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Inside Politics Archive: November 2011


  • Paul camp casts Gingrich as serial hypocrite

    Newt Gingrich is getting a taste of what its like to be the GOP presidential front-runner, courtesy of Ron Paul, who released a new online ad Wednesday that paints the former speaker as a hypocrite. Published November 30 2011

  • GOP bill would fast-track pipeline construction

    Senate Republicans introduced legislation Wednesday designed to speed up construction of a proposed transcontinental oil pipeline despite objections from environmentalists. Published November 30 2011

  • Evangelical leader urges Gingrich to explain 'turbulent marital history'

    A leading religious conservative warned Newt Gingrich Wednesday that he risks losing the support of evangelical women voters if the Republican presidential hopeful refuses to publicly address his "turbulent marital history." Published November 30 2011

  • Texas Dems: Is Rick Perry smarter than a fifth-grader?

    The Texas Democratic Party questioned Tuesday whether Gov. Rick Perry could outwit a fifth-grader after the Republican presidential contender appeared to forget — or not know — that the legal voting age in the United States is 18 during a campaign swing through New Hampshire. Published November 29 2011

  • Waters probe may impact committee promotion

    Now that Rep. Barney Frank, the 16-term Democrat from Massachusetts, has announced his plans to retire at the end of next year, Rep. Maxine Waters' record is getting a closer look, and the picture is anything but clear. Published November 29 2011

  • Support for tea party dips nationwide

    The Pew Research Center has released a new survey that found that support for the tea party is slipping nationally, including in districts represented by members of the House Tea Party Caucus. Published November 29 2011

  • States awarded second batch of exchange grants

    More than half the states have accepted federal assistance for setting up new insurance exchanges, with a second round of grants announced Tuesday by the Obama administration. Published November 29 2011

  • Clyburn open to do-over on automatic cuts

    Rep. James E. Clyburn, a member of the defunct debt-reduction "supercommittee," said Tuesday he is open to redoing the automatic spending cuts set to take place in early 2013 as a result of the group's failure — a position at odds with the White House. Published November 29 2011

  • Two states denied waivers on Obama health provision

    The Obama administration has turned down requests by Indiana and Louisiana for exemption from a provision in President Obama's health care law that restricts how much insurers can spend on overhead. Published November 28 2011

  • White House: Obama's travel is not excessive

    The White House on Monday pushed back against a report that President Obama's official visits to swing states have surpassed other presidents' records. Published November 28 2011

  • Obama signs law to honor black Marines

    President Obama signed legislation Wednesday to award a congressional gold medal to the first blacks who enlisted in the U.S. Marines in the 1940s. Published November 23 2011

  • Democrats pounce on Romney immigration comments

    The Democratic National Committee is out with a new web video attacking GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney for his views on illegal immigration, saying that the approach the former Massachusetts governor laid out in the debate Tuesday proves that he has "assumed the mantle as the most extreme, right-wing presidential candidate on the issue of immigration ever." Published November 23 2011

  • Poll: Iran sanctions not working

    Fully 60 percent of Americans believe the Obama administration's economic sanctions aren't stopping Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and half say the U.S. should bomb Iran if the sanctions don't work, a new poll has found. Published November 23 2011

  • Romney, Huntsman last holdouts as Cain signs pro-life pledge

    Herman Cain signed the Susan B. Anthony List’s pro-life pledge Tuesday, leaving Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman as the last major GOP presidential candidate to refuse to support the pledge against abortion. Published November 22 2011

  • No booing at White House country music night

    The deficit super committee may have come up empty-handed. but President Obama and a bipartisan audience appeared in good spirits for "an evening of down-home country music," as Mr. Obama put it, Monday night in the White House's East Room. Published November 21 2011

  • Obama welcomes new Italian PM

    President Obama spoke with newly installed Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti Monday morning, congratulating him on his appointment and thanking him for taking on the job at such a critical time. Published November 21 2011

  • Hensarling: No debt deal yet

    The Republican co-chairman of the congressional debt-reduction committee said Friday morning the panel hasn't reached an deal but is prepared to work through the weekend. Published November 18 2011

  • Obama uses autopen to keep government open

    President Obama on Friday turned to mechanics to get him out of a jam, using an autopen to sign an emergency spending bill Congress sent him late Thursday. Published November 18 2011

  • God and the supercommittee

    With the congressional supercommittee tackling the federal debt crisis apparently gridlocked, Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black on Thursday tapped a higher power. Published November 17 2011

  • Paul: Obama health care more fascism than socialism

    It's doubtful whether anyone opposes President Obama's health care law more than Ron Paul, but the Texas congressman said Wednesday that the sweeping legislation is not socialized medicine — contrary to claims made by his fellow presidential contenders Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain. Published November 16 2011