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Inside Politics Archive: December 2012


  • King: Benghazi 10 times bigger than Watergate, Iran-Contra combined

    Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican, said Wednesday that the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, is 10 times bigger than the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals put together. Published December 12 2012

  • Van Hollen: Boehner may be waiting for re-election before cutting 'fiscal cliff' deal

    The ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee said Wednesday that he is growing increasingly concerned that House Speaker John A. Boehner is waiting to be re-elected to his leadership post next year before agreeing to a "fiscal cliff" deal with President Obama. Published December 12 2012

  • Boehner: No voting 'scorecard' used on ousted lawmakers

    House Speaker John A. Boehner told three Republican members who were recently removed from their committees that there was no voting "scorecard" used to determine their assignments, as has been alleged by the congressmen claiming they were booted for bucking leadership on key votes. Published December 11 2012

  • S.C. governor choses 5 finalists to replace DeMint

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has a short list of five finalists to replace the resigning Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, the state's largest newspaper reported Tuesday. Published December 11 2012

  • Boehner: 'We're still waiting for the White House'

    House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday the fiscal cliff talks are still stalled because President Obama hasn't come forward with a real plan. Published December 11 2012

  • Sen. Inouye hospitalized

    Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye has been hospitalized while doctors regulate his oxygen intake, said his office Monday. Published December 10 2012

  • Comedian Colbert tops S.C. Senate poll

    Stephen Colbert for Senate? If South Carolinians had their way, the political satirist, South Carolina native and host of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" would be the Palmetto State's next U.S. senator, a new poll shows. Published December 10 2012

  • Americans increasingly back compromise on fiscal cliff

    The latest Gallup polling shows more Americans are ready to shunt principles aside and accept a compromise deal to head off the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and automatic spending cuts looming at the beginning of January. Published December 10 2012

  • S.C. governor won't appoint placeholder for DeMint seat

    South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday she won't appoint a "placeholder" for the resigning Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, saying she wants her pick to be someone who would consider seeking re-election to the seat in 2014. Published December 10 2012

  • 'Hairy' Reid envy

    A foggy Monday in Washington left Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in an introspective mood Monday, as he opened the chamber's week by praising retiring Sen. Ben Nelson's hair. Published December 10 2012

  • Ousted Republican lawmaker wants committee posts back

    Rep. Tim Huelskamp has formally written to House Speaker John A. Boehner asking him to reinstate the Kansas Republican to the House Agriculture and Budget committees after he and three other Republican lawmakers were dismissed from their assignments last week. Published December 10 2012

  • Obama mourns death of soldier who died rescuing doctor

    President Obama is mourning the loss of a member of the U.S. special forces who died of wounds inflicted during a successful mission to rescue a doctor from the Taliban in Afghanistan over the weekend. Published December 9 2012

  • Obama and Boehner talk 'fiscal cliff' at the White House

    President Obama and Speaker John A. Boehner met one-on-one at the White House on Sunday in an attempt to hash out the details of a deal to avert falling off the so-called fiscal cliff. Published December 9 2012

  • Two GOP senators open to higher tax rates as part of 'fiscal cliff' deal

    Two Republican senators on Sunday said they could support higher tax rates if Democrats will accept spending cuts on entitlements. Published December 9 2012

  • Rep. Cole: Obama needs Boehner more

    If President Obama wants to get anything done in his second term in the White House, he needs to cut a deal with House Speaker John A. Boehner on the "fiscal cliff," Rep. Tom Cole said Sunday. Published December 9 2012

  • California state revenue misses projection by almost $1 billion

    California Controllor John Chiang had troubling news for Gov. Jerry Brown and other leaders on Friday, announcing that tax revenues for the month of November in the state were almost $1 billion below projections. Published December 8 2012

  • Reid weighs in on the fight — Pacquiao-Marquez, not the 'fiscal cliff'

    With just 23 days until the so-called "fiscal cliff" kicks in, Sen. Harry Reid was planning to take a break Saturday night with something less confrontational than the ongoing grappling with Republicans: The Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez welterweight fight. Published December 8 2012

  • DeMint eyeing a 2016 White House run?

    The conservative website NewsMax has a story up on "the real reason" behind South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint's announcement that he is leaving the Senate in January: to lay the groundwork for a presidential bid in 2016. Published December 8 2012

  • Adelsons gave $90M to Republican groups

    Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife gave at least $90 million to political committees this election cycle, including $39 million in the three weeks before the election, new records show. Published December 7 2012

  • Obama signs bill aimed at protecting children from predators

    President Obama on Friday signed into law a bill aimed at fighting child pornography, sexual predators and human trafficking. Published December 7 2012