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Inside Politics Archive: February 2011

  • Obama says his faith is 'sustaining force'

    Saying his Christian faith has been a "sustaining force" over the past two years, President Obama on Thursday prayed for the Egyptian people as bloody clashes continue in Cairo. "We pray that the violence in Egypt will end and that the rights and aspirations of the Egyptian people will be realized, and that a better day will dawn over Egypt and throughout the world," Mr. Obama said at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. Published February 3 2011

  • Senator: Pentagon spent billions on contractors that committed fraud

    The Defense Department paid $285 billion to hundreds of military contractors that defrauded the Pentagon, according to a senator's analysis of a new Pentagon report. In a Defense report prepared for Sen. Bernard Sanders, the Vermont independent says the Pentagon spent $270 billion from 2007 to 2009 on 91 contractors involved in civil fraud cases that resulted in judgments of more than $1 million. Published February 2 2011

  • Mixed marks for Obama's Egypt response, poll says

    Voters have given a mixed review to President Obama’s response to the crisis in Egypt, and many think United Nations involvement would make things worse, a new polls says. Results of a Rasmussen Reports national survey released Wednesday shows that 41 percent of likely voters rate the way the Obama administration has responded to the situation in Egypt as good or excellent. Twenty-two percent view the administration’s response so far as poor. Published February 2 2011

  • Poll: GOP voters value business experience

    Good news for Mitt Romney? A new Rasmussen Poll just released shows most GOP primary voters want a presidential candidate with experience in both the public and private sector. The poll has 94 percent of likely GOP voters saying that private sector experience is at least somewhat important. Published February 1 2011

  • Senate ethics panel seeks help for Ensign inquiry

    The Senate ethics committee has hired an outside attorney to help in its preliminary investigation of a sex and lobbying scandal involving Sen. John Ensign. The panel announced Tuesday that Carol Elder Bruce, a partner in the Washington office of the K&L Gates law firm, will serve as special counsel to the inquiry. She will work with the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics as it examines if Ensign, a Nevada Republican, broke Senate rules and/or federal law, and whether a higher level of review is needed. Published February 1 2011

  • 2012 Democratic convention in Charlotte

    The Democratic Party will host its 2012 convention in Charlotte, N.C., first lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday in an e-mail to supporters of President Obama. Published February 1 2011