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Inside Politics Archive: July 2012

  • Black AIDS activists don't see Obama absence as snub

    President Obama's plans to send a video — but not personally appear — at the 19th International AIDS Conference has caused heartburn in some advocates. Published July 18 2012

  • Vilsack: Farmers need help from Congress

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday he prays for rain every day, but farmers need action from Congress more than prayers to ease the effects of a drought that is affecting nearly two-thirds of the U.S. Published July 18 2012

  • Palin endorses Steelman in Missouri Senate primary race

    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is backing Sarah Steelman for Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat, handing her endorsement to the former Missouri state treasurer, who is locked into a tight Republican primary next month. Published July 18 2012

  • Ann Romney: 'Not there yet' on veep choice

    Despite the swirling speculation nationwide that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney could announce his choice for a running mate this week, his wife, Ann Romney, says her husband is still mulling it over. Published July 18 2012

  • Romney camp slams jobs council inaction

    The Romney campaign is seizing on a report Wednesday that President Obama's much-touted jobs council has taken an election-year hiatus and hasn't met for six months, even as the issue of job creation is front and center in the campaign. Published July 18 2012

  • Christie to keynote Republican convention, GOP activists say

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has been tapped to give the keynote speech Aug. 28 at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., the New York Post reported Wednesday, citing Republican activists. Published July 18 2012

  • Pawlenty defends Romney on taxes, calls for focus on economy

    Former Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty on Wednesday defended presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's decision not to disclose any tax returns from before 2010, and he accused the Obama campaign of using the issue to distract from the nation's current economic doldrums. Published July 18 2012

  • Federal judge dismisses contraception lawsuits

    A federal judge has dismissed a challenge by seven states to the requirement in President Obama's health care law that employers must provide contraception coverage to their workers. Published July 17 2012

  • Transparency bill dies again in Senate

    For the second time in two days, Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a Democratic bill that calls for more strict disclosures for political spending. Published July 17 2012

  • McConnell: Dems playing 'Russian roulette' with economy

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said Democrats' push for tax hikes and defense cuts would play "Russian roulette with our economy." Published July 17 2012

  • McCain denies he bypassed Romney over tax history

    Sen. John McCain denied insinuations Tuesday that he bypassed Mitt Romney as a 2008 presidential running mate because of the former Massachusetts governor's tax history. Published July 17 2012

  • Dick Cheney meets with Hill GOP

    Senate Republicans emerging from their weekly caucus lunch said they were inspired by former Vice President Dick Cheney, who visited the Hill Tuesday afternoon to meet with Republican lawmakers to discuss how to avoid dramatic defense cuts next year. Published July 17 2012

  • Poll: Obama's lead dwindling in Iowa

    President Obama's lead in Iowa has been cut in half over the past two months, according to a poll released Tuesday afternoon. Published July 17 2012

  • Hovde invests big in Wisconsin Senate effort

    Wisconsin dark-horse Senate candidate Eric Hovde is lagging behind his competitors in outside fundraising but has bankrolled his campaign with $4 million of his own money, according to numbers released this week. Published July 17 2012

  • Durbin: Tax cuts will expire if Republicans don't compromise

    Senate Democrats say they are willing to let George W. Bush-era tax cuts expire for all Americans if Republicans refuse to allow taxes to rise for the nation's highest earners. Published July 17 2012

  • New Obama ad questions whether Romney paid taxes

    The Obama campaign released a new TV ad Tuesday suggesting that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney didn't pay any income tax in some years, citing his refusal to release all of his tax returns. Published July 17 2012

  • First lady just says no to 'kiss cam' — once

    When the camera was on them Monday night, the president and first lady Michelle Obama didn't kiss as is customary at sporting events. Published July 16 2012

  • Obama up by two in swing-state poll

    President Obama leads Mitt Romney by a slim two percentage points in a survey of voters in 12 states deemed to be ones that will likely decide the 2012 election, according to a poll released Monday. Published July 16 2012

  • Obama stays true to his barber, turns down haircut offer

    President Obama says he's a one-barber kind of man. During a town-hall meeting in Cincinnati Monday, Mr. Obama refused an offer from a barber in the audience who offered to cut his hair. Published July 16 2012

  • Kerrey outraises rival in Nebraska Senate race

    Democrat Bob Kerrey raised more cash than his Republican opponent in the Nebraska Senate race despite trailing in the polls by double digits, according to fundraising figures released by both campaigns on Monday. Published July 16 2012