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Perry Attacks Romney, Endures Protests

AMES, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry continued to hammer his rival Mitt Romney for challenging him to a $10,000 bet, suggesting Sunday afternoon, in one breath, that Romney was so rich the value meant little him and that he might have misspoken during Saturday night’s debate.
“I would suggest to you that 10,000 is pocket change for Mitt to make that statement,” Perry told reporters here. “But you’ll need to ask him. You know, maybe it was just a misstatement or something, who knows.”

Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 6:40pm

McConnell Accuses Justice Department of Misleading Congress

1:36. McConnell Accuses Justice Department of Misleading Congress

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell added his voice to a growing chorus of Republicans who charge the Justice Department with misleading Congress on key details surrounding Operation Fast and Furious.

Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 4:40pm

Not Bowling Them Over

On Dec. 4, the NCAA’s Famous Idaho Potato Bowl announced that teams from Ohio University and Utah State would be hauling up to Boise on Dec. 17 to play in Bronco Stadium. The invitation to a college bowl game—once considered a happy reward by most athletes—didn’t sit that well with one Ohio player, punter Paul Hershey.

According to The Athens Messenger, Hershey fumed on his personal Twitter account that night, “Idaho—who the [expletive] wants to play there in December??”

Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 2:40pm

Perry Hits Romney for $10,000 Bet on Fox News Sunday

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A debate argument that ended with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney asking Texas Gov. Rick Perry if he’d take a $10,000 bet spilled over into the Sunday shows as Perry called the bet, “a little out of touch with the normal Iowa citizen.”

Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 2:40pm

Lawmakers Confident Payroll Tax Impass Will End

12:23. Lawmakers Confident of Ending Payroll Tax Impasse

With Congress poised to leave a chunk of coal in the Christmas stockings of 160 million U.S. taxpayers, there are signs that the impasse over extending the current payroll-tax rate one year may be broken. Before a deal can be reached, however, both sides still feel the need to posture on behalf of their favored solution for extending a tax break that put an average of $1,000 into the pocket of each American family last year.

Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 2:40pm

Bachmann Keeps up Attacks on 'Newt-Romney'

11:07. Bachmann Keeps Up Attacks on ‘Newt-Romney’

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose aggressive debate performance Saturday was widely praised, kept up her attacks on Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney on Sunday, saying, “It’s very clear there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two of them.”

“That’s not what we want in our nominee,” she said. “It doesn’t even survive the falling off your chair laughing test.”

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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 12:40pm

Rep. Israel: House Republicans are 'Radioactive'

Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Sunday that Democrats have a strong chance of retaking the House in next year's election.

Israel, whose job at the DCCC is to raise money and recruit candidates, said Democrats must pick up 25 seats to win back the House, and that they consider 70 seats in play. "It's going to be razor close," he said, speaking on Bloomberg’s Political Capital.

“They are radioactive,” Israel said of House Republicans. “There is a strong sense of buyer’s remorse.”

Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 10:40am

Huntsman, Excluded from Iowa Debate, Holds N.H. Town Hall

LONDONDERRY, N.H. – Excluded from Saturday’s GOP presidential debate, Jon Huntsman concentrated on wooing Granite State votes, using markedly sharper language than he has in the past.

His evening town hall meeting in this city, which drew about 150 people, marked the second time that the former Utah governor has not been on stage with his fellow contenders. With his current low standing in polls, he did not meet the threshold of support to qualify.

Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 3:40am

Gingrich's Even-Keeled Performance Makes Him a Different Frontrunner

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The last time Newt Gingrich and his chief rival for the Republican nomination went toe-to-toe in a nationally televised debate, sparring over their records on health insurance reform, Mitt Romney got the better of him.

Not this time.

Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 3:40am

Five Takeaways from Saturday's Debate

The Republican field reassembled with a new alignment in Saturday night's debate in Iowa, symbolized by new front-runner Newt Gingrich's literal and figurative placement at center stage. But we're back with our familiar debate night line-up: the five key takeaways from the encounter.

Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 - 1:40am