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Inside Politics Archive: April 2011


  • Rand Paul ribs Trump about birth certificate flap

    Speaking to a crowd in Concord, N.H., Sen. Rand Paul took at playful swipe at Donald Trump's aggressive pursuit of the president's birth certificate, opening his remarks this morning by saying he wanted to see the paper trail of the real estate mogul's Republican credentials. Published April 28 2011

  • Trump claims victory

    Donald Trump, who helped drive questions over President Obama's birth certificate, said the release Wednesday was a victory for him because he made the president act. Published April 27 2011

  • White House says actions louder than words on lack of Easter proclamation

    While presidents regularly issue statements or proclamations on big religious holidays, President Obama didn't issue one for Easter this year — but the White House said the president did plenty of other things to highlight the day. Published April 25 2011

  • Capitol Hill well represented on 'Time 100' list

    Four members of Congress — three Republicans and one Democrat — have been named to Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Published April 21 2011

  • Obamas earn $1.7 million in 2010

    President Obama and his wife Michelle earned a gross income of $1.7 million in 2010, the White House announced Monday, with "the vast majority" coming from Mr. Obama's book proceeds. Published April 18 2011

  • Congressional budget now available — in Spanish!

    Breaking yet another barrier, the Congressional Progressive Caucus released a copy of its proposed 2012 budget in Spanish. Published April 15 2011

  • Obama: 2006 debt vote was 'political'

    President Obama on Thursday admitted his 2006 vote against raising the debt limit as a senator from Illinois was "political" and not in the best interest of the country. Published April 14 2011

  • McConnell: No debt ceiling increase without cutting debt

    Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Wednesday there is "bipartisan opposition" in the chamber to increasing the nation's debt ceiling unless Congress also takes "significant" steps to reduce the federal debt. Published April 13 2011

  • Sanders rejects 2011 spending bill

    Sen. Bernard Sanders, one of the Senate's most liberal members, announced Tuesday he will vote against the fiscal 2011 spending deal struck last week, saying it would cut more than $38 billion from programs that help working families without calling for shared sacrifice by the wealthiest Americans. Published April 12 2011

  • Obamas, Bidens kick off campaign to help military families

    With her husband now overseeing a military action in Libya in addition to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, first lady Michelle Obama turned her attention Tuesday to military families, launching a program to ensure troops and their loved ones have the support they need. Published April 12 2011

  • Hoyer: No guarantee that spending bill will pass

    The No. 2 House Democrat said Tuesday he's uncertain if he or his caucus will support the fiscal 2011 spending deal struck late Friday between the White House and congressional leaders. Published April 12 2011

  • Illinois Dems say hockey tourney should be iced

    Two Illinois Democrats have urged the International Ice Hockey Federation to postpone its 2014 world championship tournament in Minsk, Belarus because of human rights concerns in the eastern European country. Published April 11 2011

  • Obama fundraising kicks off Thursday

    President Obama will kick off the fundraising effort for his re-election bid Thursday night in Chicago, where he will headline an event at the Navy Pier, the Democratic National Committee announced Monday. Published April 11 2011

  • White House says Obama regrets 2006 debt ceiling vote

    White House spokesman Jay Carney on Monday said President Obama regrets voting against an increase in the federal debt ceiling in 2006 as a senator from Illinois. Published April 11 2011

  • Redford not a fan of modern politics

    Legendary screen actor and director Robert Redford on Sunday likened America's political discourse to a "war zone," with Republicans and Democrats seemingly unable to discuss their ideas without shouting over one another. Published April 10 2011

  • Shutdown countdown showdown

    All of the cable news networks are running countdown clocks to help viewers know the last minute, second, and, in the case of Fox News Channel, the last hundredth of a second, until a midnight government shutdown. Published April 8 2011

  • Democratic female senators irate over GOP plan to defund Planned Parenthood

    Nine Democratic female senators held a news conference Friday to slam Republicans for their insistence that funding for Planned Parenthood be stripped from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. Published April 8 2011

  • Rep. Kinzinger: President is AWOL on budget issues

    Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois Republican, said on Thursday that it's about time President Obama got into the budget fight. Published April 7 2011

  • Sen. Manchin to forgo pay if government shuts down

    Sen. Joe Manchin III says he'll forgo his taxpayer-funded salary should the government be forced to shut down, and urged the rest of Congress — and Preisdent Obama — to do the same. Published April 7 2011

  • Sherman: Libya effort costing U.S. billions a week

    Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat, said Thursday that the White House is "dramatically underestimating" the cost of the nation's military involvement in Libya by relying on misleading accounting. Published April 7 2011