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Inside Politics Archive: April 2013

  • Cancer fighters see more than $60B in health savings from Obama cigarette tax

    An advocacy wing of the American Cancer Society said Friday that President Obama's proposed cigarette tax hike would save the nation more than $63 billion in long-term health care costs. Published April 26 2013

  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he's worried Boston bombings are not isolated

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz says he has concerns the Boston bombing suspects didn't act alone, as some officials and the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, have suggested. Published April 26 2013

  • Senator says no-fly zone possible for Syria

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez said Thursday that reports that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad have likely used chemical weapons on their own people means the United States could pressure the United Nations to impose sanctions against the Middle East country, including imposing a "no-fly" zone. Published April 25 2013

  • Sen. Harry Reid: Congress is not ducking 'Obamacare'

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday tried to shoot down reports that members of Congress want to exempt themselves and staffers from President Obama's health care law, even though their participation was written into the law. Published April 25 2013

  • Sebelius: Not sure why Medicare nominee is being held up

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday she has few details to share on why Sen. Tom Harkin decided to hold up President Obama's pick to run the nation's Medicare agency. Published April 25 2013

  • Rep. Steve King: Pause needed on immigration reform bill

    Republican Rep. Steve King says Congress should delay debate on immigration reform until it learns more about the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and how they immigrated to the U.S. Published April 25 2013

  • Dems: Boehner must apologize to Clinton, retract Benghazi report

    The top Democrat on the House investigative committee asked Speaker John A. Boehner to retract a report five of his committee chairmen released this week that places blame for the lack of security at the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi at the feet of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Published April 25 2013

  • Veterans in Congress call on Obama to shake up the VA

    A bipartisan group of more than two dozen House members, all of whom are military veterans or actively serving in the National Guard, sent a letter to President Obama on Thursday, urging him to take steps to quickly reduce the embarrassing backlog of benefit claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Published April 25 2013

  • Barbara Bush on talks of Jeb 2016 bid: 'We've had enough Bushes'

    A day after former President George W. Bush called on his brother Jeb to run for president in 2016, their mother, Barbara, tried to squash the idea, saying the former Florida governor should take a pass. Published April 25 2013

  • GOP Rep.: Obama administration withholding Benghazi info

    Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz on Thursday blasted the Obama administration for dragging its feet on providing Congress documents regarding last year's deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. Published April 25 2013

  • Rep. Adam Schiff: FBI did its job investigating bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev

    A member of the House intelligence panel says it appears the FBI properly checked out warnings in recent years from Russian officials that bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was a terrorist threat. Published April 25 2013

  • Giffords' group up with radio ads targeting McConnell, Ayotte

    Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control advocacy group co-founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona Democrat, launched a radio ad campaign Wednesday targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, for voting no last week on a measure to expand gun-purchase background checks to gun sales online and at gun shows. Published April 24 2013

  • GOP tells Obama to release Clinton cable on Benghazi

    House Republicans on Wednesday asked President Obama to release to the public a State Department cable the GOP says would show former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton approved cutting security at the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, ahead of last year's deadly attack. Published April 24 2013

  • Washington airports spared sequester impacts

    The chief of the FAA told Congress today that Washington-area airports will largely escape the effects of the air traffic controller furloughs — a blessing for lawmakers who fly out of the nation's capitol. Published April 24 2013

  • Too early to say if Boston bombing suspects acted alone, Rep. Peter King says

    Rep. Peter King says he's not convinced that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is telling the truth when he reportedly told investigators that he and his brother acted alone in setting off two fatal bombs at last week's Boston Marathon. Published April 24 2013

  • Poll: 39 percent 'relieved' or 'very happy' about defeat of gun background-check legislation

    A new survey shows that nearly half of adults are angry or disappointed about the Senate's failure to pass a measure that would have expanded gun-purchase background checks, but 39 percent are "relieved" or "very happy. Published April 24 2013

  • Obama statement on Baucus doesn't mention health care

    President Obama's statement on the retirement of Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, conspicuously makes no mention of the role he played in shepherding the Affordable Care Act through the Senate. Published April 23 2013

  • Senate committee green-lights Medicare nominee Marilyn Tavenner at crucial time

    The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday approved President Obama's pick to lead a federal agency that insures millions of Americans through Medicare and Medicaid, offering unusually bipartisan support for the nominee despite intense debate over health care reform and entitlement spending in Washington. Published April 23 2013

  • Report: Sen. Max Baucus to retire, opening up seat in red state Montana

    Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, plans to retire in 2014, according to The Washington Post. Published April 23 2013

  • N.Y. Gov. Cuomo marks Earth Day by touting accomplishments but ignoring fracking

    As pressure mounts from both sides of the debate, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a new strategy for dealing with the pressing question of whether he'll approve fracking in his state: ignore the issue altogether. Published April 23 2013