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Presidential Candidate Debate Timeline

For lovers of presidential debates, this election season won't disappoint. With several GOP candidate debates already held, several more planned, and four more scheduled for the general election, candidates will have plenty of opportunities to get their messages across to a national audience.

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 6:40pm

Boehner Unveils GOP Extenders Bill

House Republicans this morning filed their three-part bill to extend the current payroll tax rate for one year, continue unemployment benefits, and prevent a scheduled cut in Medicare physician reimbursements. Congress is struggling to come up with compromises on these issues before the holiday recess.

Posting the package on the House Rules Committee web site clears the way for promised action early next week.

For now, possible support from many House Democrats seems far from likely.

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

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!

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Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

Jon Huntsman Won't Do Anything to Win

You won't be seeing Jon Huntsman in the next Republican debate. The debate this weekend is taking place in Iowa, where Huntsman has made himself unwelcome. (He will, however, attend the following Iowa debate, in Sioux City next Thursday.)

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

Why Jeff Fitzgerald Can Win in Wisconsin

While former Rep. Mark Neumann, R-Wis., and former Gov. Tommy Thompson have received most of the attention in the Wisconsin GOP Senate race, a lesser-known, and potentially equally formidable candidate is trying to make a splash.

State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, whose campaign has been overshadowed by his better-known rivals, rode a wave of conservative momentum into the race. While the Neumann/Thompson conservative/moderate battle rages, Fitzgerald has the potential to sneak out a win in the primary.

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 11:40am

Report: Pro-Romney Super PAC Creates Anti-Gingrich Ad

A pro-Mitt Romney super PAC has created an ad attacking Newt Gingrich on his decades-long political career, his ethics violations, and his ties to Freddie Mac as well as accusing him of supporting liberal causes, the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News reported.

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 11:40am

Congressional Insiders Grade Themselves Poorly, But Still Hope for a Deal

Numerous polls have shown Americans' deep disapproval of the current Congress. The latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll shows members of Congress - especially Democrats - aren't feeling so great about themselves either. However, despite giving themselves low grades on the year, the survey also found that members on both sides generally agreed that deals on the payroll-tax holiday and unemployment benefits are likely to be stuck by the Christmas break.

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 11:40am

Which Republican Won the Tuches Kiss-Off? Plus: Trump's Third Birthday Party All Over Again -- VIDEO

Washington is getting into the holiday spirit, Conan O'Brien observes on Thursday. "The White House held its annual Hanukkah celebration," Conan says. "It was a traditional Jewish ceremony, except for the part where it was hosted by a black man from Hawaii."

And Jon Stewart graded footage from the speeches at the Republican Jewish Coalition Forum this week -- or, as he called it, the "tuches kiss-off."

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Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 11:40am

Another Oops: Perry on America's Wars in 'Afghanistan, Iran' -- VIDEO

When asked on Thursday about the two wars the United States is currently engaged in, Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry began to talk aboaut Afghanistan and Iran.

The Texas governor, who was at an Okatie, S.C., town hall, quickly caught his mistake and joked that this moment "will be on the front page." But you can see it here.

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Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 11:40am

Hotline Sort: Romney's Strategy Shifts

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Romney's strategy shifts significantly, Perry faces more distractions and Elizabeth Warren fights back in Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Casey looks in good shape, Joe Walsh makes a big decision, and Curt Schilling just says no. Here's today's rundown:

10) Rep. Michele Bachmannn, R-Minn., says girls don't ask boys to prom; they have wait to be asked.

Posted: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 11:40am