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6:55 PM ET, December 31, 2011


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Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Obama Makes It Official: Suspected Terrorists Can Be Indefinitely Detained Without a Trial  —  Despite having once threatened to veto the bill due to controversial language about the treatment of suspected terrorists, the president signed the controversial National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law on Saturday.
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Obama Signs Defense Authorization Bill  —  This afternoon, Obama signed the controversial Defense authorization bill, despite his reservations about provisions related to the treatment of terrorism suspects.  The National Journal reports: … The AP has more from the signing statement …
Sara Sorcher /
Obama Signs Defense Authorization Bill  —  President Obama signed on Saturday the defense authorization bill, formally ending weeks of heated debate in Congress and intense lobbying by the administration to strip controversial provisions requiring the transfer of some terror suspects to military custody.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Reuters
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama to Target Congress in 2012 Re-election Campaign
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Obama signs defense funding bill, objects to terror detainee provisions
Discussion: The Politico
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama signs defense bill, pledges to maintain legal rights of terror suspects
Carl Cameron / Fox News:
Virginia Attorney General Intervenes in GOP Primary Ballot Dispute  —  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is intervening in the Virginia presidential primary dispute and plans to file emergency legislation to address the inability of most Republican presidential candidates to get their name on the ballot, Fox News has learned.
Jonathan Martinand Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Rick Perry campaign plays blame game  —  DES MOINES - With a revamped message and a significant TV presence here, Rick Perry is hoping to revive his disappointing presidential campaign with a surprise finish Tuesday.  —  But even as they hold out hope that Perry can find a way back into contention …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: Perry bets Iowa fortunes on robust ground game  —  Boone, Iowa (CNN) - Even as they grapple with mediocre poll numbers, a gaffe-prone candidate and internal staff feuding, Rick Perry's advisers are confident that a top-three caucus finish is within reach on Tuesday.  —  The reason?
First Thoughts: Three days to go
Discussion: Swampland and Washington Post
David Chalian / Yahoo! News:
Ann Selzer, queen of the Iowa caucuses: For a day, the most powerful woman in American politics  —  Every presidential candidate, campaign operative and political journalist in Iowa will spend most of Saturday in suspended animation, waiting for the results of the final Des Moines Register poll before the caucuses.
James Hohmann / The Politico:
Afternoon Score: More reporters  —  SIOUX CITY, Iowa—Happy New Year's Eve from western Iowa.  With only three days left until the caucuses, it felt silly not to send out Score today.  So here's a special late afternoon snack version to break up the deluge of last-minute fundraising solicitations …
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and Associated Press
Power Line:
KEYNES WAS RIGHT-ABOUT THE JEWS?  —  So Paul Krugman phoned in his periodic “Keynes Was Right” column today, arguing that the Obama Porkulus failed only because, like “true” Communism, it wasn't tried vigorously or faithfully enough.  —  I wonder if Krugman also credits Keynes's views on Jews …
New state bill could make it illegal to sing national anthem ‘inappropriately’  —  INDIANAPOLIS — Oh, say can you . . . sing?  —  And, more importantly, can you sing it the “right” way — the way one Indiana lawmaker thinks the national anthem should be sung?
Alicia M. Cohn / Ballot Box:
Romney gets emotional talking about parents, tells audience 'I won't cry'  —  Mitt Romney stopped short of his GOP rival Newt Gingrich on Friday evening when he spoke emotionally about his parents but did not tear up.  —  Romney described the patriotism of his parents, both deceased, at a campaign stop in New Hampshire on Friday.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Romney claims Obama will be a ‘footnote in history’
Discussion: The Politico
William Petroski / Des Moines Register:
Leadership profile: Rick Santorum seen as diligent, dedicated (part 6 in a series)  —  A drubbing on election night five years ago still haunts Rick Santorum's bid for the presidency.  —  But relentless campaigning in all 99 Iowa counties and several key endorsements from social conservative leaders signal …
Discussion: ABCNEWS, The Politico and Iowa Caucuses
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Santorum's closing argument on Iowa TV
Haley Barbour / Washington Post:
If I were campaigning for president...  They're not running, but if they were, what would these leading Republicans be talking about on the trail?  Here are responses from Haley Barbour, Sarah Palin, Mitch Daniels and Herman Cain.  —  Governor of Mississippi
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Surging Santorum Would Annul All Same-Sex Marriages  —  Social conservatives are lauding Rick Santorum's “surge” to third place in the Iowa polls, but his new forthrightness about his positions may backfire.  In a recent interview with MSNBC's Chuck Todd, Santorum explained that not only would he support …
John Marshall / Associated Press:
No one hurt after camera falls at Insight Bowl … TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Flying cameras have been providing unique perspectives on everything from golf to college and professional football for more than a decade, becoming so commonplace that fans rarely notice the whizzing remote-controlled devices.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Outside groups overwhelm Gingrich  —  When Newt Gingrich opened up a sizable lead in Iowa last month, he was promptly broadsided by a torrent of negative Super PAC advertisements that now threaten to sink his once-promising campaign.  —  The amount of campaign advertising will likely set …
New York Times:
Restore Our Future Attack Ads Harm Gingrich in Iowa
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Tis the season for predictions
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich's ‘great experiment’
Chrystia Freeland:
In 2011, the revolution was tweeted
Discussion: Saint Petersblog
Jocelyn Noveck / Mercury News:
Hollywood's take on Obama: Less gushing this time
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
Gary Johnson asks Iowa supporters to back Ron Paul
Elliott Abrams / The Atlantic Online:
Should the U.S. Cut Off Aid to the Egyptian Military?
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Enjoy the payroll tax break while it lasts
 Earlier Items: 
Ron Lieber / New York Times:
After Outcry, Verizon Abandons $2 Fee
Waterbury Republican American:
Year of tumult for Connecticut
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
There's no crying in baseball, but in politics...
Dominic Sandbrook / Daily Mail:
The spectre of 1932: How a loss of faith in politicians and democracy could make 2012 …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Ed Driscoll
Damon W. Root / Hit & Run:
The Left-Wing Origins of Newt Gingrich's Attack on the Courts
Discussion: Washington Post
JJ Hensley / Arizona Republic:
Black leaders in Phoenix area ask Arpaio to step down
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Tucson Citizen
Wall Street Journal:
Holder's Racial Politics
Discussion: Hot Air and TEXAS REDISTRICTING