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CNN: House leader rejects Senate payroll tax plan
House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he opposed a temporary extension of a payroll tax cut, saying the two-month plan passed by the Senate "is just kicking the can down the road."
CNN: As Iowa looms, playing field suddenly shifts for Romney
Mitt Romney is returning to safe harbor on Tuesday, kicking off a week-long tour of New Hampshire, his early state stronghold.
CNN: Gingrich says millions of illegal immigrants should leave
Newt Gingrich insisted Sunday that some illegal immigrants who have become full community members should be able to stay in the country, but he added that his policy would require 7 million or more to go back to their home nations before having a chance to return.
CNN: Huntsman: Everyone gets 15 minutes of fame
Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman isn’t worried that he hasn’t topped national polls measuring support of candidates seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for president.
CNN: Police: Arrest made in New York elevator burning death
A 47-year-old man was arrested Sunday in the death of a 73-year-old woman who was set on fire in the elevator of her Brooklyn apartment building, telling police the woman owed him $2,000, New York police said.
CNN: Investigator: Manning's computer had downloaded secret documents
An Army computer investigator testified late Sunday that a search of military computers used by Pfc. Bradley Manning in Iraq revealed that he had downloaded the same secret documents and videos that were released online by WikiLeaks.
CNN: Jessica Lynch: One Iraq war veteran's unique perspective
Jessica Lynch has been out of the limelight for years but with American troops leaving Iraq, she finds herself thrust in the media spotlight again.
CNN: Southwestern U.S. braces for blizzard conditions
Residents of the Southwest are bracing for a blizzard to kick off the holiday week with heavy snows, strong winds and icy roads that could make driving across the region dangerous.
CNN: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il dead after heart attack, state media reports
North Korea's enigmatic leader Kim Jong Il - who, after succeeding his father 17 years ago, captained his poor, closed nation and antagonized its enemies - is dead, state media reported Monday.
CNN: Deadly Iraq war ends with exit of last U.S. troops
Early Sunday, as the sun ascended to the winter sky, the very last American convoy made its way down the main highway that connects Iraq and Kuwait.
CNN: Outrage over woman's beating fuels new Egypt protests
Pro-democracy demonstrators battled Egyptian police for a third straight day Sunday, their anger stoked by images of a military police officer stomping on a woman's exposed stomach over the weekend.
CNN: With Kim Jong II death, shock of the unknown
The sudden death of Kim Jong Il is the "biggest shock you could have thrown into Asia," an expert on North Korea told CNN late Sunday night.
CNN Money: Stocks: The quiet storm
The week ahead on Wall Street could be a choppy one, as investors remain worried about the debt crisis in Europe.
CNN Money: Europe's sticky wicket
There has been a lot of sparring coming out of the recent European Summit that was supposed to produce, for the fifth time, a comprehensive solution to the Euro crisis.
Wall Street Journal: Apple Plots Its TV Assault
Apple Inc. is moving forward with its assault on television, following up on the ambitions of its late co-founder, Steve Jobs.
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