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Inside Politics Archive: September 2012

  • McCaskill opens fire with 'legitimate rape' ad

    Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill was ready and waiting as the deadline passed Tuesday for her Republican opponent, Rep. Todd Akin, to drop out of the race. Published September 26 2012

  • Ann Romney: Mitt is 'cheap' and claims cold showers 'not that bad'

    In the wake of President Obama's much-ballyhooed appearances on "Late Show With David Letterman" and "The View," Ann Romney made her first appearance on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" on Tuesday night and effusively "praised" her husband's, ahem, frugality. Published September 26 2012

  • Poll: Obama up double digits in Ohio, Pennsylvania; ahead 9 in Florida

    A new poll shows President Obama widening his lead to in the swing states of Ohio and Florida and maintaining a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania, just as he and GOP nominee Mitt Romney are scheduled to campaign Wednesday in the Buckeye State — one that no Republican has won the White House without. Published September 26 2012

  • Obama wants regular NFL refs back

    President Obama hasn't had time to meet one-on-one with world leaders while in New York at the U.N., but he has kept abreast of much more parochial concerns — including the NFL's referee situation. Published September 25 2012

  • Gov. Walker wants NFL's union refs back

    Union-busting Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has changed his stance on organized labor — at least when it comes to the NFL. Published September 25 2012

  • Ethics panel clears Rep. Waters, reproves grandson

    The House Ethics Committee officially exonerated Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, in a 3-year-old conflict-of-interest case involving her work on behalf of minority-owned banks despite her husband's financial stake in one of them. Published September 25 2012

  • Poll: Satisfaction with presidential candidates lowest in 20 years

    Only a little more than half of American voters say they are satisfied with the candidates in this year's presidential election, according to a poll released Monday. Published September 25 2012

  • Tea party leader reverses stance on Akin

    A tea party blogger who initially urged Rep. Todd Akin to step down after his "legitimate rape" gaffe is now calling on conservatives to support him, saying larger interests are at stake. Published September 25 2012

  • Poll: Obama, Kerrey trailing in Nebraska

    President Obama and Democratic Senate hopeful Bob Kerrey have an equally tough hill to climb in Nebraska. Published September 25 2012

  • Obama expected to speak about combating human trafficking

    President Barack Obama will make his first major speech on human trafficking at the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting in New York Tuesday just hours after vowing to prevent Iran for obtaining a nuclear weapon at the U.N. General Assembly. Published September 25 2012

  • Super PAC asks supporters whether it should assist Akin

    A super PAC that might come to Rep. Todd Akin's aid blasted out an email Tuesday morning, asking supporters whether it should invest in the U.S. Senate race of the embattled Republican who was all but expelled from his party last month. Published September 25 2012

  • Clinton gives Romney backhanded compliment

    Introducing Mitt Romney at the Clinton Global Initiative on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton gave the Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor a bit of a backhanded compliment, praising him for fighting for greater federal spending on AmeriCorps, a marquee Clinton government program.Introducing Mitt Romney at the Clinton Global Initiative on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton gave the Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor a bit of a backhanded compliment, praising him for fighting for greater federal spending on AmeriCorps, a marquee Clinton government program. Published September 25 2012

  • Obama, Menendez keep double-digit leads in New Jersey

    New Jersey voters appear poised to choose President Obama and Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez by a comfortable margin in this fall's elections, according to a poll released Tuesday. Published September 25 2012

  • Obama: 'I was a mediocre student until I got to college'

    President Obama, by his own admission, "was a mediocre student" until he got to college — and can't recall getting as much homework as his daughters do these days. Published September 25 2012

  • Bill Clinton: Election 'almost certainly' will thaw gridlock

    Former President Bill Clinton has predicted that the partisan squabbling that's ground Washington to a halt "almost certainly" will thaw after Election Day, saying that since Republicans can't deny President Obama a third term, "it's going to be a different world." Published September 25 2012

  • Akin in talks with potential fundraisers

    Rep. Todd Akin confirmed Monday that he has spoken with a super PAC that could provide crucial dollars for his impoverished U.S. Senate campaign — but said he doesn't yet know whether the group will come to his aid. Published September 24 2012

  • Obama, Baldwin lead by double digits in Wisconsin

    Recent polls have shown that Wisconsin voters are leaning toward President Obama and Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who is running for the U.S. Senate, but few have been so heavily in the two Democrats' favor as one released Monday. Published September 24 2012

  • White House on defensive over Obama's Middle East 'bumps' comment

    The White House is hitting back hard against Republican suggestions that President Obama was referring to the deaths of a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Libya as "bumps in the road" in the country's Middle East policy. Published September 24 2012

  • Ryan: Romney campaign critics are overreacting

    Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan shot back at critics of the Romney campaign this weekend, dismissing complaints from some Republicans that the campaign is overly timid and has given Mr. Ryan too low of a profile. Published September 24 2012

  • Axelrod: Obama clearer on economy than Romney

    Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod accused the Romney campaign on Monday of putting forward an untenable fiscal policy and dismissed charges that the president has been too vague in laying out his own economic vision for the coming years. Published September 24 2012