(CNN) – Ron Paul received some help from another Paul Thursday in a new Christmas-themed ad.
His son, Sen. Rand Paul, issues a video testament to his father in the form of a 30-second spot, which is set to run in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
(CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, urged House Republicans Thursday to pass a short-term extension of the expiring payroll tax cut - similar to a two-month measure demanded by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. McConnell also urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, to appoint conferees to a House-Senate conference committee - something demanded by House Republicans.
(CNN) - Arizona Sen. John McCain weighed in on the stalemate in Congress Thursday, telling CNN's "American Morning" anchor Ali Velshi that Republicans are losing the battle over the payroll tax cut extension.
(CNN) - Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman was the latest 2012 candidate to make the late night rounds Wednesday with an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
Huntsman, who's polled at the bottom of the 2012 pack thus far, talked up his days in China as the U.S. ambassador under President Obama and showed off his musical talents while jamming with the house band.
Bethlehem, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mitt Romney prepared for a punishing day of events throughout northern New Hampshire Thursday by inducing sugar shock.
The GOP candidate warned an audience at an Elks Lodge in Bethlehem he might talk more quickly than normal because he'd just finished his own personal breakfast of champions: Frosted Flakes cereal, toast with honey and chocolate milk.
Richmond, Virginia (CNN) - Newt Gingrich is campaigning in his home state Thursday after collecting 10,000 signatures needed to get on Virginia's primary ballot.
According to his campaign, they met the threshold yesterday but Gingrich told party faithful at a state GOP fundraising breakfast they expect to deliver petitions this afternoon with anywhere from 12,000-14,000 signatures.
(CNN) – A major New Hampshire newspaper backed Jon Huntsman for the Republican nomination Thursday, painting him as the only consistent conservative in the race for the White House.
To seemingly prop up Huntsman, the editorial board of the Concord Monitor hit Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, the two frontrunners in the first-in-the-nation primary state, as unpredictable.
New York (CNNMoney) - The number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits dropped to their lowest level since April 2008, boosting optimism in the job market.
In a surprise drop, 364,000 people filed initial jobless claims in the week ended Dec. 17, the Labor Department said Thursday. That was a decrease of 4,000 from the prior week. Economists were expecting claims to rise to 380,000.
Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - One of the most influential Christian leaders in Iowa told Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum "he needed money to promote the endorsement" of the candidate, Santorum told CNN on Wednesday.
The conversation between Santorum and Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of the Iowa-based The Family Leader, happened before Vander Plaats personally endorsed Santorum on Tuesday.
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CNN: Obama calls Boehner, Reid to push two-month payroll tax extension
President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday as part of an ongoing - and so far unsuccessful - effort to resolve a partisan standoff over how best to extend the expiring payroll tax cut, according to the White House.
CNN: Senate Republican frustration mounting with House GOP
The House GOP is coming under increasing fire from fellow Republicans in the Senate for the payroll tax standoff with Democrats – which many in the GOP see as a growing political debacle.