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Gingrich Challenges Romney to ‘Test the Heat’ with One-on-One Iowa Debate

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Newt Gingrich fired back at Mitt Romney’s assertion that he can’t take the heat of a vigorous campaign, saying here Wednesday that he can “take the heat plenty well,” accusing his rival of hiding and challenging his rival to a one-on-one debate in Iowa next week to settle their differences.
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Gingrich Uses Precious Time To Get On Va. Ballot

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Newt Gingrich is frantically playing catch-up in the Republican presidential race, spending precious time trying to get on Virginia’s primary ballot while his rivals campaign in crucial Iowa and New Hampshire. The former House speaker is paying a price for his late start in organizing. Gingrich had to leave New Hampshire on Wednesday and race to Virginia, where he needs 10,000 valid voters’ signatures by Thursday to secure a spot on the March 6 ballot.

Obama Gets a Lift From Tax Battle With Republicans

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After a long stretch of high unemployment, legislative turmoil and, in turn, slipping public approval, President Obama seemed to regain his political footing this week with the help of House Republicans, whose handling of a standoff over payroll taxes had even leading conservatives accusing them of bungling the politically charged issue.
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Obama Blasts House GOP for Blocking Payroll Tax Cut Extension

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While members of Congress point fingers at each other for gumming up the payroll tax cut, President Obama is watching the bickering from the White House--where he is apparently happy to spend the holiday season until a deal gets done. The rest of the Obama family has gone ahead to Hawaii for their pre-planned holiday trip. But aides say the president will continue to delay his vacation in hopes of inspiring House Republicans to take up a Senate-approved measure extending the tax cut beyond midnight New Year’s Eve.

House Rejects 2-Month Extension of Payroll Tax Cut

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The Republican-controlled House on Tuesday rejected a Senate-approved two-month extension of a payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits to millions of Americans, raising the likelihood that both will expire on Dec. 31.The House effectively adjourned for the year following the vote, and with the Senate out of town for the holiday, there is no resolution in sight on a legislative battle waged by House Republicans over the length of the benefits' extension. Both chambers can return to Washington at the call of party leaders if there is an agreement.

Obama Scolds House GOP Over Payroll Tax Stalemate

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President Obama turned up the heat on House Republicans Tuesday afternoon, urging them to rethink their opposition to a Senate-approved bill that would extend the payroll tax holiday for at least two more months next year. Shortly after House conservatives voted Tuesday to rebuke the Senate and risk raising the payroll tax in January, the president grabbed his spokesman’s podium to deliver his own message to lawmakers.
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Dems: Romney is Easier Jobs Target than Gingrich

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Conventional wisdom, supported by polls, maintains that Mitt Romney would be a tougher opponent than Newt Gingrich against President Barack Obama. But one factor keeps Democrats from salivating over Gingrich's rise in the Republican presidential race: Romney may present a fatter target on jobs, the issue expected to dominate the 2012 contest.
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Mitt Romney on GOP Ticket?

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CNBC's John Harwood & Joe Kernen expect Mitt Romney will land the GOP nomination by March.

Struggling Santorum Bets big on Iowa

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Rick Santorum thought he had it figured out. He would use a game plan much like the one conservative Mike Huckabee employed in 2008 to win the Iowa caucuses, the first contest in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. president. Santorum, a former U.S. senator from Pennsylvania known for his staunch opposition to abortion, criticism of homosexuality and questioning of the teaching of evolution in schools, has gone straight for Iowa's social conservatives.

Christian Group Struggles over Gingrich Endorsement

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Newt Gingrich's marital problems have come back to haunt him in Iowa where Christian conservatives are split over whether they can look beyond his past infidelities and endorse him for the January 3 caucuses. The Family Leader, one of the state's most influential evangelical groups, is in intense debate about whether to back Gingrich, a front-runner in the contest to choose the Republican to face Democratic President Barack Obama in November.
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