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Inside Politics Archive: December 2012

  • Sen. McCain jokes about 'Jeopardy!' defeat: 'Loser again'

    Sen. John McCain — a war hero, longtime U.S. senator and presidential candidate on multiple occasions — has certainly accumulated his share of knowledge on an array of subjects over the years. Published December 18 2012

  • House Dems now reject GOP 'fiscal cliff' offer they proposed

    Back in May, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi proposed in a letter to Speaker John A. Boehner that the House should vote to raise taxes on household incomes of more than $1 million. Published December 18 2012

  • Va. Gov. McDonnell open to armed security guards at schools

    Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, in which the deadly 2007 Virginia Tech shootings took place, issued an executive order Monday creating a school safety task force and directing Cabinet secretaries and all the school divisions in the state to examine previous safety audits. Published December 18 2012

  • With 'fiscal cliff' looming, Boehner talks to troops of 'Plan B'

    Concerned that the "fiscal cliff" negotiations with President Obama will not bear fruit, House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday that House Republicans are prepared with a "Plan B" option that calls for higher taxes on millionaires and locks in current tax rates for everyone else. Published December 18 2012

  • Reid signals opening for gun-control debate in Senate

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has been a major blockade for gun-control legislation in the past, said Monday that it's time the country renews the debate in the wake of the Connecticut elementary school shootings. Published December 17 2012

  • States move forward on health insurance exchanges

    Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have moved forward with plans to set up their own statewide health-insurance-buying exchanges ahead of a key deadline. Published December 17 2012

  • Pro-gun Sen. Manchin: 'We need action'

    Sen. Joe Manchin III, a pro-gun West Virginia Democrat and member of the National Rifle Association, said Monday that "we need action" in the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., and offered praise for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, who has pledged to introduce a bill to reinstate a ban on assault weapons. Published December 17 2012

  • Media reports: Kerry is Obama's pick as secretary of state

    ABC News, citing unnamed sources, reports Sen. John Kerry, Massachusetts Democrat, will be nominated to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of the State Department. Published December 16 2012

  • Feinstein: I will introduce bill to ban assault weapons

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, said Sunday she is going to introduce a bill on the first day of the 113th Congress to ban assault weapons, in the wake of the Friday shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 dead, including 20 children. Published December 16 2012

  • Bloomberg: Obama should make tighter gun regulations his priority

    New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Sunday that in the wake of Friday's school massacre in Connecticut, President Obama should take immediate steps to better enforce the nation's gun laws and lead the effort for new regulations. Published December 16 2012

  • Conn.'s Blumenthal, Murphy: We'll be on Senate floor soon talking gun policy

    Connecticut Sen.-elect Chris Murphy said Sunday the time for delaying talk of gun policy implications of tragedies such as Friday's deadly shootings is over, and he and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal said they will be on the floor of the U.S. Senate soon to do just that. Published December 16 2012

  • Rep. Gohmert: I wish Sandy Hook principal had had access to rifle

    Rep. Louie Gohmert, Texas Republican, said Sunday he wished Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School, who was shot as she lunged at gunman Adam Lanza, had had access to a rifle on Friday as the deadly shootings were occurring in Newtown, Conn. Published December 16 2012

  • Lieberman, Durbin: Restore assault weapons ban

    Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, Connecticut independent, said Sunday the United States should restore a federal ban on assault weapons and also create a national commission on mass violence to examine gun laws, mental health laws, and the link between entertainment and violence in the wake of the deadly shootings in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 victims dead, including 20 children. Published December 16 2012

  • Obama to travel to Newtown on Sunday

    President Obama will travel Sunday to Newtown, Conn., the site of the deadly elementary school shooting that took the lives of 20 children, the White House announced Saturday evening. Published December 15 2012

  • Obama: Going after marijuana smokers is not a 'top priority'

    President Obama, who smoked marijuana often in high school, said recreational pot smoking in states that have legalized the drug isn't a big concern for his administration. Published December 14 2012

  • Hagel tops list for defense secretary, report says

    President Obama is reaching across the aisle to fill one of the top administration national-security posts for his second term. Published December 13 2012

  • Secret EPA email spurs further investigation

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter Thursday to the Environmental Protection Agency demanding to know whether Administrator Lisa Jackson used a secret email address to communicate within the agency. Published December 13 2012

  • Dems take Medicare eligibility age increase off the table

    Two top Democratic leaders in Congress said Thursday that raising the Medicare eligibility age is off the table in ongoing budget talks — and both say the White House has their back on the issue. Published December 13 2012

  • Death Star petition on White House website succeeds

    The Death Star petition on the White House website has gained enough signatures to merit a response from President Obama's administration. Published December 13 2012

  • With 'fiscal cliff' talks in limbo, Obama lobbies on TV

    While there are no negotiations scheduled with congressional leaders on the so-called "fiscal cliff," President Obama is conducting interviews Thursday with four television stations around the country to make his case for higher taxes on top earners. Published December 13 2012