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House GOP Struggles with How to Legislate

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Republicans worked last year to change the debate in Washington from one about spending money to one about cutting spending, but as the GOP enters the second year of its House majority, it is grappling with how to legislate in the face of Democratic opposition and division within their own ranks.
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Obama Testing 2-Tier Strategy for Re-election

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Just three hours after President Obama announced that he was defying Congressional Republicans to fill a high-level regulatory position while lawmakers were out of town, Mitt Romney sent out the obligatory news release ripping the president. “Chicago-style politics at its worst,” Mr. Romney fumed, accusing the president of “circumventing Congress.”
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Will Compromise Hurt or Help Santorum in Campaign?

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During his time in Congress, Rick Santorum worked within the system, not against it. How Santorum fares could answer a key question about what kind of conservative Republicans are looking for. Naftali Bendavid has details on Campaign Journal.

Iowa Rep. Steve King Upset with Boehner

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Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King is frustrated. A day after the conservative lawmaker opted against endorsing any of the Republican Party's presidential contenders competing in tonight's caucuses, he vented further about the party's leadership in Congress. King expressed "real clear frustration" with the leadership of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for two offenses in 2011: ruling out the possibility of a government shutdown during the budget debate in the spring, and ruling out a U.S. default during the debt ceiling debate in the summer.

Obama's 2011: Defiance Sets Tone for '12

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What did President Obama learn about governance in 2011? His detractors say "not enough." But his Democratic base thinks he's finally listening to them, and looking tougher as a result. It was a year in which the economy and Congress were both stalled, and Americans were roughly divided about the job the president was doing. Obama began the year by talking up spending freezes, smaller deficits and "winning the future" for the American economy.

December 30, 2012

Weekly Show

Four days before the Iowa Caucuses, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul lead, but Rick Santorum may surprise come voting day. Plus, how will Congressional retirements affect Democrats' efforts to retain control of the Senate in 2012? Joining Gwen from Iowa: Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times. Around the table: Christina Bellatoni, CQ Roll Call; Susan Davis, USA Today.

Why Tea Party Freshmen Caved on Payroll Tax Deal

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Conservative Tea Party-affiliated lawmakers spent weeks vowing to oppose the short-term compromise bill extending payroll tax cuts and unemployment insurance. But in the end, the bill glided through the House, just before Christmas. The final moments of this latest congressional showdown were fascinating not because of what happened but because of what didn't happen.
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Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to Retire

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Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska has told supporters he will not seek re-election. His decision was first reported by Politico. In his statement, Nelson said: "Simply put: It is time to move on." Nelson, 70, was facing a tough fight for a third term. His retirement improves the GOP's chances of picking up the Nebraska Senate seat the Democrat has held since 2000, and it enhances the odds of a Republican takeover of the Senate in 2012.
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Washington’s Year of Drama Leaves Little Done Regarding Debt

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Reid Ribble, a Wisconsin roofing contractor-turned-Republican lawmaker, has helped change the way Washington talks about the national debt. That’s not to say he has done much about the debt itself. Nearly a year ago, Ribble and other newly elected House Republicans came to Capitol Hill on a single-minded mission to shove the federal debt to the top of the congressional agenda. They succeeded.

December 23, 2011

Weekly Show

This week, we look back at 2011 and forward to 2012. We’ll analyze battles between Congress and the President, the economy, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the pullout of US troops in Iraq while fighting continues in Afghanistan, and more. Joining Gwen: Helene Cooper, New York Times; Michael Duffy, Time Magazine; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; David Wessel, Wall Street Journal.