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Inside Politics Archive: May 2013


  • Obama to host NFL champ Ravens on Wednesday

    President Obama will host the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens at the White House on Wednesday. Published May 31 2013

  • Obama not in loop on orbiting asteroid

    President Obama was not briefed about an asteroid passing relatively close to Earth because there was no danger, a White House spokesman said Friday. Published May 31 2013

  • Hillary Clinton ahead in 2016 presidential race poll

    In an early look at the 2016 presidential campaign, a new poll shows former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comfortably ahead of Republicans Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, while her potential rival for the Democratic nomination, Vice President Joseph R. Biden, wouldn't fair as well. Published May 31 2013

  • White House touts competition on 'Obamacare' exchanges

    More than 120 issuers have applied to offer plans to new enrollees in the insurance exchanges set up under President Obama's new health care law, administration officials said this week, meaning consumers will have a wide range of choices as the program is implemented. Published May 30 2013

  • D.C. delegate disturbed Redskins won't drop name

    Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia's congressional delegate, called Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder's refusal to consider changing what many consider is the football team's ethnically offensive nickname "disturbing." Published May 30 2013

  • Americans want a special prosecutor to investigate the IRS scandal: poll

    Americans overwhelming want a special prosecutor to investigate the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of tea party and other conservative groups, a new poll says. Published May 30 2013

  • Obama targets Republicans lawmakers for defeat in 2014

    President Obama told supporters at a Democratic fundraiser Wednesday night that he'll campaign in 2014 to defeat Republicans who don't work with him. Published May 29 2013

  • Obama spokesman bungles geography on China leader trip

    White House spokesman Jay Carney defended President Obama meeting China's president in California, saying it's obviously closer to China than Washington is. Not by much. Published May 29 2013

  • McAuliffe ahead in Virginia governor poll

    A new poll shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe leading Republican Ken Cuccinelli by 5 percent points in the 2013 Virginia governor's race, though both candidates are having a tough time winning the hearts of voters. Published May 29 2013

  • Bachmann fans and foes weigh in on her retirement

    Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann's announcement Wednesday that she won't see re-election next year has drawn applause and ridicule from opposite sides of the political spectrum. Published May 29 2013

  • GOP to Bob Dole: Thanks, but no thanks on the advice

    Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer said he "respectably disagree(s)" with recent comments by former GOP Sen. Bob Dole that his party has shift too far from its traditional values, saying the party is healthy and relevant. Published May 29 2013

  • Ex-Obama aide hits up insurance industry to boost 'Obamacare'

    A former White House aide who played a central role in pushing President Obama's health care overhaul through Congress during his first term is soliciting insurers for big donations to help implement the law. Published May 29 2013

  • Inhofe: Liberals are exploiting Okla. tornado tragedy

    Sen. James M. Inhofe of Oklahoma scoffed at suggestions by some liberals that climate change is partly to blame for the deadly tornadoes that tore through his state last week, saying they "do a great disservice to those who have experienced this tragedy." Published May 28 2013

  • Top White House economic adviser headed back to Princeton

    Alan Krueger, who served as President Obama's top economic adviser during a weak recovery, is leaving to return to Princeton University, the White House saidMonday. Published May 28 2013

  • Obama: Asian-Americans will benefit from immigration reform

    Calling the Asia-Pacific region "a central part of my life," President Obama said Monday that the contributions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders are a prime reason for Congress to pass immigration reform. Published May 28 2013

  • Sen. McConnell tied in hypothetical matchup

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election hopes are far from secure, as a new poll shows the Kentucky Republican in a dead heat with a potential Democratic challenger for the 2014 Senate race. Published May 28 2013

  • Former Sen. Olympia Snowe: GOP must 'rethink' its ways

    Former Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe said her party is much to blame for the dysfunctional gridlock that has gripped Capitol Hill and warned the GOP must evolve if it wants to have broad appeal with voters. Published May 28 2013

  • Ex-Obama adviser David Axelrod: Spying on journalists 'disturbing'

    Former White House senior adviser David Axelrod said the Obama administration has some "real issues" regarding its increasingly strained relationship with the media after recent reports that the Justice Department has spied on journalists in investigating national security leaks. Published May 28 2013

  • Sen. Tom Coburn: Holder investigating himself is a 'total conflict of interest'

    Sen. Tom Coburn said Sunday it's "inappropriate" for the White house to ask Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to review his own Justice Department's spying on reporters and editors at Fox News and The Associated Press. Published May 26 2013

  • House Republicans ask top insurers if Kathleen Sebelius requested donations

    House Republicans who are critical of the federal health care law have written to more than a dozen companies, including top insurers Aetna and BlueCross BlueShield, to ask if President Obama's top health official tried to solicit funds from them to support the overhaul. Published May 24 2013