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Inside Politics Archive: March 2012


  • White House downplays flap over Biden comments

    The White House is downplaying remarks Vice President Joe Biden made Thursday about a possible war in Iran or a collapse in Europe's economy threatening President Obama's reelection hopes in November. Published March 30 2012

  • Report: Unchurched could carry Obama to victory

    President Obama could lose the Catholic and Protestant vote in the fall election and still sweep to victory if he dominates among non-religious voters, according to projections released Thursday by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. Published March 29 2012

  • Fla. Gov. Scott: Bounties, retribution in Trayvon Martin case has 'no place in this dialogue'

    Persistent talk of "vigilante" justice following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin last month has prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to respond to the New Black Panther Party "bounty" on alleged shooter and neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. Published March 29 2012

  • Obama budget defeated 414-0

    President Obama's budget was defeated 414-0 in the House late Wednesday, in a vote Republicans arranged to try to embarrass him and shelve his plan for the rest of the year. Published March 28 2012

  • George H.W. Bush endorsing Mitt Romney

    Former President George H.W. Bush will endorse Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy, in another sign that the party's establishment is coalescing around the former Massachusetts governor. Published March 28 2012

  • Hoodie-wearing lawmaker escorted from House floor

    Rep. Bobby L. Rush was gaveled out of order and escorted from the floor of the House of Representatives chamber on Wednesday after he took off his jacket to reveal he was wearing a sweatshirt with a hood, and then proceeded to pull the hood over his head while reading his statement. Published March 28 2012

  • Romney, Leno talk vice presidents

    Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, appearing on "The Tonight Show" Tuesday evening, said he appreciates Rick Santorum's willingness to serve in a Romney administration, but stopped well short of offering the former Pennsylvania senator the vice presidential slot. Published March 28 2012

  • White House mum on advance warning of drone strikes in Pakistan

    The White House was tight-lipped about the details of a Tuesday meeting between President Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and the status of negotiations over the CIA's drone campaign against al Qaeda in Pakistan. Published March 27 2012

  • Senate Dems propose small-business tax cuts

    Senate Dems propose small business tax cuts Published March 26 2012

  • Obama to meet with Pakistani PM next week

    With relations between the two allies increasingly tense, President Obama plans to meet with Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani Tuesday during the nuclear security summit in Seoul next week. Published March 23 2012

  • Romney holds double-digit lead in Wisconsin

    A new poll shows GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has double-digit lead over Rick Santorum heading into the Wisconsin primary early next month. Published March 23 2012

  • Senate will investigate NFL over 'bounties' for injured players

    Sen. Richard J. Durbin announced Thursday he will hold hearings looking into the recent revelation that the New Orleans Saints paid players bounties for injuring other teams' players. Published March 22 2012

  • Romney up with new ad in Wisconsin

    Mitt Romney released a new campaign commercial in Wisconsin on Wednesday in which he touts his fiscal record as governor in Massachusetts and argues the federal government should act more like a business — as he looks ahead to the state's winner-take-all contest early next month. Published March 22 2012

  • U.S. oil production up, but not on federal lands

    A new report by Congress' research division says U.S. oil production is up under President Obama, but almost all of the expansion of oil production in the U.S. came on non-federal land, not on leases from the federal government. Published March 22 2012

  • Virginia Senate race a tossup, polls say

    Two new polls show the race to fill retiring Virginia Sen. Jim Webb's seat is too close to call. Published March 21 2012

  • Specter: Santorum not ready for White House

    Former Sen. Arlen Specter, who has been trading barbs with Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum the past few days, said Wednesday his former Senate colleague isn't ready for the Oval Office. Published March 21 2012

  • Rep. Rangel will seek re-election

    Rep. Charles B. Rangel says he will seek a 22nd term despite being found guilty of several House ethics charges. Published March 21 2012

  • Romney continues to tap big donors

    Mitt Romney continues to rely heavily on high-dollar donors to his presidential campaign, collecting more than 90 percent of his money in February from contributors who gave at least $200. Published March 21 2012

  • Gingrich pulls no punches in Illinois loss

    GOP presidential contender Newt Gingrich responded to the news that Mitt Romney won the Illinois primary election and he finished in last place by delivering an electronic version of a good old-fashioned, one-two punch, which aimed at chopping down the two men who are easily outpacing him in the race to collect the magic number of delegates needed to seal up the Republican nomination. Published March 21 2012

  • Buffett Rule tax would lower deficit less than 1 percent

    Congress's official tax scorekeepers said late Tuesday that a Buffett Rule tax like the one President Obama has called for would raise about $47 billion over the next decade — less than 1 percent of the deficits Mr. Obama's spending plans would lead to. Published March 20 2012