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Inside Politics Archive: January 2013

  • Ad strategy left Romney super PAC with unspendable money

    The limits of a money-driven presidential campaign became a little clearer Thursday when Restore Our Future, the super PAC run by former aides to Mitt Romney, disclosed that it still had $1.2 million in the bank as of Jan. 1. Published January 31 2013

  • Long after Election Day, major donors keep giving to Obama

    President Obama's special large-donor campaign vehicle, which can accept donations of more than $100,000 — far more than individuals can give to standard campaign committees — continued to take in money weeks after the election, raising $1.8 million between November 27 and December 31, record show. Published January 31 2013

  • Biden huddles with Senate Dems on guns

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden huddled Thursday with Democratic senators on Capitol Hill to talk about the administration's gun-control proposals, telling reporters afterward that there's a "sea change" in the attitudes of Americans on the issue in the wake of last month's school shootings in Connecticut. Published January 31 2013

  • Idaho lawmaker invokes Holocaust in Obamacare debate

    A Republican state senator in Idaho has compared the rollout of President Obama's health-care law to the Holocaust, saying insurance companies may be "creating their own tombs" if the federal government decides to hoodwink them in the future. Published January 31 2013

  • Poll: New Yorkers split on fracking

    As their governor weighs whether to allow fracking, New Yorkers are evenly split on whether the controversial drilling practice should be allowed in their state. Published January 31 2013

  • How the mighty fall: Ethically-challenged Rep. Charles Rangel in campaign debt

    In a case of the mighty having fallen, the campaign of Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel, the dean of the New York Congressional delegation and a man who was for decades untouchable in his Harlem district, is $35,000 in debt but has only $5,000 in the bank and has received handouts from other House members. Published January 31 2013

  • EPA chief compares auto standard move to finding cigarette-cancer link

    The Obama administration's push for higher auto fuel efficiency standards was as important a scientific step as the discovery that nicotine is addictive and that cigarettes cause cancer, a top administration official said. Published January 31 2013

  • Hagel: Military chaplains won't be forced to do same-sex marriages

    Chuck Hagel assured the Senate on Thursday that military chaplains will not be forced to conduct same-sex marriages they disagree with — though the defense secretary nominee said same-sex couples will have access to chapels. Published January 31 2013

  • GOP writes bill to halt recess appointment boards

    After last week's court decision holding that President Obama abused his recess appointment powers, Republican senators introduced a bill Thursday to enforce the ruling by stripping two boards of their ability to do business. Published January 31 2013

  • In lengthy farewell address, Kerry urges Senate colleagues to embrace compromise

    Sen. John F. Kerry took his leave of Congress on Wednesday disputing those who have fled the Senate as broken, saying the chamber isn't the problem — it's his fellow colleagues and their decisions that threaten its greatness. Published January 30 2013

  • Carney: No plans for Obama to attend slain Chicago teen's funeral

    President Obama has no plans to attend the funeral for a 15-year-old Chicago girl who was shot to death a week after marching in the president's inaugural parade. Published January 30 2013

  • Texas bill would reward companies for balking at Obamacare

    A Texas lawmaker has introduced legislation that would provide state-level tax breaks to companies that flout a provision in President Obama's health care law that requires employers to cover contraception. Published January 30 2013

  • Reports: Giffords to testify at Judiciary Committee hearing

    Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in a shooting at a constituent event in Tucson, Ariz., in January 2011 is expected to make a surprise appearance and testify at Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, according to multiple reports. Published January 30 2013

  • Report: FBI raids office of Florida doctor linked to Sen. Menendez

    The Miami Herald is reporting that the FBI on Tuesday night raided the office of a doctor whom news reports have linked with embattled Sen. Robert Menendez, the man poised to take over as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Published January 30 2013

  • House GOP members to Obama administration: Explain tax subsidies for health care enrollees

    A pair of powerful Republicans in the House sent yet another letter to the Treasury Department — their fourth so far — demanding documents related to the Obama administration's decision to extend tax subsidies to people who will enroll in federally run exchanges as part of the president's signature health care law. Published January 29 2013

  • Cruz to introduce bill to repeal Obamacare

    Sen. Ted Cruz, an outspoken freshman from Texas, announced Tuesday he has joined the ranks of lawmakers who are still seeking a legislative repeal of President Obama's health-care law in the new Congress. Published January 29 2013

  • House Republicans set first immigration hearing

    The House Judiciary Committee will hold its first immigration hearing on Feb. 5, as congressional Republicans begin to grapple with the hot-potato political issue. Published January 29 2013

  • Feinstein plans to conduct own hearing on guns

    Unhappy with the list of witnesses scheduled to testify at Wednesday's gun violence Senate hearing, Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she plans to hold a separate hearing with witnesses more inclined to back gun control. Published January 29 2013

  • Obama sends $155 million for Syrian refugees

    President Obama on Tuesday directed the U.S. to spend an additional $155 million to aid Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war in that country. Published January 29 2013

  • Colorado Senate panel defeats bill allowing teachers to carry concealed guns

    A Colorado Senate committee defeated a bill Monday that would have allowed teachers to carry concealed weapons to school even as hundreds of K-12 educators packed a free firearms-training class. Published January 29 2013