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Inside Politics Archive: February 2012

  • Bishop: Doubts mounting over Obama birth control compromise

    A spokesman for the Catholic Church said Thursday morning that leading Catholic organizations who seemed to initially support President Obama's latest contraception rule are growing increasingly hesitant as they study the changes in detail. Published February 16 2012

  • Obama reverses progress on illegal immigration

    The number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. was actually dropping at the end of the George W. Bush years — but that progress has stopped under President Obama, according to a new report by the Center for Immigration Studies. Published February 16 2012

  • Catholic bishop: 'Massive concerns' with Obama edict

    President Obama's contraception-coverage rule could open the door for the federal government to deny grants to Catholic refugee and relief services that refuse to offer birth-control insurance coverage, a spokesman for the Catholic Church said Thursday morning, telling a congressional hearing American clerics still have "massive concerns" with the proposed administration mandate. Published February 16 2012

  • Flake: Arizona is 'Mitt Romney country'

    Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake, a Mitt Romney supporter, said Thursday that Rick Santorum doesn't have the organization in place in his state to win the upcoming Feb. 28 primary. Published February 16 2012

  • Obama to speak at groundbreaking for new African American Smithsonian

    President Obama will speak at the groundbreaking of the Smithsonian Institution's $500 million National Museum of African American History and Culture on Feb. 22, the White House announced Wednesday. Published February 15 2012

  • Sebelius says she didn't consult bishops over contraception rule

    Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday she didn't consult with Catholic bishops before revising a contraception mandate they've been fighting. Published February 15 2012

  • Coins beat bills for saving money

    A new study says dropping the paper dollar in favor of a $1 coin would save the federal government $4.4 billion over the next three decades, chiefly because the coins wouldn't need to be replaced as often, reducing the cost per unit. Published February 15 2012

  • Bachmann: No time for dancing

    Rep. Michele Bachmann, while admitting she loves the dance floor, has dispelled rumors she would be on the popular TV show "Dancing With the Stars" next season. Published February 15 2012

  • Catholic bishops press for Democrats' unemployment insurance extension

    While the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has attacked President Obama's new mandate that religious institutions pay for their workers' contraception, the group also has pushed more quietly for a Democratic proposal to extend the unemployment insurance benefits. Published February 14 2012

  • Survey: Fewer Americans receive health coverage through job

    The number of Americans obtaining health insurance through their employer continued to decline last year, with 44.6 percent taking advantage of employer-sponsored coverage. Published February 14 2012

  • Cupid-in-chief: 'Go big' for Valentine's Day

    President Obama offered a love-inspired stimulus plan on Valentine's Day, telling men to splurge. Published February 14 2012

  • Sen. Cornyn says AG Holder 'dangerously ideological'

    Sen. John Cornyn says Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is "playing politics" with the nation's anti-terrorism efforts and has compromised national security and put the lives of military personnel at risk. Published February 11 2012

  • Colo. Rep. Bradford cleared of wrongdoing, to remain in GOP

    Colorado Republicans were breathing a sigh of relief after state Rep. Laura Bradford announced Friday that she would remain in the GOP, following a two-week kerfuffle that imperiled the party's one-vote hold on the state House. Published February 11 2012

  • British leader warns of Obama 'Europeanization' of U.S.

    European Parliament Member Daniel Hannan told a gathering of conservative activists in Washington Saturday that the Obama administration's "Europeanization" agenda has the U.S. "screeching toward the cliff" of socialism. Published February 11 2012

  • Bolton: Obama not responsible for bin Laden death

    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton says President Obama deserves little credit for the military operation that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden, saying it was a "success 20 years in the making." Published February 11 2012

  • Louisiana Gov. Jindal touts education reform, slams teacher unions at CPAC

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took his push to overhaul his state's school systems — and his fight with teachers unions — to Washington Saturday, telling a gathering of conservatives activists that unions are holding back his reforms. Published February 11 2012

  • Rep. West: Conservatives must seek bigger gains

    Florida Republican Rep. Allen West told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that conservatives mustn't "sit back on our laurels" won during the Republicans' sweeping 2010 midterm election success and press ahead to control all of government. Published February 10 2012

  • NRA official: Obama wants to outlaw guns in 2nd term

    A top official with the National Rifle Association said Friday that President Obama will move to "destroy" gun rights and "erase" the Second Amendment if he is re-elected in November. Published February 10 2012

  • Huckabee: 'We're all Catholics' in contraception fight

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee expressed solidarity with a growing movement by the U.S. Catholic bishops to fight President Obama's new mandate that religious institutions pay for their workers' birth control, telling a gathering of conservative activists Friday that "we're all Catholics now." Published February 10 2012

  • Romney demands Congress permanently ban earmarks

    Seeking to find a conservative angle to take on surging Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney on Thursday repeated his call for Congress to permanently end pork-barrel spending through earmarks. Published February 9 2012