VIA: USA Today It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas this morning: Snow is falling, shoppers are bundled up as they bustle into the grocery store, and Bill Schmidt, 63, is ringing a hand bell non-stop near a bright red kettle as he collects donations for the Salvation Army. He greets passers-by enthusiastically even […]

VIA: The Obama daughters, Sasha and Malia, joined their mother, the first lady, Michelle Obama to read to children and answer their questions at the Children’s National Medical Center on Tuesday.

VIA: New York Times BAGHDAD — As a priest led prayers for a few dozen worshipers inside St. Joseph Chaldean Church here on Sunday, Iraqi police officers stood guard outside. They blocked the street to traffic and frisked those who entered for explosive belts. At churches in Baghdad this week, Christians are being asked for […]

VIA: With only three days before Christmas, the Marines’ annual “Toys for Tots” program is only halfway to its goal, and down over 30 percent from a year ago. Gunnery Sgt. Edward Barrett told the AJC Tuesday that so far, they’ve counted 436,350 toys for metro Atlanta children to open at Christmas this year. […]

// WASHINGTON, D.C. — The nation’s capital got in the holiday spirit Sunday night when music legends Neil Diamond and Mary J. Blige performed for President Barack Obama at the annual “Christmas in Washington” concert. The festivities, hosted by comedian George Lopez, took place at the National Building Museum and benefited the Children’s National Medical […]

VIA: Americans are in a war that pits the politically correct against Christmas carolers, some say. They say it’s a battle that plays out in the halls of Congress, retail stores and public schools across the country, and it’s one that’s been raging for years. Republican Rep. Henry Brown of South Carolina introduced a […]