What the payroll tax deal will do
President Barack Obama speaks on payroll tax extension on December 22, 2011 in Washington, DC.
December 23rd, 2011
10:59 AM ET
3 years ago

What the payroll tax deal will do

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.

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Filed under: Congress • House • Senate • Taxes
Paul criticizes Dems and GOP, elevates tea party, Occupy movement
December 23rd, 2011
10:51 AM ET
3 years ago

Paul criticizes Dems and GOP, elevates tea party, Occupy movement

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Occupy Wall Street • Ron Paul • Tea Party movement
House passes amended payroll tax cut extension
December 23rd, 2011
10:07 AM ET
3 years ago

House passes amended payroll tax cut extension

(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.


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Senate passes amended payroll tax cut extension
December 23rd, 2011
09:36 AM ET
3 years ago

Senate passes amended payroll tax cut extension

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.


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Editorial hits Romney during campaign blitz
Mitt Romney greets workers and guests during a campaign stop on December 16, 2011 in Sioux City, Iowa.
December 23rd, 2011
09:12 AM ET
3 years ago

Editorial hits Romney during campaign blitz

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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Santorum gets 'Pop Up' treatment
December 23rd, 2011
08:56 AM ET
3 years ago

Santorum gets 'Pop Up' treatment

(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.
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Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Iowa • Rick Santorum
Biden puts bull's-eye on Romney
December 23rd, 2011
08:07 AM ET
3 years ago

Biden puts bull's-eye on Romney

(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."
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Joe Biden • Mitt Romney
CNN Poll: Economy still number 1 worry
December 23rd, 2011
06:00 AM ET
3 years ago

CNN Poll: Economy still number 1 worry

(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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Filed under: CNN poll • Deficit • Economy • Polls • unemployment
POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, December 23, 2011
December 23rd, 2011
04:20 AM ET
3 years ago

POLITICAL HOT TOPICS: Friday, December 23, 2011

The CNN Washington Bureau’s morning speed read of the top stories making news from around the country and the world. Click the headlines for more.

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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.

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