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Inside Politics Archive: August 2013


  • Organizers hail big turnout for anti-Obamacare rallies

    Heritage Action, a conservative political advocacy group, estimated Friday a total of 7,500 people attended its nine-city tour to promote the campaign to "defund Obamacare" as part of an upcoming spending showdown on Capitol Hill. Published August 30 2013

  • James Carville to Ken Cuccinelli: You're 'scaring people'

    Democratic strategist James Carville, the Ragin' Cajun, has an opinion of why Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is losing ground in the polls in his race against Terry McAuliffe in the state's gubernatorial race. Published August 30 2013

  • U.S. Chamber: Immigration bill's chances are 50-50

    The top immigration official at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Thursday that the chances for getting a "good" immigration bill through Congress this year are about 50-50. Published August 29 2013

  • Labor eyes Texas for political gains

    AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka said Tuesday the labor movement will set its sights on political action in Texas, a Republican-controlled state that boasts its lack of government regulation has been a catalyst for economic growth. Published August 29 2013

  • PETA says MLK's dream applies to animals, too

    Among the civil rights activists who attended Wednesday's commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington were members of PETA, who said the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality extends to our furry friends. Published August 28 2013

  • Mainers would rather move to Canada than down South

    Among the interesting tidbits in the Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday: Maine residents, by a 44 percent to 29 percent margin, would rather move to Canada than live in the U.S. South. Published August 28 2013

  • Rand Paul: No U.S. interests at stake in Syria

    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that the U.S. has no direct national security interests at stake in Syria's civil war, as he cautioned President Obama against ordering military strikes on the Middle East nation. Published August 28 2013

  • Civil rights marchers turn attention to military action in Syria

    While thousands flocked to the National Mall Wednesday to remember the past, some used the 50th anniversary of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington to talk about the future — specifically the U.S.'s involvement in Syria. Published August 28 2013

  • Most Democrats, independents oppose defunding Obamacare: poll

    A new poll finds that nearly six in 10 voters oppose the idea of cutting funding for Obamacare — despite the law's continuing unpopularity — and that there is a major partisan divide on the issue, with Democrats and independents opposing the push by a group of conservative Republicans to starve the new law of money. Published August 28 2013

  • Holder: $2.5 million to help Sandy Hook 'healing'

    The Obama administration said Wednesday it will send $2.5 million in taxpayer money to reimburse Connecticut police agencies, with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. saying the money can help heal the community after 20 kids were killed in last year's Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Published August 28 2013

  • Ex-White House adviser: Most Republicans oppose government shutdown

    Former White House adviser David M. Axelrod said that some conservatives are doing President Obama a favor by calling on lawmakers to support a government shutdown in order to defund Obamacare. Published August 28 2013

  • U.S. envoy to go to North Korea over detained American

    The Obama administration said Tuesday it is sending a special envoy to North Korea to seek the release of American Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary who has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in the country. Published August 27 2013

  • Obama promises mayors unilateral action on guns

    Stymied by Congress in his gun control efforts, President Obama told a group of big-city mayors Tuesday that he would take more executive actions to reduce gun violence. Published August 27 2013

  • Obama, Canada's Harper discuss Syrian crisis

    As he ponders military action against Syria, President Obama spoke Tuesday to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the Syrian regime's reported killing of civilians with chemical weapons. Published August 27 2013

  • Senior Democrat backs Syria strike

    A senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Tuesday that it is "appropriate" for the United States military to get more involved in the ongoing Syrian civil war now that it appears the government there used chemical weapons against its own people. Published August 27 2013

  • Sen. Jeff Flake on defund-Obamacare attack ad: 'Oh, whatever'

    Sen. Jeff Flake dismissed the attacks being launched against him for refusing to embrace the no-holds-barred campaign to defund Obamacare that could lead to a government shutdown. Published August 27 2013

  • Gov. Chris Christie: New Jersey all in for legal sports betting push

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday that he's all in on allowing states to approve sports gambling, which could bring generate hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue for his state. Published August 26 2013

  • Sen. Rand Paul returns to GOP primary hotbed of South Carolina

    Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, is making on Monday his second trip in as many months to South Carolina, host of the first presidential primary in the South. Published August 26 2013

  • Capitol Hill's top Batman fan endorses Affleck for role

    The choice of Ben Affleck to play Batman on the silver screen has drawn scorn from many fans of the legendary comic book hero, but the Caped Crusader's biggest backer on Capitol Hill believes he's a fine selection for the role. Published August 23 2013

  • Sen. Lee: 'Darned lie' that GOP wants to shut down government over Obamacare

    Sen. Mike Lee is rejecting the argument that Republicans intend to shut down the federal government over efforts to defund Obamacare. Published August 23 2013