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Inside Politics Archive: August 2012

  • McCaskill rips Akin over 'legitimate rape' remark

    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill on Monday blasted her Republican Senate opponent, Rep. W. Todd Akin, for comments he made this weekend that women's bodies can prevent conception in cases of "legitimate rape." Published August 20 2012

  • FBI probed late-night congressional swim in Israel; included skinny-dipper

    A number of freshman Republican lawmakers — including one without a bathing suit — went for a late-night dip in the Sea of Galilee during a fact-finding mission in Israel last year, according to a report in Politico. Published August 20 2012

  • Giuliani's support for Palin discredits him, Democrats say

    Former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani tempered his recent suggestion that Vice President Joseph R. Biden isn't "bright" but didn't apologize for it on Sunday, prompting fire from Democrats, who pointed out that Mr. Giuliani endorsed then-Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as the Republican vice-presidential pick four years ago. Published August 19 2012

  • Obama official downplays joke about Romney's dog

    A top Obama campaign official insisted the president's recent jab at presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for once driving with his dog on the roof of the family car was just a "lighthearted" joke. Published August 19 2012

  • Obama campaign: No apology for Biden's comments

    The Obama campaign made it clear Sunday: No apologies for Vice President Joseph R. Biden. Published August 19 2012

  • Romney adviser: Tax returns not an issue

    Top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom brushed aside questions Sunday about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's tax returns, telling CNN that the issue is not relevant. Published August 19 2012

  • Ryan retirement-home visit also a major cash cow

    When Paul Ryan chose a Florida retirement home for his first campaign appearance as vice presidential candidate in that swing state, he didn't just choose a large community full of dependable voters – he chose a company that has donated through a cluster of opaquely-named LLCs to the super PAC supporting Mitt Romney. The super PAC received $1.3 million from The Villages administrators and affiliates in just 11 donations, almost all from companies rather than people. Published August 18 2012

  • Pelosi, Fallon joke about Ryan's abs

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, venturing into late-night comedy with a visit to NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on Friday, cracked up the show's host with a quick Paul Ryan one-liner. Published August 18 2012

  • Ryan brings mom to Florida retirement community event

    Looking to rebut Democrats' attacks on his Medicare plan, Paul Ryan is set to appear Saturday morning at The Villages, the Florida retirement community near Orlando — and he's bringing his 78-year-old mom. Published August 18 2012

  • Blackburn: GOP convention to be 'optimistic' event

    A leader in drafting the Republican Party's policy platform for its national convention later this month in Tampa, Fla. says the event will center on an "optimistic and hopeful" tone designed to rally the party around presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Published August 17 2012

  • Biden to hit 'safe' states next week

    After a gaffe-filled week, Vice President Joseph R. Biden will go back on the campaign trail next week with visits to three relatively "safe" Democratic states. Published August 17 2012

  • Obama complains to donors about being outspent

    Complaining about being significantly out-raised and outspent by his Republican challenger, President Obama told supporters Friday it's high time to pony up some cash to help him compete in the final stretch of the election. Published August 17 2012

  • Florida Sen. Nelson leads in poll

    Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson holds a 7-percentage point lead over GOP challenger Rep. Connie Mack in Florida's U.S. Senate race, a new poll shows. Published August 17 2012

  • Ryan attacks Obama's Medicare spending shift

    GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan said Friday that he welcomes the escalating fight over Medicare, arguing that President Obama is bent on siphoning hundreds of billions of dollars from the retiree health program to help cover the cost of his controversial health care law. Published August 17 2012

  • RNC breaks July fundraising record with $37.7 million haul

    The Republican National Committee raised $37.7 million last month — the best July in the committee's history, the RNC announced Friday. Published August 17 2012

  • Poll: Romney closes gap on Obama in Wisconsin after Ryan pick

    A new poll conducted after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's announcement of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate has Mr. Romney trailing President Obama by just four points in Mr. Ryan's home state, which Mr. Obama won by 14 points in 2008. Published August 17 2012

  • Romney camp: $10 million raised in 125k online donations since Ryan announcement

    Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has infused his ticket-mate Mr. Romney with more than just some much-needed energy on the campaign trail. Published August 17 2012

  • Obama camp to Romney: Release five years of returns and we'll stop

    Mitt Romney addressed the seemingly never-ending issue of his tax returns Thursday, saying that for the past 10 years, he never paid less than 13 percent of his income in taxes. The response from many Democrats? We'll believe it when we see it. Published August 17 2012

  • Super Tuesday for super PACs

    Tuesday was the second highest-spending day ever for the independent groups known as super PACs, disclosures showed late Wednesday. Published August 16 2012

  • White House to McCain: You're no authority on veeps

    Sen. John McCain's advice to President Obama to ditch Vice President Joe Biden in favor of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the ticket is not going over very well in the White House. Published August 16 2012