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Inside Politics Archive: December 2011


  • 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. Published December 15 2011

  • Perry tags Gingrich, Romney as 'insiders'

    Rick Perry thew another punch in the increasingly feisty Republican presidential fight on Thursday, tagging the two GOP front-runners as "political insiders" and casting himself as the outsider in the race. Published December 15 2011

  • 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. Published December 15 2011

  • Young adults no longer the most uninsured

    Since President Obama's health-care law gave 20-somethings more access to their parents' coverage last year, young adults are no longer the age group with the highest uninsured rate. Published December 14 2011

  • Congress invites Obama for Jan. 24 State of the Union speech

    House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday officially invited President Obama to deliver the traditional State of the Union address to Congress on Jan. 24. Published December 14 2011

  • 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. Published December 13 2011

  • 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. Published December 13 2011

  • Obama vows to veto House GOP's bill to extend payroll tax cut

    The White House said Tuesday it will veto a payroll tax cut extension being prepared by House Republicans, with President Obama insisting the bill also must raise taxes on the wealthy rather than cut government spending. Published December 13 2011

  • Lieberman: Iraq war was initial spark for Arab Spring

    Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman said Tuesday he believed the war in Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein in 2003 eventually led to the democratic uprisings of the Arab Spring because it provided proof that dictators can be overpowered. Published December 13 2011

  • Front-running Gingrich pitches cease-fire pact to Republican rivals

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich urged his supporters Tuesday to avoid initiating attacks on the other Republican presidential candidates and called on his rivals to do the same. Published December 13 2011

  • Boehner: Saturday night not all right for debate

    An impressive 7.6-million TV viewers tuned in to watch Saturday night's Republican presidential debate — the most-watched GOP debate this year. Published December 12 2011

  • 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. Published December 12 2011

  • Two-thirds of U.S. rate Congress' ethics low

    A record 64 percent of Americans rate the honesty and ethical standards of Congress as "very low" or "low" — a score far worse than car salesmen, telemarketers and lawyers, a new Gallup poll shows. Published December 12 2011

  • McCain blasts Obama, al-Maliki for failed leadership

    Sen. John McCain labeled both President Obama and Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as having failed Monday, after the two met to mark the removal of all U.S. troops from Iraq and to chart a new course for the two countries' relationship. Published December 12 2011

  • Boehner to nominate new House sergeant at arms

    House Speaker John A. Boehner said Monday he will nominate former Secret Service official Paul D. Irving as the chamber's 37th sergeant at arms. Published December 12 2011

  • Santorum raising money off Romney bet

    Rick Santorum's presidential campaign blasted out a fundraising email Monday that assures potential donors that the former Pennsylvania senator "isn't liberal with his money like Mitt Romney." Published December 12 2011

  • Romney: Newt should return Freddie money

    Mitt Romney said Monday that Newt Gingrich should return the money he was paid working on behalf of Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored mortgage company that required a taxpayer bailout and has become a frequent target for conservative critics. Published December 12 2011

  • New Romney website hits Gingrich as 'unreliable'

    Mitt Romney's presidential campaign unveiled a new website Monday that aims to cast Newt Gingrich as an erratic leader and a clone of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, attacking the candidate as "Newt Nancy." Published December 12 2011

  • Obama hides behind the Christmas holiday

    President Obama had a two-word non-answer Friday for reporters who asked his opinion of a new payroll tax-cut bill introduced by House Republicans: "Merry Christmas." Published December 9 2011

  • Rand Paul slams Gingrich, Romney in Iowa voter appeal

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a favorite of the tea party and son of GOP presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul, warned Friday that the Republican Party would take a step back if it taps either of the race's two frontrunners, Newt Gingrich or Mitt Romney, as its nominee in the 2012 race. Published December 9 2011