Washington (CNN) - It was tea party vs. the establishment in a closely-watched race for an obscure Senate Republican leadership post - and the establishment won.
Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, a former top leader in the House and long time presence on Capitol Hill, defeated tea party-backed Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin for the fifth-ranking Republican leadership position in the Senate Tuesday.
(CNN) - Three weeks to the Iowa caucuses and anything is still possible, including an upset win by Congressman Ron Paul.
As you know, he has lots of devoted supporters. He has an excellent organization in Iowa. He could surprise a lot of people and actually win the caucuses – to the dismay of Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney.
Belle Plaine, Iowa (CNN) - During a lengthy town hall-style meeting in rural Iowa today, Rick Santorum tried to portray himself as the only choice for caucus-goers looking for a candidate who will put family first.
"In all of these debates if you watch them there's one candidate that always mentions the important role of the family in the economy, that always talks about the centrality of faith, as America being a moral enterprise," Santorum said.
(CNN) - Another day, another poll showing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ahead of his closest rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
The survey, released Tuesday from the Pew Research Center, shows Gingrich leading Romney 35%-21% among Republican or likely Republican voters nationwide. The poll was taken Dec. 7-11.
(CNN) - Another super political action committee backing Newt Gingrich announced its launch on Tuesday, signaling a more promising fundraising future for the surging GOP presidential front-runner.
The Atlanta-based group, "Winning Our Future," is the second super PAC to form in support of the former House speaker within the last five weeks, following the start of Solutions 2012 on Nov. 10.
(CNN) – Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman repeated his claim Tuesday that poll numbers haven't been on his side because he refuses to engage in political antics.
"We're in the silly season of politics," he said. "I'm not going to sign those silly pledges, I don't pander…I'm not going to set my hair on fire, I'm not going to Don Trump's debate."
(CNN) – Donald Trump pulled out of the debate he was scheduled to host on Dec. 27 with conservative media organization Newsmax, according to a statement from the real estate mogul.
Trump, who considered a Republican presidential bid earlier this year, said he will not moderate the event to avoid a conflict of interest stemming from a potential independent presidential bid.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama would veto a House Republican proposal to extend the payroll tax cut - tied to speeding approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline - if it reached his desk, according to a White House policy statement Tuesday. The measure will come up for a House vote later Tuesday and if it passes, would then require approval by the Democratic-led Senate before going to Obama.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's top re-election campaign advisers predict that an extended Republican primary battle will produce a weakened GOP nominee, and that a longer process could drain the independent Republican super PACs of much of their money.
And while top officials continue to focus most of their fire on former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, one of them did compare new GOP front-runner and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to the rear end of a monkey.
New York (CNNMoney) - The search for the missing money at bankrupt brokerage MF Global continued on Capitol Hill Tuesday with a hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine, who served as a Democratic senator and governor of New Jersey, returned to the hot seat, this time flanked by two former colleagues from the brokerage's parent company, MF Global Holdings: Chief operating officer Bradley Abelow and chief financial officer Henri Steenkamp.