Obama, GOP maneuver on payroll tax cut
February 14th, 2012
04:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama, GOP maneuver on payroll tax cut

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama stepped up his push Tuesday to get Congress to extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year, arguing that a failure to do so could derail the economic recovery.

"This is a make-or-break moment for the middle class," Obama said at the White House. "The last thing we need is for Washington to stand in the way of America's comeback."


Filed under: Budget • President Obama • Taxes
Analysis: Politics trumps policy in Obama budget
February 13th, 2012
01:53 PM ET
2 years ago

Analysis: Politics trumps policy in Obama budget

Washington (CNN) - A piece of advice: If you're worried about President Barack Obama's budget, find something else to fret over. The president's blueprint has about as much chance of becoming law as yours. It's all about election year 2012, not fiscal year 2013.

Don't take my word for it. Take Harry Reid's. The Senate majority leader - the Democrat most responsible for moving Obama's agenda through Congress - said Friday that there's no need to bring the budget to a vote this year.

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Filed under: Budget • President Obama
February 9th, 2012
02:23 PM ET
2 years ago

Contraception controversy consumes D.C., campaign

(CNN) - Congressional Democrats and Republicans escalated their rhetorical war Thursday over a pending federal rule requiring religiously affiliated employers to provide full contraception coverage to women - one day after hints emerged of a possible compromise between the White House and conservative religious critics.

Numerous rank-and-file Democrats urged the White House not to back away from its support for the rule, while Republicans demanded a full retreat.

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Filed under: 2012 • Religion
Good news on jobs is bad news for GOP
February 3rd, 2012
12:10 PM ET
2 years ago

Good news on jobs is bad news for GOP

Washington (CNN) - That loud noise you heard Friday morning? Cheers from the White House and President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago.

Employers created 243,000 jobs in January, according to Friday's Labor Department report. The unemployment rate dropped from 8.5% to 8.3% - the lowest level since February 2009. Unemployment has now dropped for five months in a row.

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Filed under: 2012 • Economy • President Obama
Romney faces Medicare attacks in Florida
January 27th, 2012
02:40 PM ET
2 years ago

Romney faces Medicare attacks in Florida

(CNN) - GOP presidential front-runners Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich barnstormed across Florida on Friday, trying to rally supporters and break away in the polls four days before what is shaking up to be a pivotal primary in that state.

The morning after a heated CNN/Florida Republican Party debate in Jacksonville, a pro-Gingrich super PAC hit the airwaves with a television ad essentially accusing Romney of committing Medicare fraud. One of Gingrich's top Florida backers, former state Attorney General Bill McCollum, also raised questions about Romney's past service on the board of Damon Corp., a Massachusetts medical testing company that pleaded guilty in 1996 to billing Medicare fraudulently and that paid a $119 million fine.

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Filed under: 2012 • Florida • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich
Obama pushes clean energy theme in Nevada visit
January 26th, 2012
02:16 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama pushes clean energy theme in Nevada visit

(CNN) - President Barack Obama took his push for an expanded federal role in clean energy on the road Thursday, telling a Las Vegas crowd it's part of an "all-out, all-in, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy."

Among other things, Obama promised more federal assistance for local governments to upgrade their automotive fleets while also pushing new tax incentives for cleaner corporate vehicles. The president also said the administration is working to develop up to five highway natural gas corridors, and he announced a new competition to encourage the development of breakthroughs for natural gas vehicles.

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Filed under: 2012 • President Obama
Mitt Romney: The man on the wedding cake?
January 25th, 2012
02:57 PM ET
2 years ago

Mitt Romney: The man on the wedding cake?

(CNN) - Less than 10 months from the general election, Barack Obama appears to be laying the groundwork for a reprise of Harry Truman's populist 1948 campaign.

Running for a second term with a soft economy, the president's ready to tie the Republican nominee to what he characterizes as an extreme, do-nothing Congress serving the interests of the wealthy elite at the expense of the broad middle class.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Analysis: Romney's Southern discomfort
January 21st, 2012
11:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Analysis: Romney's Southern discomfort

(CNN) - South Carolina voters sent a clear message Saturday to the GOP's Yankee frontrunner: not so fast.

Any hopes Mitt Romney had of bringing a quick end to the Republican presidential contest died in the Palmetto State. Newt Gingrich's easy win capped the worst week of the campaign so far for the former Massachusetts governor.

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Filed under: Analysis • Mitt Romney • Newt Gingrich • South Carolina
Exit polls: Romney dominates more moderate New Hampshire
January 10th, 2012
11:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Exit polls: Romney dominates more moderate New Hampshire

(CNN) – "Moderate" may be a four-letter word in most Republican circles, but not in New England.

Mitt Romney cruised to victory in New Hampshire on Tuesday night, riding a wave of support from mainstream Yankee Republicans - fiscally conservative, socially moderate and politically pragmatic. The former Massachusetts governor swept nearly every group of voters, whether categorized by income, ideology or religion.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
New group paves way for alternative 2012 choice
December 29th, 2011
12:32 PM ET
2 years ago

New group paves way for alternative 2012 choice

Washington (CNN) – Are you feeling uninspired this election season? Are you sick of all the attention being slathered on a small group of die-hard partisans in Iowa and New Hampshire? Do you think the political system's broken and your voice is ignored?

If you're looking for a change from the usual left-right, liberal-conservative, Democrat-Republican dynamic, you may get your wish. There's a new group in the 2012 election, and it's aiming to redefine presidential politics by going around the major party machines and putting an alternative choice on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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Filed under: 2012
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