Defer” Loan Payments  —  Remember, back in the day, when a bankruptcy was simply called a bankruptcy?  Naturally, this was well before ISDA came on the scene and footnoted the living feces out of everything by claiming …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Daily Pundit
Washington Post:
Solyndra: Politics infused Obama energy programs  —  Tony Avelar/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST - Linda Sterio, along with 1,100 full-time and temporary employees, were laid off Aug. 31 from Solyndra.  The company shut down without paying severance; today Sterio remains out of work and in danger of losing her home.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Daniel Craig: Pols are ‘sh**heads’  —  Actor Daniel Craig put on a display of straight-talk that might have endeared him to voters had he been on the campaign trail, telling Men's Journal that politicians are “sh**heads” who “stab you in the f**king back.”  —  “Politicians are sh*theads,” …
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 …
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.
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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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Many Iowans struggle with political indecision
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Swampland
 
 
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HeraldSun:
Russian Meridian satellite crashes into street named after cosmonauts
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
American Firms See Europe Woes as Opportunities
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Mj Lee / The Politico:
New laws in 2012: More voter ID
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Bam's still pocketing MF money
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools and Hot Air
WTVF-TV:
Occupy Protestors Fight on Christmas Day
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
Most Americans Still Say They Are Better Off Than Their Parents
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Former WABC host Lynn Samuels dies Christmas Eve at 69
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Nick Bilton / New York Times:
Disruptions: Tests Cast Doubt on F.A.A. Restrictions on Kindle and iPad
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Rep. Paul says defense bill assures ‘descent into totalitarianism’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
The top unanswered questions for 2012
Discussion: Althouse
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Springtime for Toxics  —  Here's what I wanted for Christmas …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge:
A SWIFT Denial - How In Europe, Even Admission Of A “Plan B” Is Equivalent To Failure
Discussion: Vox Popoli
AP Member Choice Complete / Associated Press:
Nun's remains miraculously healed New York woman, Vatican says
Discussion: Hot Air
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Goldwater Institute an Aggressive Conservative Watchdog