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Inside Politics Archive: July 2011


  • Juan Williams earns cheers from conservatives

    This weekend's Western Conservative Summit has no shortage of right-wing luminaries, but the warmest reception so far has gone to the event's most liberal speaker. Published July 30 2011

  • After cutting Obama out, Republicans now want Obama back in

    A week after House Speaker John A. Boehner cut President Obama out of debt talks, the Senate's top Republican wants him back in. Published July 30 2011

  • Democrats enforce filibuster against their own debt bill

    Senate Republicans want a 60-vote threshold for a debt-limit bill to pass the chamber, but it's actually Democrats who are enforcing the filibuster on their own legislation, insisting on delaying a vote until 1 a.m. Sunday morning. Published July 30 2011

  • Obama approval plummets

    With no end in sight to the impasse over the debt ceiling as the clock ticks down to Tuesday, President Obama registered his lowest approval rating ever as measured by Gallup's daily tracking poll, hitting 40 percent this week. Published July 29 2011

  • Obama still expects to attend Chicago fundraiser next week

    President Obama is still scheduled to travel to Chicago next week to headline a Democratic fundraiser, press secretary Jay Carney told reporters Friday, saying the White House believes both parties will resolve the impasse over the nation's debt ceiling by then. Published July 29 2011

  • White House launches Twitter offensive on debt vote

    President Obama, in his latest bid to rally public support in the debt-ceiling battle with Republicans, has taken to Twitter. Published July 29 2011

  • Pelosi: GOP budget plan could kill Medicare

    House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday that a House Republican deficit-reduction proposal could lead to the end of Medicare. Published July 28 2011

  • Christie hospitalized in N.J.

    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was hospitalized Thursday morning after he complained of difficulty breathing. Published July 28 2011

  • Catholic church calls for tax increases, fewer spending cuts in debt debate

    Weighing in on the debt talks, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week said it feared House Republicans' plan to reduce spending and raise the government's borrowing limit would cut essential services, and urged that Congress look instead at tax increases and military spending cuts. Published July 27 2011

  • White House "Rickrolls" Twitter users in debt debate

    Even as the Obama administration continues to sound the alarm over a potential government default, things weren't all doom and gloom Wednesday at the White House, where staffers manning the official Twitter feed invoked a viral Internet joke featuring a 1987 music video. Published July 27 2011

  • White House dismisses Democrats' push for 14th Amendment option

    Hours after Democratic leaders implored President Obama to invoke the 14th Amendment to unilaterally raise the nation's borrowing limit, the White House again swatted the idea down, saying only Congress has the authority to act. Published July 27 2011

  • Hill Dems eye 14th Amendment option in debt-ceiling battle

    With talks still stalled on Capitol Hill, a key House Democratic leader said Wednesday that President Obama should take another look at using the 14th Amendment to the Constitution to unilaterally raise the debt limit to provide the markets with stability. Published July 27 2011

  • Boehner bill's deficit reduction lands short of goal

    House Speaker John A. Boehner's debt limit bill reduces future spending by $850 billion from current levels, according to the Congressional Budget Office — far short of the $1.1 trillion he has claimed. Published July 26 2011

  • White House signals Obama wouldn't sign Boehner plan; GOP disputes veto threat

    The White House on Tuesday signaled that President Obama would veto House Speaker John A. Boehner's latest plan to raise the debt ceiling, but Republicans are questioning whether it amounts to a true veto threat. Published July 26 2011

  • Obama, Biden pay respects after Norway shooting

    President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden offered their sympathies to the people of Norway on Tuesday, visiting the Norwegian ambassador's D.C. home to sign a condolence book in honor of those killed in Friday's attacks. Published July 26 2011

  • Debt debate intrudes on Senate deficit hearing

    In a well-timed hearing, members of the Senate Finance Committee heard advice from federal budget wonks Tuesday morning on how to reduce the deficit — even as Congress remains consumed by debates over how and whether to raise the federal debt ceiling. Published July 26 2011

  • Pelosi calls for investigation of Oregon Dem Wu

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has asked the chamber's ethics panel to investigate allegations that fellow Democrat Rep. David Wu had "inappropriate activities" with an 18-year-old woman. Published July 25 2011

  • Democrats turn up the heat on enviro cuts

    House Democrats invoked the record-breaking weekend temperatures as they railed against a Republican bill up for floor discussion this week that cuts funding and trims the regulatory power of federal environmental agencies. Published July 25 2011

  • Watchdog wants Hill probe of Murdochs, hacking scandal

    A government watchdog group has asked Congress to investigate whether News Corp top executives James and Rupert Murdock meet Federal Communications Commission standards to retain their 27 Fox broadcast licenses. Published July 22 2011

  • Obama sees Lincoln parallel in budget compromises

    President Obama, defending himself against charges from liberals that he lacks conviction in budget negotiations with Republicans, compared himself to the Great Emancipator, President Lincoln. Published July 22 2011