Gingrich uses another tele-town hall to dispel negative attacks
December 22nd, 2011
09:55 PM ET
3 years ago

Gingrich uses another tele-town hall to dispel negative attacks

Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich tried to refute negative charges with another "Ask Newt" tele-town hall with Iowans Thursday evening.

Although these calls are intended to clear up any "falsehoods," the fact that Gingrich continues to defend his pro-life record and explain his ties to Freddie Mac is an indication the former House speaker is struggling getting his message out.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Newt Gingrich
Romney's austerity message raises some voters' concerns
December 22nd, 2011
09:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney's austerity message raises some voters' concerns

Conway, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney stuck to his austerity message at a town hall Thursday, even as he was closely questioned by several voters concerned about a drawdown in government benefits.

In Conway, the GOP candidate repeated his stance on cutting government spending and influence, after a man told Romney about benefits he received as a retiree.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
What the payroll tax deal would do
December 22nd, 2011
07:21 PM ET
3 years ago

What the payroll tax deal would do

New York (CNNMoney) – So it looks like the payroll tax holiday will continue after all.

Under intense public and political pressure, House Speaker John Boehner relented Thursday.

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Filed under: Congress • Taxes
Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman not on Virginia ballot
December 22nd, 2011
06:57 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman not on Virginia ballot

(CNN) - Three candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination won't appear on the ballot in Virginia after failing to gather the 10,000 signatures required to compete in the March 6 primary.

According to a spokesman for the Virginia State Board of Elections, the only candidates to file the necessary paperwork were former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
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Filed under: 2012 • Virginia
House GOP relents on payroll tax cut deal
December 22nd, 2011
06:30 PM ET
3 years ago

House GOP relents on payroll tax cut deal

Washington (CNN) - Speaker John Boehner on Thursday accepted a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut, succumbing to mounting pressure from the White House, congressional Democrats and fellow Republicans to reverse his House leadership's opposition to the Senate-passed proposal.

President Barack Obama immediately congratulated congressional leaders on the deal, while Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell - who increased the pressure on Boehner earlier in the day with a call for such an agreement - said it was a "sigh of relief" for American taxpayers.

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Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Taxes
Bachmann calls short term payroll tax extension a 'gimmick'
December 22nd, 2011
06:15 PM ET
3 years ago

Bachmann calls short term payroll tax extension a 'gimmick'

(CNN) - Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann said Thursday a plan to extend the payroll tax cut by only two months was a "temporary gimmick" that would do nothing to boost job creation.

Speaking to CNN Chief National Correspondent John King, the Minnesota congresswoman said the temporary solution reflected a lack of leadership from President Barack Obama.
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Filed under: 2012 • Michele Bachmann
Paul rushes to Iowa events, takes few questions, as caucus nears
December 22nd, 2011
05:49 PM ET
3 years ago

Paul rushes to Iowa events, takes few questions, as caucus nears

Dubuque, Iowa (CNN) - Ron Paul pressed the flesh on Thursday in Iowa, rushing from one event to the next, fully aware that time ticked ahead of the state's January 3 caucus.

As the Republican presidential candidate covered ground – scheduled for four stops in the state - he also covered a maze of familiar themes. One realization seemed clear to the campaign: time is short.
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Ron Paul
Boehner: Deal on payroll tax cut extension
December 22nd, 2011
05:21 PM ET
3 years ago

Boehner: Deal on payroll tax cut extension

(CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday announced an agreement with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid to extend the payroll tax cut for two months.

Boehner said the Republican leadership's decision to oppose until now a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut passed by the Senate "may not have been politically the smartest thing in the world."


Filed under: John Boehner
John Edwards again asks for trial delay, cites medical issue
December 22nd, 2011
04:43 PM ET
3 years ago

John Edwards again asks for trial delay, cites medical issue

(CNN) - Attorneys for John Edwards asked again Thursday to delay his criminal trial, saying the former presidential candidate and U.S. senator has an unspecified medical issue.

In June, the Justice Department charged Edwards with conspiracy, issuing false statements and violating campaign contribution laws. He has pleaded not guilty.

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BLITZER'S BLOG: Civil war dangers in Iraq
President Barack Obama speaks during a joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Washington, DC, December 12, 2011.
December 22nd, 2011
04:41 PM ET
3 years ago

BLITZER'S BLOG: Civil war dangers in Iraq

(CNN) – It's not even a week since all U.S. troops have been pulled out of Iraq, but the situation there is quickly deteriorating. I don't think it's by any means out of the question that civil war is possible.

The terror attacks in the country today were brutal – scores dead, many more innocents wounded. The pictures are horrendous.

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Filed under: Iraq • TV-The Situation Room
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