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Inside Politics Archive: February 2012


  • Pelosi debuts 'Stop Colbert' ad

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi upped the satirical ante Thursday with a new, tongue-in-cheek attack ad taking on comedian Stephen Colbert, who has formed a real "super PAC" to support his less-than-real bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Published February 9 2012

  • White House calls Romney's criticism on contraception 'ironic'

    The White House is pushing back against Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's condemnation of President Obama's recent mandate for insurance coverage of contraceptives as part of the new health-care law. Published February 8 2012

  • Obama's PAC decision highlights inaction on FEC

    President Obama's decision to change his mind and embrace so-called "super PACs" has campaign finance watchdog groups expressing rising disappointment about the administration's failure to follow through on promises to fix the nation's campaign finance laws. Published February 8 2012

  • Behind the numbers: Romney's Tuesday disaster

    As good as Rick Santorum's night was Tuesday in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri, Mitt Romney's was that bad, and worse. Published February 8 2012

  • Obama pulls ahead of Romney in Virginia poll

    President Obama has moved ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Virginia for the first time in Quinnipiac University's polling, according to a survey released Wednesday. Published February 8 2012

  • Survey: Catholics back contraception mandate at higher rates

    Catholic organizations might be battling the Obama administration over a new mandate on groups with religious affiliations to cover contraception in their health insurance plans, but a poll released Tuesday indicates that ordinary Catholics support the law at a higher rate than the general public. Published February 7 2012

  • Kerrey rules out Nebraska Senate run

    Former Sen. Bob Kerrey said Tuesday he won't seek the Democratic nomination for Nebraska's open Senate seat this year, a move that puts Republicans in the driver's seat to win the coveted slot. Published February 7 2012

  • Administration names official advocate for illegal immigrants

    The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a new "public advocate" charged with listening to immigrants' concerns about its law enforcement policies — but Republicans said the position amounts to an official mouthpiece for illegal immigrants being deported. Published February 7 2012

  • Eastwood Super Bowl ad was news to White House

    The White House is denying any advance knowledge of or involvement in a gritty Super Bowl ad starring Clint Eastwood that played up the auto industry's resurgence and called on the nation to come together and rebuild — a message taken in some quarters as an implicit endorsement of President Obama. Published February 6 2012

  • White House: Standing with Syria's Assad a 'losing bet'

    The White House warned Syria's allies Monday that standing behind President Bashar al-Assad is a "losing bet." Published February 6 2012

  • Romney 2012 loses to Romney 2008

    The second time has not always been the charm for Mitt Romney this year: Despite winning Nevada's caucuses handily on Saturday, the former Massachusetts governor actually won fewer voters there than he did in 2008. Published February 6 2012

  • Obama to host state dinner for British PM Cameron

    President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will host British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, for an official state dinner in March, the White House announced Friday. Published February 3 2012

  • Under fire, administration clarifies contraception mandates

    Under fire from Catholic groups, senior administration officials went out of their way Thursday to explain President Obama's decision to require Catholic hospitals, charities, colleges and other nonchurch entities to cover contraception in insurance plans. Published February 2 2012

  • Groundhog Day invoked during health debate

    While Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Thursday in Pennsylvania — predicting six more weeks of winter — he also was getting a nod on Capitol Hill. Published February 2 2012