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Inside Politics Archive: May 2011

  • McConnell optimistic on budget deal

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said Sunday the impasse over federal spending between the two major political parties is an "opportunity," not a crisis. Published May 15 2011

  • Wisc. Democratic Sen. Kohl calls it quits

    Four-term Sen. Herb Kohl said Friday he will not seek re-election next year, leaving his Wisconsin seat wide open and giving Democrats yet another spot they'll have to defend in order to hold onto the upper chamber. Published May 13 2011

  • Quayle: President's immigration stance 'absurd'

    Rep. Ben Quayle on Wednesday said it was "absurd" for President Obama to assert that the U.S.-Mexico border is secure. Published May 11 2011

  • Senate Dems' bill would end Big Oil subsidies

    A group of Senate Democrats introduced a bill Tuesday that calls for an end to taxpayer-funded subsidies to the five biggest oil companies. Published May 10 2011

  • Heller sworn in as senator

    Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada was sworn into office Monday afternoon, replacing fellow Republican John Ensign, who resigned last week amid an ongoing ethics investigation. Published May 9 2011

  • Newton mayor joins Senate race in Massachusetts

    The field of Democrats angling to challenge Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown in the 2012 election got a little more crowded today, after Newton Mayor Setti Warren announced his intent to seek his party's nomination. Published May 9 2011

  • House members want U.S. out of Afghanistan

    A bipartisan group of House members has urged President Obama to end the war in Afghanistan, saying the U.S. should "recalibrate" its anti-terrorism policy in the wake of the successful special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Published May 9 2011

  • Lugar, Kerry skeptical of Pakistan over bin Laden

    Two high-profile congressional leaders expressed some frustration Sunday with Pakistan over its role in the recent commando raid that resulted in the killing of terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. Published May 8 2011

  • Boehner tabs Oregon priest to be next House chaplain

    House Speaker John A. Boehner announced Friday he will nominate the Rev. Patrick J. Conroy to serve as the chamber's 60th chaplain. Father Conroy, a Catholic priest of the Jesuit order, would succeed the Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin, who retired last month after more than 11 years of service. Published May 6 2011

  • Teachers union prepares to endorse Obama — opponent unseen

    Eighteen months out from the election and without even knowing who the Republican candidate will be, the National Education Association has already taken the first step to endorse President Obama for re-election. Published May 6 2011

  • Indian tribes: Strike Geronimo from bin Laden operation name

    Following on the heels of other Indian leaders, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly on Wednesday urged President Obama to change the name of the military operation that killed Osama bin Laden from "Geronimo," saying it was "dehumanizing." Published May 4 2011

  • 86% approve of Obama’s call to Kill bin Laden, poll says

    Americans overwhelmingly endorse President Obama’s decision to kill Osama bin Laden and don’t believe a greater effort should have been made to bring the terrorist to trial, a new poll says. Published May 4 2011

  • Hoyer questions Pakistan's resolve to hunt bin Laden

    The No. 2 House Democrat said Tuesday he was concerned Pakistani officials may not have done enough to help expose and hunt down Osama bin Laden. Published May 3 2011

  • Limbaugh needles Obama

    President Obama has been getting high marks across the political spectrum — but not from his most consistent critic. Published May 2 2011

  • Ensign apologizes

    In a farewell address to his colleagues — none of whom came to the chamber to watch him — Sen. John Ensign apologized to them for bringing shame on the Senate, and urged them to use his on failings as a warning. Published May 2 2011

  • Graham questions burial at sea

    Sen. Lindsay Graham, like most American political leaders, congratulated the Obama administration Monday for bringing Osama bin Laden to justice, but he questioned the decision to dump the 9/11 mastermind's dead body at sea. Published May 2 2011

  • Trump congratulates Obama

    Real-estate mogul Donald Trump issued a "personal" congratulations to President Obama on the killing of Osama bin Laden. Published May 2 2011

  • Obama approved bin Laden operation Friday morning

    President Obama on Friday morning at 8:20 a.m. signed off on the operation that killed terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, ordering his national security team to draft formal orders before he left for Alabama to tour the tornado damage there, according to a senior administration official. Published May 2 2011

  • Envoy returns from China, eyeing White House

    U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. returned to the United States this weekend amid speculation that he could be mounting a Republican campaign for the White House. Published May 1 2011

  • Obama plan targets corporate income tax

    The Obama administration is considering a plan to force more businesses to pay the corporate income tax, an industry group said, in an overhaul package that could be unveiled as early as this month. Published May 1 2011