Candidates go for last words in last debate before Iowa caucuses
December 15th, 2011
10:19 PM ET
2 years ago

Candidates go for last words in last debate before Iowa caucuses

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich, who has come under assault from nearly all of his rivals for the GOP nomination, defended himself Thursday against questions about his electability and conservative record.

"It's sort of laughable to suggest that some someone who campaigned with Ronald Reagan and with Jack Kemp, and (who) has a 30-year record of conservatism is somehow not conservative," Gingrich said in a presidential debate in western Iowa.

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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Republicans
Key senator defends nuclear commission chief
December 15th, 2011
09:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Key senator defends nuclear commission chief

Washington (CNN) – A key Senate Democrat came to the defense of embattled Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko on Thursday after his four fellow commissioners sent a letter to the White House criticizing his leadership. They also testified before a House committee that Jaczko had "bullied" staff, restricted access to information and quietly assumed emergency powers following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan this year.

Sen. Barbara Boxer of California called a Wednesday House hearing a "witch hunt and an attempt to assassinate the character of a dedicated public servant," namely Jaczko. "Frankly, I was shocked, and I was appalled," she said.

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Filed under: Barbara Boxer • Nuclear power • Senate
Sources: Agreement reached to prevent shutdown
December 15th, 2011
08:46 PM ET
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Sources: Agreement reached to prevent shutdown

Washington (CNN) - Congressional negotiators have come to an agreement they believe will prevent a government shutdown, according to several Democratic sources.

Negotiators were signing off on a massive spending bill that funds the government through October 1, 2012, they told CNN Thursday night.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress
Kentucky congressman won't seek re-election
December 15th, 2011
08:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Kentucky congressman won't seek re-election

(CNN) - Republican Rep. Geoff Davis of Kentucky announced Thursday he won't run to keep his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives next year, citing a desire to spend more time with family.

"I thank the people of Kentucky's Fourth District for this honor and look forward to continued service to our community and to our Republic in other capacities as I return to the private sector," he said in a statement.
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Source of negative Gingrich fliers in question
December 15th, 2011
07:18 PM ET
2 years ago

Source of negative Gingrich fliers in question

Sioux City, Iowa (CNN) - Iowans for Life, a pro-life organization in Iowa, is denying any involvement in fliers that were distributed at Newt Gingrich events labeling him a "pro-life fraud."

The flier, which claims to be "authorized and paid for by the Iowans for Life," was distributed in the parking lot at the Wednesday premiere of the "Gift of Life" documentary in Des Moines. The next day, the same fliers showed up at a Gingrich town hall some 90 miles away in Dodge City.
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Filed under: Abortion • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
Tea party member arrested on gun charge at NY airport
Tea Party Patriots co-founder, Mark Meckler, gives a thumbs-up sign as members of the group prepare to hold a rally at the U.S. Capitol on Election Day November 2, 2010.
December 15th, 2011
07:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Tea party member arrested on gun charge at NY airport

New York (CNN) – A leader of a Tea Party group was arrested Thursday at New York's LaGuardia Airport while in possession of a handgun, prosecutors said.

Mark Meckler, a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, was detained Thursday morning during preflight check-in, according to a Queens District attorney statement.

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Filed under: New York • Tea Party
Senate passes defense authorization bill
December 15th, 2011
07:04 PM ET
2 years ago

Senate passes defense authorization bill

Washington (CNN) - The Senate gave approval Thursday to a giant $662 billion defense authorization bill, sending it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

On Wednesday, the White House lifted a veto threat against the bill after legislators made changes in language involving detainees.

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Filed under: Department of Defense • Senate
Gingrich on homosexuality: It's both nature and nurture
December 15th, 2011
06:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Gingrich on homosexuality: It's both nature and nurture

(CNN) - GOP presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich on Thursday said he believes homosexuality stems from a "combination of genetics and environment."

"I don't believe in genetic determinism, and I don't believe there's any great evidence of genetic determinism," Gingrich said before The Des Moines Register's editorial board. "There are propensities. Are you more likely to do this, or are you more likely to do that? But that doesn't mean it's definitional."
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Filed under: 2012 • Gay rights • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
Gallup poll: Unsteady December for GOP field
December 15th, 2011
05:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Gallup poll: Unsteady December for GOP field

(CNN) – Gallup's daily tracking poll shows a tightening GOP presidential field, with Newt Gingrich losing steam nationwide and Mitt Romney regaining some momentum within the last week.

Gingrich now has the backing of 29% of Republican voters, down eight percentage points from his peak of 37% in early December, according to the rolling poll, which measures five consecutive days of polling data.
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Filed under: 2012 • Polls
Paul questions Gingrich's draft deferment
December 15th, 2011
04:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Paul questions Gingrich's draft deferment

(CNN) - Ron Paul issued a new hit on Newt Gingrich Thursday, suggesting his rival was incautious by taking a hawkish stance on U.S. defense while having deferred military service himself.

"He's probably as aggressive with the military as anybody," Paul said on Fox News. "He supports all the wars in the Middle East a thousand times more than I would. But you know in the nineteen-sixties when I was drafted in the military, he got several deferments. He chose not to go. Now he'll send our kids to war."
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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Ron Paul
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