House GOP: Senate Democrats holding up spending bill over payroll bill
December 13th, 2011
11:45 AM ET
3 years ago

House GOP: Senate Democrats holding up spending bill over payroll bill

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.
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Gingrich vows to stay positive amid negative attacks
December 13th, 2011
10:48 AM ET
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Gingrich vows to stay positive amid negative attacks

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
Bush aide finds forgiveness and a second career
December 13th, 2011
09:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Bush aide finds forgiveness and a second career

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.

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Perry: I speak the truth
December 13th, 2011
08:50 AM ET
3 years ago

Perry: I speak the truth

(CNN) – Rick Perry perpetuates his promise to reform Washington in a new ad set to run in Iowa Tuesday.

The Texas governor uses the 30-second spot to point out the failings of Washington and portray himself as an outside reformer.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Iowa • Rick Perry
Can Gingrich's lean machine in Iowa deliver?
December 13th, 2011
08:39 AM ET
3 years ago

Can Gingrich's lean machine in Iowa deliver?

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
Gingrich, Huntsman’s friendly foreign policy debate
December 13th, 2011
05:46 AM ET
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Gingrich, Huntsman’s friendly foreign policy debate

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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Filed under: 2012 • Jon Huntsman • New Hampshire • Newt Gingrich
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 13, 2011
December 13th, 2011
04:58 AM ET
3 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click on the headlines for more.

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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.

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