Inside Washington Dec. 25, 2011

This week on Inside Washington: The great payroll tax cut standoff ends with Republicans caving. How did they turn their issue (tax cuts) into a liability?

Romney supporters attack a fading and frustrated Newt Gingrich with millions of dollars in negative ads.

Just days after American troops leave, a wave of bombings kills scores of people in Baghdad and political instability gives rise to fears of civil war.

While Gingrich and Romney are fighting it out, look who’s running strong in Iowa, Ron Paul.