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For December 23, 2011 – Congress passes payroll tax cut extension and suicide bombers strike government buildings in Syria...
• Congress passes payroll tax cut extension: "Both chambers of Congress passed an amended version of the two-month payroll tax cut extension Friday, sending the measure to President Barack Obama's desk and handing Democrats a hard-fought victory on an issue - taxes - that has historically favored their Republican counterparts."
• Suicide bombers strike government buildings in Syria: "Two suicide car bombs shook the seat of Syrian power on Friday, said state-run media, a strike the government blames on terrorists and opposition forces call the work of the Bashar al-Assad regime. Bombings carrying 'the blueprints of al Qaeda' exploded outside the offices of two security branches in the Syrian capital of Damascus, state-run media reported."
• Bush 41 carefully backs Romney: “Mitt Romney had "no idea" George H.W. Bush was going to publicly support his bid for the White House Thursday, saying at an event in New Hampshire the backing from the former president meant more personally than it did politically."
• String of quakes rattles New Zealand city of Christchurch: “A series of earthquakes struck New Zealand near the city of Christchurch on Friday, causing damage and disruption in an area still recovering from a powerful quake in February. The tremors have injured at least two people and resulted in the closure of the Christchurch airport, said Vince Cholewa, spokesman for the New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management."
• Taylor Swift's CoverGirl ad pulled: “The singer’s ultra-glossy CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara ad has been yanked after it caught the attention of an ad industry watchdog group. The offense? Excessive Photoshopping.”