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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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