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Inside Politics Archive: July 2012


  • Allen snags Chamber endorsement

    Republican George Allen won the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wednesday in his Senate race against Democrat Tim Kaine in Virginia, giving the former governor and senator the backing of the world's largest business federation. Published July 25 2012

  • Special Ops officers form PAC to oppose Obama

    Retired special operations officers from the U.S. military have organized their own political action committee designed to highlight what they see as unforgivably security leaks by President Obama and his team. Published July 25 2012

  • Hoyer braces for busy lame duck session

    The House's No. 2 Democrat says the upcoming congressional lame duck session is shaping up to be among the busiest in decades, as lawmakers continue to punt on several significant fiscal issues before the Nov. 6 elections. Published July 25 2012

  • Romney camp: Our 2014 Afghan timetable different than Obama's

    Earlier this year, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called President Obama "extraordinarily naive" for putting a timetable of transferring control of Afghanistan to the country's security forces by the end of 2014. Published July 25 2012

  • Scott Brown: 'Can you imagine a hundred Professor Warrens down there?'

    As President Obama's campaign works to quell a controversy over his recent statement on entrepreneurship and small businesses, Sen. Scott Brown, Massachusetts Republican, has seized on them to bring attention to similar remarks made by his opponent, consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren. Published July 25 2012

  • Bush homeland security chief gives Obama 'C' on security

    Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday he'd give President Obama a "C" on his national security record, applauding him for the raid that killed Osama bin Laden raid but decrying recent national security leaks that have become a flashpoint on Capitol Hill. Published July 25 2012

  • Walker hits Romney campaign as too passive

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker criticized Mitt Romney's campaign on Wednesday for being too passive in its response to attacks from the campaign of President Obama. Published July 25 2012

  • Brown ad embraces auto bailout in Ohio race

    In the fight to keep his Ohio Senate seat, Democrat Sherrod Brown is appealing to his state's manufacturing base by touting the Obama administration's auto bailout plan. Published July 25 2012

  • Axelrod goes on the offensive against Romney campaign

    Senior Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod struck back at the Romney campaign on Wednesday, defending the president's foreign policy record and accusing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee of failing to put forth his own vision for the world's future. Published July 25 2012

  • Groups ask FEC to blur lines between candidates, super PACs and nonprofits

    Political groups are pressing to further blur the lines between the myriad and little-regulated types of groups that run politically-tinged advertising, including campaigns, super PACs and nonprofit advocacy groups, according to a document released Tuesday by the Federal Election Commission. Published July 24 2012

  • Obama ups damage control over 'you didn't build that' comment

    After two weeks of political fallout over his "you didn't build that" comments about business owners, President Obama is bringing his attempt to clarify the remarks directly to voters with a new ad accusing Republicans of taking his quotes out of context. Published July 24 2012

  • Christie denies keynote speech reports

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday denied reports that he's been chosen to give the keynote address at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next month. Published July 24 2012

  • Nearly one in 10 employers to drop health coverage

    About one in 10 employers plan to drop health coverage when key provisions of the new health care law kick in less than two years from now, according to a survey to be released Tuesday by the consulting company Deloitte. Published July 24 2012

  • Romney surrogate attacks Obama's foreign policy record

    A surrogate for the Romney campaign blasted President Obama on Tuesday, accusing the president of not standing up to support Israel or condemn Russia for its support of the current Syrian regime. Published July 24 2012

  • Obama praises Sally Ride

    President Obama paid tribute to the late Sally Ride, America's first female astronaut, as "a national hero and a powerful role model." Published July 23 2012

  • Poll: Iowa Democrats want Hillary in 2016

    It remains to be seen whether voters will re-elect President Obama this fall but Iowa Democrats already have Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in mind as his successor in 2016, according to a poll released Monday. Published July 23 2012

  • 'Homeland' is Obama's favorite show

    President Obama's favorite actor is Paul Newman and his current favorite TV show is "Homeland," a Showtime network program about a Marine returning from time as a POW who a CIA agent suspects might have been turned by al Qaeda. Published July 23 2012

  • Administration proposes new benefit for same-sex couples

    The Obama administration has proposed including same-sex couples in one of the health care law's new benefits that allows young adult children to stay on their parents' health plans. Published July 23 2012

  • Bloomberg: Consider banning semiautomatic weapons

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg repeated his calls Monday for a national discussion of gun laws in the wake of last week's mass shooting in Colorado. Published July 23 2012

  • Dean: Go over the fiscal cliff

    Former Vermont Gov. and Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean offered a characteristically blunt take on the "fiscal cliff" of looming spending cuts coupled with the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts on Jan. 1: Let it happen. Published July 23 2012