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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Obama Thanks Congress For Passing Bill, Says More Work Ahead

After thanking lawmakers for finally reaching agreement on a temporary extension of the payroll-tax cut, President Obama said there was more work to do in the new year.

After thanking lawmakers for finally reaching agreement on a temporary extension of the payroll-tax cut, President Obama said there was more work to do in the new year.

"This is some good news, just in the nick of time for the holidays," he said.

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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Ron Paul's Iowa Edge: A Rock-Solid Caucus Campaign

ANKENY, IOWA — Just when you thought the tortuous, topsy-turvy 2012 campaign couldn't get any more insane, your new Iowa front-runner is ... Ron Paul?

Yes, the Texas representative is the latest candidate to top the tumultuous pack. With less than two weeks until the Iowa caucuses, he's pulling an average of 24 percent in recent polling, good for first place by a margin of 3.5 percentage points.

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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Pelosi Names Conferees

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has chosen her five conferees to negotiate the next deal on the payroll tax holiday.

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Ron Paul Discovers the Downside of Media Attention

Ron Paul's fans finally got what they wanted--the media have stopped ignoring Ron Paul--but it hasn't been as much fun as they hoped. Like every other serious candidate, Paul has to suffer through people digging up every weird fact in his past. Anyone following the Republican presidential primary race knows that Paul wants to eliminate the Federal Reserve and get out of Afghanistan. But few people know that his pitch to potential subscribers to his newsletter back in the 1990s warned of a "coming race war."

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

A Health Insurance Plan a President Gingrich Could Love

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has been pounded by his opponents for once backing a mandate that people buy health insurance. But he has received little attention for another health care idea that he has explored and that also could prove controversial. 

The lesser-known proposal would encourage people to purchase insurance by giving them tax credits or deductions. Those who don’t buy insurance and need care would get it through hospitals and clinics serving the poor, which would receive subsidies not claimed by individuals. 

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Medicare's Secret: Slowly Rising Costs--Report

Medicare spending per person is rising more slowly than spending in the private health sector, and the 2010 health care law should help keep cost acceleration down, The Washington Post reported on Friday. The rise in Medicare costs should stay well below targets set by Congress, the newspaper said.

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

This Week in Political Trivia

How well do you know the facts and faces behind this week's political news? Find out with our weekly trivia quiz, powered by the Almanac of American Politics!

This Week in Political Trivia: Dec. 23 » Make A Quiz
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Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Gingrich, Citing Unnamed CIA Official, Accuses Obama of Historic Number of Leaks

Newt Gingrich said Friday that a former CIA official has told him that President Obama's administration has leaked more secrets than any other White House that official had seen.

“You have an Obama administration who’s dedicated to appeasing our enemies and dedicated to giving away our secrets,” Gingrich said in an interview with WHO radio in Des Moines, Iowa. “I’ve had a former very senior CIA person tell me this White House has leaked more secrets than any White House in his lifetime.”

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2:40pm

Sebelius Decision on Essential Benefits Good Politics, Poor Policy--Commentary

The decision by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to delegate to states the final decision on what conditions must be covered by health insurance may have been great politics but it was poor policy, an editorial in The Washington Post argues on Friday.

Posted: Friday, December 23, 2011 - 2:40pm