December 24: News Roundup

Department of Justice blocks South Carolina voter ID law. There’s more at the Washington Post.

Speaker Boehner’s hold on leadership slips after failure in the Republican tax increase fight. There’s more at the Los Angeles Times.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) try to downplay rift. There’s more at The Hill.

Open divisions among Republicans in Congress begin to surface. There’s more at the Washington Post.

A “K Street” lobbyist army heads for the countryside to work for Mitt Romney in primaries. There’s more at Roll Call.

Vice President Joe Biden tangles with Mitt Romney over failed Republican economic policies. There’s more at the Chicago Tribune.

Newt Gingrich and Michelle Bachmann soldier on in favor of the Republican tax hike. There’s more at CBS News.

Newt Gingrich backs Confederate flag in South Carolina.There’s more at ThinkProgress.

Ten shocking quotes from Ron Paul’s newsletters. Read them at TPM.

Gingrich presses Ron Paul on racist newsletters. There’s more at Reuters.

Ron Paul’s ever-changing story on racist newsletter questioned. There’s more at USAToday.

More questions about Ron Paul’s extremism surface. There’s more at Politico.

Gingrich slams Mitt Romney for refusing to release tax returns. There’s more at ThinkProgress.

Iowa right-wing Evangelical leader who endorsed GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum asked for cash in exchange for his public support. There’s more at ABC News.

There’s no “flavor of the month” moment likely in Rick Santorum’s future. There’s more at the New York Times.

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s fading campaign stumbles on in the winter snows of Iowa. There’s more at the Washington Post.

Newt  Gingrich and Rick Perry get knocked off Virginia primary ballot. There’s more at MSNBC.

GOP presidential fundraising lags. There’s more at Roll Call.

Donald Trump quits the Republican Party. There’s more at Politico.

Court punishes Arizona’s Sheriff Arpiao for destroying records. There’s more at NPR.

Federal Court rejects Tea Party challenge to the Voting Rights Act. There’s more at WRAL-TV Raleigh-Durham.

David Gergen commentary: “Why the winds are shifting toward Obama.” Read it at CNN.