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December 25th, 2012
07:51 AM ET

Who's naughty? Who's nice? Richard Socarides & Ana Navarro share their 2012 picks

It’s official. Santa wrote his list, checked it twice and made his rounds delivering gifts last night. Santa's Christmas list “Early Start” style: Who has been naughty and who has been nice? Richard Socarides is a writer for the NewYorker.com and former Senior Adviser to Bill Clinton. Ana Navarro is a CNN Contributor and Republican Strategist. Richard and Ana each give their picks.

Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie makes Richard’s 2012 nice list. “What impressed me about him,” Richard says, “was that he was willing to speak the truth and talk about cooperation and really put partisan politics aside, and I think we needed more of that this year, and we didn’t see it very often."

American Girl Dolls are on Ana’s nice list this year. “It really felt heartwarming,” she says of a recent visit to an American Girl Doll store and discovering their diverse array of dolls. “I think it is such a good idea, such a good message for little girls,” she says, “particularly with the self esteem issues we know little girls have these days, and teenagers, to have dolls that can look like each of us and that can be so individual.”

Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association, which LaPierre heads, make Richard’s naughty list this year. “They have been the number one stumbling block to sensible gun control in this country,” Richard says. “That was a breathtakingly out-of-touch announcement that he had just the other day,” regarding putting “more guns in schools.”

“Fifty Shades of Grey” Author E.L. James makes Ana’s 2012 naughty list. “She brought the term “mommy-porn” to the American lexicon. She had so many American women. She really touched a nerve,” Ana says. “I think she was naughty in her creative ways, and she laughed all the way to the bank.”

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December 24th, 2012
07:44 AM ET

Wounded veterans' holiday message; Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reports

While many in the country are celebrating the holiday season, our armed forces are hard at work protecting us overseas. Many wounded Veterans are also working through Christmas as they recover from terrible injuries at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, but their thoughts are with those who aren’t home for the holidays. “Sending their holiday wishes to their buddies,” Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr has that touching story. “Wounded troops in rehab at the holiday time…all Christmas miracles.”

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