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Inside Politics Archive: January 2013


  • Democrats blast Boehner for taxpayer funded DOMA defense

    House Democratic leaders say Speaker John A. Boehner is hypocritically amping up a taxpayer-funded defense of the Defense of Marriage Act in federal courts while simultaneously calling for government spending cuts. Published January 15 2013

  • Report: McDonough to be Obama's chief of staff

    President Obama could name foreign policy adviser Denis McDonough his next chief of staff by the end of the week, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. Published January 15 2013

  • Labor board head under fire over corruption lawsuit

    A pro-business group called for the resignation Tuesday of National Labor Relations Board member Richard Griffin, a recess appointee by President Obama who has been named as a defendant in a federal lawsuit involving allegations of union corruption. Published January 15 2013

  • Constitution reading draws yawns from House

    What if they read the Constitution and nobody came? Published January 15 2013

  • Top Dem casts doubt on tax reform in 2013

    The ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee said Tuesday that he is "not very confident" that Congress will hammer out an agreement this year on tax reform. Published January 15 2013

  • Chelsea Clinton to lead National Service Day

    Chelsea Clinton will serve as honorary chairwoman of the National Day of Service on Saturday to start a weekend of inaugural events, the Presidential Inaugural Committee said Tuesday. Published January 15 2013

  • Netanyahu invited to address CPAC

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been invited to speak at the annual gathering of the Conservative Political Action Conference. Published January 14 2013

  • Lawmaker renews push to defund Planned Parenthood

    Rep. Diane Black, Tennessee Republican, is reviving the push to cut federal funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses. Published January 14 2013

  • Rep. Stockman threatens to impeach Obama over gun control

    Rep. Steve Stockman threatened on Monday to defund the White House and potentially file impeachment charges if President Obama pushes forward with gun control measures without congressional approval. Published January 14 2013

  • Club for Growth urges rejection of pork-filled Sandy bill

    The Club for Growth, the influential anti-spending group, is calling on members of Congress to reject a relief package for the victims of Superstorm Sandy — warning that they will seek to punish lawmakers who support two proposals that together would set aside more than $50 billion for reconstruction efforts in the Northeast. Published January 14 2013

  • U.S. House to read Constitution on Tuesday

    The House will read the Constitution on the chamber floor on Tuesday, continuing a practice Republicans started two years ago when they reclaimed control and vowed to bring constitutional legislating back to Congress. Published January 14 2013

  • Obama asks nation to honor King on Saturday with day of service

    Move over, Martin Luther King Jr. — the annual national day of service honoring the late civil-right leader falls this year on President Obama's inauguration. Published January 14 2013

  • Biden to meet with House Dems on guns

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden will meet with the House Democratic task force on gun violence at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Monday morning, according to a White House official. Published January 14 2013

  • Ros-Lehtinen: Hagel may not see Israel as 'ally'

    Florida Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, stepping down this year as chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Saturday she has deep concerns about former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for secretary of defense, citing in particular his views on Israel and Iran. Published January 12 2013

  • Chamber, faith groups plan push on immigration reform

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will be joining a broad coalition of law enforcement officials, faith groups and immigrant-rights activists Thursday in concerted push for the Obama administration and Congress to pass a broad overhaul of the nation's immigration laws this year. Published January 12 2013

  • Obama pressed on D.C. 'Taxation' plates for presidential limo

    The Obama administration is keeping local leaders in limbo over demands to put D.C. license plates with the city's pointed "Taxation Without Representation" motto on the presidential limousine — a practice President Clinton embraced before George W. Bush replaced the plates with ones that do not highlight the city's lack of voting rights in Congress. Published January 11 2013

  • Katy Perry, 'Glee' cast among Obama inaugural performers

    The celebrities chosen to perform at President Obama's inauguration are a "who's who" of stars who raised big money for his reelection campaign. Published January 11 2013

  • Rangel hits Obama over 'embarrassing' lack of diversity in new Cabinet

    President Obama took more fire from the left Thursday over what critics say is a lack of diversity in his second-term Cabinet appointments. Published January 10 2013

  • Obama to use Lincoln Bible at 2013 inauguration

    President Obama says he never compares himself to Abraham Lincoln, but he'll be sworn in again with President Lincoln's Bible at his inauguration on Jan. 21. Published January 10 2013

  • White House won't rule out $1T coin proposal

    Even though it sounds like a headline in The Onion, a White House spokesman Wednesday repeatedly refused to rule out a bizarre-sounding proposal to mint a $1 trillion platinum coin that would allow the federal government to unilaterally raise the debt-ceiling if Congress fails to act. Published January 9 2013