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Inside Politics Archive: December 2012


  • GOP warns Obama after 'cheerleading rally'

    Republicans reacted angrily to President Obama's Monday-afternoon rally with middle-class residents, saying it seemed to them as if he was taking a victory lap for having forced them to concede on tax increases. Published December 31 2012

  • Obama cites Lincoln, then downplays comparison

    Faced with an inability to reach a deal with congressional Republicans on the "fiscal cliff," President Obama is downplaying his own comparisons of himself to Abraham Lincoln, a president often credited with holding feuding Washington factions together. Published December 30 2012

  • Senate chaplain's prayer: Save the country from itself

    As lawmakers try to find a last-minute deal to avert the "fiscal cliff," the chamber's chaplain, the Rev. Barry C. Black, pleaded with God on Sunday to help Congress "save us from self-inflicted wounds." Published December 30 2012

  • Boehner: Obama blew chances to solve 'fiscal cliff'

    House Speaker John A. Boehner said Sunday that President Obama should stop casting blame and instead lead efforts to avert the "fiscal cliff," saying Mr. Obama could have solved the situation long ago if he'd put more pressure on Senate Democrats. Published December 30 2012

  • Slim Republican support for Hagel as defense secretary

    If President Obama is hoping to attract bipartisan support by nominating a Republican for defense secretary, he may be disappointed in the result. Published December 30 2012

  • Obama deploys troops to Africa to defend U.S. Embassy

    With rebels advancing on the capital city of the Central African Republic, the U.S. has deployed about 50 combat troops to neighboring Chad to support the evacuation of U.S. Embassy personnel and American private citizens, President Obama notified Congress in a letter Saturday. Published December 29 2012

  • Oliver Stone: Obama-era America is 'Orwellian'

    Filmmaker Oliver Stone says President Obama has played a key role in turning the United States into an "Orwellian" society. Published December 29 2012

  • Rep. Bass predicts public will back Democrats in 'fiscal cliff' fallout

    Is the post-"fiscal cliff" blame game already under way? A couple of Capitol Hill's more liberal lawmakers, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, and Rep. Karen Bass, a California Democrat who is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, took swipes at their Republican colleagues on Saturday. Published December 29 2012

  • Obama to appear on NBC's 'Meet the Press' on Sunday

    President Obama is set to make a rare Sunday news show appearance this weekend on NBC's "Meet the Press," the network has announced. Published December 29 2012

  • Shouting anti-abortion protester removed from Senate chamber

    An anti-abortion protester was forcibly removed from the Senate's public gallery Friday after he began shouting just as the Senate recessed for lunch. Published December 28 2012

  • Obama will host Congressional leaders at White House

    With just a narrow window remaining to strike a deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, President Obama will meet with Congressional leaders Friday afternoon at the White House. Published December 27 2012

  • Gallup: 54 percent have favorable opinion of NRA

    The National Rifle Association, which has become entangled in the national debate over gun control in the wake of the recent shootings in Newtown, Conn., has a 54 percent favorability rating among Americans, according to Gallup. Published December 27 2012

  • Markey announces run for Kerry's Senate seat

    Rep. Ed Markey, Massachusetts Democrat, will run for the U.S. Senate seat likely to be vacated by John Kerry, who President Obama recently announced as his selection to be the next U.S. Secretary of State, the Boston Globe reports. Published December 27 2012

  • Schatz hitches ride with Obama back to D.C.

    President Obama invited Hawaii's new Sen.-designate Brian Schatz to ride back with him to Washington, D.C., on Air Force One Wednesday night. Published December 27 2012

  • Optimism fades on avoiding 'fiscal cliff'

    As the deadline nears, Americans are increasingly pessimistic that their leaders in Washington will avoid the "fiscal cliff" looming in less than a week, according to the latest Gallup polling. Published December 26 2012

  • Obama to return from Hawaii on Wednesday to tackle 'fiscal cliff' problem

    President Obama plans to fly back to Washington, D.C., from his Hawaiian vacation Wednesday to continue fiscal-cliff negotiations with House Republicans in an attempt to strike a year-end budget deal and avoid automatic tax hikes and deep, across-the-board spending cuts that would otherwise kick in Dec. 31. Published December 25 2012

  • NRA head LaPierre won't support new gun regulations

    Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, doubled down Sunday on the group's push to increase the number of armed officers in schools in the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., saying that reducing magazine clip capacity or reinstating a ban on so-called assault weapons will not do anything to prevent such events in the future. Published December 23 2012

  • Hutchinson: Further gun-control laws 'wrong part of the debate'

    Former Arkansas Rep. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday the focus in the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., should be on school safety, not gun regulations, as the country and Congress grapple with how to move forward to try to prevent such incidents from happening in the future. Published December 23 2012

  • Rep. Gutierrez: Fewer parties, more Obama needed on immigration

    One of President Obama's biggest backers on Capitol Hill expressed a bit of frustration Saturday on the lack of progress since Election Day on immigration reform at the White House. Published December 22 2012

  • Congress, Obama in Hawaii for Inouye services on Sunday

    The White House on Saturday afternoon confirmed that the president and first lady will join a contingent of other Washington figures in attending funeral services in Hawaii on Sunday for Sen. Daniel Inouye. Published December 22 2012