Rep. Kline: It's in everyone's best interest to negotiate a year-long payroll tax break With the U.S. Senate gone for the holidays, members of the House remain in Washington, with a vote scheduled today to send the extension of the payroll tax cut to a House and Senate conference committee to renegotiate a deal. The Senate's bill would have extended the payroll tax cut and unemployment benefits by two months and given the president 60 days to decide on the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline's future. Senators overwhelmingly passed the bill last weekend and headed for the exits. One of the House Republicans who voted for a year-long extension of the payroll tax cut last week, when it was on the House floor, was Minnesota Republican congressman John Kline.7:20 a.m.
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North Koreans Honor Late Leader Kim Jong Il
In North Korea, streams of mourners are paying their last respects to the country's longtime leader who died over the weekend. In the three days since Kim Jong Il's death, little has emerged about what's next in North Korea other than a state funeral has been set for next week.
In China, Anger Spreads Over Government Land Grabs
In the southern village of Wukan, residents have chased local authorities out of town and are in open rebellion over land seizures. Nearby villages also say their land has been taken. Nationwide, more than 40 million Chinese farmers have lost land.
Why Mitt Romney's Dog Is Getting A Lot Of Press New York Time columnist Gail Collins has written extensively about the idiosyncrasies of presidential families. But her fascination with Mitt Romney may take the cake. Dozens of her columns have cited the tale of Mitt Romney tying his dog in a crate to the roof of his station wagon and driving the family on vacation.
North Korea Faces 2nd Leadership Change In 60 Years
Intelligence analysts are scrambling to assess North Korea's designated leader Kim Jong Un, of whom very little is known. He is untested, and North Korea watchers wonder whether he will be challenged by the military or others in the leadership elite. Similar questions were raised about his father when he took over following the death of Kim Il Sung in 1994.
New Law Aims To Shine Light On Conflict Metals
U.S. companies might soon be required to publish where they get their rare metals for all those electronics consumers buy. And activists hope that it will be one small step toward resolving long running conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Apple Wins Partial Victory In Claim Over Patent
Smartphone-makers have filed dozens of lawsuits against one another for patent infringement. On Monday, a federal agency handed Apple a limited victory in a closely watched case. Apple complained HTC violated several of its patents.
AT&T Drops Its Pursuit Of Rival Carrier T-Mobile
Wireless giant AT&T reportedly spent $40 million in ads alone to convince legislators, regulators and subscribers that its proposed merger with T-Mobile would be good for consumers and would create jobs. But the Justice Department filed suit to block the merger and then, the Federal Communications Commission came out against the deal.
With Hanukkah Microbrews, A Taste of Jewish History
Are Jews really the people of the hops? A historian says beer isn't particularly Jewish. But it is a part of Jewish life, and now several microbreweries are reviving the tradition of Jewish beer with seasonal brews to celebrate Hanukkah.
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During the holidays, beer manufacturers roll out seasonal brews. And now, in addition to Ebenezer Ale and Santa's Private Reserve, there's a relative newcomer for Chanukah: a chocolate rye porter from a micro-brewer in Portland, Oregon.