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Inside Politics Archive: October 2011

  • Paul: Time to cut spending

    Republican presidential contender Ron Paul said Wednesday that the federal government needs to cut spending now, starting with reducing the money spent overseas, eliminating five federal departments and reducing government salaries. Published October 19 2011

  • Supercommittee seeks advice from 'Gang of Six'

    The bipartisan debt supercommittee on Wednesday was briefed by another congressional debt reduction panel, the so called "Gang of Six," though it's uncertain if the meeting helped the former group inch any closer to its goal of finding at least $1.2 trillion in cuts to federal spending by late November. Published October 19 2011

  • Romney serves up Perry's blooper reel

    In yet another sign that the Republican presidential race is getting nastier, the presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney unveiled a new web ad Wednesday afternoon attacking rival Rick Perry that is, essentially, a collection of the Texas governor's worst moments from the GOP presidential debates he's participated in since joining the race in August. Published October 19 2011

  • Perry unveils plans for flat tax

    Speaking to a crowd here at the Venetian Showroom, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he would be rolling out plans to scrap the federal tax code with a flat tax. Published October 19 2011

  • Senator sets sights on Wells Fargo debit fees

    Having already blasted Bank of America for its plan to enact debit-card fees, Sen. Richard J. Durbin now is going after Wells Fargo, saying the company is making a big-enough profit that it should be able to absorb the costs rather than pass them on to customers. Published October 19 2011

  • Gingrich: Won't attack fellow Republicans

    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich warned that the GOP presidential field must move away from the intraparty attacks that could hurt the party's eventual nominee and vowed not to run any attack ads against his rivals in the nomination race. Published October 19 2011

  • Ohio union-bargaining law could be axed

    Ohio voters may be poised to kill a bitterly disputed law curbing the power of public-sector unions when they head to the polls Nov. 8, according to a new poll released Wednesday. Published October 19 2011

  • Vegas: The GOP morning after

    Warming up the crowd here at the Western Republican Leadership Conference, former Nevada Gov. Robert List said Wednesday they shouldn’t hang their heads if they had a tough go at the slot machines the previous night. Published October 19 2011

  • Medicare-Medicaid chief keeping out of supercommittee talks

    The director of Medicare and Medicaid said he is staying out of supercommittee discussions, even though the expensive entitlement programs are unlikely to emerge unscathed in a final deficit-reduction plan. Published October 18 2011

  • McCain: Obama bus trip abuses taxpayers' money

    Republicans' 2008 presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, said Tuesday that President Obama has crossed the line with his current bus tour, arguing that it is a campaign event that should be funded by political donors, not federal taxpayers. Published October 18 2011

  • Obama suffers enthusiasm deficit

    Republicans seem far more excited to vote in next year's presidential elections than Democrats are, suggesting the same sort of enthusiasm gap that pushed the GOP to big gains in the 2010 elections. Published October 17 2011

  • Bachmann loses Capitol Hill communications director

    The high turnover rate in Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann's congressional office continued Friday when her communications director announced he was taking a similar job with another office on Capitol Hill. Published October 14 2011

  • Pallid returns seen on Obama's tanning tax

    More than a year after President Obama's health care law imposed a new tax on tanning, revenues are a bit pale. Published October 14 2011

  • Obama OKs combat troops to Uganda

    President Obama authorized the deployment of about 100 U.S. combat-equipped troops to Uganda two days ago to help local forces capture or kill Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony, Mr. Obama told congressional leaders Friday in a letter. Published October 14 2011

  • Club for Growth defends Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan

    The influential anti-spending Club for Growth defended Republican presidential contender Herman Cain's 9-9-9 tax plan against attacks from his GOP rivals, saying that those who warn the federal sales tax component would simply hand Congress another way to levy taxes on citizens "miss the mark." Published October 14 2011

  • Texas Rep. Poe: Dewhurst is 'one to beat' in Senate race

    Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican, said he doesn't have a personal "favorite" in the crowded field of GOP hopefuls jockeying to replace Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison next year, but he said his state's lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, is the "one to beat." Published October 13 2011

  • Speculation about Biden annoys White House

    The White House is getting irked about persistent speculation in the media that President Obama might dump Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as his running mate in 2012 in favor of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published October 13 2011

  • Cain: 'My church is still in the 'hood'

    Contrasting his black experience with that of President Obama, Republican presidential contender Herman Cain said Wednesday that, after growing up in the racially segregated South, he's still connected with the trials and travails of the black community — a connection symbolized by the fact that "my church is still in the 'hood." Published October 12 2011

  • Daley to leave White House after election

    White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said Tuesday he will leave his job after the 2012 election. Published October 12 2011

  • Warren shows fundraising savvy in Massachusetts race

    In the first indication of her fundraising prowess, Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren dwarfed a Democratic rival and brought in double the sum raised by incumbent Scott Brown of Massachusetts. Published October 11 2011