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Congress Close To Extending Payroll Tax Break

Congressional Republicans have backed away from a showdown with President Obama over a popular payroll tax holiday.

Obama Hails Master Lock For Bringing Jobs Home

President Obama traveled to Wisconsin on Wednesday. He toured the Master Lock plant, which has recently brought manufacturing jobs back to the US from China. The plant is running at full capacity for the first time in more than a decade.

Advertising War Heats Up Before Mich. Primary

Michigan's primary isn't until Feb. 28, but Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney — as well as a superPAC supporting Romney — have taken to the airwaves with a mix of positive and negative advertising.

As GOP Race Shifts, SuperPAC Mega-Donors Weigh Next Moves

The SuperPAC supporting Rick Santorum has a mega-donor of its own who says he is in it for the long haul — opening up a race for which superPAC can receive the most help from wealthy donors.

Why Romney's Shaggy Dog Story Won't Die

Will the tale about Mitt Romney strapping the family Irish setter to the roof of his car actually hurt him with voters?

How Santorum's Surge Is Changing The 2012 Race

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum swept caucuses in Minnesota and Colorado and the Missouri primary, gaining considerable ground on Mitt Romney's primary lead. NPR's Ken Rudin and Dan Balz, of the Washington Post, recap the week in politics.