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Inside Politics Archive: December 2011

  • Gingrich tells pastors: Don't pray for me to win, but for God's will to be done

    Continuing to court the crucial evangelical voting bloc, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich starred in a Friday teleconference with Iowa pastors, where he fielded questions about his turbulent marital history and said that what matters on Tuesday is not that he wins — but that God's will prevails. Published December 31 2011

  • Gingrich chokes up at memory of his mother

    Wiping back tears at the memories, Newt Gingrich said Friday his now-deceased mother's struggles with bipolar disorder and other ailments of aging helped form much of his public policy during his time in Congress. Published December 30 2011

  • Perry accuses Santorum of winning $1 billion in earmarks

    In a new radio ad, Texas Gov. Rick Perry says fellow Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, who is surging in the polls, isn't a fiscal conservative because he supported earmarking when he was in the Senate. Published December 29 2011

  • Gingrich challenges Romney: Go head-to-head before Iowa votes

    Seeking to regain his footing, New Gingrich on Tuesday challenged former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to a one-on-one debate some time over the next week before Iowa voters go to the first-in-the-nation caucuses. Published December 27 2011

  • Former Paul aide offers odd defense of ex-boss's tolerance

    A former top aide to Rep. Ron Paul defended the Republican presidential candidate Monday in the conservative blogosphere against charges of homophobia and anti-Semitism, though in a way that did not make Mr. Paul look good. Published December 26 2011

  • Billions of dollars passed through Congress' empty chambers

    Given the billions of dollars in new spending and tax cuts Congress approved Friday morning, it is surprising just how few lawmakers had a hand in the final denouement. Published December 23 2011

  • Christian college sues over abortion pill mandate

    A Christian college is suing the Obama administration over requiring businesses to pay for insurance plans that cover Plan B and ella — two types of birth-control pills the college and other prolife advocates view as abortifacient. Published December 22 2011

  • Gingrich: 'It would be nice' if Romney were 'honest' in ads

    Promising to "fight back cheerfully" against a barrage of attack ads that have slowed his presidential campaign, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in an interview nevertheless had some harsh words for the spots being run in Iowa by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, his chief rival. Published December 22 2011

  • GOP freshman: Payroll deal up to Democrats

    Rep. Bob Gibbs, Ohio Republican, said Wednesday that a deal on the payroll-tax-cut extension is up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Published December 21 2011

  • Ex-President Carter sends condolences to Kim Jong-un

    Former President Jimmy Carter has sent North Korea a message of condolence over the death of Kim Jong-il and wished "every success" to the man expected to take over as dictator, according to the communist country's state-run news agency. Published December 21 2011

  • Tebow sparks red-state/blue-state divide

    A new poll released Wednesday found that Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is more popular — by a big margin — with Republicans than he is with Democrats. Published December 21 2011

  • Alaska's Young cleared in House ethics probe

    The House Ethics Committee has cleared Rep. Don Young, Alaska Republican, of any wrongdoing related to donations to his legal expense fund, but the panel also changed the rules to make them clearer. Published December 20 2011

  • GOP presidential contest tests political polls

    The 2012 GOP presidential race will prove to be a big test for political polls, which have for months now helped define the story lines in the nomination fight. Published December 20 2011

  • Obama 'saddened' by Havel's death

    President Obama on Sunday said he was saddened by the death of Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who went on to become a hero of Czechoslovakia's 1989 "Velvet Revolution" against totalitarian rule and later was elected the country's first post-Communist democratic president. Published December 18 2011

  • Ethics panel extends probe of Rep. Waters

    The House Ethics Committee has formally extended the special counsel investigation into conflict-of-interest allegations against Rep. Maxine Waters and whether the panel itself overzealously pursued the case against the California Democrat. Published December 16 2011

  • South Carolina Gov. Haley embraces Romney

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney on Friday, saying he is "not a creature of Washington" and represents the party's best bet of defeating President Obama in the 2012 election. Published December 16 2011

  • Al-Amiri also attended U.S. Chamber luncheon

    A former commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps who accompanied Iraq's prime minister at a White House meeting Monday also attended a U.S. Chamber of Commerce luncheon the day after. Published December 15 2011

  • Obama: U.S. holding 2,500 terror detainees

    The United States is holding about 2,500 detainees captured in operations against al Qaeda, the Taliban and other terrorist forces, President Obama told congressional leaders in a letter Thursday. Published December 15 2011

  • White House rejects new Wyden-Ryan Medicare plan

    The White House is rejecting a new bipartisan proposal to overhaul Medicare, arguing that it would undermine the health care program for seniors, causing it to "wither on the vine." Published December 15 2011

  • Obama: Nobody leaves until payroll tax cut is extended

    President Obama on Thursday rapped members of Congress for any suggestion that they would leave town without extending the payroll tax cut or shut down the government. Published December 15 2011