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Inside Politics Archive: February 2013


  • White House: Sequester reason for late budget — this time

    The Obama White House, which has been late in submitting a federal budget four out of five years, on Thursday blamed the "sequester" crisis in part for failing to meet the deadline for submitting a spending plan this year. Published February 28 2013

  • Michael Moore likens Justice Antonin Scalia to a Ku Klux Klan member

    Firebrand liberal film-maker Michael Moore implicitly called Justice Antonin Scalia a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Published February 27 2013

  • Manchin: 'Sure as hell' nobody's taking your guns

    Sen. Joe Manchin released a short online video Wednesday in which he declared any notion that he supports some sort of gun confiscation measure "a bunch of crap." Published February 27 2013

  • GOP seized on Dem tweet on Obamacare

    House Republicans who consistently criticize President Obama's health care law seized on a tweet from a Democratic political strategist on Wednesday, arguing she's made their case for them about the perils of "Obamacare." Published February 27 2013

  • Rubio backs sending ammo to Syrian rebels

    Sen. Marco Rubio welcomed the news Wednesday that the Obama administration is considering direct aid to the opposition forces in Syria, saying the United States must do what it can to make sure the rebels forces are on its side after President Bashar Assad is ousted. Published February 27 2013

  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, Milwaukee police chief clash at Senate gun hearing

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn got into a heated exchange over the issue of gun prosecutions at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, drawing applause from the audience and a rebuke from Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Published February 27 2013

  • Conservative group sees Pryor as top 2014 target

    The Senate Conservatives Fund announced Wednesday that it has made defeating Sen. Mark L. Pryor, Arkansas Democrat, its No. 1 priority in the 2014 election. Published February 27 2013

  • Senate GOP: Dems pass new milestone without budget

    Senate Democrats hit a new milestone Wednesday — 1,400 days since they passed a federal budget. Published February 27 2013

  • Poll: Some still see Obamacare aiding illegal immigrants

    A new poll shows four in 10 Americans believe — incorrectly — that President Obama's 2010 health care law provides benefits to illegal immigrants. Published February 27 2013

  • Club for Growth new website targets moderate 'RINOs'

    The fiscally conservative Club for Growth launched a new website Wednesday dedicated to holding congressional RINOs — "Republicans in Name Only" — accountable for what the group calls abandoning the principles of economic freedom and limited government. Published February 27 2013

  • Obama to dedicate statue of civil-rights icon Rosa Parks

    President Obama is finally visiting Capitol Hill Wednesday, but not to negotiate with Republicans over looming budget cuts — instead he'll dedicate a statue of civil-rights pioneer Rosa Parks. Published February 27 2013

  • Va. politicians woo Beretta as Maryland weighs gun crackdown

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley are in a seemingly never-ending battle to lure — or keep — jobs and companies on their side of the Potomac River. Published February 26 2013

  • Obama advises Morsi to stay democratic

    Grappling with unwelcome results of a revolution that he encouraged, President Obama told Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in a phone call Tuesday that he has a responsibility to "protect the democratic principles" that Egyptians fought for. Published February 26 2013

  • Christie latest GOP gov to take Obamacare Medicaid money

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday he wants to expand Medicaid enrollment in his state, making him the latest high-profile Republican to accept a key pillar of President Obama's health care law. Published February 26 2013

  • GOP: Dems playing games on gun control

    A spokeswoman for Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, accused Democrats of playing games on gun control Tuesday by planning to dump a background check on the GOP at a Thursday committee meeting. Published February 26 2013

  • Sequester idea: Park Air Force One

    One congressman has offered an idea for where the White House could find some savings with the looming spending sequesters: Stop taking trips on Air Force One. Published February 26 2013

  • Speaker John Boehner tells senators to 'get off their ass' on sequester

    With no deal in sight to avoid $85 billion in automatic across-the-board federal spending cuts scheduled to kick in Friday, House Speaker John A. Boehner ramped up the blame game, telling the Capitol's other chamber it's time for them to move a certain body part. Published February 26 2013

  • GOP officials: Delay health care law as cost-saver

    West Virginia's state attorney general Tuesday called on President Obama to delay the implementation of his signature health care law, the latest in a chorus of Republicans arguing that slowing down the new law is a way to ease the looming crisis over sequester spending cuts. Published February 26 2013

  • 'Assault weapon' ban could get committee vote Thursday

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to take up four measures on gun violence Thursday, including California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein's bill that would ban so-called assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Published February 25 2013

  • Furloughs are looming, but the feds are still hiring

    The federal government is facing massive furloughs beginning later this week, but it is still running help-wanted ads seeking workers to answer phones — at up to $81,000 a year — or to drive cars for the State Department, for as much as $26.45 an hour. Published February 25 2013