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The Tax-Cut Debate: The Latest Train Wreck Waiting to Happen

As I prepared for a PBS NewsHour discussion about the prospects of extending and expanding the year-old payroll-tax holiday, I knew the challenges that lay ahead.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 8:40pm

What the FEC Deadlock on Coordination Means

The Federal Election Commission deadlocked today on how closely Super PACs and members of Congress can work together on campaign ads without breaking the rules governing coordination between their campaigns and outside groups. 

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 8:40pm

Mitt Romney and George H.W. Bush Enjoy 'A Visit Between Friends'

During a fundraising sweep through Texas on Thursday, Gov. Mitt Romney visited with a Republican in whose footsteps he would like to follow: former President George H.W. Bush.

Romney stopped by the 41st president’s home in Houston, where he spent about 30 minutes with Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush. Jim Appleby, an aide to the former president, described the meeting as “a visit between friends.” He said Bush and Romney “go way back.”

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 8:40pm

Norquist Says Payroll-Tax-Cut Expiration Isn't a Tax Hike

Antitax campaigner Grover Norquist advised a room of House Republicans on Thursday that a failure to extend the  payroll-tax cut would not be tantamount to raising taxes, regardless of what President Obama and other Democrats say.

Norquist’s comments come as the Senate prepared to vote on Thursday night on different Democratic and Republican bills to prevent the tax cut from expiring at the end of the year.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 8:40pm

National Christmas Tree Lightings Through the Years -- PICTURES

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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 8:40pm

Gingrich: Poor Kids Don’t Work ‘Unless It’s Illegal’

DES MOINES, Iowa – After saying recently that child labor laws are “truly stupid,” Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Thursday told an Iowa audience that children in poor neighborhoods have “no habits of working” nor getting paid for their endeavors “unless it’s illegal.”

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Today's e-Reads Updated: Wireless Providers Acknowledge Using Tracking Software

AT&T, HTC, Samsung and Sprint have acknowledged that their mobile phones use a controversial tracking technology that some critics say violate user privacy, Computerworld reports.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

QUICK TAKE: Report: Al-Qaida Claims to Have American Hostage

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri claims in a new audio message that the terrorist organization is holding 70-year-old Warren Weinstein hostage, ABC News reports.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Recovery Board Chairman to Step Down

Earl Devaney, the chairman of the board set up to oversee more than $800 billion in federal economic stimulus efforts under the 2009 Recovery Act, will step down from his position at the end of the year.

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that Devaney plans to retire to Florida with his wife and will seek part-time work consulting or serving on corporate boards.

Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm

Advocates for Ending AIDS, Look Out: Bono Will Come to Your Home -- VIDEO

How badly does U2 frontman Bono want to end AIDS? According to the rock star himself, badly enough to stalk a bureaucrat.

Only this Irish charmer could show up at the home of the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to ask for more to be done to fight AIDS -- and end up getting invited to family dinner that same night.

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Posted: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:40pm