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The Day Ahead: Wednesday, December 14

By on 12.14.11 | 7:32AM

President Obama travels to Ft. Bragg in North Carolina to thank Iraq veterans (Politico)

He also registers his highest unfavorable rating yet (Politico)

House Republicans last night passed a bill to extend the payroll tax cut and open up the Keystone XL pipeline (Washington Times)

Gingrich slipping in Iowa polls, Ron Paul rising (The Hill)

Mitt Romney trumpets endorsement from...Christine O'Donnell (USA Today)

Obama team sees five different paths to victory (RealClearPolitics)

Romney in 2002: "my views are progressive." Also, note the slightly different hairstyle:

On the main site:

Useless Wonks, by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.: Great presidents were never policy wonks. So how to explain people like Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich?

It's Gingrich-Huntsman, by Ben Stein: A very clear view from Rancho Mirage.

Our Marxist Wizard of Oz, by Peter Ferrara: Obama's not in Kansas anymore.

Books for Christmas: Our annual list of holiday gift suggestions from distinguished readers and writers.

Paying the Price, by Roger Scruton: There's no question but that a Greece should be "allowed" to default.

The Cult of (Watching) Sports, by Daniel Allott: Is our sports-watching obsession killing us?

Tebowphobia, by Lisa Fabrizio: Who's afraid of winning quarterback?

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