President Obama walks onstage Dec. 22 to urge members of Congress to vote on a short-term compromise that extended the payroll tax cut. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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After A Year of Struggles, Obama Finds His Footing

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Mitt Romney speaks Dec. 16 at Missouri Valley Steel in Sioux City, Iowa. Chris Carlson/Associated Press hide caption

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Despite Signs Of Hope, Iowa Voters Question Economy

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Obama Urges Boehner To Pass Payroll Tax Extension

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Rep. Michele Bachmann waves to supporters Friday in Sioux City before starting a 99-county bus tour of Iowa. Jeff Haynes/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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In Iowa And Beyond, Republicans In Final Push Before Contests Begin

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In Iowa, Bachmann Attacks Gingrich In GOP Debate

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President Obama speaks with small-business owners at Rausch's Cafe in Guttenberg, Iowa, during a three-day Midwest bus tour in August. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Iowa, Obama's Campaign Team Rehearses For 2012

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President Obama addresses the media Thursday, with an electronic clock counting down to the end of the year. The payroll tax cut is due to expire then, unless Congress votes to extend it. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Obama Pushes Agenda Despite Losses On The Hill

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Obama Slams GOP For Blocking Consumer Nominee

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PR Blitz Aims To Win Support For Obama Nominee

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President Obama delivers an economic speech Tuesday in Osawatomie, Kan., where Teddy Roosevelt issued a famous call for a "New Nationalism" 101 years ago. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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In Kansas, Obama Invites Teddy Roosevelt Analogies

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Obama Uses Pa. Trip To Push Tax Cut Extension

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Obama Pushes Payroll Tax Cut

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T-shirts on display at the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in June. With the holidays approaching, campaigns and retailers are hawking plenty of political merchandise. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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A Holiday Guide For The Politically Inclined

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In N.H. Trip, Obama Pushes Keeping Payroll Tax Cut

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