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Senate OKs Two More Months For Payroll Tax Cut

Each year, as Congress works to wrap up budget and tax bills and other "must-pass" legislation, inevitably not so must-pass items creep into the mix — inserted either to smooth passage for the more important things, or in the hopes that no one will notice. This year marks the first time that leadership has been unable to use earmarks to buy off reluctant votes, and has turned to other forms of grease instead. NPR's David Welna reports.
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Senate OKs Two More Months For Payroll Tax Cut

In a rare Saturday year-end session, the Senate's action averted a shutdown but was not the last word on the payroll tax cut extension.
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Senate Approves Short-Term Extension Of Payroll Tax Cut

The Senate has approved a two-month extension of the payroll tax cuts, and will continue jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.
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A Freshman's Year In A Dysfunctional Congress

We've been checking in throughout the year with Republican freshman Bill Huizenga, who represents western Michigan. He shares his take on this much-maligned Congress with host Scott Simon.
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In Congress, Short-Term Compromise At 11th Hour

Friday night, the House of Representatives prevented a shutdown with a stopgap bill, just hours before the last stopgap funding bill would have expired. There's also been a deal to keep a payroll tax cut and unemployment insurance from expiring two weeks from now. NPR's David Welna joins host Scott Simon to explain the congressional landscape in the final weeks of the year.
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The Truth Squad Reports On The GOP Debates

This week, the Republican candidates for president had what is likely their final debate encounter before the Iowa caucuses. Host Scott Simon talks with PolitiFact's Bill Adair to fact-check the competing claims and policy points of this election cycle.
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Endorsement Kicks Off Romney's Battle For S.C.

The Republican presidential candidate celebrated Gov. Nikki Haley's announcement Friday, just weeks before the South Carolina Republican primary. He still faces a tough fight in the state, which for three decades has identified who will be the GOP nominee.
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Ward 7 Candidate Chavous Arrested For Solicitation

Kevin Chavous, a candidate for the Ward 7 seat on the D.C. Council, was arrested early Friday on a charge of soliciting a prostitute.

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