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.
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.
(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.
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.FULL STORY
(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.
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.
(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."
(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.FULL STORY
(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.FULL STORY