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Inside Politics Archive: November 2012


  • White House hits Romney over 'gifts' comment

    The White House fired back Thursday at Mitt Romney's claim that President Obama won the election by giving policy "gifts" such as free health care and contraception to targeted voting groups, arguing that the GOP nominee's explanation for his loss doesn't reflect reality. Published November 15 2012

  • U.S. condemns rocket fire from Gaza

    The White House Thursday strongly condemned the barrage of rockets being launched into Israel from Gaza, denouncing them as "cowardly acts" perpetuated by Hamas. Published November 15 2012

  • Pentagon wants to know: 'Did Jesus die for Klingons too?'

    From a workshop on whether Jesus' salvation would apply to aliens to determining the color of the feathers on a 150-million-year-old creature deemed the Earth's first bird, the Pentagon has spent money on some questionable projects, according to Sen. Tom Coburn. Published November 15 2012

  • House committee chairman issues subpoena in probe of funds used to push Affordable Care Act

    Saying the Obama administration has refused to come clean about how it promoted the president's signature health care law, the chairman of a key House committee issued a subpoena Wednesday demanding that the Department of Health and Human Services explain whether taxpayer funds were used to put the Affordable Care Act in a positive light. Published November 14 2012

  • Green rules targeting industry, airline chief says

    One day after Europe's climate chief suggested putting on hold a controversial plan to charge international airlines for their carbon emissions, the president of a top Middle East airline on Wednesday said his industry is an "easy target" for environmental regulators. Published November 14 2012

  • Rep. Paul touts libertarian values in farewell speech

    Ron Paul, who is leaving Congress next month after coming up short in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination earlier this year, made a plea for a more libertarian America today in his farewell speech on the floor of the U.S. House. Published November 14 2012

  • Boehner survives 'challenge' to speakership

    While House Speaker John A. Boehner's leadership post was never in doubt, that didn't stop one House Republican from trying Wednesday. Published November 14 2012

  • Obama angrily rebukes GOP senators over Rice

    President Obama reacted angrily to threats from GOP senators to block an expected nomination of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of State because of Ms. Rice's statements in the aftermath of the attacks in Benghazi, calling the criticism of her "outrageous" and pledging not to change his decision-making based on them. Published November 14 2012

  • Graham to Obama: I hold you responsible for Benghazi

    The war of words over Benghazi escalated Wednesday when President Obama told his critics to "go after me" rather than Ambassador Susan Rice. Those critics then said they would do exactly that. Published November 14 2012

  • Top Republicans vow to block Rice at State

    Sen. John McCain said Wednesday he will do whatever he can to block Susan Rice if President Obama nominates her to head the State Department. Published November 14 2012

  • Reid takes Social Security off the table

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that he will not allow changes in Social Security to be part of the negotiations to avoid a federal budget fiscal cliff, further narrowing the opportunities for savings that could be tapped to close the deficit. Published November 14 2012

  • Pro-secession requests grow to 40 states

    The pro-secession requests flooding the White House website grew Tuesday as petitions on behalf of a dozen more states were added to the list. Published November 13 2012

  • Democrats brace for Rep. West court fight

    House Democrats are using Republican Rep. Allen West's refusal to concede defeat in his re-election fight to help raise money for Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy in case Mr. Murphy's presumed slim victory in South Florida is challenged in the courts. Published November 13 2012

  • Obama has 'faith' in Allen but wants his successor confirmed promptly

    White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that President Obama "has faith" in Gen. John Allen, the top military commander in charge of operations in Afghanistan, who is linked to an investigation of CIA Director David Petraeus' resignation. Published November 13 2012

  • Petraeus scandal derails another general's promotion

    The Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday said it is putting off a hearing on the nomination of Gen. John Allen to be NATO's Supreme Allied Commander after his name popped up in the same investigation that toppled CIA Director David Petraeus. Published November 13 2012

  • Obama huddles with labor leaders, liberal activists

    President Obama is hosting a closed-door White House meeting Tuesday morning with labor leaders and liberal activists to discuss his stance in negotiations with House Republicans on the looming budgetary fiscal cliff. Published November 13 2012

  • Schumer, Graham resurrect bipartisan immigration reform

    Sens. Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham, co-authors of a stalled bipartisan comprehensive immigration plan that includes a "path to citizenship" for the country's estimated 12 million illegals, said Sunday that Tuesday's election results have created a new impetus for reforms. Published November 11 2012

  • Rep. King: Sooner or later, Petraeus must answer questions on Benghazi

    Rep. Peter King said Saturday that General David Petraeus eventually will have to answer congressional questions about the administration's handling of the Sept. 11 terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Published November 10 2012

  • Patrick to dine with Obama amid attorney general talk

    The White House confirmed Friday that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is flying to Washington to have dinner with the president and first lady Michelle Obama, amid reports that he's being considered to replace Eric H. Holder Jr. as the president's attorney general in his second term. Published November 9 2012

  • Obama plans Wednesday press conference

    President Obama will hold his first full-fledged news conference in more than eight months on Wednesday, the White House announced. Published November 9 2012