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Inside Politics Archive: March 2011

  • GOP bill would end Fannie, Freddie subsidies

    Two leading Senate Republicans introduced legislation Thursday to stop taxpayer-funded bailouts of insolvent mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Published March 31 2011

  • Canada, Colombia pact coming July 1

    Colombia is set to implement a trade agreement with Canada this summer while a similar pact the South American country signed with the United States more than four years ago languishes in Washington. Published March 30 2011

  • NASCAR driver backs tea party

    NASCAR drivers are known for their left turns, but at least one of them is just as comfortable with the right. Driver Chris Lafferty is teaming up with TheTeaParty.net as a sponsor of the #89 truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, which kicks off July 4. Published March 29 2011

  • McConnell: No rush for Syrian intervention

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says there is no appetite in Congress for U.S. military or humanitarian intervention in Syria, where the country's cabinet resigned Tuesday amid increasingly public discontent over the authoritarian rule of President Bashar Assad. Published March 29 2011

  • Florida governor would lose do-over election, poll says

    Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who won a close election last fall, would lose badly if the contest were held again, a new poll shows. Published March 29 2011

  • Florida governor would lose do-over election, poll says

    Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who won a close election last fall, would lose badly if the contest were held again, a new poll shows. Published March 29 2011

  • Poll: Voters still upset at federal government/political leaders

    Despite a Republican takeover of the House this year, voter discontent with the federal government and the leaders of the two main political parties remains high, a new poll shows. Published March 28 2011

  • GOP Marine combat vet backs Obama on Libya

    Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, a California Republican and Marine combat veteran who served tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, says President Obama made the right choice in attacking Libya to impose a no-fly zone and aid rebels seeking to overthrow Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Published March 28 2011

  • Lawmaker: Obama must clarify Libya goals

    Freshman Rep. James Lankford on Monday said President Obama needs to do a better job of defining the mission in Libya in his highly-anticipated Monday-evening address on the conflict. Published March 28 2011

  • Congressional Dems take to Twitter to defend health care law

    Congressional Democrats pushed back Wednesday at an onslaught of Republican attacks aimed at the health care reform law on its one-year anniversary. Published March 23 2011

  • Biden: Florida governor wrong to reject rail money

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden used a Wednesday visit to Florida to rebuke Gov. Rick Scott for turning down federal money for a high speed rail project, saying the move will stifle business in the Sunshine State. Published March 23 2011

  • Trump headed to Iowa

    Donald Trump is getting serious about a run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. The Des Moines Register reports the New York real estate mogul has scheduled his first appearance in Iowa as a potential candidate. Published March 23 2011

  • Senators get Blackberry to remove speedtrap apps

    After four Democratic senators complained, the company that makes Blackberry smartphones said it will remove programs that tell motorists of upcoming police speed traps and red light cameras. Published March 23 2011

  • GOP decries health care law on its anniversary

    As Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of President Obama signing the Democrats' health care reform bill into law, Republicans released a blitz of news releases blasting the law they derisively call "Obamacare." Published March 23 2011

  • Rand Paul won't rule out presidential bid

    Rep. Ron Paul is routinely mentioned as a potential contender for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination, but if the Texas Republican doesn't run, his tea-party backed son says he just might. Published March 22 2011

  • Senate to hold hearings on Muslims' rights

    Just weeks after House Republicans held a hearing looking at the dangers of radical Muslims in the U.S., Senate Democrats are countering with a hearing of their own, scheduled for after Congress returns from a 10-day vacation, to examine Muslims' civil rights. Published March 22 2011

  • West Palm Beach mayor will challenge Rep. Allen West

    The 2012 congressional elections are 19 months away but already Rep. Allen West has two Democratic challengers. Published March 21 2011

  • Webb questions Libya mission

    Add Virginia Sen. Jim Webb to the list of Democrats questioning President Barack Obama's decision to intervene militarily in Libya. Published March 21 2011

  • House panel to examine proposed telecom merger

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith announced Monday the panel will schedule a hearing to examine the proposed merger of telecommunications giants AT&T and T-Mobile. Published March 21 2011

  • Pelosi briefly hospitalized in Rome

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized briefly in Rome on Monday after arriving from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan. Published March 21 2011