Inside Politics Archive: November 2012


  • Despite 'cliff,' preparations on for Obama Hawaii vacation

    The prospect of pitching over the federal "fiscal cliff" isn't stopping the White House from moving forward with President Obama's year-end Hawaii vacation plans. Published November 30 2012

  • Incoming House gets first woman committee chair

    House Speaker John A. Boehner on Friday named Rep. Candice S. Miller of Michigan as chairwoman of the House Administration Committee for the new Congress, after the Republican House majority faced criticism earlier this week for the all-white male lineup of the 19 committee chairmen previously named. Published November 30 2012

  • Boehner: 'Fiscal cliff' talks going nowhere

    House Speaker John A. Boehner on Friday said ongoing talks between the White House and Republicans to avoid a "fiscal cliff" at year's end are at a "stalemate," and accused President Obama of failing to negotiate in good faith. Published November 30 2012

  • Gallup: Yes, Democrats, liberals favor socialism

    Are Democrats and liberals really socialists? Looks like it. Numbers from a new Gallup Poll provide some backing for claims made by GOP rivals and conservatives over the years: 53 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of liberals give a "positive review of socialism," the pollster found, compared to 23 percent of Republicans and 25 percent of conservatives. Published November 30 2012

  • Boehner says Senate rules change would spark House backlash

    House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday that if Democrats change Senate rules to limit filibusters, any bill they send over to the House under the new procedures "would be dead on arrival." Published November 29 2012

  • Lieberman: Benghazi 'outlawed territory'

    Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman said Thursday that Benghazi, Libya was "a kind of outlawed territory" at the time a Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate there claimed the lives of four Americans. Published November 29 2012

  • White House threatens veto of Democrats' own defense bill

    The administration Thursday threatened that President Obama will veto the defense policy bill now being debated in the Democratic-controlled Senate, signaling the potential for another year-end fight between the White House and Congress on what's considered must-pass legislation. Published November 29 2012

  • House Democrats pick familiar faces for leaders

    House Democrats made their leadership lineup for the upcoming 113th Congress official Thursday, with the top three spots unchanged and only one new face in the group. Published November 29 2012

  • Grateful Biden hits D.C.'s new Costco

    Costco co-founder Jim Sinegal backed President Obama's re-election bid, and on Thursday, Vice President Joseph R. Biden returned the favor. Published November 29 2012

  • Obama singles out Rice for high praise during Cabinet meeting

    At his first Cabinet meeting since the election, President Obama Wednesday thanked administration leaders for their service and the low-turnover among their ranks during his first term, singling out U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for specific praise. Published November 28 2012

  • RG3: Obama shot down offer to play hoops

    Washington Redskins rookie quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III is letting the world know that President Obama has chickened out of playing basketball with him one-on-one — or at least has declined his standing offer so far. Published November 28 2012

  • Obama to host private lunch with Romney

    Mitt Romney will have a private lunch with President Obama at the White House Thursday, their first meeting since the Republican nominee lost the election to the president on Nov. 6. Published November 28 2012

  • Bolling drops bid for Virginia governor

    Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign for Virginia governor in 2013, clearing the field for Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II to take the Republican nomination in what undoubtedly will be one of the most closely-watched political races next year. Published November 28 2012

  • Bowles: Chance of debt deal no more than 33%

    Erskine Bowles, the Democrat who ran President Obama's Bowles-Simpson deficit commission two years ago and has become a leading voice for striking a deal now, said Wednesday he doesn't think Congress and the White House are going to beat the Jan. 1 deadline. Published November 28 2012

  • Duncan: No chance I'll be secretary of state

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan on Wednesday flatly rejected an out-of-nowhere suggestion that he might be moving from the Education Department to the State Department. Published November 28 2012

  • McConnell: Obama needs to end campaign, talk to his party

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that President Obama should spend less time trying to convince Americans of his tax-increase plans and more time meeting with Congress to try to work out an actual agreement. Published November 27 2012

  • House defers to Justice on Grimm probe

    The House Ethics Committee is complying with a Department of Justice request to suspend its case against Rep. Michael G. Grimm while the FBI investigates corruption allegations against the New York Republican, the panel said Monday in a release. Published November 26 2012

  • Former Rep. Halvorson to seek Jackson seat

    Former Democratic Rep. Debbie Halvorson will run to replace former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. in the upcoming special election for his Illinois seat, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday morning. Published November 26 2012

  • Obama to appoint Walter as SEC chairwoman

    President Obama said Monday he intends to appoint Securities and Exchange Commissioner Elisse Walter, a Democrat, to replace outgoing SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro, who is stepping down next month. Published November 26 2012

  • Billionaire Buffett breaks with Obama over taxes

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has stepped up his call for the government to impose bigger taxes on himself and others like him — but broke with President Obama, calling for everyone who makes under $500,000 to continue to pay the lower tax rates passed under President George W. Bush. Published November 26 2012

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