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In front of the DMR ed board Rick Perry is asked whether he would do the same thing as President as he did as governor: call for a day of prayer in response to the economic crisis (or any other crisis). “Sure,” he replies.

The board presses about whether he means Christian prayer in this instance, and indeed regarding prayer in schools. He takes up the school answer, saying “that’s for the local school boards,” to decide, not central government. “For Washington to be able to tell a local school board that you cannot have prayer or a time of prayer, I think most Americans find that offensive.”

Defending his comments about what he terms President Obama’s ‘war on religion’ in front of the Des Moines Register editorial board, Rick Perry picks as an example of this the president’s appointment of the Supreme Court judges Sonia Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, saying they are “from my perspective arguably activist judges,” who are helping Obama’s “attack on traditional religious organizations and values.”

Jon Stewart has long tracked the nation's war on Christmas. And this year he declared war himself. "If there has been a war, Christmas is the aggressor nation," Stewart said earlier this week. But Stewart has lost his humbug spirit.

"Look how war ages a man," Stewart said Thursday. On Wednesday, "one of Santa's unusually large elves fired back" at Stewart: Fox News host Bill O'Reilly responded to Stewart's segment saying, "There is no question Mr Stewart is going to hell."

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Rick Perry is doing a live discussion with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register. He defends launching faith-based advertisements at this point in time, rather than focusing on economics. He says, “my faith does characterize the decisions I make,” and that this is part of introducing himself to the people of Iowa:

I have issues that have resonated with me personally in my faith as part of who i am. Prior to that we laid out our economic side of things as well. I think Americans do want someone who is consistent whether it's on economic issues or personal issues and values and that's the message i'm intending to introduce to the people of Iowa.

Donald Trump said Friday that he isn’t sure he will go forward with his GOP debate, which has only attracted Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

“I have to look into it,” Trump told the Fox Business Network, the AP reports.

Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker said Friday that the shooting suspect was not a student, CNN reports.

Sen. Rand Paul, the son of Congressman and GOP presidential hopeful Ron Paul, published an op-ed in the Des Moines Register Friday. The article expressed concern that Newt Gingrich was getting Tea Party support and explained that Newt is not a Tea Partier at all: “Gingrich is not from the tea party. He is not even a conservative. He is part of the Washington establishment I was sent to fight.”

While the article only mentions his father once, it’s obvious who would get his vote. As the Iowa caucuses near, it’s not inconceivable that Paul could eke out a strong second-place showing, or even a win on January 3.

Herman Cain appeared on the Fox News ‘Hannity’ show last night, where he revealed he would be back on Fox to do commentary on the GOP debates in which he once took part. He also said he was still mulling his endorsement.