Here's a look at headlines we're following this afternoon. What about you? Send us your must-see links du jour.
- Willard M. Romney knocks Newt Gingrich as "lifelong politician"
- Herman Cain pledges to stay in race
- Obama says solving Euro crisis "huge importance" to U.S.
- Congress preps for year-end spending and tax cut bazaar
- Despite earmark ban, lawmakers try to give money to hundreds of pet projects
- Arizona gun club offers photo with Santa "and his machine guns"
- Facebook releases list of most shared articles of 2011 (Frequent LW guest Ezra Klein made the list!)
- Police dismantle Occupy encampments in Los Angeles and Philadelphia
- Democrats aggressively recruited female candidates for pivotal Senate races next year