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Lawmakers Fight Over Perceived Christmas Tree Tax

Christmas tree growers are frustrated that politics are delaying a marketing campaign to promote real trees over artificial. Following four years of work to get it passed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the industry-sponsored real Christmas tree campaign in November. But conservatives quickly branded it as "President Obama's Christmas tree tax," and the program was delayed within days of its approval. There are 18 other commodities — like pork and eggs — with similar generic advertising programs. They show anywhere from a two-to-one to a 10-to-one return on investment.
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House Poised To Reject Budget Deal

Days after it seemed Congress had struck a budget, tax cut and unemployment deal that would get it through the holidays, it is clear that they did not. House Speaker John Boehner Monday must deal with a restive House GOP caucus that signaled over the weekend that it had no interest in going along with the Senate's two-month plan. NPR congressional correspondent David Welna joins Lynn Neary with the latest.
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5 Things You May Not Know About Rick Santorum

You may know that Santorum is a self-described "champion of faith and families, a defender of the taxpayer and a believer in American Exceptionalism." But there may be a few things you don't know.
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CQ Roll Call: Lawmakers Still At Odds On Payroll Tax Cuts

House Republicans are holding up a deal on the payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance extensions after a deal seemed imminent last week. 

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Two Weeks Before Caucuses, Many Iowans Still Wavering

The race may feel more fluid than usual this year, but just as many caucus-goers were undecided this late in the game four years ago.
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Virginia Lieutenant Governor Eyes New Power

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is gearing up for a busy 2012, given his newly vital role as the tie-breaking vote in the Virginia Senate.

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GOP Voters Undecided Heading Into Iowa Caucuses

With just about two weeks to go before the Iowa caucuses, polls show a majority of likely caucus-goers still have an open mind about which Republican candidate to support for president. What information will they use to make up their mind, and how will they reach a final decision?
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Fight Over Extending Payroll Tax Cut Flares Up Again

House Republicans are rejecting a bipartisan compromise approved overwhelmingly by the Senate Saturday. The deal would have extended the payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits through February.

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