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Inside Politics Archive: September 2012


  • Missouri's Blunt: Voters want change in Senate; Akin could win

    Sen. Roy Blunt said Sunday that Missouri voters are so fed up with the status quo in the Senate that Rep. Todd Akin may win his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent, in spite of the congressman's controversial "legitimate rape" comment. Published September 30 2012

  • McCain: 'A glimmer of hope' over economy plus friendly media puts Obama ahead

    Sen. John McCain said Sunday that a "slight improvement" in the economy — and favorable coverage by the media — have staked President Obama to a lead over Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Published September 30 2012

  • McCain rips White House on Libya killings

    Sen. John McCain said Sunday the Obama administration's response to the attacks in Libya that killed four Americans "doesn't pass the smell test." Published September 30 2012

  • Ryan: Iranian ayatollahs don't think U.S. is serious

    Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate, on Sunday blasted the Obama administration's foreign policy, saying the incumbent Democrat simply lacks credibility and isn't taken seriously by leaders in Iran as they move closer to acquiring nuclear weapons. Published September 30 2012

  • Letterman insists he's independent, wants Romney on show

    David Letterman, who's made mocking Mitt Romney a staple of his opening monologue over the last year, on Friday insisted the candidate make an appearance on "The Late Show" before Election Day. Published September 29 2012

  • With $1 million buy, public union joins presidential fray

    A leading public employees' union spent $1 million on radio, television and online ads opposing GOP nominee Mitt Romney Thursday, records show. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has spent close to $1 million on several Senate races, but yesterday's purchase marks the union's biggest foray into presidential advertising. Published September 28 2012

  • Rep. Allen West attacks opponent for bar fight, arrest

    GOP Rep. Allen West, locked in a tight re-election battle to keep his Florida seat, has launched a new TV ad attacking his Democratic opponent for a 2003 bar fight that lead to his arrest. Published September 28 2012

  • Senators form drone caucus

    A bipartisan duo of U.S. senators has formed a drone caucus, saying they feel the need to help educate themselves and their colleagues on the issues surrounding unmanned aerial vehicles. Published September 28 2012

  • McCaskill: Akin makes Michele Bachmann 'look like a hippie'

    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said Friday she was "at a loss" for the most recent comments made by her opponent, Rep. W. Todd Akin, who said after their first debate that she was more "ladylike" in 2006 and likened her performance to that of a "wildcat." Published September 28 2012

  • Soros commits $1.5 million to super PACs

    Liberal hedge fund manager George Soros is pledging $1.5 million in new funding for Democratic super PACs, the New York Times reported Thursday, continuing a reversal of tide that has seen lagging super PAC backing President Obama on the upswing as the Mitt Romney super PAC's finances have eroded. Published September 27 2012

  • Study: Female GOP politicians look more feminine

    If a new academic study is to be believed, Republican women politicians look more feminine than their Democratic counterparts. Published September 27 2012

  • Donnelly, Mourdock tied as money floods Ind. Senate race

    In a Senate race many thought would be a relatively easy win for the GOP, a new poll released Thursday follows others showing Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly essentially tied with Republican state Treasurer Richard Mourdock in the race to replace Sen. Richard G. Lugar, the longtime Republican incumbent. Published September 27 2012

  • Madonna: Obama 'black Muslim' comment meant as irony

    Pop superstar Madonna is clarifying her recent comment during a Washington D.C. concert describing President Obama as a "black Muslim," saying she was poking a little fun at voters who doggedly believe the president is Muslim despite his repeated professions that he is a Christian. Published September 27 2012

  • Conservative PAC endorses Akin

    Rep. Todd Akin now has the Senate Conservatives Fund firmly on his side, as the powerful political action committee sent out its first fundraising plea on his behalf Thursday morning. Published September 27 2012

  • Watchdog: Even government agencies fail to pay IRS

    Federal agencies may be exempt from paying corporate income taxes but they still have other tax obligations such as withholding and paying employment taxes for their workers, and a new audit released Thursday found they owe $14 million in unpaid taxes. Published September 27 2012

  • McCain calls Obama's foreign policy 'feckless'

    Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican and ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, blasted President Obama's "failed, feckless" foreign policy Thursday morning and charged that Mr. Obama "does not believe that America should lead." Published September 27 2012

  • Poll: Obama, Cardin up big in Maryland

    Maryland voters appear to be strongly behind President Obama and Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, according to a poll released Wednesday. Published September 26 2012

  • Cherokee chief calls Brown staffers 'racist'

    A top Cherokee chief has called several of Sen. Scott Brown's campaign staffers "offensive and downright racist" for making war whoops and tomahawk chopping motions at a rally for their boss earlier this week. Published September 26 2012

  • Nelson expands lead in Fla. Senate race

    Sen. Bill Nelson has widened his lead to 14-percentage points over GOP challenger Rep. Connie Mack in his bid for a third term, a new poll shows. Published September 26 2012

  • DeMint, Santorum endorse Akin

    Two leading conservatives have endorsed Rep. Todd Akin in his U.S. Senate race, joining a growing list of Republicans who are deciding to support him despite his comments about rape. Published September 26 2012