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Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Payroll tax squabble endangers eggnog; Christians still heart Huckabee; Ginsburg’s a lousy cook (read-this roundup)

The Capitol Christmas Tree sure looks festive, but will lawmakers play holiday spoilers? (JEWEL SAMAD - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
The showdown over payroll taxes on Capitol Hill might have signifancant consequences: hits to people’s paychecks, long-term political fallout for both parties, and ... canceled holiday plans?

According to our colleague Felicia Sonmez’s story about the skirmish, House GOP is prepared to play the role of eggnog spoiler.

“Our conference is prepared to stay here to work through Christmas, New Year’s, whatever it takes,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said.

Elsewhere, they still heart Huckabee: Evangelical Christian voters might not be thrilled with their options in the GOP field, but one guy not in the running still gets their approval. In a piece about an event for GOP presidential candidates hosted by evangelical groups, our colleague Jason Horowitz described the greeting the audience gave former Arkansas governor and preacher (and onetime presidential wannabe) Mike Huckabee as “a nostalgic burst of applause.”

And it seems that although Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is quite an accomplished jurist, she can’t bake a cherry pie. “Ruth was a fairly terrible cook,” her late husband, Marty Ginsburg, once said, according to our colleagues at the Reliable Source, who have discovered another late edition to the Loop’s holiday gift guide: a cookbook written by Ginsburg, who regularly baked birthday cakes for his wife’s colleagues.

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