Morning roundup

Top Stories: Blizzard, North Korea, Payroll Tax Dispute

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

Blizzard Pounds Great Plains, Northeast May See White Christmas.

Kim Jong Un's Ascension Is 'Being Cemented For Him'.

'Yes' Means 'No' Today For House Vote On Payroll Tax Cut Plan

Home Construction Rose In November; 2011 Still A Weak Year.

Other top stories:

— "Philippines Floods: 'We Were Praying God Should Stop The Rise Of The Water.' " (The Guardian)

— "Dawn Raid In Tahrir Square" As Clashes Continue In Cairo. (Al-Jazeera English)

— "Syria Vows To Execute 'Terrorists' After Worst Day Of Violence." (The Christian Science Monitor)

— Gingrich, Romney Tied In Latest ABC News/Washington Post Poll. (ABC News)

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