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A Christmas Album (Bright Eyes album)

A Christmas Album is an album by Bright Eyes released in 2002. The proceeds of the album go to the Nebraska AIDS Project."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" appeared in the films Imaginary Heroes and Krampus, "Blue Christmas" was featured in an episode of The O. C. entitled "The Best Chrismukkah Ever". Released only online, it was released on 180 g white vinyl in 2009; this album is the 48th release of Saddle Creek Records. The album was arranged by Maria Taylor; the performers include Jake Bellows, Gretta Cohn, Armand Costanzo, Denver Dalley, Stefanie Drootin, Orenda Fink, Neely Jenkins, Jiha Lee, Andy LeMaster, Mike Mogis, Matt Oberst, Stephen Pedersen, Blake Sennett, Macey Taylor, Nick White. Nebraska AIDS Project

2012 United States Senate election in Indiana

The 2012 United States Senate election in Indiana took place on November 6, 2012, concurrently with the U. S. presidential election as well as other elections to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Incumbent Republican U. S. Senator Richard Lugar ran for reelection to a seventh term, but was defeated in the primary by Tea Party-backed Richard Mourdock. U. S. Representative Joe Donnelly, a Democrat from Indiana's 2nd congressional district, was unopposed in his party's primary, defeated both Mourdock and Libertarian Andrew Horning in the general election; as of 2020, this is the last time a Democrat was elected to the U. S. Senate in Indiana, the most recent Senate election in which an elected incumbent was defeated in the primary. On November 7, 2006, incumbent Richard Lugar was unopposed by any major party candidate as no Democrat filed for the May 2006 primary, he was re-elected to his sixth six-year term with 87.3% of the vote. After the 2012 election, Lugar would have had an chance, according to Senate Republican Conference rules, to be elected as its president pro tempore.

However, the issue was rendered moot with Lugar's primary loss on May 9, 2012, as Indiana state law prohibits candidates from running for an election after losing a primary. Time featured the race in their "Fury of the Senate" article; the article mentioned how Donnelly was lucky that Mourdock won out in the primary against Lugar, a well-liked centrist member of the GOP. Another boost came; the Republican primary was held on May 8, 2012. Richard Lugar, incumbent U. S. senator Richard Mourdock, state treasurer Mike Delph, state senator Bob Thomas, auto dealer Due to Lugar's unpopularity among some Tea Party voters because of his positions regarding illegal immigration, voting to confirm then-U. S. Supreme Court nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, the DREAM Act, the New START Treaty, some gun control bills, congressional earmarks, he was challenged by a Tea Party-backed candidate; the Indiana Debate Commission's GOP primary debate with Sen. Richard Lugar and State Treasurer Richard Mourdock was set to air at 7 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 11.

In a published poll taken March 26 to 28, Lugar was still in the lead, but by the time of a second published poll from April 30 to May 1, Mourdock was leading 48% to 38%. Mourdock defeated Senator Lugar in the Republican primary on May 8, 2012. According to Indiana law, Lugar's defeat meant that he would not be permitted to run in the election either as a third party or an independent candidate after he lost the primary. Joe Donnelly, U. S. Representative Brad Ellsworth, former U. S. Representative and nominee for the U. S. Senate in 2010 Baron Hill, former U. S. Representative Donnelly was unopposed for the Democratic nomination. Joe Donnelly, U. S. Representative Andrew Horning, product manager and nominee for governor in 2008 Richard Mourdock, Indiana State Treasurer Confirmed debates with Donnelly and Mourdock are:Date: Monday, October 15 Broadcast Time: 7 p.m. EDT City: Indianapolis Venue: WFYI-TV Complete video of debate, October 15, 2012 - C-SPANDate: Tuesday, October 23 Broadcast Time: 7 p.m. EDT City: New Albany Venue: Paul W. Ogle Cultural & Community Center, Indiana University Southeast Complete video of debate, October 23, 2012 - C-SPAN Mourdock became embroiled in a controversy after stating that pregnancy from rape is "something that God intended".

His remarks were made during a debate on October 23, 2012, while explaining his opposition to abortion in the case of rape. At the debate Mourdock, when asked what his position on abortion was, responded: I know there are some who disagree and I respect their point of view but I believe that life begins at conception; the only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. I just struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize: "Life is that gift from God that I think if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen". Media speculated that this could affect the outcome of the Senate race and Presidential race and multiple sources noted the similarities with the Todd Akin rape and pregnancy comment controversy. Responding to the criticism, Mourdock issued a statement saying: "God creates life, and, my point. God does not want rape, by no means was I suggesting that he does. Rape is a horrible thing, for anyone to twist my words otherwise is absurd and sick."

He was quoted at a press conference saying: "I believe God controls the universe. I don't believe biology works in an uncontrolled fashion." He however refused to issue an apology while prominent Republicans, including Sen. John McCain, called for him to do so. A day before the controversy started, a television ad began airing that showed Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee for United States President, supporting Mourdock; the Romney campaign subsequently issued a statement saying "Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock's comments, they do not reflect his views," but did not pull the ad. Senator John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said "Richard and I, along with millions of Americans—including Joe Donnelly—believe that life is a gift from God. To try and construe his words as anything other than a restatement of that belief is irresponsible and ridiculous". Many public Republicans called for Mourdock to apologize for the statement. Sen. John McCain called for him to issue an apology and his support "depends on what he does."

Senator Scott Brown refused to state. Rep. Mike Pence, a Republican runnin