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And who are those candidates? Among them: Republican Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Walter B. Jones of North Carolina, plus Greg Brannon, currently edging into the GOP primary field in the Tar Heel State, and billed “the next Ron Paul,” an amused Mr. Paul observes.

SEASON’S GREETINGS

“Dear children, I regrettably bring bad tidings. For some time now, melting ice here in the North Pole has made our operations and our day-to-day life intolerable and impossible and there may be no alternative but to cancel Christmas.”

And so utters a grim and disheveled Santa Claus during a two-minute Greenpeace “call to action” video released Tuesday.

“The North Pole is only a frozen ocean and it’s melting away faster and faster. Santa can no longer function. His warehouse is flooded. All the presents are ruined. World leaders are ignoring the reindeer’s cries for help as they sink in the melting ice. Even the threat of being on Santa’s naughty list hasn’t prompted a rescue operation,” reports Savesantashome.org, a new fundraising and petition site.

PARSING THE ANTI-CHRISTIAN PRESS

Of interest to those who ponder the output of supposedly neutral “print and TV journalists [who] increasingly report news from an anti-Christian standpoint.” Here comes Warren Cole Smith, whose newly revised and updated book with co-author Marvin Olasky traces the path of the press as it relentlessly shifted from a Christian worldview to secular humanism.

Mr. Smith will introduce “Prodigal Press: Confronting the Anti-Christian Bias of the American News Media” at the Heritage Foundation at high noon Wednesday; the event can be viewed live online at Heritage.org. The phenomenon is not new, however. The book originally was published in 1988.

“Not all of us are called to be journalists, but every American — whether he likes it or not — has his thinking shaped by journalism. Prodigal Press helps explain the blatant and subtle ways journalists promote liberal and anti-Christian ideas, and what you can do to protect your family from that influence,” advises Gary Bauer, president of the nonprofit American Values.

POLL DU JOUR

62 percent of Americans say they are “the kind of person” who enjoys saving money.

33 percent say they are the kind that enjoys spending money.

40 percent say they have been spending less money in recent months than they used to; 28 percent of this group say it’s a “new, normal pattern”; 12 percent say it is temporary.

30 percent say they are spending about the same amount.

28 percent say they are spending more money than they used to; 11 percent of this group says it is their new normal pattern; 17 percent say it’s a temporary change.

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