NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Well, that was painful.
The House and Senate on Friday finally approved a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut and federal unemployment benefits, and staved off a steep cut in pay to Medicare doctors.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa (CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul rolled out some equal opportunity scorn late Thursday in Iowa, criticizing Democrats and Republicans while elevating the concerns of the tea party and Occupy Wall Street movements.
But before he zinged the two political parties, the Texas congressman began his speech in front of over 300 people in Cedar Rapids with a joke about a matter he takes very seriously.
(CNN) - The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut Friday, sending the measure to President Barack Obama and ending a heated standoff over the issue.
Washington (CNN) - The Senate passed an amended version of the two-month extension of the payroll tax cut Friday, contingent on final approval by the House of Representatives.
Tilton, New Hampshire (CNN) - The New Hampshire Union Leader dressed down Mitt Romney in a Friday editorial for campaigning at "arms-length" in New Hampshire, and accused the governor of hiding from voters' questions.
The editorial was published a day after Romney attended six events in the northern part of the state, including hosting two town halls. Over the course of the GOP candidate's four-day state bus tour he planned to attend 14 events with voters, stopping at a spaghetti dinner, a pizza restaurant, a coffee shop and more than one diner.
(CNN) - Rick Santorum is upping the ante in Iowa with a new "Pop Up Video" TV commercial stressing his family values and highlighting the praise of high profile social conservatives.
The spot, fashioned like a VH1 video, tells his personal and professional history through text bubbles superimposed on footage of the Republican presidential candidate with his family.
(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden slid into his role as campaign attack dog Friday, taking on Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney by contrasting his proposals with those of the current administration. And Romney quickly siezed on the comments during his first event of the day.
In an op-ed published in the Des Moines Register, 11 days ahead of the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, Biden said the economic proposals from Romney, one of the GOP frontrunners, mirror those that led to the economic collapse, a repeat of which "Americans cannot afford."
(CNN) -The economy is the top concern for Americans, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, and half name unemployment as the most important issue related to the economy.
With just three in ten saying things are going well in the country today and 70% saying they are going badly, economic issues are still the main priority for the country this holiday season.
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CNN: House GOP relents on payroll tax cut deal
A compromise measure to extend the payroll tax cut for two months comes before the House and Senate on Friday after Speaker John Boehner dropped his opposition under mounting pressure from the White House, congressional Democrats and fellow Republicans.
CNN: Payroll tax cut standoff’s impact: What $40 a paycheck means to you
House Republicans on Tuesday rejected a Senate deal to temporarily extend the payroll tax holiday, leaving the White House and Congress at an impasse and creating a showdown between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.