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Inside Politics Archive: May 2012

  • DCCC Chairman Israel: Dem House takeover 'in sight'

    Democrats are "in sight" of taking over the Republican-controlled House after the November elections, says Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel, saying that up to 75 GOP held seats are in play this year. Published May 10 2012

  • Santorum: Obama wrong to cite Jesus in gay marriage shift

    Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said Thursday that President Obama is wrong to suggest that Jesus Christ would be on his side in his newfound support for gay marriage and predicted the president's shifting position will motivate social conservatives to head to the polls this fall. Published May 10 2012

  • Tea party leader: Voting for Romney? Bring Pepto-Bismol and barf bag

    The leader of Tea Party Nation said he knows he will vote for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney when he heads to the polls in November, but the idea gives him some serious heartburn. Published May 10 2012

  • Obama raises money off gay-marriage decision

    Fresh off completing his "evolution" on gay marriage, President Obama used his newfound stance to help raise funds late Wednesday. Published May 10 2012

  • Blunt questions Labor Department's new press controls

    Sen. Roy Blunt, Missouri Republican, is pushing back against tighter new Department of Labor media rules on the release of sensitive data such as jobless benefits and unemployment figures. Published May 10 2012

  • Poll shows Romney, Obama tied in Ohio

    President Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney are in a statistical tie in Ohio, and the potential addition of home-state Sen. Rob Portman as Mr. Romney's running mate makes no difference, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday. Published May 10 2012

  • Democrats campaign on Obama's gay marriage announcement

    Minutes after President Obama told ABC he now supports gay marriage, Democrats were already campaigning on the issue. Published May 9 2012

  • Obama promoting junk food? Physicians' group thinks so

    A leading physicians' nonprofit is taking aim at President Obama's penchant for hot dogs, burgers and other junk foods. Published May 9 2012

  • IRS paid for employees' real estate classes

    The IRS paid for employees to take course in real estate or Japanese and Mandarin language classes as part of its continuing-education benefit program, according to an audit that found the agency wasn't doing a good enough job of checking what it was paying for. Published May 9 2012

  • Romney: Obama is peddling outdated liberalism

    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney swung through Colorado on Wednesday, where he employed what could be described as the "I-know-you-are-but-what-am-I" line of attack against President Obama. Published May 9 2012

  • House votes to stop Obama immigration lawsuits

    The House voted early Wednesday morning to stop the Obama administration's lawsuits against state immigration laws. Published May 9 2012

  • Rep. Sessions: GOP will gain seats in November

    The head of the House Republicans' fundraising arm predicts his party not only will retain control of the House next year, it will gain seats — pushing back at estimates by many political experts that the GOP will drop up to 15 seats in November. Published May 9 2012

  • Inmate tops 40 percent in W.Va. primary against Obama

    In a show of President Obama's unpopularity in West Virginia, a federal prison inmate captured 41 percent of the vote Tuesday in the state's Democratic presidential primary. Published May 9 2012

  • Democrats withdraw Trayvon amendment

    Democrats backed off of their effort Tuesday to offer a "Trayvon amendment" to pressure states to drop their stand-your-ground laws after learning it was likely to be ruled out of order under the evening's rules for debate on the House floor. Published May 8 2012

  • House to vote on Trayvon amendment

    House Democrats said Tuesday they will offer an amendment to push to overturn stand-your-ground self-defense laws in states like Florida. Published May 8 2012

  • Romney says Obama is no Bill Clinton

    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Tuesday that the Obama administration has revived a strain of old-school liberalism that puts its brand of politics far to the left of former President Bill Clinton. Published May 8 2012

  • Female leaders in N.J. take pay-equity fight to Christie

    Democratic women leaders in New Jersey called for Gov. Chris Christie, a key surrogate and potential running mate for Mitt Romney, on Tuesday to say whether he supports equal pay legislation for women in the state, in an effort to localize the gender gap in the race for the White House and warn women voters nationwide against a Romney-Christie ticket. Published May 8 2012

  • Dick Morris: 'Landslide' for Romney

    Former Clinton pollster Dick Morris, on Fox News Monday night to talk about two new polls that show Mitt Romney running neck-and-neck with President Obama, told host Sean Hannity that the former Massachusetts governor is headed for a landslide victory in November. Published May 7 2012

  • Romney rejects Ron Paul-style austerity

    You can almost hear the collective gasp from Ron Paul's loyal band of supporters. Published May 7 2012

  • Carney unsure of Obama's support of Rep. Rangel

    A White House spokesman couldn't say Monday whether President Obama will support the re-election bid of embattled Democratic Rep. Charles B. Rangel of New York. Published May 7 2012