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8:00 AM ET, December 27, 2011

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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Van Hollen: 2012 spending bill undercuts government's clean air, water mission  —  House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) last week criticized Republicans for pushing for further cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the 2012 spending bill …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
GOP readies for final sprint in Iowa  —  With three candidates tangled at the top, and three dark horses looking to make a run, the Republican presidential field will return from the Christmas weekend at full speed for the final push to the Iowa caucuses.  —  Just over a week before the first votes …
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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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
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
GOP hopefuls poised to go ‘back to war’
Discussion: Don Surber
Richard Winger / Ballot Access News:
Virginia 2011 Independent Candidate for Legislature has Big Impact on 2012 Presidential Primary
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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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 …
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:
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 …
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Ahmadinejad steps into Iran's dress-code debate  —  TEHRAN — In the Islamic republic of Iran, the law requires women to cover their hair and bodies in public.  But how to do so remains up to them, and the result is persistent confusion in the streets.  —  While leading Shiite Muslim clerics …
Discussion: BBC, Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
 
 
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BBC:
1991: Hardliners stage coup against Gorbachev
Discussion: AlterNet and Guardian
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Mj Lee / The Politico:
New laws in 2012: More voter ID
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Bam's still pocketing MF money
WTVF-TV:
Occupy Protestors Fight on Christmas Day
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