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Inside Politics Archive: July 2012


  • Obama camp: Mandate a penalty, not a tax

    President Obama's re-election campaign said Thursday the individual mandate in his health care law is a "penalty," not a tax — though Mr. Obama's own Solicitor General argued in March the law was constitutional under Congress's taxing authority. Published July 5 2012

  • Obama hosts troops at White House for fireworks

    President Obama and the first family spent the early evening of the Fourth of July thanking military service members and their families for their sacrifice at a barbecue and concert on the South lawn of the White House. Published July 4 2012

  • Obama praises actor Andy Griffith

    President Obama issued a statement Tuesday paying tribute to Andy Griffith, the television legend who died Tuesday at age 86. Published July 3 2012

  • One House Dem to join health care repeal drive

    At least one Democrat will join House Republicans when they vote next week to repeal President Obama's health care law. Published July 3 2012

  • Obama ad hits Romney on outsourcing

    President Obama's re-election campaign is out with a new nine-state ad blitz that accuses presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney of shipping American jobs outside the country. Published July 3 2012

  • Christie: Health care individual mandate is both tax and penalty

    In typically brash fashion, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday morning brushed off an assertion Monday by a top adviser to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney that the individual mandate in President Obama's health care law was not a tax. Published July 3 2012

  • Poll: Obama holds 3-point lead over Romney

    President Obama holds a three-point overall lead over presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in a new poll released by CNN/ORC, though Mr. Romney holds a robust 51 percent to 43 percent lead among voters in 15 "battleground states. Published July 3 2012

  • Virginia's McDonnell to chair RNC Platform Committee

    Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus announced Monday that Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia has been tapped to serve as chair of the influential committee responsible for drawing up the party's platform at the Republican National Convention. Published July 2 2012

  • Tea party leader criticizes Romney campaign: 'Is it too late to switch?'

    The leader of a national tea party group suggested Monday that Republican might want to start exploring whether it is too late to replace Mitt Romney atop the party's ticket after one of the campaign's top advisers argued that the individual mandate in the President Obama's health care law is not a tax. Published July 2 2012

  • Republican governors pull in the cash

    Buoyed by the high-profile recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the Republican Governors Association hauled in $16.7 million during the second quarter of 2012 and has raised $29 million total in 2012. Published July 2 2012

  • Targeted Dutch lawmaker addresses conservative gathering

    Launching a book tour when you've been targeted for assassination can be problematic, which is why it was surprising to see Geert Wilders here Saturday at the Western Conservative Summit. Published July 2 2012