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2:48 AM ET, December 27, 2011

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Jason Donner / Fox News:
Gingrich Compares Virginia Ballot Fiasco to Pearl Harbor  —  Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stepped into controversy Christmas weekend as he compared his exclusion from the Virginia primary ballot to the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
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Richard Winger / Ballot Access News:
Virginia 2011 Independent Candidate for Legislature has Big Impact on 2012 Presidential Primary
Moe Lane:
Did the VA GOP change the rules on primary ballot access in November 2011?
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
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
GOP candidates heading to Iowa for a final sprint to the caucuses
Discussion: CNN
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
GOP hopefuls poised to go ‘back to war’
Discussion: Don Surber
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
A first: Newt camp goes on attack (and with oppo)  —  In a sign that he's formally backing off his pledge to avoid negative politics, Newt Gingrich is taking direct aim at Mitt Romney.  —  Gingrich's campaign, urgently in need of recapturing their momentum from earlier this month …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight, Hot Air and The Page
Philip Aldrick / Telegraph:
Treasury plans for euro failure  —  The Government is considering plans to restrict the flow of money in and out of Britain to protect the economy in the event of a full-blown euro break-up.  —  A break up of the euro would have a devastating impact on the UK.
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Japan's Secret Plan to Dominate the World  —  And now for something completely different.  The Counterparties blog today highlights an old post from Eamonn Fingleton arguing that Japan's “Lost Decade” is a myth.  This is not the story I've heard before, suggesting merely that Japan …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Ron Paul, In 1996, ‘Did Not Deny’ Controversial Statement In Newsletter … 2012 Election , Elections 2012 , Ron Paul , Video , Iowa Caucuses , Politics News , Ron Paul 2012 , Ron Paul Iowa , Ron Paul Letters , Ron Paul Martin Luther King , Gop 2012 , Iowa Caucus , Paul Newsletter …
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Steve Clemons / The Atlantic Online:
GW Bush + Six Years = Islamists?  —  A hat tip to Jim Pinkerton for sending this my way.  —  Washington Post, 22 December 2011: … President George W. Bush, 20 January 2005:
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
Siobhan Reynolds, RIP  —  I'm saddened to learn this morning that Siobhan Reynolds was killed over the weekend in a plane crash.  —  I met Reynolds several years ago when I attended a forum on Capitol Hill on the under-treatment of pain.  Her story about her husband's chronic pain …
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 …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Growing wealth widens distance between lawmakers and constituents  —  BUTLER, Pa. — One day after his shift at the steel mill, Gary Myers drove home in his 10-year-old Pontiac and told his wife he was going to run for Congress.  —  The odds were long.  At 34, Myers was the shift foreman at the “hot mill” of the Armco plant here.
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.
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
Schumer in-law offered judgeship
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
Thomas B. Edsall / Campaign Stops:
The Anti-Entitlement Strategy  —  Mitt Romney wants to stigmatize most “safety net” spending - the array of social insurance programs from Medicare to food stamps to unemployment compensation to free school lunches — as a form of welfare that is “cultivating government dependence.”
 
 
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Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Sakineh Ashtiani could be hanged in Iran
Discussion: CNN, Jezebel and Daily Pundit
Ynetnews:
Muslim Brotherhood: Hamas is our role model
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Malia Zimmerman / Hawaii Reporter:
While President Obama Arrives in Hawaii Amidst Security and Fanfare, Former House Speaker Nancy …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Michelle Malkin
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Preparing for Pakistan to Restrict Support for Afghan War
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Daniel Craig: Pols are ‘sh**heads’
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
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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
Tyler Durden / zerohedge.com/fullrss2.xml:
China Insolvency Wave Begins As Nation's Biggest Provincial Borrowers “Defer” Loan Payments
David Hinckley / NY Daily News:
Former WABC host Lynn Samuels dies Christmas Eve at 69
Nick Bilton / Bits:
Disruptions: Norelco on Takeoff? Fine. Kindle? No.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Paul Roderick Gregory / EconWorld:
Sen. Harry Reid's Unicorns: Fact Checking A Whopper
Discussion: The Sundries Shack