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With the holiday season all but upon us, the ties that bind often threaten to cut off the circulation. Before you amputate, take a hit of today's Political Pint.

We'll start out with a macabre quick take from the BBC explaining that on the road for an unknown period of time. But in the interest of decorum, Dallas city officials are paving over it over for the 50th anniversary of his death.

Similarly bizarre is the BBC's latest take on crack-smoking Toronto Mayor .

The Pint has seen this act before. There are more laughs in store. There'll be an unexpected twist. Then Ford will deliver an appropriately morality tale ending just in time for the holidays.

Speaking of awkward family gatherings, there's a can't-look-away exploration of Dick Cheney family matters in The Guardian, which over one conservative-as-she-wanna-be daughter using her more famous lesbian sister's life to gain brownie points in a Wyoming U.S. Senate race.

The Los Angeles Times also carries a .

No matter the beef within the Cheney herd, The Pint suspects candidate Cheney won't have any problems raising cash for her campaign.

And The Huffington Post details the latest .

With forces such as that aligned against him, it's no wonder The Washington Post carries the story of President and consequent current stretch of unpopularity.

In spite of Obama's low approval, NPR says .

The Hill says there's been a particular .

However, , according to The Hill.

That leads us to a flurry of quality nuggets from The Daily Beast.

First, there's an that helped propel him into the White House.

But the Pint must note that it's a different 18-29 that currently dislike Obama. The ones from 2008 are now 23-34, and replacing student loans with mortgages.

The Beast then explores the . Obvious spoiler alert: it's all about Hillary.

Then, it turns it's attentions to .

The Hill adds to the out-of-the-blue Walker attention by highlighting his

The Pint knows that's intended to build Walker's appeal to moderates, but also knows he'll have to do more.

A certain Republican New Jersey governor will also be aware of Walker's sudden spotlight. But USA Today says if he is to land the 2016 GOP nomination and go on to inhabit the Oval Office.

That's because , so sayeth The Washington Post.

Another kind of party drew the attention of Republican Florida Congressman Trey Radel, who was busted in October with a stash of cocaine. Radel's apparent love of rap has seen him branded a Hip Hop Conservative by both the Los Angeles Times and The Daily Beast.

One , while the other .

The Pint wonders what specifically possessed so-called worldly editors to link cocaine with rap music, but remains confident Radel is no Rob Ford.

Lastly, stand-your-ground law practitioner , reports The Daily Beast.

This time, as in others, he's been busted for domestic violence specifically beating his new girlfriend. The latest Zimmerman episode proves yet again that it's ok to shoot and kill a Skittles-wielding teenager, but not ok to assail female intimates like a gorilla in the rut.

The Pint is now certain immigration reform is a must.

Cheers PA!


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