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Inside Politics Archive: March 2012


  • Gingrich rushes to embrace GOP budget

    Newt Gingrich, who last year attacked Paul Ryan's budget as "social engineering," has only kind words this year for the House Budget Committee chairman's second go-around. Published March 20 2012

  • Poll: Warren leads Brown in Massachusetts Senate race

    A new poll shows that Republican Sen. Scott Brown is losing ground on Democrat Elizabeth Warren in this year's Massachusetts Senate race, with the challenger up 5 percentage points. Published March 20 2012

  • Limbaugh: Double standard on 'civility'

    Depending on which news report you read, Rush Limbaugh has lost anywhere from a few dozen to more than a hundred advertisers since late February, when the radio talk show host called law student and contraception advocate Sandra Fluke a "slut." Published March 19 2012

  • U.S. condemns shootings in France

    National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said the United States was deeply saddened to learn of the killing of four people in a shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, on Monday morning. Published March 19 2012

  • Paul's fundraising drops from 2008

    Ron Paul has improved on his 2008 GOP presidential run in nearly every measure this year. But one glaring exception is his fundraising, where the Texas representative is actually running slightly behind where he was at this point in the last campaign, according to newly released figures. Published March 19 2012

  • Santorum: How you treat the dog is an 'issue of character'

    Late-night comedians have had a field day with the story of Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney strapping his dog in a crate atop the family station wagon for a 12-hour cross-country drive in 1983. Now it looks as if rival Republican Rick Santorum is getting in on the action. Published March 18 2012

  • Ex-Obama adviser Dunn has no comment on slurs against women on the right

    The Washington Times-affiliated "America's Morning News" radio program caught up with Democratic public relations consultant Anita Dunn outside CNN early Sunday, but the former White House comminications director wasn't in the mood to take questions about Sandra Fluke. Published March 18 2012

  • Test blog head here

    This is a test. Published March 17 2012

  • Pool-mageddon avoided — for now

    The Justice Department on Thursday issued a 60-day stay of execution for hundreds of thousands of public pools which had been required to install ramps and wheelchair lifts by today or else face lawsuits over violating disability laws. Published March 15 2012

  • Last oil reserve release failed to lower prices

    With talk growing of another release of oil from the U.S.'s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, it's worth reviewing recent history. Published March 15 2012

  • Tea party leader urges Gingrich to stay in race

    One of the nation's top tea party activists said Thursday that Newt Gingrich should stay in the nomination race to ensure that Mitt Romney can't accumulate the magic number of delegates needed to become the Republican presidential candidate. Published March 15 2012

  • Obama: British pair 'look better than us'

    When it comes to appearances at state dinners, President Obama is keeping score. Published March 14 2012

  • Catholic bishops vow to continue fighting contraception mandate

    Catholic Church leaders have vowed to continue fighting President Obama's contraception coverage rule, saying they will publish a treatise of sorts on why they believe the mandate violates religious liberty. Published March 14 2012

  • Bison for the British

    Forget steak, forget free range chicken. "Bison Wellington" is the main course at the White House state Dinner Wednesday evening. Published March 14 2012

  • Texas poll shows Santorum in the lead

    Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum holds a substantial lead over the rest of the Republican presidential field in Texas, according to a new poll of primary voters there. Published March 14 2012

  • From 'Freedom Fries' to floor privileges

    A few years ago he might have been booed out of the chamber, but the U.S. Senate on Tuesday gave temporary floor privileges to the speaker of France's Senate, allowing him a chance to observe the action — or lack thereof. Published March 13 2012

  • CBO: Government to pay $50 billion more for coverage under health care law

    The coverage provisions in President Obama's 2010 health care reforms will cost about $50 billion more than estimated last year, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. Published March 13 2012

  • Poll: Most Americans see contraception as women's health issue

    As Washington lawmakers battle to define President Obama's contraception coverage mandate on their own terms, a recent poll indicates that more Americans agree with Democrats' take on the issue than with Republicans. Published March 13 2012

  • White House defends NCAA game trip

    The White House on Monday defended President Obama's plans to fly with British Prime Minister David Cameron to attend a first-round game of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Published March 12 2012

  • Ron Paul finally wins one — sort of

    Texas Rep. Ron Paul finally has won a contest in the Republican presidential nomination battle after a weekend victory in the Virgin Islands caucuses. Published March 12 2012