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Nation

Sen. Manchin (D-WV): Obama’s Hateful Rhetoric Helped Kill Equal Pay Bill: TR
Oversight committee votes to hold Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress: DC
Meet the 2016 Republican Nominee: Daren Jonescu

Catherine Engelbrecht hammers Elijah Cummings over new emails: Scoop
Obama’s Politicized, Lawless Executive Branch: David Limbaugh
Pat Roberts: did he ever live in Kansas?: Milton Wolf

35 “Acts of Love”: Breitbart
Holder has Rare Moment of Honesty: Hannity
Open Letter from Rep. Matt Shea: SSI

Economy

Common Core Lesson Teaches that America is a Racist Nation: TPNN
The US Consumer Is So Strong, Family Dollar Is Closing 370 Stores: ZH
LA Commission Studies Pension Crisis, Recommends New Commission: Mish

Scandal Central

1,576,263 veterans and their claims are “…NOT RELEVANT…”!!!: VetWarriors
Revolution Now In Nevada – What You Can Do To Fight Back: Susan Duclos
Holder’s Gun Tracking Proposal is De Facto Gun Registration: FreePost

Sessions: Immigration Laws Have Collapsed and it’s Deliberate: Nice Deb
Dem. Elijah Cummings tries to defend coordination with IRS effort to target True the Vote: BPR
Coalition of Western Legislators, Sheriffs, Veterans Stand Vigil in Support of Embattled Rancher: SSI

Media

Obamacare: Still Very Unpopular, and No Prog “Unskewing” of the Polls Can Change That: Ace
Klein, Krugman offer biased views of confirmation bias: Jonah Goldberg
Thought police on patrol: Krauthammer

“‘Dan Snyder is trying to buy the right to be racist.’ – Jesse Ventura”: Protein Wisdom
My Back Pages: Ed Driscoll
Casinos shudder over possible federal requirement to divulge source of high rollers’ gambling funds: RJ

Sharyl Attkisson: CBS Moved On From ‘Fast and Furious’–’Barely Begun to Scratch the Surface’: NB
Leftist Academia Publishes “Guide” For Journalists: How to Whitewash Islam In Reporting: WZ
Colbert’s Act Won’t Work On The Late Show: Glob

World

The Legacy of Obama’s Illegal Alien Aunt: Michelle Malkin
Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters: Times
Putin Sends Letter to 18 Countries Threatening to Cut Supply of Gas: Mish

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

CNNx Empowering Digital, Second Screen Viewers to Customize Experience: LostRemote
From quark soup to ordinary matter: Karen McNulty, Symmetry
Good News: Windows XP Alive & Well in ICS/SCADA Networks: Dark Reading

Cornucopia

Up to 5,000 Armed Militia Members Will Be Arriving in Bunkerville, Nevada Today: SHTFplan
Michelle’s Exciting New Exercise Program: Ladies, Get Your Guns!: MOTUS
Great Depression II: David Zuniga

Image: At least 9 dead as bus, truck crash in California
Today’s Larwyn’s Linx sponsored by: Matt Bevin for Senate — Help Fire Mitch McConnell

QOTD: “As defenders of Brendan Eich’s defenestration from Mozilla are right to note, the government didn’t force him out. The company merely exercised its rights in a free society. The same goes for Brandeis University, which rescinded Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s invitation for an honorary degree because she’s considered politically incorrect for her criticism of Islam.

But the liberal tribe seems to champion such freedoms only when they line up with its own worldview. You can have all the freedom and autonomy you want, so long as it yields progressive ends. But if you don’t want to bake a wedding cake for a gay wedding, or if you’re a nun who doesn’t want to pay for something you don’t need and are morally opposed to, that’s too bad. The right to be wrong, in liberals’ eyes, is a right only liberals should have, even if, like Paul Krugman, you never need to exercise it. And, all too often, when you are wrong, that’s when liberals bring out their hammers.” –Jonah Goldberg

Doug Ross @ Journal

Iraq suffers deadliest year since 2008. Double Christmas Day church bombings in Baghdad kill 37. Please pray for peace.

Violence is  on the rise in Iraq.

Violence is on the rise in Iraq.

(Washington, D.C.) — As the last of U.S. military forces departed from Iraq one year ago, al-Qaeda and other Radical Islamic movements have launched the worst wave of violence in Iraq in five years.

All Iraqis need our prayers, including the Christians who have been repeatedly targeted by the jihadists.

Two bombing attacks on Christians in Baghdad alone on Christmas Day left 37 people dead and scores wounded.

“Violence in Iraq has reached its worst level since 2008, the UN mission to Baghdad has said, reporting that more than 8,800 Iraqis were killed in 2013,” reports the UK Guardian. “The UN said 7,818 civilians died last year. The total including members of the Iraqi security forces surged to 8,868, with 759 people killed in December alone.”

“Al-Qaida in Iraq has found fertile ground in all this discontent and has attacked the Iraqi government …by killing members of its army, its police forces, its politicians and journalists, as well as its Shia population,” an NGO told the Guardian. “The last six months have seen the massacres of entire families as they sleep or travel to a holy place, sometimes five, sometimes 12 family members at a time….The faults are now as wide and deep as trenches.”

“The spike in violence can be attributed to several factors, including the crackdown by Iraq’s Shia-led government on a Sunni protest camp last April, in which 49 people were shot dead,” the British paper noted. “These killings spawned numerous revenge attacks against Shia targets in Baghdad and across the rest of Iraq. Amid discontent from Iraq’s Sunni minority and Shia majority, the prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, has in effect given up on cross-sectarian politics. He imprisoned high-profile Sunni politicians and forced others into exile.”

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