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Inside Politics Archive: August 2013


  • NJ voters make party picks for Senate today, but will anyone show up?

    New Jersey voters will hit the polls today in primary elections to fill the Senate seat left by the late Frank Lautenberg, but Newark Mayor Cory Booker's popularity among Democrats and dog days of summer may suppress turnout, according to the state's largest newspaper. Published August 13 2013

  • North Carolina voters not thrilled with dressed-up voter-ID law: poll

    Half of North Carolina voters oppose their state's new stringent voter-identification law, while only 39 percent support it, according to a recent Public Policy Polling poll. Published August 13 2013

  • Obama to push economic agenda on Northeast road trip

    Extending a series of summer speeches on the economy, President Obama will embark on a two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania next week, the White House said Monday. Published August 12 2013

  • Putin is a 'bully' who misses Russia's glory days: Schumer

    Sen. Chuck Schumer on Monday said Russian President Vladimir Putin is a "schoolyard bully" who is trying to reclaim the former Soviet Union's status as a major superpower on the world stage. Published August 12 2013

  • Chris Matthews predicts Rand Paul wins GOP nod in 2016

    Liberal talk show host Chris Matthews is predicting that Sen. Rand Paul will be the Republican party's 2016 nominee. Published August 8 2013

  • Matt Bevin: Mitch McConnell throws mud because he can't run on record

    The primary challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell released a new TV commercial Wednesday that says the veteran Kentucky lawmaker is resorting to campaign attacks because he doesn't have a record to run on. Published August 7 2013

  • Howard Dean knocks tabloid coverage of 'imploding' Anthony Weiner

    The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee criticized the New York tabloids on Wednesday for spending too much time focusing on the "imploding" candidacy of former Rep. Anthony Weiner and not more on the "serious" candidates in New York's mayoral race. Published August 7 2013

  • Rep. Stockman backs 'defund Obamacare' drive

    Texas Rep. Steve Stockman has stepped forward as a vocal advocate in the House for a divisive strategy being pushed by high-profile Senate Republicans to "defund Obamacare" through the upcoming debate on federal spending. Published August 6 2013

  • Obama economy: Part-time jobs swamp full-time jobs

    House Republicans have crunched the numbers and say that since President Obama took office, the economy has added seven times more part-time jobs than it has created full-time jobs. Published August 5 2013

  • Pro-choice star Davis still weighing Texas governor's race

    Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis on Monday cast herself as the kind of post-partisan figure that is needed to cut through the party divide in her state, telling a large Washington audience that she is still considering a run for governor. Published August 5 2013

  • Sen. Ted Cruz to headline big Iowa political dinner

    The Republican Party of Iowa, site of the first caucuses of the 2016 presidential cycle, announced Monday that Sen. Ted Cruz will headline its annual Ronald Reagan Commemorative Dinner. Published August 5 2013

  • Key Democrat sees real danger in al Qaeda threat

    A senior member of the House Intelligence Committee said Monday that all signs point to a real threat of a terrorist attack against the U.S. and said federal officials are showing more caution in the wake of the Benghazi attack last September. Published August 5 2013

  • It's a date: Hillary, Christie are the 'hottest' politicians heading into 2016

    A new poll shows that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are the "hottest" politicians in the nation, while congressional leaders from both parties receive the poorest scores. Published August 5 2013

  • Sen. Mitch McConnell casts GOP primary challenger as tax cheat in new TV ad

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is slamming Matt Bevin in a new television ad, warning that the Louisville businessman is "not a Kentucky conservative" and suggesting that he has lied about his tax history. Published August 5 2013

  • GOP governors warn against shutting government down to defund Obamacare

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was among several Republican governors who told congressional GOP members that they should think again about trying to shut down the government as part of their push to kill Obamacare. Published August 5 2013

  • Alaskans oppose Palin White House run: Poll

    An overwhelming majority of Alaskans don't think Sarah Palin should run for president in the 2016 election. Published August 2 2013

  • Pelosi faces liberal heat for NSA snooping support

    Liberal activists are planning a rally this weekend in House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's home district to protest her vote last week to protect the National Security Agency's phone records snooping program, saying the California Democrat has betrayed her principles. Published August 2 2013

  • OFA launches 'Truth Team' to tout Obamacare

    Revisiting a tactic — or at at least a moniker — that President Obama's team deployed last year, a nonprofit offshoot of his re-election campaign is launching a "Truth Team" to get supporters to tout the benefits and combat perceived falsehoods of Mr. Obama's health care overhaul. Published August 2 2013

  • Reid unveils new Senate decorum: 'Have senators sit down and shut up'

    Just before the Senate failed to advance a transportation and housing bill Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid tried to give Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who was presiding over the chamber at the time, a little help — "Have senators sit down and shut up, OK?" Published August 1 2013

  • Conservatives say time is right to defund Obamacare

    Conservative Republicans on Thursday pressured Congress to back their bid to cut off all funding for "Obamacare" through the spending process despite misgivings within their own party, calling themselves as a "coalition of the reasonable" who will be judged favorably even if key aspects of the health care are allowed to take root this fall. Published August 1 2013