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December 20th, 2011
06:41 PM ET

What if Ron Paul wins Iowa?

CNN's Gloria Borger speaks with Iowa's governor about why the state is important and what would happen if Ron Paul wins.

RELATED: Cafferty: What will happen to the Republican field if Ron Paul wins the Iowa caucuses?

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Filed under: 2012 election • Gloria Borger • Iowa • Ron Paul
December 20th, 2011
06:39 PM ET

Voter swears at Gingrich in Iowa

Newt Gingrich's campaign takes a blow as he drops in the polls and loses a key endorsement in Iowa. Jim Acosta reports.

RELATED: Gingrich faces tough talk from Iowans


Filed under: 2012 election • Iowa • Jim Acosta • Newt Gingtich
December 20th, 2011
06:36 PM ET

McCain: Payroll tax standoff harming GOP

(CNN) – Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Tuesday the battle on Capitol Hill between Democrats and Republicans over extending the payroll tax cut was causing damage to the GOP.

"It is harming the Republican Party," McCain said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer." "It is harming the view, if it's possible anymore, of the American people about Congress. And we've got to get this thing resolved."

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RELATED STORY: CNNMoney: Payroll tax roulette


Filed under: Interviews • John McCain • Republicans • Taxes
December 20th, 2011
06:33 PM ET

Hackers threaten Iowa caucuses

A notorious group of hackers may be trying to target the Iowa caucuses to tamper with voting. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

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Filed under: 2012 election • Hackers • Iowa • Tech
BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama showing more fire in the belly
December 20th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

BLITZER’S BLOG: Obama showing more fire in the belly

By Wolf Blitzer, CNN

(CNN) - Some relatively good numbers for President Obama are in our new CNN/ORC International Poll. His job approval number is now 49%, up from 44% in November. That’s not fabulous but it’s certainly moving in the right direction for him.

The overwhelming majority of the American public likes him, as well. In the new poll, 76% say they approve of him as a person; only 19% disapprove.
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Filed under: Barack Obama • Wolf Blitzer
December 20th, 2011
12:54 PM ET

'Dear Leader' ridiculed

Jokes about "Dear Leader" survive his death. CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on tears and jeers for Kim Jong Il.

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