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Inside Politics Archive: January 2012


  • Obama campaign caps speech with fundraising pitch

    President Obama's re-election campaign sent a fundraising email to supporters Tuesday night, seeking to capitalize on his prime-time State of the Union address. Published January 24 2012

  • Obama to frame 2012 as a pivotal moment for the middle class

    President Obama plans to frame 2012 — both the year and implicitly the campaign — as a "make-or-break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it" in Tuesday night's State of the Union address, according to a copy of White House talking points circulated to his supporters and obtained by The Washington Times. Published January 24 2012

  • Boehner's guests for Obama speech: Keystone supporters

    Countering President Obama's decision to host Warren Buffet's secretary for the State of the Union, House Speaker John Boehner said Tuesday he will host a handful of people who would have benefited if Mr. Obama had approved the Keystone XL pipeline. Published January 24 2012

  • Buffett's secretary to sit with first lady at State of the Union address

    Billionaire investor Warren E. Buffett's longtime secretary, Debbie Bosanek, will sit alongside first lady Michelle Obama in her box at Tuesday night's State of the Union address, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer announced in a tweet. Published January 24 2012

  • Jon Stewart drills Sebelius on health care law

    Welcoming Kathleen Sebelius to "The Daily Show" Monday night, host Jon Stewart told President Obama's Secretary of Health and Human Services to explain the massive health care overhaul in 30 seconds. Published January 24 2012

  • Rep. Rooney: Florida Republicans want someone who can win

    Rep. Tom Rooney said Tuesday that Florida Republicans, like other Republicans across the country, are looking for a candidate who can beat President Obama next fall. Published January 24 2012

  • House GOP: Medicare reform on 2012 agenda

    After House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's plan to privatize Medicare bit the dust last year, GOP leaders say that in 2012 they'll push for reforms to the program that are still substantial — but perhaps a bit scaled back. Published January 23 2012

  • Gingrich: Romney puts more 'baloney' on the table

    Newt Gingrich pushed back against Mitt Romney's criticism of the consulting work the former House speaker did on behalf of Freddie Mac, saying that the former Massachusetts governor has moved from spouting "pious baloney" to spouting "desperate baloney." Published January 23 2012

  • White House to miss budget deadline for third year

    The White House told Congress on Monday that its budget will be late this year, meaning President Obama once again will miss the deadline set in law. Published January 23 2012

  • White House backs TSA in security flap with senator

    The White House on Monday backed the TSA after Sen. Rand Paul said agents detained him at the Nashville airport when he set off one of the new full-body scanners. Published January 23 2012

  • Oddsmakers predict Obama cliche-orama in State of the Union

    Wondering what cliche President Obama will use first in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday? So are the oddsmakers. Published January 23 2012

  • Romney team hits Gingrich over Freddie money

    Looking to slow former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's momentum after his victory in the South Carolina primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's presidential team called Monday for Mr. Gingrich to release the consulting contracts he held with housing giant Freddie Mac — just before airing a blisteringly critical television spot here ahead of the state's Jan. 31 primary. Published January 23 2012

  • Obama backs Roe v. Wade on anniversary

    On the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade ruling on abortion, President Obama said Sunday he remains "committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right." Published January 22 2012

  • Obama reacts to Giffords resignation

    Reacting to Rep. Gabby Giffords' Sunday announcement that she plans to resign from Congress this week, President Obama thanked her for her service and said she embodies the "best of what public service should be." Published January 22 2012

  • Gingrich lost voters who value moral character

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich stormed to victory in South Carolina's Republican presidential primary with wide support from almost every category of voters — except those who care the most about a candidate's moral character. Published January 22 2012

  • South Carolina scores record primary turnout

    South Carolina's Republican voters set a new primary turnout record Saturday when more than 600,000 of them went to the polls, shattering the previous mark set in 2000. Published January 22 2012

  • Gingrich kicks off 'money-bomb' effort

    The Gingrich campaign wasted no time taking advantage of its big win in the South Carolina primary Saturday night, launching a massive two-day "money-bomb" campaign. Published January 21 2012

  • Arizona strikes back: State investigates feds over gun-running

    Arizona's state legislature will open its own investigation into the Obama administration's disgraced gun-running program, known as "Fast and Furious," the speaker of the state House said Friday. Published January 21 2012

  • Biden: Obama cares but doesn't 'emote'

    President Obama feels deeply about the economic struggles of Americans even though he doesn't "emote" often, Vice President Joseph Biden Jr. told supporters at a fundraiser in Los Angeles Friday. Published January 20 2012

  • Obama, at elegant fundraiser, says he's confident of re-election

    Raising cash for his re-election all over New York City on Thursday night, President Obama told supporters at a $35,800-per-ticket fundraiser at the Manhattan home of director Spike Lee that he's "absolutely confident we're going to win this thing." Published January 19 2012