"It would be inexcusable for Congress not to further extend this middle-class tax cut for the rest of the year," Obama said after the Senate passed a two-month extension on the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits.
Originally published on Sat December 17, 2011 9:53 pm
The U.S. Senate wrapped up a tumultuous year of divided government with votes that keep the federal government funded through September and extend expiring unemployment benefits and a payroll tax cut another two months.
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.
Originally published on Fri December 16, 2011 12:27 am
Mitt Romney returned to form in the final Republican presidential debate before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.
Romney, who had perhaps his shakiest debate performance in Des Moines over the weekend, appeared to regain his composure in Thursday night's debate in Sioux City, Iowa.
He managed to once again convey the sense that he was the one GOP candidate of the seven remaining who could credibly stand on the same stage with President Obama next fall, the most electable of the candidates running for the Republican presidential nomination.
The first-in-the-nation caucus state has been overflowing with Republican Presidential candidates, all hoping to be the number one choice of caucus-goers in early January. We’ll find out what they’re saying and how they’re playing in the Hawkeye State and how that compares to the campaign this year in New Hampshire.
Yesterday, StateImpact liveblogged the Joint Economic Session. Members of the House and Senate Finance and Ways and Means Committees gathered for hours to hear economists offer projections on where the global, national, and state economies are headed in 2012.
Politicians and journalists always run a risk when they judge a voter strictly on on appearances.
There was a reminder of that Monday when Mitt Romney was forced to defend his opposition to gay marriage during a restaurant encounter with a grizzled Vietnam veteran who happened to be gay.
As it turned out the vet, Bob Garon, also was sitting at a restaurant booth with his husband when the unsuspecting Romney, campaigning at the Manchester restaurant, asked if he could sit down with them.
Mitt Romney didn’t mention Newt Gingrich by name during a town hall meeting at a Hudson VFW hall. But he told reporters that he won’t back away from the tough talk of his campaign surrogates, including former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu, who’s said that Gingrich is unstable.
“I am not going to distance myself in any way because those are their experiences, characterizations they’ve made. But I’d also note, however, that the most harsh criticisms of the speaker have come ... from those who haven’t endorsed me.”
Chris Matthews is best known for his opinionated and combative style on his MSNBC program, "Hardball with Chris Matthews." What's lesser known is that he's a former print journalist, was a long-time aide to Tip O'Neill, and that he grew up in an Irish Catholic family...of Republicans. All this played no small part in sewing the seeds of his admiration for a man he'd later write two books about, John F. Kennedy.
New Hampshire’s senators split their votes over the president’s nominee to head the nation’s new bureau to protect consumers from financial fraud.
Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray didn’t stand a chance and it’s not because he’s controversial. Republicans just don’t like the consumer bureau the president asked him to head. The new bureau is housed in the Federal Reserve and paid for with its funds. Without the need to ask for money annually Republicans, such as New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte, say lawmakers lack essential oversight powers.
Tea Party voters were expected to play a key role in the 2012 republican presidential primary. But with movement hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry low in the polls, and Herman Cain now out of the race, the Tea Party vote remains very much in play. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul may stand most to gain. New NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports.
Attend any NH campaign event with a Tea Party flavor and you will come across more than a few voters like Mark Grenier.
“Mitt Romney? I’d spit on his shoes. The man’s flip-flops, health care, you can’t trust him.”
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign is starting to criticize Newt Gingrich -- and turning to former Governor John Sununu to lead the attacks. NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports.
Governor Sununu is practiced at delivering political put-downs. His flashed a sharp-tongue at the state house and relished the role of enforcer as President George H.W. Bush’s chief of staff. In a Romney campaign call with reporters, Sununu took aim at Newt Gingrich’s comment, since recanted, that Paul Ryan’s budget plan amounted to “right-wing social engineering.”
Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 6:53 am
So now it's Newt Gingrich.
In what has become the most improbable result of a most improbable campaign season, Gingrich, the former speaker of the House who has been out of public office since 1998, has benefited from a series of well-reviewed debate performances to catapult himself to the top of the GOP presidential pack. Not just the leading "Anybody But Mitt (Romney)" candidate. The leader, period.