CongressPresident Obama signed into law yesterday a two-month extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut and emergency federal unemployment benefits. The new law also includes the "doc-fix," which delays scheduled reductions in the payments doctors receive for the services they provide Medicare patients. Earlier in the day, both Houses of Congress agreed to the legislation by unanimous consent, a procedure that enabled them to complete congressional action even though most lawmakers had already left Washington for the holidays.

Ron Paul"He offered specific advice to anti-government militia members," James Kirchick warned with a dark intonation of the Rep. Ron Paul newsletter scandal. Writing with a tsk-tsk tone in The Weekly Standard, Kirchick fearfully screeched of the Paul newsletters:

And he offered specific advice to antigovernment militia members, such as, “Keep the group size down,” “Keep quiet and you’re harder to find,” “Leave no clues,” “Avoid the phone as much as possible,” and ...

Ron PaulRep. Ron Paul’s top-tier status heading into Iowa and New Hampshire means he definitely can’t be totally ignored by the major media, as he has been in the past. So the censors and blackout artists have been replaced by the smear bund. This past week they got pretty well revved up, but they’re still probably a long way from being in high gear.

According to an 8NewsNow/Las Vegas Review-Journal Poll, Mitt Romney is currently leading in Nevada with 33.1 percent of the vote, followed by Newt Gingrich, with 29.2 percent, and Ron Paul with 12.7 percent. Every other candidate polls at 5 percent or less. The Nevada Caucuses are scheduled for February 4, just one month after the January 3 Iowa caucus. It will be the fifth state to host a poll, after Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida, and South Carolina.

In a story published by the Talking Points Memo Muckraker, Attorney General Eric Holder (left) has confirmed that before President Obama signs the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 into law he will append a signing statement.

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