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President Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama: U.S. holding 2,500 terror detainees

The United States is holding about 2,500 detainees captured in operations against al Qaeda, the Taliban and other terrorist forces, President Obama told congressional leaders in a letter Thursday.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican

Tea partyers deny payments from Gingrich

South Carolina tea party supporters are denying suggestions by aides of Rep. Michele Bachmann that Newt Gingrich is paying off members of the grass-roots movement in exchange for their support, calling the charge bogus.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (left) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich take part in the Republican presidential debate on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Gingrich takes high road in new ad, slams mudslinging

Looking to seize the political high ground in Iowa, Newt Gingrich is releasing his second television ad in the state, calling for solutions to the nation's challenges and accusing his rivals of being more interested in slinging mud at one another than moving the nation forward.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat

Read the bill — redux

Two years after Republicans blasted Democrats for pushing through massive legislation without giving lawmakers time to read it, the No. 2 Democrat in the House said the GOP itself is doing the same thing with the payroll tax cut.

House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, meets Dec. 13, 2011, with reporters on Capitol Hill before a crucial vote on a GOP effort to renew an extension of the payroll-tax cut. (Associated Press)

Boehner influenced Ohio redistricting, documents show

An Ohio watchdog group says House Speaker John A. Boehner's political team was the primary decision maker behind the drawing of the state's new congressional map — a move the group says was done to benefit Republican election and fundraising efforts.

Michael Savage (AP)

Savage offers Gingrich $1 million to drop out

Popular conservative radio host Michael Savage is poised to offer Newt Gingrich $1 million to drop out of the Republican presidential nomination contest, warning that the former House Speaker is unelectable and if he becomes the party's nominee he will come off as a "fat, old, white man" on his way to losing the 2012 election to President Obama.