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North Korean officials are ramping up a campaign to quickly transition to rule under Kim Jong Un, the son of the late Kim Jong Il. In the latest move, he’s been named “supreme leader” of the dictatorship’s huge military, according to North Korean state media.

North Korean officials are ramping up a campaign to quickly transition to rule under Kim Jong Un, the son of the late Kim Jong Il. In the latest move, he’s been named “supreme leader” of the dictatorship’s huge military, according to North Korean state media.

In a major blow to their presidential campaigns, both Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich will not be on the ballot for Virginia's March 6 primary.

Both candidates failed to meet the state's requirement of 10,000 signatures, according to the state party, and thus do not qualify.

"After verification, RPV has determined that Newt Gingrich did not submit required 10k signatures and has not qualified for the VA primary," the state GOP said via Twitter on Saturday. Perry's rejection was announced late Friday.

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Tens of thousands are gathering in Moscow to demand the government enact anti-corruption reforms, the largest in a series of recent rallies. The recent protest movement is the most visible opposition to Vladimir Putin’s 12-year rule yet.

In a major stumble, both Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry will not be on the ballot for Virginia’s March 6 primary, reports MSNBC, having failed to meet the required 10,000 signatures. Mitt Romney and Ron Paul will be on the ballot. Virginia is one of the 11 “Super Tuesday” states that will vote that day.

Updated: December 23, 2011 10:05PM

More than eight hours of video footage released Friday showed it was one of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's officers who used a Taser on a Latino military veteran that later died. The video also showed the veteran was nearly lifeless when officers put him naked in a cell and left him alone for about 11 minutes.

Two agencies were involved in an altercation with Ernest "Marty" Atencio when they tried to book him into an Arizona jail on suspicion of assault last week. But until now, neither the Maricopa County Sheriff's office nor the Phoenix Police Department had admitted to using a Taser in the melee. That was despite the fact that an attorney for Atencio's family said doctors found obvious signs that some sort of stun gun had been used.

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Updated: Dec. 23, 2011, 5:28PM

The U.S. Department of Justice will block the voter ID provisions of an election law passed in South Carolina earlier this year because the state's own statistics demonstrated that the photo identification requirement would have a much greater impact on non-white residents, DOJ said in a letter to the state on Friday.

The decision places the federal government squarely in opposition to the types of voter ID requirements that have swept through mostly Republican-controlled state legislatures.

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Ron Paul's 1980 and 1990's newsletters -- and their incendiary content -- are coming to the forefront of the campaign as the candidate surges to the front of the pack in Iowa.

It's hard to overstate just how extreme these publications are, from comparing blacks to zoo animals to speculating about Israeli involvement in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Paul denies having written or read the offensive material in question, but even a casual glance at the newsletters would have revealed their basic formula. As a recently uncovered direct mail piece advertising the newsletters demonstrates, the most out there passages were the chief selling point, not out-of-context asides.

The New Republic, which first obtained the archives during the 2008 campaign, have recently posted images of several issues of the newsletters. Here are 10 of the most shocking quotes from the publications and related materials.

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It's that time of year again, when cable news anchors get distracted from the issues at hand to speculate over the plans of Rudolph and Jolly Old St Nick.

Chatter turns to everything from the danger of Christmas trees to what Santa is doing on Twitter and even (if you're Fox), the oppressive ongoing battle to redefine the whole season as a secular socialist nightmare.

Happy holidays!

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Did the leaders of an Iowa evangelical group want financial support for their Rick Santorum endorsement? That's what the Family Leader is vociferously denying.

On Tuesday, Santorum received the endorsement of two top leaders of the Family Leader, Bob Vander Plaats and Chuck Hurley, though the organization itself remained neutral.

Since then, a super-PAC has been promoting Santorum with a series of robocalls, starring Vander Plaats himself -- and as the Des Moines Register reports, it has the familiar-sounding name "Leaders for Families."

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