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Bachmann, Huntsman, Santorum Won't Appear on Virginia Primary Ballot

Three Republican presidential contenders will not be appearing on Virginia's primary ballot, after missing today's 5 p.m. petition-filing deadline, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum all missed the deadline and will not be in the running on March 6 for the commonwealth's 50 delegates.

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 10:40am

Behind the Scenes of the House Republicans' Self-Inflicted Wound

CORRECTION: The original version of this story misidentified the House majority leader. It is Eric Cantor.

There was no formal cease-fire.

The great Christmas conflict over tax cuts ended at the staff level. Boehner’s chief of staff, Barry Jackson, cut the deal with Reid’s chief of staff, David Krone. If the weeklong tussle over a two-month or one-year extension of payroll taxes was over principle, the principal antagonist, Boehner, in the end, had neither the will nor the stomach to directly sue for peace.

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 10:40am

The Reasons for Democratic Optimism in Wisconsin

On Wednesday, I took a closer look at the reasons Republicans should be optimistic about the chances that GOP Gov. Scott Walker will survive a recall effort. Today, a glance at the reasons Democrats should be bullish about the prospect of unseating the first-term governor:

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 10:40am

Gay Voters Confronting GOP Candidates on the Trail

Like most teenagers her age, 14-year-old Rebecka Green from Decorah, Iowa, keeps a casual ear on political goings-on and is far more preoccupied with learning how to play the guitar, rehearsing for a production of The Merchant of Venice this spring, and devouring Beatles albums.

Then this week, Green unintentionally found herself in the heat of the spotlight of a presidential campaign.

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 5:40pm

House Republicans Agree To Payroll Deal

House Republicans on Thursday crumpled under the weight of White House and public pressure and have agreed to pass a two-month extension of the payroll-tax cut, Republican and Democratic sources told National Journal.

The House made the move after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., agreed to appoint conferees to a committee to resolve differences between the Senate's two-month, 2 percentage point, payroll-tax cut and the House's one-year alternative.


Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 5:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Cracks Are Forming in The House GOP on Payroll Tax Cut

The freshman class has been largely united in an effort to block the Senate-passed payroll-tax extension, but one new member is calling upon leadership to agree to the compromise.

"I've said all along I'd be willing to support a two-month payroll-tax cut extension if that was our only option," said Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., in a statement. "The Senate's refusal to work with the House to hammer out the differences in our bills before Christmas has left us with few other options."

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 5:40pm

Today's e-Reads, Updated: Ashton Kutcher Pans SOPA, And An Inevitable Duopoly?

Not all of Hollywood is for the Stop Online Piracy Act. Actor Ashton Kutcher blogged about how the controversial anti-online piracy bill is "the problem and not the solution."

Despite concern from regulators and consumer groups, an AT&T-Verizon duopoly may be inevitable, Fortune argues.

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 5:40pm

Perry Blasts Obama for Focusing on ‘Temporary’ Solutions

OTTUMWA, Iowa –- During a campaign stop here on Thursday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry lambasted President Obama for focusing on what he called "temporary" solutions such as a payroll tax-cut extension instead of encouraging more comprehensive reforms and the creation of energy jobs. 

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 5:40pm

Gingrich in Ballot Push in Virginia, Predicts He Won't Win in Iowa

RICHMOND, Va.--Struggling to keep up with his success in opinion polls, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Thursday was furiously rounding up the final signatures on petitions that he needs to compete in the Virginia primary.

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 5:40pm

Romney Refuses to Release Tax Returns

LANCASTER, N.H. –- Mitt Romney said on Thursday that he has no plans at this time to release his income-tax returns, prompting President Obama’s reelection campaign to blast the former Massachusetts governor for not hewing to tradition for presidential candidates.

Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 - 4:40pm