Occupy protesters rally at Obama's Iowa headquarters
December 17th, 2011
05:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Occupy protesters rally at Obama's Iowa headquarters

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Occupy protesters in Des Moines were joined by members of Veterans for Peace outside of President Barack Obama's Iowa re-election campaign headquarters Saturday, calling on the president to end all foreign wars and cut the U.S. military budget in half.

Using the people-powered megaphone the Occupy movement calls a "mic check," some 35 protesters spoke with a unified voice.
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Filed under: Iowa • Occupy Wall Street • President Obama
Battle of the buses: Bachmann, Perry cross paths
December 17th, 2011
05:11 PM ET
3 years ago

Battle of the buses: Bachmann, Perry cross paths

Algona, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry continued to crisscross Iowa this weekend, and Saturday afternoon their respective buses crossed paths with each other.

The candidates were making their way through traditionally conservative northwest Iowa, where both happened to be in the town of Algona at the same time.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Michele Bachmann • Rick Perry
How will Congress pay for the payroll tax cut extension?
December 17th, 2011
01:58 PM ET
3 years ago

How will Congress pay for the payroll tax cut extension?

Washington (CNN) - The $33 billion bill passed by the Senate on Saturday, which extends the payroll tax reduction and other items by two months, will be offset by an increase in fees that new homeowners with federally-backed mortgages will pay to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration.

Those entities would then turn that money over to the U.S. Treasury.
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Filed under: Congress • Fannie Mae • Senate • Taxes
Senate approves two-month extension of payroll tax cut
December 17th, 2011
01:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate approves two-month extension of payroll tax cut

Washington (CNN) – Senate lawmakers on Saturday voted overwhelmingly to extend the payroll tax cut by another two months, after both sides were unable to reach a comprehensive agreement to extend the cuts and unemployment benefits for a full year.

The measure is the latest in a series of last ditch temporary fixes, postponing another legislative showdown between lawmakers until February, when the bill's provisions are set to expire.

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Filed under: Senate • Taxes
December 17th, 2011
12:59 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama 'very pleased' with vote on payroll tax cut extension

(CNN) - President Barack Obama praised the Senate for voting on Saturday to extend the payroll tax cut by another two months but urged members of Congress to reach an agreement that would extend the cuts and unemployment benefits for a full year.


Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Taxes
Romney on whether Gingrich lobbied: 'When it walks like a duck...'
December 17th, 2011
12:44 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney on whether Gingrich lobbied: 'When it walks like a duck...'

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) - Visiting a state where Newt Gingrich enjoys a commanding lead, Mitt Romney said Saturday he expected to peel off some of the former House speaker's tea party support as voters learn more about Gingrich's record.

Romney was making a two-day swing through South Carolina accompanied by Gov. Nikki Haley, who said she endorsed the GOP candidate in part because he had not worked in Washington.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
Paul claims Bachmann 'hates' Muslims
December 17th, 2011
12:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul claims Bachmann 'hates' Muslims

(CNN) – A day after a GOP presidential debate, White House hopeful Ron Paul upbraided rival candidate Michele Bachmann for disliking Muslims.

"She hates Muslims," Paul said on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Friday. "She wants to go get 'em."
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Filed under: 2012 • Iran • Jay Leno • Michele Bachmann • Ron Paul
Gingrich holds call with Iowans to address attacks
December 17th, 2011
12:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich holds call with Iowans to address attacks

New York, New York (CNN) – Newt Gingrich vowed to hold regularly a “Newt conference call” with Iowans to directly address negative attacks on his record.

“We just decided that we would from now to the caucus on a regular basis, make available to anyone in Iowa who wants to ask a question so that we can tell the truth, and we can systematically allow you to understand the facts rather than the various political attacks and the political charges,” Gingrich said in his first tele-town hall on Saturday.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
Congress OKs massive spending plan
December 17th, 2011
11:08 AM ET
3 years ago

Congress OKs massive spending plan

Washington (CNN) – The Senate on Saturday approved a compromise spending bill to keep the government funded for the rest of the fiscal year - a day after the bill won approval from the House of Representatives.

The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature. Obama signed a continuing resolution passed by the House to keep the government funded through next week while the bill's details are finalized.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Senate
House passes spending bill; Senate vote expected Saturday
December 17th, 2011
09:38 AM ET
3 years ago

House passes spending bill; Senate vote expected Saturday

Washington (CNN) – A Senate vote on a compromise spending bill to keep the government funded for the rest of the fiscal year is expected Saturday - a day after the bill won approval from the House of Representatives.

The almost $1 trillion measure passed on a 296-121 vote in the House on Friday and now goes to the Senate, where approval is also expected - averting a partial government shutdown as a deadline loomed at midnight Friday.

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • House of Representatives • Senate
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