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Inside Politics Archive: March 2011


  • W.Va. lawmaker lays down debt marker

    Sen. Joe Manchin III, a West Virginia Democrat who has shown a proclivity to break with President Obama since his election last year, was at it again Monday, with a speech in Charleston warning he won't back an increase in the federal debt ceiling without major progress toward a long-term budget deal to get federal spending under control. Published March 21 2011

  • Press conference with President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called off

    A joint press conference with President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff slated to take place here on Saturday has been called off because the Brazilian government did not want reporters to have the opportunity to ask questions, an Obama administration official said. Published March 18 2011

  • House delegation visits Italy

    A bipartisan group of five House members, led House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, arrived in Italy Friday to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification. Published March 18 2011

  • Poll: Voters won't pay higher taxes to lower deficit

    Despite concern about the country's historic-level budget deficit, most Americans aren't willing to pay more in taxes to reduce it, a new poll says. Published March 18 2011

  • A presidential motorcade

    Even in these times of high gas prices, when the president goes somewhere by motorcade, he goes in force. And that's even more true when he's going with other world leaders. Published March 17 2011

  • Gingrich: Obama sends wrong signal with NCAA picks

    President Obama's appearance on ESPN Wednesday to go over his picks in the upcoming NCAA basketball tournament is generating sharp criticism among conservatives, including a rebuke from potential GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich. Published March 16 2011

  • Hoyer: Let's re-look at nuclear plant safety

    While Japan holds its collective breath as an earthquake-damaged nuclear power plant there teeters on the brink of meltdown, House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Tuesday he remains a supporter of nuclear power in the U.S. Published March 15 2011

  • Nevada's Heller to run for Ensign's seat

    Nevada Rep. Dean Heller said Tuesday he will run for the Senate seat held by fellow Republican John Ensign, who said last week he won't seek another term in 2012. Published March 15 2011

  • Ehrlich joins public-policy law practice

    Former Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehlich Jr. has joined the Washington offices of King & Spalding, an Atlanta-based international law firm. Published March 15 2011

  • Hoyer: GOP must lead on spending bill

    The No. 2 House Democrat says it's time for House GOP leaders to take a stand and draft a long-term spending bill to keep the federal government running for the rest of the fiscal year, saying that short-term stopgaps are undermining the country's stability. Published March 15 2011

  • Last WWI vet to be interred at Arlington

    Army Cpl. Frank Buckles, the last American veteran of World War I who died at age 110 late last month, will be memorialized and interred at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, cemetery officials announced Friday. Published March 11 2011

  • Rangel anxious to see how Muslim hearings proceed

    Rep. Charles Rangel said Thursday he is confident that his fellow New York congressman, Peter T. King, has the temperament and training to keep the controversial Muslim radicalization hearings on Capitol Hill from turning into a circus. Published March 10 2011

  • House Dems: Please tweet us

    The House Democratic Caucus' New Media Working Group will host a "Twitter town hall" event at noon Thursday, with more than a dozen congressmen scheduled to field questions from the public via the social media network. Published March 9 2011

  • Gulf Coast lawmakers form congressional caucus

    Two Gulf Coast House members announced Wednesday they have created a bipartisan congressional caucus designed to help address emergencies, legislation and policy affecting the region. Published March 9 2011

  • Smithsonian pledges to sell more U.S.-made gifts

    Sen. Bernie Sanders said Smithsonian Institution officials have promised to sell more made-in-America products in their gift shops. Published March 9 2011

  • Manchin says Obama failing to lead on spending bill

    Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, has accused President Obama of failing to take the lead on the bitter partisan dispute regarding how best to fund the federal government for the rest of the fiscal year. Published March 8 2011

  • Sanders calls for surtax on millionaires

    As the U.S. Senate heads for votes this week on competing spending plans for the rest of the year, Sen. Bernie Sanders said Congress also must raise additional revenue to reduce deficits. His solution: tax millionaires and eliminate tax breaks for oil companies. Published March 7 2011

  • Americans have the hots for first lady, Gov. Christie

    First lady Michelle Obama tops a new poll of the "hottest" political and public figures in the U.S., scoring higher than her husband. Published March 7 2011

  • Sen. Coats: Indiana stands to lose most in NFL stoppage

    Sen. Dan Coats, Indiana Republican, said he doesn't agree with President Obama on much, but he appreciated the president's comments Thursday urging the National Football League to solve its labor dispute. Published March 4 2011

  • Biden leaving in middle of budget talks

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. walked out of Thursday's high-stakes negotiations to stop a government shutdown and said the conversations will continue — but he won't actually be part of them since he leaves this weekend for major negotiations with European leaders. Published March 4 2011