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Inside Politics Archive: June 2011


  • Obama adviser: 'Of course' he owns the economy

    After 2½ years in office, President Obama now "owns" the economy as an issue, according to top adviser David Plouffe, who added he was confident that voters understand that recovering from a devastating recession Mr. Obama inherited takes time. Published June 30 2011

  • Poll: In presidential matchup, Obama would beat Perry in Texas

    A new poll out this week finds that in a head-to-head battle against Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election, President Obama would emerge victorious the Lone Star state. Published June 30 2011

  • Watchdog wants FBI to investigate House Dem

    Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to launch a criminal investigation of Rep. Laura Richardson regarding possible misuse of her staff. Published June 28 2011

  • Obama regulatory czar claims Bush was worse on rules

    President Obama's regulatory czar told a Capitol Hill gathering Tuesday that the administration has produced fewer burdensome rules for industry than did the administration of President George W. Bush. Published June 28 2011

  • Club likes Bachmann as a member

    The Club for Growth, the influential fiscal conservative group, released a glowing review Tuesday of Rep. Michelle Bachmann's tenure in Congress and the Minnesota state Senate, saying that the third-term lawmaker and 2012 presidential hopeful has a solid record of supporting pro-growth policies. Published June 28 2011

  • GOP Rep. Gowdy slams ill-fated ATF gun sting

    Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican, said Tuesday that he and other lawmakers looking into a controversial undercover federal gun sting want answers from the Obama administration on who approved the ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious. Published June 28 2011

  • Pawlenty to attack GOP isolationism, Obama's Middle East policy

    Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, in a speech Tuesday at the Council on Foreign Relations, plans to lay out his strategic vision for the nation's involvement in the Middle East, calling on his fellow Republicans not to shrink away from what he sees as the nation's commitments in the region. Published June 28 2011

  • Bristol Palin keeps mum on mom's plans

    Bristol Palin said her mother, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, has decided whether or not she'll run for president in 2012 — but she wouldn't tip her mom's hand. Published June 28 2011

  • The wrong John Wayne

    Rep. Michele Bachmann kicked off her presidential campaign on Monday in Waterloo, Iowa, and in one interview surrounding the official event she promised to mimic the spirit of Waterloo's own John Wayne. The only problem, as one eagle-eyed reader notes: Waterloo's John Wayne was not the beloved movie star, but rather John Wayne Gacy, the serial killer. Published June 27 2011

  • Texas Rep. Canseco: Perry is in for 2012

    At least one fellow Texas Republican believes Gov. Rick Perry, already flirting with a 2012 presidential run, is getting ready to jump into the race. Published June 23 2011

  • GOP's emerging 2012 theme: Obama made it worse

    Republicans seem to have settled informally on a message for 2012: Obama made it worse. Published June 22 2011

  • Club for Growth: Huntsman has 'a lot of explaining to do'

    The Club for Growth on Wednesday said presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman Jr. has "a lot of explaining to do if he wants to win the Republican nomination." Published June 22 2011

  • Pawlenty airs first campaign ad in Iowa

    Looking to gain some traction in the presidential field, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is up with the first Iowa television advertisement of the 2012 presidential campaign, highlighting his record as governor while suggesting some of his GOP rivals offer some of the same empty rhetoric that he blames for the country's current problems. Published June 22 2011

  • White House rewrites history

    The White House on Tuesday turned laughter into applause -- literally. Published June 21 2011

  • Poll: Bachmann surges to primary lead

    Fresh off her well-received performance in last week's GOP presidential debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann now tops the field of candidates in a new Zogby poll of Republican primary voters. Published June 21 2011

  • Reid picks Huntsman in Mormon primary

    He may not have wanted it, but Jon Huntsman apparently has an unlikely ally in Sen. Harry Reid, the top Democrat in the Senate. Published June 21 2011

  • Bachmann cites Canada as economic role model

    Rep. Michele Bachmann apparently is turning north for economic inspiration to that great land of freedom — Canada. Published June 21 2011

  • Stewart stands by criticism of Fox

    Jon Stewart wouldn't walk back his criticism of Fox News and stood by his claim that the cable channel is little more than a "propaganda delivery system" during an uncomfortable back-and-forth with host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." Published June 19 2011

  • Poll: Most Republicans will vote party line

    The vast majority of Republican voters say they will vote for the GOP presidential candidate — regardless of who he or she is, a new poll shows. Published June 17 2011

  • Romney won't sign anti-abortion pledge, cites 'unforeseen consequences'

    GOP presidential nomination frontrunner Mitt Romney, says he won't sign a new pledge from the powerful pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, citing restrictive language in the pledge on hospital funding and the selection of Cabinet members. Published June 17 2011