In a clear rebuff to the Obama administration, the Senate approved a defense bill amendment for tough sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran. Administration officials are warning that the measures could undermine international cooperation against Iran.
Maureen Fiedler of Interfaith Voices interviews Allen Hertzke about a Pew Forum report on the fivefold increase in the amount of money being spent by religious groups on lobbying in Washington since 1970.
As the contests in Iowa and New Hampshire near, the Republican presidential hopefuls are no longer keeping their sniping focused on President Obama. In the past few days, the contenders have shown themselves to be ready to fight each other.
Gene Sperling, head of the president's National Economic Council, talks to Steve Inskee about extending the payroll tax cut. The Obama administration is pushing Congress to extend the cut before it expires at the end of the year. Republicans are expected to vote no because it calls for a tax on the wealthy.
At a high school in Scranton, Pa., Wednesday, President Obama exhorted Republicans in Congress to extend the pay roll tax cut. He said putting money in the pockets of working people is more important than partisan politics.
GOP voters welcomed Newt Gingrich as he campaigned in South Carolina this week. Gingrich crossed the state from the coastal counties to the mountains as he continued to rise in some polls. The former House Speaker is showcasing his experience and his ideas to Southern Republicans as he vies to become the GOP presidential nominee.
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