Washington (CNN) - A bipartisan group of congressional negotiators signed off on an agreement Thursday to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while avoiding a fee cut for Medicare doctors for the rest of the year.
The measure now goes to the House and Senate for final votes.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Half of all Americans say they oppose the Obama administration's new policy concerning employer-provided health insurance plans and their coverage of contraceptive services for female employees including those at religiously affiliated institutions, according to a new national survey.
The push by the White House has been sharply criticized by Catholic Church officials, and many political pundits have said that the controversy could hurt President Barack Obama's re-election chances with Catholic voters. But a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday also indicates that the vast majority of Catholic Americans say they don't always follow church teachings on such issues as abortion and birth control, and few Americans Catholics believe artificial means of birth control are wrong.
(CNN) - Congressional negotiators on Thursday signed off on an agreement to extend the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits while avoiding a fee cut for Medicare doctors for the rest of the year.
The measure now goes to the House and Senate for final votes.
(CNN) - Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party, Ohio Republican Party and CNN Thursday that they will not participate in the March 1 Republican presidential primary debate.
"Mitt Romney and Ron Paul told the Georgia Republican Party, Ohio Republican Party and CNN Thursday that they will not participate in the March 1 Republican presidential primary debate," CNN said in a statement. "Without full participation of all four candidates, CNN will not move forward with the Super Tuesday debate. However, next week, CNN and the Arizona Republican Party will host all four leading contenders for the GOP nomination. That debate will be held in Mesa, Arizona on February 22 and will be moderated by CNN's John King."
New York (CNNMoney) - White House hopeful Rick Santorum lags behind both his 2012 competitors and wealthy Americans in general when it comes to charitable giving, according to tax documents.
Santorum gave $81,500 to charity over the past four years, or 2.2% of the more than $3.6 million in total income he earned since leaving the Senate, the documents showed.FULL STORY
Farmington Hills, Michigan (CNN) - Hours after Detroit automaker General Motors reported the largest annual profit in its history, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he was "delighted" the industry was profitable.
"I love American cars, and long may they rule the world, let me tell you. I want them to do well," Romney said at a chamber of commerce meeting in Farmington Hills, Michigan, later adding of the industry: "I'm delighted it's profitable."
(CNN) - Mitt Romney may lay claim to home field advantage in Michigan, but according to a new poll released 12 days before the state's Republican primary, Rick Santorum is on top of the field in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.
According to a survey out Thursday by the Detroit News and CNN affiliate WDIV, 34% of likely Republican primary voters say they're backing Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania, with 30% supporting Romney, the former Massachusetts governor who's making his second bid for the White House. Santorum's four point margin is within the poll's sampling error.
Washington (CNN) - The super PAC supporting Rick Santorum, the Red, White and Blue Fund, is going on the air in Michigan with a substantial ad buy. The super PAC is buying $663,500 of ad time in the state running from Thursday evening through next Tuesday, according to the group.
"As we've seen throughout this election cycle, the Romney campaign is good at two things: spending tons of cash and tearing others down. It won't work here," Stuart Roy, an adviser to the super PAC, said. "While we won't get pulled into the type of 'spitting' match that Romney likes to engage in, we also won't let attacks go unanswered."
(CNN) – Democrat Joseph P. Kennedy III officially announced his Congressional bid Thursday to replace retiring Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts.
Kennedy, son of former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II, used a video on his campaign website to lay out his platform, detail his credentials and play up his last name, ahead of the Democratic primary in the state's 4th Congressional district.