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Inside Politics Archive: January 2012


  • Ethics panel still reviewing Rep. Hastings' harassment case

    The House Ethics Committee has extended its review of sexual harassment allegations against Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat, opting not to launch a full-scale investigation for now. Published January 11 2012

  • House delegation to meet Colombian president

    A House delegation led by House Speaker John Boehner is in Colombia Wednesday on the second leg of a three-country Latin American trip focusing on trade, energy and economic security issues. Published January 11 2012

  • Romney, Huntsman tie in first N.H. vote; Obama wins Dem vote

    The first votes have been counted in New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation primary, and the biggest vote getter could portend bad new for the Republican presidential field: President Obama. Published January 10 2012

  • Huntsman doesn't make Arizona ballot

    Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. failed to get on the Republican primary ballot in Arizona, despite being the candidate with the best geographic claim to the western state. Published January 9 2012

  • Two years in a row, health-spending growth sluggish

    Health-care spending continued a sluggish trend in 2010, with a second straight year in which Gross Domestic Product grew faster than spending on medical costs. Published January 9 2012

  • Boehner leads delegation on trip to Latin America

    House Speaker John A. Boehner is leading a seven-member congressional delegation this week to the United States' top three export markets in Latin America — Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. Published January 9 2012

  • N.H. primary pranks: Paul ambushed by 'Vermin Supreme'

    Texas Rep. Ron Paul's final full day of campaigning in New Hampshire got off to a bizarre start Monday when he was met by a bullhorn-toting man with a rubber boot on his head who challenged him and President Obama to a "panty-wrestling match to decide it all." Published January 9 2012

  • Obama calls Giffords to offer support on shooting anniversary

    President Obama called Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Sunday to offer his support on the anniversary of the tragic shooting, telling her that she is an "inspiration" to his family and the rest of the country. Published January 8 2012

  • Huckabee: Everyone scared of Romney?

    Fox News commentator Mike Huckabee says the Republican presidential candidates seem scared to take shots at front-runner Mitt Romney and are letting him run away with the GOP nomination too easily. Published January 8 2012

  • Romney wins N.H. cigar store vote

    New Hampshire's cigar smokers have spoken, and they like Mitt Romney. Published January 7 2012

  • Romney, Santorum ride Iowa momentum into South Carolina

    Mitt Romney's Iowa caucus victory has propelled him to a lead in South Carolina, and has boosted Iowa runner-up Rick Santorum as well, according to two new polls Friday. Published January 6 2012

  • Huckabee: Romney is the 'Denny's' of GOP

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Thursday compared GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney to the Denny's restaurant chain: not flashy or adventurous, but a good, dependable choice that everyone can agree upon. Published January 5 2012

  • Thune: Conservatives will rally to Romney

    South Dakota Sen. John Thune, who has endorsed GOP presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney, said Thursday that criticism of the former Massachusetts governor's conservative credentials is overblown. Published January 5 2012

  • Sen. Ayotte: Obama doesn't want to face Romney

    New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who has endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential bid, said Thursday the former Massachusetts governor's win in Iowa, no matter how slim the margin, has President Obama and his fellow Democrats worried. Published January 5 2012

  • Ames straw poll makes for 'interesting' vacation

    The Ames Iowa straw poll might not be the best barometer for picking the winner of the state's caucuses, but it sure makes for an "interesting vacation" — at least that's according to one of Rick Santorum's top surrogates here in New Hampshire. Published January 4 2012

  • Youth turnout in Iowa small, but benefits Paul, report says

    Only 4 percent of eligible Iowa voters under 30 took part in Tuesday night's Republican presidential caucuses, says an independent research group. Published January 4 2012

  • Watchdog renews complaints over Santorum's mortgage

    Now that former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has proved he's a serious candidate for president with his near-tie for first in the Iowa caucus Tuesday night, ethics watchdogs are renewing their criticism of a mortgage he received from a bank run by campaign donors. Published January 4 2012

  • McCain's comedy an acquired taste

    Sen. John McCain knows how to excite a campaign crowd, but he also knows how to quiet one with a dud joke. Published January 4 2012

  • Sen. Hatch gets challenger

    Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, has his first primary challenger, as former state Sen. Dan Liljenquist has decided to run against the sixth-term lawmaker. Published January 4 2012

  • Gingrich: Founding Fathers weren't pot fans

    Ever the historian, Newt Gingrich dropped a little marijuana wisdom in New Hampshire on Wednesday, telling an audience member that two of the Founding Fathers of the United States wouldn't like the idea of allowing New Hampshire residents to legally grow their own pot. Published January 4 2012