Fiscal cliff debate shifts to campaign-style tactics
November 27th, 2012
03:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Fiscal cliff debate shifts to campaign-style tactics

Washington (CNN) - It helped get him re-elected, so President Barack Obama is again employing campaign-style tactics to increase pressure on congressional Republicans to compromise to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff.

Failure to reach a deal means tax increases and deep spending cuts take effect in five weeks, a scenario analysts fear could push the country back into recession.

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Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • President Obama
Discontent with Ames straw poll grows, Iowa GOP stands firm
November 27th, 2012
01:41 PM ET
2 years ago

Discontent with Ames straw poll grows, Iowa GOP stands firm

(CNN) - The Iowa Republican Party is standing behind the Ames straw poll despite growing party discontent including the conservative National Review magazine calling for a quick end to the event.

The National Review called for the "slaying" of the Ames straw poll in an editorial posted on its website Monday, characterizing the event as a "mythic creature."
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Filed under: 2012 • Iowa • Terry Branstad
Time running out on debt ceiling
November 27th, 2012
01:13 PM ET
2 years ago

Time running out on debt ceiling

Washington (CNNMoney) - Congress must raise the debt ceiling before the end of February, and possibly sooner. If it doesn't, the United States risks defaulting on its payments to creditors.

That's the key takeaway from a new report released Tuesday by the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Treasury Department
Boehner, Pelosi team up for Speaker Tip O'Neill tribute
November 27th, 2012
12:26 PM ET
2 years ago

Boehner, Pelosi team up for Speaker Tip O'Neill tribute

Washington (CNN) - It was Tip O'Neill who coined the phrase "all politics is local."

So it's somehow fitting that Congress is looking to commemorate the 34-year congressional career of the former House speaker by making an office building on the edge of Capitol Hill his namesake.
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Filed under: John Boehner • Nancy Pelosi
Justice Department, Republicans in talks over 'Fast and Furious' lawsuit
November 27th, 2012
11:42 AM ET
2 years ago

Justice Department, Republicans in talks over 'Fast and Furious' lawsuit

Washington (CNN) – Attorneys for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and for the Justice Department told a federal judge in Washington Tuesday they have begun settlement talks on the lawsuit which seeks to force Attorney General Eric Holder to give the committee certain documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gun trafficking operation.

The lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson they had just begun the talks, and did not know whether they would make any progress.
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Filed under: Justice Department
November 27th, 2012
11:15 AM ET
2 years ago

Lawmakers say meeting with Rice left them with more questions

Washington (CNN) – Republican lawmakers said Tuesday their meeting with Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and the acting CIA director left them with more unanswered questions about her remarks following the September 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.

Speaking to reporters after the morning meeting, Sen. John McCain said he and fellow Republicans Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham were "significantly troubled" by many of the answers they received from Rice, who asked for the meeting with the three senators after they issued sharp criticism of her response to the Benghazi attack.
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Filed under: John McCain • Kelly Ayotte • Lindsey Graham • Susan Rice
NRCC picks deputy chairman spot
November 27th, 2012
10:01 AM ET
2 years ago

NRCC picks deputy chairman spot

(CNN) - The National Republican Congressional Committee has selected Rep. Lynn Westmoreland as their deputy chairman, chairman Rep. Greg Walden announced Tuesday.

Westmoreland hails from Georgia and is entering his fifth term in the U.S. House. He previously coordinated the committee's efforts surrounding redistricting, which changed the contours of congressional districts ahead of the most recent election.
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Filed under: 2014 • NRCC
November 27th, 2012
09:50 AM ET
2 years ago

Norquist: 'Shame on Peter King'

(CNN) - Grover Norquist says Rep. Peter King of New York tried to "weasel out" of the anti-tax pledge.

“I hope his wife understands that commitments last longer than two years,” Norquist, an anti-tax activist, said on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.”


Filed under: Grover Norquist • TV-Piers Morgan
Trio of polls indicate Christie's numbers soaring thanks to storm response
November 27th, 2012
09:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Trio of polls indicate Christie's numbers soaring thanks to storm response

(CNN) - Three straight surveys over the past 24 hours indicate Chris Christie's poll numbers as governor of New Jersey are skyrocketing, thanks to his job responding to the devastating superstorm Sandy.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday morning, 72% of Garden State voters give the first term Republican governor a thumbs up on the job he's doing in office, a 16-point jump since before the storm struck the state in late October.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • New Jersey
Trump hammers Romney's 'crazy' immigration suggestion
November 27th, 2012
08:21 AM ET
2 years ago

Trump hammers Romney's 'crazy' immigration suggestion

(CNN) – The now-infamous 'self-deportation' policy proposal from Mitt Romney was "crazy" and "maniacal," real estate magnate Donald Trump said in an interview published online Tuesday.

The former Romney backer said the suggestion, made during a GOP primary debate in January, made it seem like the Republican Party was hostile and anti-immigrant.
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Filed under: 2012 • Donald Trump • Mitt Romney
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