Washington (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has told House Speaker John Boehner he would hold up a must-pass spending bill to keep the government funded until both sides negotiate a compromise on the payroll tax cut bill, according to two senior House GOP leadership aides.
Reid, D-Nevada, did not give any details on what kind of compromise he was proposing, the aides said. Reid's office did not immediately respond when asked for comment.
(CNN) - Newt Gingrich called on his supporters and staff Tuesday to "stay positive" and avoid attacking fellow Republican presidential candidates, the day after he engaged in a verbal back-and-forth with Mitt Romney.
In an email, the former House speaker said he would refrain from attacking other candidates so the GOP nominee emerges from the primary season "un-bloodied," and encouraged his backers and other Republican contenders to do the same.
Washington (CNN) - Tim Goeglein never expected to see the president again, let alone get called into the Oval Office, because he committed the ultimate Washington sin - he betrayed the boss.
"The leader of the free world has lots of people to see, he has lots of things to do," Goeglein said, sitting in his office at Focus on the Family, where he is now vice president of external relations.FULL STORY
Urbandale, Iowa (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's numbers in the latest polls may be fat, but his campaign headquarters in Iowa is quite lean.
The Gingrich HQ consists of just a couple rooms located in an office park in suburban Des Moines. Blink and you might miss it.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Jon Huntsman participated in a dialogue devoid of “gotcha moments” and “efforts to trap each other” when the men teamed up for a Lincoln-Douglas-styled debate Monday at Saint Anselm College.
Former House Speaker Gingrich and the former U.S. ambassador and Utah Gov. Huntsman engaged in a friendly and subdued conversation about foreign policy. They were effusive in their praise of one another and largely supported each other’s positions.
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CNN: Congressional negotiators announce agreement on $662 billion defense bill
House and Senate negotiators Monday announced an agreement on a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill, including modifications to its detainee language they hope will address White House concerns about that section and avoid a possible veto by President Barack Obama.
CNN: White House challenges Republican payroll tax plan
Republicans demanding specific ideological provisions as part of a deal to extend the payroll tax cut appear to be going against their party's anti-tax orthodoxy, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.