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Boehner opposes payroll tax deal

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Sunday that he was opposed to the extension of payroll tax cuts the Senate passed Saturday by an overwhelming majority, according to the New York Times.

The Senate passed a two-month extension to payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits - a move that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said was worked on with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and was agreed to by both political parties, reported the Washington Post.

"Well, it's pretty clear that I and our members oppose the Senate bill," Boehner said, according to the Washington Post. "It's only for two months."

But the New York Times called Boehner's position "what appeared to be an about-face."

Blagojevich gets 14 years

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison on Wednesday, providing closure for a years-long political scandal debacle, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Blagojevich was apologetic, claiming ownership of his misdeeds, reported the New York Times.

"I'm not blaming anyone. I was the governor, and I should have known better. I am just so incredibly sorry," said Blagojevich, according tot he New York Times.

The sentence is the fourth former Illinois governor sent to prison since the 1970s, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Blagojevich was convicted of 18 criminal counts, most notably attempting to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Herman Cain drops presidential bid

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Herman Cain ended his presidential bid on Saturday, saying the relentless sexual misconduct accusations took too much of a toll on him and his family, reported the Washington Post.

The decision comes after what the Washington Post called "a string of impressive debate performances."

The remaining six presidential candidates tried to gain Cain's followers' support on Saturday night at a Fox News forum, according to the New York Times.

Newt Gingrich, the new leader according to an Iowa poll, hopes Cain's supporters will find similar traits in him.

Gingrich said Cain "deserves credit for having the courage to talk about big ideas and focus on the economy," reported the Washington Post.

Penn State, admins may face litigation

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Penn State and some of its faculty could face litigation following a sexual crime scandal at the university, reported the New York Times.

CNN reported that Tom Corbett said a new law is needed to make sure reports of alleged child sexual abuse are made to government authorities.

"I wouldn't be surprised to see if a bill was passed between now and the end of this year," Corbett said, according to CNN.

The New York Times reported that litigation could follow, with at least one expert noting elements of a possible conspiracy are there.

"If Penn State was smart it would spend whatever it takes to find the victims, settle with them, provide treatment and begin rebuilding the image of the university as a place where the safety of children was put above the football program," said Stephen Rubino, a lawyer specializing in sexual abuse cases, according to the New York Times.

Cain asks journalists to read code of ethics

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Presidential hopeful Herman Cain and his campaign said he's "back on message," following a week of maneuvering sexual harassment allegations, and encouraged journalists not to dwell on "rumors," reported the L.A. Times.

"Don't even go there," Cain told a reporter who asked about the allegations Saturday after a Tea Party event, according to the L.A. Times.

Cain told reporters to read a copy of "the journalistic code of ethics," according to the New York Times.

Republican Jon M. Huntsman wanted more clarity on the situation.

"It's up to Herman Cain to get the information out and get it out in total," Cain said, reported the New York Times.

Cain leads, new poll shows

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Herman Cain's surge in the polls has still not dimmed, as evidenced by a new Des Moines Register poll released Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Although his tax plan has much opposition, Cain remains in high standing in the race for the Republican presidential nominee.

"I'm the unconventional candidate," Cain told the New York Times. "I have the unconventional message: Bold, solutions-oriented."

Cain led the poll with 23 percent of the vote, ahead of Mitt Romney by 1 percent, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Michele Bachmann has dropped to fourth, capturing just 8 percent of the vote.

Bachmann needs repeat donors

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Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign has brought in support from 70,000 donors and 97,000 contributions, according to MinnPost.

275 donors have given to Bachmann at least five times this year, reported the Star Tribune.

Cindy Boyd has donated to Bachmann 21 times this year, with each donation less than $50, according to the Star Tribune.

Bachmann relies on repeat donors because she "lacks the big-money donors," who have supported Mitt Romney and Rick Perry, said the Star Tribune.

The average donation Bachmann received was $42 dollars, according to MinnPost.

According to federal election records, Bachmann spent $6 million while only raising $4.1 million during the past three months, reported the Star Tribune.

Court block part of Alabama immigration law

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A federal appeals court in Alabama partially blocked a controversial immigration law on Friday, according to the New York Times.

The court issued an injunction against the section that requires school districts to check the immigration status of their students, reported the L.A. Times.

The court upheld other provisions of the law, including one that makes it a felony for illegal immigrants to enter "business transactions," including applying for a driver's license, according to the L.A. Times.

Attendance at schools have wavered in the past two weeks, with Hispanic absences climbing over 4,000 above the normal value, reported the New York Times.

TSA launches PreCheck program

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The TSA is getting more lenient for some fliers, as some U.S. airports are testing a new program to allow trusted fliers more freedom in getting through security, according to the Australian Business Traveler.

A part of the move, children under the age of 12 will not be required to remove their shoes, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Four U.S. airports are testing the new "TSA PreCheck" program, which allows passengers to volunteer information to be categorized as high or low risk, according to the Australian Business Traveler.

"If the pilot proves successful, we will explore expanding the program to additional travelers, airports and airlines" TSA Chief John Pistole told the Australian Business Traveler.

PreCheck passengers are still subject to random searches by the TSA, officials told the Chicago Tribune.

Christie must decide soon

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is running out to time to decide whether to run for president, according to the Washington Post.

The New York Times reported that Christie's internal strategists are considering the challenges of making a run this close to primary elections.

Voting will likely begin in less than 100 days, which will make it difficult for Christie if he does run.

Leading Republicans believe Christie would immediately become a top-tier candidate, according to the Washington Post.

Christie was planning on making a run for the 2016 elections, but those close to him said he feels this election may be his best opportunity, reported the New York Times.

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