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Friday, December 23, 2011

Daily Political Wire

George Wenschhof

Payroll Tax Extension Set For Voice Vote Approval -
this morning, assuming no Representative present objects, the two month extension will be passed by unanimous consent. President Obama clearly winning the latest skirmish with tea party extremists in the House. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) the obvious loser and his leadership post in peril. The Washington Post has more here.

9:40 AM ET - the senate has passed the two month extension contingent on House approval.


Biden Iowa Op-Ed Sets Record Straight With Romney -
an excerpt from his piece in the Des Moines Register today: "How can anyone forget the economic catastrophe brought about by the same policies Mr. Romney’s proposing? His are the same policies that deregulated Wall Street and turned it into a casino that gambled recklessly with hardworking Americans’ money. As a consequence, Americans saw the equity in their homes evaporate and their 401(k)s plummet in value. Millions of jobs were lost," Biden wrote. has more here.


George H.W. Bush "Endorses" Romney -
the former President's comments were reported in the Houston Chronicle. Bush was reported as saying Romney was the best choice for republicans in 2012. has more here.


Republican Presidential Candidates Struggle To Be On Virginia Ballot -
only four candidates met the requirements to be on the March 6, 2012 Virginia primary ballot. They are Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Ron Paul. has more here.


Pakistan Army Rejects U.S. Report on Air Strike -
the recent air strikes on two border outposts killed 24 Pakistan soldiers and has led Pakistan to close a critical Afghanistan supply route and disallow the U.S. to use an air base to fly Drones. The U.S. report acknowledged mistakes on both sides. You can read more here.


Protests Continue in Egypt -
violence continues as protesters demand the military give up control. A vicious beating of a woman caught on video has stoked demonstrations in Tahrir Square, where 17 demonstrators have been killed in recent clashes. has more here.


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