Inside Politics Archive: February 2011


  • Watchdog wants investigation of Capitol sleepovers

    A government watchdog group has asked the the Office of Congressional Ethics to investigate whether members of Congress who sleep in their offices are violating House rules. Published February 10 2011

  • Trump: Ron Paul has 'zero chance'

    Donald Trump angered fans of Rep. Ron Paul at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday when he said the Texas congressman, who is mulling another presidential run, "really has no chance." Published February 10 2011

  • Napolitano's Arizona poll numbers not exactly impressive

    The news that Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl will step down at the end of his third term next year, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's name immediately shot to the top of the list of potential Democrats who could challenge for the open seat. Published February 10 2011

  • Boehner: Lee quit on his own

    House Speaker John A. Boehner says he didn't force former Rep. Christopher Lee to resign after the married New Yorker was caught flirting via the Internet with a young single women. "Congressman Lee made his own decision that he thought was in his best interest and the interest of his family," said the Ohio Republican Thursday during his weekly Capitol briefing with reporters. Published February 10 2011

  • Hatch ranked among most conservative

    Facing a possible tough primary battle in Utah for his seat, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch received a boost Wednesday when he was rated one of the top conservatives in the Senate last year by the American Conservative Union. Published February 9 2011

  • Employers face possible tax hikes under Obama plan

    Businesses could face higher taxes under a new Obama administration proposal designed to help cash-strapped states replenish their unemployment insurance pools. Published February 8 2011

  • Senators call for penalties for misuse of airport body scans

    Two Democratic senators on Tuesday proposed legislation that would make it a federal crime to misuse images recorded from full-body scanners used at airport security checkpoints. Published February 8 2011

  • Cantor: GOP committed to budget cuts

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Tuesday pushed back at criticisms Republicans were using fuzzy math to justify a pledge to scale back spending to 2008 levels and to cut $100 billion from the nation's budget. But with the 2011 fiscal year already more than four months old, don't expect all of those cuts and savings this year. Published February 8 2011

  • Tea party group to host town-hall meeting

    The Tea Party Express is set to hold a town hall-style meeting with several members of Congress in Washington Tuesday evening. Published February 8 2011

  • Government spending spree tails off

    After years of major increases, federal spending has held fairly steady in the first four months of fiscal 2011, with a $10 billion drop in unemployment claims and expiring bailout spending helping keep the bottom line in check. Published February 7 2011

  • Governor gives tea party crowd first look at budget

    Newly minted Florida Gov. Rick Scott is presenting his proposed state budget Monday afternoon before a very interested audience. No, it's not the state Legislature, or even a roomful of reporters at the governor's mansion. Instead, he's outlining his plan at a tea party rally in rural central Florida. Published February 7 2011

  • Florida governor to unveil budget at tea party rally

    Newly minted Florida Gov. Rick Scott is presenting his proposed state budget Monday afternoon before a very interested audience. No, it's not the state Legislature, or even a roomful of reporters at the governor's mansion. Instead, he's outlining his plan at a tea party rally in rural central Florida. Published February 7 2011

  • Voters say government encourages illegal immigration, poll says

    Most voters continue to believe federal policies encourage illegal immigration, but voters are almost evenly divided on whether it's better to let the federal government or individual states enforce immigration laws, a new polls says. Published February 7 2011

  • McCain: Obama 'much more centrist'

    Sen. John McCain praised a "much more centrist" President Obama on Thursday after a private White House meeting a day earlier. The former GOP presidential nominee, speaking to Bloomberg Television, said: "I think it's pretty clear that the president has really pivoted to a much more centrist position, which I think makes it much more for us easier to work with him." Published February 4 2011

  • Paul Ryan shrugs off talk of higher office

    Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, a dapper young rising star in the GOP, said Thursday he won't run for president in 2012 and shrugged off a question about a possible vice-presidential bid. "Who knows?” he said during an appearance at the Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee when asked about rumors he would make a perfect veep candidate, according to WisPolitics.com. "That is such a hypothetical situation." Published February 4 2011

  • Senator says no to laser pointer restrictions

    A Senate measure that calls for banning the potentially deadly practice of aiming laser pointers at airplanes breezed though the Senate Thursday with unusually widespread bipartisan support — with one exception. Published February 3 2011

  • In Florida, LeMieux may seek Nelson's Senate seat

    George LeMieux part deux? Maybe, says the former Republican senator from Florida, who told a gathering of Republicans in Tallahassee Wednesday that — after stepping down from office last month — he is considering another go in the Senate. Published February 3 2011

  • LeMieux may seek Nelson's Florida Senate seat

    George LeMieux part deux? Maybe, says the former Republican senator from Florida, who told a gathering of Republicans in Tallahassee Wednesday that — after stepping down from office last month — he is considering another go in the Senate. Published February 3 2011

  • U.S. doing better in 'war on terror', poll says

    The number of Americans who say terrorists are winning the "war on terror" has fallen to its lowest level in a year-and-a-half, a new national survey shows. Results of a Rasmussen Reports national survey released Thursday shows that 19 percent of Americans say the terrorists are winning the war — down 11 percentage points from early January and the lowest level measured since July 2009. Published February 3 2011

  • Virginia wants Supreme Court ruling on health care challenge

    Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II said this morning that he wants to put the state's constitutional challenge to the president's health care overhaul on the fast track by asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the lawsuit now instead of waiting for the case to be decided by the court of appeals. Published February 3 2011

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