(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday that a two-month extension passed by the Senate is the "only viable way" to prevent a tax increase on January 1, and he called on House Republicans to pass the plan supported by a majority of Senate Republicans.
He called on the House Republican leadership to hold an up-or-down vote on a Senate plan to extend the payroll tax cut for two months.
(CNN) – The speakers in both state houses of Iowa and New Hampshire are expected to hand former House Speaker Newt Gingrich their endorsements in the critical early presidential nominating states.
Gingrich is scheduled to travel cross-country Wednesday in order to attend both announcements.
(CNN) – The top political videos of 2011 prove political ads and messages can go viral too, with President Barack Obama, Republican presidential candidates and Jon Stewart making the YouTube list.
The buzzed about commercial from former Republican presidential contender Herman Cain's campaign, featuring his chief of staff smoking, nabbed the ninth spot with over 1.7 million hits while his former rival Rick Perry's Christmas spot received over three times as many clicks.
(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner asked President Barack Obama in a letter Tuesday to order the Democratic-led Senate to appoint negotiators to work out a compromise with the Republican-led House on a payroll tax-cut extension.
(CNN) - House Republicans on Tuesday passed a motion calling for further negotiations on the payroll tax cut, disagreeing with a Senate measure that called for a two-month extension. Only Republicans supported the motion in the 229-193 vote.
(CNN) – Bill Clinton said Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich doesn't really deserve the credit he's taking on the campaign trail for balancing the budget during the Clinton administration.
Gingrich served as House speaker for four years of Clinton's presidency. Although the former president said the two had a "decent working relationship," he attributed the bulk of the positive steps in the U.S. economy to the 1993 budget, passed in spite of Gingrich's efforts.
Washington (CNN) - Setting up a stalemate with the Senate, the House will recess later today after a vote that would "disagree" with Senate-passed version of the payroll tax cut extension and demand negotiations to work out differences on the issue, several House Republicans told CNN.
The House would be prepared to come back if and when there is a compromise to vote on, according to GOP members and aides.
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's approval rating, a crucial indicator of his reelection chances, is on the rise, according to a new national survey.
A CNN/ORC International Poll out Tuesday also indicates that the partisan battle over extending the payroll tax cut may be partially responsible for the jump in the president's numbers.
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(CNN) - Republican presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania received the personal endorsement of Bob Vander Plaats, who heads the Family Leader, Tuesday. The Iowa-based Christian organization is influential among social conservative voters in the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
The endorsement comes just two weeks before the Jan. 3 caucuses, which kick off the primary and caucus calendar.
Four years ago, the Family Leader backed former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who went on to score an upset victory in the Iowa caucuses.