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Run Against Gingrich? Cooter From 'Dukes' Did

You might remember Ben Jones as Cooter the mechanic on The Dukes of Hazzard, but Jones also spent two terms in Congress. In 1994, he faced off against a very interesting opponent: current Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich.
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Occupy DC Inspires Protesters Across U.S.

The persistence that has been present among Occupy DC protesters has motivated other protesters across the U.S.
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Vaclav Havel, Leader Of The Velvet Revolution, Dies

Vaclav Havel, the Czech playwright who led a revolution to bring down the country's communist regime, has died. During the communist era, Havel was one of Eastern Europe's foremost dissident writers and champion of human rights. He was 75.
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Romney Seeks Gingrich's Tea Party Lead In S.C.

South Carolina's Tea Party-backed Gov. Nikki Haley has not only endorsed Mitt Romney, she regaled him with glowing tributes at every campaign stop in the multi-city tour over the weekend. Romney is fighting to show South Carolinians he is more conservative than New Gingrich.
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Senate OKs Two More Months For Payroll Tax Cut

Each year, as Congress works to wrap up budget and tax bills and other "must-pass" legislation, inevitably not so must-pass items creep into the mix — inserted either to smooth passage for the more important things, or in the hopes that no one will notice. This year marks the first time that leadership has been unable to use earmarks to buy off reluctant votes, and has turned to other forms of grease instead. NPR's David Welna reports.
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Senate OKs Two More Months For Payroll Tax Cut

In a rare Saturday year-end session, the Senate's action averted a shutdown but was not the last word on the payroll tax cut extension.
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Senate Approves Short-Term Extension Of Payroll Tax Cut

The Senate has approved a two-month extension of the payroll tax cuts, and will continue jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.
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A Freshman's Year In A Dysfunctional Congress

We've been checking in throughout the year with Republican freshman Bill Huizenga, who represents western Michigan. He shares his take on this much-maligned Congress with host Scott Simon.

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