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In A Year Of Partisan Brawls, Congress Goes One More Round

At stake are billions of dollars in tax breaks and unemployment benefits for millions of Americans set to expire Jan. 1, after the House rejected a bill that would have extended jobless benefits and the payroll tax holiday for two months.
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Romney Focuses On N.H. Primary Over Iowa Caucuses

Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney is on a campaign swing through New Hampshire. With the Iowa caucuses fast approaching, Romney is instead shoring up his position in the state that is key to his primary campaign strategy.
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In Iowa, The Final GOP Ground Game Takes Shape

The Iowa caucuses are two weeks from Tuesday. And the biggest challenge for GOP presidential candidates is still ahead: getting their supporters to turn out on a cold January night. Get-out-the-vote efforts could make all the difference in a race that now appears to be up for grabs.
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Prominent Iowa Conservative Backs Santorum

The Family Leader, an influential social conservative organization based in Iowa, has decided to remain neutral in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. But the group's founder, Bob Vander Plaats, surprised many political observers Tuesday by throwing his support to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
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Rep. Dreier Discusses Payroll Tax Cut Extension

Robert Siegel speaks with California Republican Rep. David Dreier for the latest on the payroll tax cut and the House vote.
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House Rejects Senate's Payroll Tax Extension

The House blew up the end-of-year deal to extend the payroll tax holiday, but it insists it's the Senate's fault. If both chambers fail to forge a compromise, taxes go up, unemployment benefits expire and payments to Medicare doctors get cut by 27 percent — all starting Jan. 1.

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