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Inside Politics Archive: August 2011


  • New labor super PAC doesn't have fundraising goal

    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said the labor federation doesn't have a specific fundraising goal for its new super PAC, but the union chief predicted the political arm will generate enough cash to "build the power of America's silent majority," the middle class and the poor. Published August 31 2011

  • Obama will tour Irene damage

    President Obama will travel to Paterson, N.J., Sunday to see the damage inflicted by Hurricane Irene, the White House has announced. Published August 31 2011

  • Vermont asks for disaster relief

    Vermont's congressman on Wednesday sent a letter to House leaders saying his state will need federal disaster payments to recover from the destruction caused by Hurricane Irene. Published August 31 2011

  • Daryl Hannah makes a splash at White House protest

    Hollywood actress Daryl Hannah was among dozens of activists arrested Tuesday outside the White House as part of an orchestrated, two-week-long protest against a proposed oil pipeline. Published August 30 2011

  • Still waiting on Obama health care rules

    Insurers and patients are waiting to find out what types of medical services will be considered “essential benefits” by the Obama administrative and singled out for mandatory coverage. Published August 29 2011

  • Congressman: Obama uncle will have 'advantage' in avoiding deportation

    One congressman wants to know if President Obama's half-uncle will be granted "amnesty" under new rules the Obama administration announced earlier this month designed to let lower-priority illegal immigrants remain in the country. Published August 29 2011

  • Perry signs Susan B. Anthony pro-life pledge

    Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry to the list of GOP presidential contenders who've signed the Susan B. Anthony List's pro-life pledge -- putting him at odds with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, one of the four candidates in the field who have refused to jump on board. Published August 24 2011

  • Top staffers brief Obama on quake status

    President Obama, who was golfing in Martha's Vineyard Tuesday afternoon when a 5.9-magnitude earthquake rocked parts of the East Coast, convened a conference call with top staffers to discuss the status of critical infrastructure, the White House said. Published August 23 2011

  • Ducking their constituents

    Congress fled town early this month and left work undone in Washington — but it wasn't to rush back and hear from constituents at home. Published August 22 2011

  • Poll: Obama struggling against top GOP rivals

    A new Gallup poll shows President Obama would face a tight race against four Republican presidential contenders, with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney beating him by two percentage points if the election were held today. Published August 22 2011

  • Obama blames Congress, but Boehner says it's the Senate

    Responding to President Obama's plans to run for re-election by blaming Congress for inaction, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday said the real hold-up is Senate Democrats. Published August 17 2011

  • Tea party leader: Perry has problems

    The outspoken leader of a popular tea party group says Texas Gov. Rick Perry has skeletons in his closet that could hurt his chances of winning support from the grass roots movement and securing the Republican presidential nomination. Published August 17 2011

  • Obama: Getting out of Washington good for the spirit

    President Obama told Iowans Tuesday that his bus tour of the Midwest is restoring his mental outlook after contentious debt negotiations with congressional Republicans. Published August 16 2011

  • Poll: Congress' approval rating at historic low

    Americans' opinion of Congress has hit a record low, with only 13 percent of voters saying they approve of the way Capitol Hill lawmakers are doing their jobs, the Gallup polling service reported Tuesday. Published August 16 2011

  • West open to Fla. Senate run

    Rep. Allen B. West, an outspoken freshman Republican from Florida, told a gathering of tea party supporters Monday evening that, while he doesn't expect to make the race, he is leaving the door open to running for Senate in 2012. Published August 16 2011

  • Lieberman undecided on backing Obama in '12

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman said Tuesday it's too soon to say whether he will support President Obama's reelection bid next year. Published August 16 2011

  • Democrats jump on Buffett's op-ed

    Democrats are moving quickly to capitalize on Warren E. Buffett's "tax-me-more" op-ed in today's New York Times. Published August 15 2011

  • Other candidates can't match his record, Perry says

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, on the Republican presidential campaign trail in Iowa on Monday, said his economic record is second to none in the field of GOP contenders. Published August 15 2011

  • Lawmakers urge Obama to close old School of the Americas

    Sixty-nine members of Congress are urging President Obama to shut down the Western Hemispheric Institute for Security Cooperation -- once known as the School of the Americas. Published August 12 2011

  • Fundraising? Everybody does it, White House says

    White House press secretary Jay Carney defended President Obama's decision to headline a glitzy Manhattan fundraiser Thursday night, arguing that other politicians are doing the same thing and voters understand that's how the system works. Published August 11 2011