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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

House Republicans Balk at Payroll Tax Extension -
a new wrinkle has surfaced after Congressional leaders reached agreement and the Senate passed a two month extension. Seems Republican House Representatives are unhappy with the extension and may not pass the bill when it comes before them. has more here.

Look to see the bill go to conference committee which will require another vote by the Senate.


Iowa Des Moines Register Endorses Romney -
a big boost for the Romney campaign, coming two weeks before the Iowa Caucuses. Excerpt:

"Sobriety, wisdom and judgment.

Those are qualities Mitt Romney said he looks for in a leader. Those are qualities Romney himself has demonstrated in his career in business, public service and government. Those qualities help the former Massachusetts governor stand out as the most qualified Republican candidate competing in the Iowa caucuses." You can read it here.


Will Obama Sign "Stop Online Piracy Act"? - the bill pits organized labor and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce against Facebook, Yahoo and Google. has more here.


Protests in Cairo Continue - at least ten have died and more than 400 have been wounded as violence has resulted from a government crackdown on protesters. two rounds of balloting have taken place for the new Parliament with the third and final round scheduled for next month. You can read more here.


Panetta in Libya - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visits Libya after officially ending the war in Iraq. Panetta said it will take some time to transition to a democracy after decades of rule from Gaddafi, but expressed confidence in the future of Libya. The Washington Post has more here.


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