Morning Maddow: December 15

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The US Forces Iraq colors are lowered before being encased in a ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec., 15, 2011. The ceremonies mark the official end of the US military mission in Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
The US Forces Iraq colors are lowered before being encased in a ceremony in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, Dec., 15, 2011. The ceremonies mark the official end of the US military mission in Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Today The U.S. military mission in Iraq was officially declared over in a ceremony in Baghdad

But other than that, CNN’s Ivan Watson, how was the war?

Pakistan says it will impose a war tax… on us

Is Newt Gingrich already a drag on down-ballot Republicans?  Massachusetts Democrats think so

We could have a third party candidate, people!

The President of Americans for Prosperity brags about bullying politicians into being climate change deniers 

An investigation by New York City finds that almost 2/3 of gun sellers will break the law 

Radiation test monkeys

Thousands of birds think a Walmart parking lot is a body of water; all does not end well

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Morning Maddow: December 15

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