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10:10 AM ET, December 26, 2011


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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
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
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.
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: Daily Kos and Prairie Weather
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
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
Romney leads, Paul rises in N.H. poll  —  Newt Gingrich's surge has slowed and Ron Paul has gained momentum, but Mitt Romney remains the clear front-runner in New Hampshire with a little more than two weeks until the nation's first primary, according to a new Boston Globe poll.
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Goldwater Institute an Aggressive Conservative Watchdog  —  PHOENIX — Clint Bolick looks like any other high-powered lawyer, for the most part.  But glance down at his index finger, which sports a scorpion tattoo, for first-hand evidence of his unconventional streak.
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 …
Reuters:   Islamists kill dozens in Nigeria Christmas bombs
AP Member Choice Complete / Associated Press:
Nun's remains miraculously healed New York woman, Vatican says  —  Mother Marianne Cope is elevated to sainthood after the Vatican authenticates a second miracle that was a result of her intercession — the use of her bone fragments to cure a woman with acute pancreatitis.
Discussion: Hot Air
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
GOP senator says Tea Party challenges ‘killed off’ efforts at a Senate 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
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 …
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