Senate Republicans reject Obama call to end 'big oil' tax breaks
March 29th, 2012
12:46 PM ET
3 years ago

Senate Republicans reject Obama call to end 'big oil' tax breaks

Washington (CNN) - Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a Democratic measure championed by President Barack Obama to end tax breaks for the major oil companies.

The procedural vote of 51-47, which failed to reach the needed threshhold of 60, killed the measure, which was given little chance of eventually winning approval in the Republican-controlled House. Four Democrats opposed the bill while one Republican supported it.

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Filed under: gas prices • President Obama
February 8th, 2012
08:50 PM ET
3 years ago

Romney promises to get more aggressive with Santorum

Washington (CNN) - Suddenly facing new questions about the strength of his candidacy, GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney indicated Wednesday he's prepared to wage a more aggressive campaign against Rick Santorum, the surprise winner of all three of Tuesday's Republican contests.

"We think we can beat Sen. Santorum where we compete head-to-head in an aggressive way, and we obviously didn't do that in Colorado or Minnesota to the extent that (Santorum's) campaign did," Romney told reporters.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum
Obama calls Boehner, Reid to push two-month payroll tax extension
December 21st, 2011
07:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama calls Boehner, Reid to push two-month payroll tax extension

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Wednesday as part of an ongoing - and so far unsuccessful - effort to resolve a partisan standoff over how best to extend the expiring payroll tax cut, according to the White House.

A two-month extension passed overwhelmingly with bipartisan support by the Democratic-controlled Senate "is the only option to ensure that middle class families aren't hit with a tax hike in 10 days and gives both sides the time needed to work out a full year solution," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters.

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Filed under: Congress • House of Representatives • Taxes
Obama, Boehner square off in payroll tax fight
December 20th, 2011
05:20 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama, Boehner square off in payroll tax fight

Washington (CNN) - The congressional impasse over extending the payroll tax cut became a showdown Tuesday between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

After the Republican-controlled House passed a measure calling for more negotiations, Boehner made public a letter to Obama that urged him to order the Senate back from its holiday break to take part in further talks.

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Filed under: Congress • House Republicans • Senate • Taxes
Boehner: House will reject Senate payroll tax plan
December 19th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Boehner: House will reject Senate payroll tax plan

Washington (CNN) - Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Monday morning he expects the GOP-controlled House of Representatives to reject the Senate's two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and instead pass a measure by the end of the day reinforcing the need for a one-year continuation.

The speaker said he wants the issue to be taken up by a House-Senate conference committee - something which would require the Democratic-controlled Senate to return from its holiday break.

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Filed under: Eric Cantor • House of Representatives • John Boehner • Taxes
November 4th, 2011
04:17 PM ET
3 years ago

BREAKING: Cain accuser won't go public

Washington (CNN) – One of the women who accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of sexual harassment released a statement through her lawyer Friday stating that she "stands by" her complaint, which was made "in good faith about a series of inappropriate behaviors and unwanted advances."

There was "more than one incident" of harassment involving Cain and his client over the span of a couple of months in 1999, attorney Joel Bennett said.

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Filed under: Herman Cain
Cain accuser close to agreement to issue statement
November 4th, 2011
03:30 PM ET
3 years ago

Cain accuser close to agreement to issue statement

Washington (CNN) – One of the women who reportedly accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of sexual harassment was close to reaching an agreement Friday that would let her issue her first public statement on what happened, according to her lawyer.

The controversy has dominated Cain's front-running campaign for the past week. A defiant Cain insists he will not let the issue deter him.

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Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain
Seeking the 'anti-Romney' in the Republican presidential race
September 1st, 2011
08:22 AM ET
3 years ago

Seeking the 'anti-Romney' in the Republican presidential race

Washington (CNN) - "A true conservative."

The heading atop Texas Gov. Rick Perry's biography on his campaign website sums up the key issue of the race for the Republican presidential nomination five months before the expected start of the 2012 primary season.

With the right-wing tea party movement playing the most dynamic role in the campaign so far, the GOP competition comes down to which of the handful of die-hard conservative candidates will emerge to battle initial front-runner Mitt Romney for the nomination.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney
Obama pushes GOP on taxes in debt ceiling talks
June 29th, 2011
02:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama pushes GOP on taxes in debt ceiling talks

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama called on lawmakers Wednesday to overcome the "selfish" norms of politics and "do their job" in order to strike a deal on raising the federal government's current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by the start of August.

People shouldn't get "spooked," but "the yellow light is flashing," he warned. "This is urgent."

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Filed under: Debt • GOP • President Obama
With Weiner determined to stay put, a possible ethics probe comes next
June 10th, 2011
12:07 PM ET
4 years ago

With Weiner determined to stay put, a possible ethics probe comes next

Washington (CNN) - Despite mounting pressure from Democratic colleagues to resign over the sexting scandal that dominated the headlines this week, embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner insists he's staying in office.

Among other things, the New York congressman can point to a Marist College poll released Thursday showing that a majority of registered voters in his district - 56% - don't believe he should step down. Only 33% believe he should go.

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Filed under: Anthony Weiner • Congress • House
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