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Inside Politics Archive: June 2012


  • Poll: Obama leads Romney in Pa.

    President Obama holds a six-point lead over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania, built on advantages among women and independents, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday. Published June 12 2012

  • Bryson to take medical leave of absence

    Commerce Secretary John Bryson has informed the White House that he is taking a medical leave of absence to undergo tests and evaluations after he had a seizure and was involved in two traffic accidents in California on Sunday. Published June 11 2012

  • Dem lawmakers urge study, call for end of gay-blood ban

    A group of Democratic lawmakers Monday urged Health and Human Services (HHS) officials to move swiftly on a pilot study on blood-donor policies so that the "indefensible" and "discriminatory" ban on donations by gay and bisexual men can be lifted. Published June 11 2012

  • Fla. Rep. West airs first TV ad for re-election bid

    Judging from Rep. Allen West's first TV ad of his 2012 re-election campaign, which debuted today, viewers could be forgiven if they mistake the Florida Republican as a long-shot upstart and not the freshman incumbent that he is. Published June 11 2012

  • Santorum on joining GOP ticket: 'I'll answer the phone call'

    Rick Santorum said Sunday he doesn't expect to be considered as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney, but if the presumptive Republican nominee wants to talk, he'll "take the call." Published June 10 2012

  • McCain rejects Holder's leak probe, calls for outside counsel

    Sen. John McCain, the leading critic of the recent spate of national security leaks, rejected Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s appointment on Friday of two U.S. attorneys to investigate the breaches, arguing that only an outside counsel would be independent enough for such a task. Published June 9 2012

  • Ethics stiff-arms House Dems' demands in Waters case

    The House Ethics Committee shot down a request by 68 House Democrats to explain its decision to move forward with its two-year-old case against Rep. Maxine Waters after dismissing the California Democrat's argument that her due-process rights were violated. Published June 8 2012

  • Most Americans reject New York soda ban

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on super-sized sugary drinks is leaving a sour aftertaste for a majority of Americans. Published June 8 2012

  • Dem Heitkamp edges ahead in N. Dakota Senate poll

    Democrat Heidi Heitkamp has edged into a razor-thin lead over Republican Rep. Rick Berg for North Dakota's open U.S. Senate seat, a new independent poll shows. Published June 8 2012

  • After $800K probe, Dems want answers in Waters case

    A contingent of 68 House Democrats is demanding more answers from the Ethics committee about its decisions to move forward with the 2-year-old case against Rep. Maxine Waters and to dismiss the California Democrat's argument that her due process rights were violated. Published June 7 2012

  • Sen. Lautenberg wants national sugar-drink ban studied

    A senator from New Jersey said Thursday he'll try to make the government study a link between sugary drinks and obesity, elevating the recent debate in New York City to the federal level. Published June 7 2012

  • Boehner and Pelosi share a warm embrace

    House GOP Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi embraced on the House floor Thursday afternoon, sharing an unusually amicable moment as lawmakers congratulated the California Democrat on her 25-year anniversary in Congress. Published June 7 2012

  • Tax payments signal slowing economy

    In another sign of the slowing economy, corporate tax payments to the federal government have slowed dramatically, according to the latest estimate Thursday by the Congressional Budget Office. Published June 7 2012

  • Poll: Most Americans want full or partial overturn of health care law

    More than two-thirds of Americans hope the Supreme Court justices will overturn some or all of President Obama's health care overhaul when they announce their decision later this month, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll released Thursday morning. Published June 7 2012

  • Michigan recall effort canned after Wis. vote

    The victory of GOP Gov. Scott Walker earlier this week against a massive union-led recall effort in Wisconsin Tuesday has helped another Republican governor escape a similar fate. Published June 7 2012

  • Holder says no effort to shut down all medical marijuana

    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Thursday that the administration is only targeting marijuana operations that have exceeded state laws, countering claims of marijuana advocates that President Obama is breaking his campaign promise not to go after operations in states that have legalized the drug's use for medical purposes. Published June 7 2012

  • Romney gaining on Obama in Virginia poll

    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is closing the gap with President Obama in Virginia but still trails the incumbent by 5 percentage points, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Published June 7 2012

  • Federal gov't sitting on $70 billion in unspent cash

    The federal government has at least $70 billion that has languished for years in unspent accounts, never reaching the states, localities, businesses and taxpayers the money was designed to help, according to a new report by Sen. Tom Coburn. Published June 7 2012

  • Pelosi says cancel recess

    Republicans built plenty of vacation time into their schedule this year so lawmakers could be back home campaigning ahead of November's elections, but Rep. Nancy Pelosi says she and her colleagues should be in Washington working instead. Published June 6 2012

  • Conn. poll: McMahon triples lead over Shays

    Professional wrestling tycoon Linda McMahon has tripled her lead over former Rep. Christopher Shays in the Republican primary for Connecticut's open U.S. Senate seat, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday morning. Published June 6 2012