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Mass. Senate Race A Battle Over Who's More Populist

Republican Scott Brown won what he called the "people's seat" in 2010 by casting himself as the opposite of the Kennedy dynasty. Now, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a Wall Street watchdog, is raising Democrats' hopes they can win the seat back. So far, both campaigns are competing over who is the "real" populist.
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Hill Standoff Over Payroll Tax Cut Continues

With the House rejecting the Senate's extension of the payroll tax cut Tuesday, it is unclear if anything will be resolved between the two houses before the new year. Robert Siegel gets the view of the standoff from Capitol Hill from NPR's Tamara Keith.
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Obama Urges Boehner To Pass Payroll Tax Extension

President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner Wednesday, urging him again to pass the bipartisan Senate bill allowing for a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut and long-term unemployment insurance. That the idea appears stalled in Republican-controlled House. As the Dec. 31 deadline for action nears, the White House, families and businesses are looking at the real-world consequences of congressional inaction.
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Romney Begins Bus Tour Through N.H.

With the Iowa caucuses coming up on Jan. 3, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has turned his attention to New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Jan. 10. Tuesday night, Romney began a four-day swing through the state, where he still holds a commanding lead in public opinion polls. Wednesday, he began a bus tour that lasts through Friday. It's a relatively extended bout of retail campaigning for Romney.
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What Greece Can Learn From South America

With Greece in turmoil, a look at the debt defaults a decade ago in South America could prove instructive. Had Europeans diagnosed problems and acted quickly, they might have come out of this like Uruguay, in 2002. But it looks like Greece may be following Argentina, which defaulted on $100 billion in 2001.
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The Politics Of The Keystone XL Pipeline Debate

House members on Tuesday rejected a Senate plan for extending the payroll tax cut. To attract House conservatives, the Senate had included a controversial provision forcing President Barack Obama to decide on the fate of a planned oil pipeline within 60 days.

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