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7:45 PM ET, December 25, 2015


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Beckie Strum / New York Post:
Bergdahl: Taliban asked me if Obama is gay  —  Bowe Bergdahl compared his first year in Taliban captivity — starved, stinking and chained to a bed — to being tossed in a closet and forgotten.  —  “Picture someone taking a bag, throwing it into the closet, shutting the door and just forgetting about it.
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Mediaite
Peter Manseau / The Atlantic:
Christmas's War on America  —  Every year, a new round of politicians attempt to breathe new life into America's thoroughly exhausted war on Christmas.  But this year, maybe it's time instead to examine Christmas's war on Americans.  —  For centuries, the holiday has served as a flashpoint between competing religious ideas.
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Bill Clinton's first home damaged in suspected arson  —  Firefighters were called to the scene at about 3:20 a.m. Video provided by Newsy Newslook  —  Former president Bill Clinton's first boyhood home in Hope, Ark., was damaged by fire early Friday in what authorities suspect is arson.
Discussion: Mediaite, RT and
Yoni Appelbaum / The Atlantic:
Yes, Virginia, There Is a NORAD … Perhaps you've heard the legend of Harry Shoup.  The gruff Air Force colonel stood watch on December night 60 years ago, in a secure bunker at Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD), guarding against a nuclear strike.  On his desk sat the Red Phone …
Sudan: No Chance to Celebrate Christmas in Sudan, Crackdown Continues  —  Few Christians in Sudan will enjoy Christmas this year as government authorities continue to crackdown on churches and parishioners alike.  —  Just a week before Christmas, security forces arrested Reverend Kowa Shamaal …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Of a creepy council member, Cano  —  “Arma virumque cano,” writes Vergil in the opening of the Aeneid ("Arms and the man I sing").  In a footnote to the Black Lives Matter disgrace yesterday, Minneapolis now gives us a creep and a council member, Cano — Alondra Cano.
J. Patrick Coolican / Star Tribune:
Minneapolis City Council Member Alondra Cano under fire for posting phone numbers, email addresses of constituents
Discussion: Shot in the Dark
Exclusive: Islamic State sanctioned organ harvesting in document taken in U.S. raid  —  Islamic State has sanctioned the harvesting of human organs in a previously undisclosed ruling by the group's Islamic scholars, raising concerns that the violent extremist group may be trafficking in body parts.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
The American Interest:
Gray Lady Sings the Blues  —  The social safety net for the elderly is under strain in developed countries, according to the NYT: … In this story, NYT is facing what everybody knows: The retirement systems of the 20th century won't work in the 21st.  U.S. retirees will see declining …
Eduardo Porter / New York Times:
An Aging Society Changes the Story on Poverty for Retirees
Discussion: Power Line
Shaikh Azizur Rahman / Voice of America:
Bangladeshi Christians Skip Traditional Christmas Midnight Mass  —  Churches in Bangladesh skipped the traditional Christmas midnight mass services this year due to the increasing number of threats against Christian leaders, allegedly by Muslim extremists.  Catholic houses of worship in the town …
Discussion: Pamela Geller and Jihad Watch
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Now it's even easier for candidates and their aides to help super PACs  —  The Federal Election Commission has quietly given the green light to federal candidates who want to solicit contributions for super PACs by meeting in small groups — so small that there can be just two other people in the room.
Discussion: Common Dreams and Washington Post
Eugene Scott / CNN:
Sanders: Trump is ‘bombastic’ so he can get media coverage  —  Washington (CNN)Bernie Sanders says Donald Trump makes “bombastic” and “silly” remarks because they get media coverage — and blamed the press for falling for the real estate developer's act.  —  “I'll give you one example,” …
Discussion: Slantpoint
Nick Gass / Politico:   Bernie Sanders: ‘Trump is very smart’ for manipulating the media
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Creaking Joints of Democracy  —  One of my favorite liberals, Philly magazine's Joel Mathis (he's one half of the “Red-Blue America” column with Ben Boychuk), offers up a conciliatory column in the spirit of Christmas today that I take at face value.  A few relevant bits: … So far, so good.
Discussion: ArcaMax Publishing
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Heavily redacted Benghazi emails released on Christmas Eve  —  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) released a handful of sensitive documents Thursday morning dealing with terrorism suspect Anwar al-Awlaki and the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / TIME:
My Very Muslim Christmas
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Karl Rove: Obama Should React to Terrorism Like Bush Did
Lauren Luxenburg / Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion …:
44 Percent Of Democrats Support Taking Refugees From A Fictional Country
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Stevengoddard / Real Science:
Christmas Eve 1955 Was Much Warmer
Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Did Trump impugn fifth-grader's question to Clinton?
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A political bomb is about to blow up in the Democrats' faces