Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spent the past week focused on New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Jan. 10, one week after the Iowa caucuses. After former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's recent surge in the polls, Romney appeared to be shoring up his position in a state where he's had a commanding lead all year.
President Obama is in Hawaii with his family Saturday after signing a bill to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits for two months. It was a victory for the president. For Republicans in the House of Representatives, though, this marked a huge political defeat.
Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the two-month extension for a tax break and unemployment benefits signed into law.
The Obama administration is trudging ahead with policies designed to protect the integrity of scientific research. But critics of the process say the policies that have been released so far don't do enough to prevent political manipulation of science.
After receiving an earful from Democrats and Senate Republicans, House GOP members agreed to a deal to extend unemployment benefits and a payroll tax holiday. The Republican race is also heating up in Iowa and New Hampshire. Guest host Allison Keyes speaks with former GOP National Committee chairman Michael Steele, and Joy-Ann Reid of TheGrio.com.
Three days of intense pressure persuaded House GOP leaders to give in and go along with a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut and extend unemployment compensation benefits. Congress convenes on Friday in hopes of approving the stopgap measure.
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