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Iowa Debate: Candidates All Hawkish, Except for Paul

Thursday night’s debate reinforced the view that the Republican presidential field, split over foreign policy earlier in the campaign, has shifted decisively toward a hawkish consensus–-with the notable exception of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 12:40am

Iowa Debate: Gingrich Brings Up 'Zany' Accusation

After an hour and 20 minutes of largely steering clear of criticizing Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich (finally) offered up a slight--albeit an oblique one--against the former Bay State governor.

"I sometimes get accused of using language that is too strong. So I’ve been standing here editing.  I’m very concerned about not appearing zany," he said, to an uproar of laughter from the audience. 

Posted: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 12:40am

Dems Sign Conference Report, Recess in Sight

After weeks of lurching, Congress moved swiftly on Thursday toward a deal extending the payroll-tax holiday and unemployment benefits, averting a partial government shutdown in the process.

An abrupt shift by Democrats ended the stalemate. By late Thursday, congressional leaders had almost resolved how to extend the payroll-tax cut and federal unemployment insurance as well as prevent doctors who accept Medicare from taking a pay cut. A temporary deal lasting two months, in case a deal for a one-year package doesn’t completely gel in time, was also in the works.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 11:40pm

Iowa Debate: Romney, Gingrich In Harmony on Medicare Proposal

Both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich gave high marks to the bipartisan proposal on to revamp Medicare released this week by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen.  Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

"I endorsed the concept today. It's a big step forward," Gingrich said.   

"I'm not in the business of blaming Governor Romney," he simply said. 

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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 11:40pm

Iowa Debate: Bachmann Rebukes Gingrich on Fannie, Freddie Work

Rep. Michele Bachmann, dragging near the bottom of most polls, has become largely irrelevant on the campaign trail after winning August's Iowa straw poll. But on Thursday she distinguished herself by leveling one of the sharpest attacks yet seen during the 13 presidential debate, criticizing Newt Gingrich as an “influence peddler” for advising mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 11:40pm

Iowa Debate: Perry Wants to Be `Tim Tebow'

I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa Caucuses."

That's Texas Gov. Rick Perry, making the evening's first reference to the Denver Bronco who has become an NFL sensation.  When asked how he would stack up against Obama in general election debate, given his past troubles, Perry opted to take the light, humorous route, then pivoted to a reference to the much-publicized quarterback.   

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 11:40pm

Rick Perry: 'I Am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa Caucus' -- VIDEO

At Thursday evening's Iowa debate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry compared himself to NFL star Tim Tebow.

 

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Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 10:40pm

Iowa Debate: Perry Wants to Be `Tim Tebow of the Iowa Caucuses'

I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa Caucuses."

That's Texas Gov. Rick Perry, making the evening's first reference to the Denver Bronco who has become an NFL sensation.  When asked how he would stack up against Obama in general election debate, given his past troubles, Perry opted to take the light, humorous route, then pivoted to a reference to the much-publicized quarterback.   

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 10:40pm

Iowa Debate: Gingrich Invokes Reagan

The 13th and final Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses began Thursday with Republican front-runner Newt Gingrich shooting back at critics who doubt he can defeat President Obama next year. Ronald Reagan, he said, trailed Jimmy Carter by 30 points a year before the general election.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 10:40pm

Democrats Sign Conference Report

Democratic members of the appropriations conference committee finally signed the conference report Thursday night after withholding their John Hancocks in hopes of negotiating a better deal on a payroll-tax cut package.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., released the conferees, apparently confident a deal with Republicans on a package that would extend the payroll tax holiday and federal unemployment insurance while also ensuring that doctors who see Medicare patients do not take a 27 percent pay cut was close at hand.

Posted: Thursday, December 15, 2011 - 10:40pm