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Inside Politics Archive: January 2013

  • Biden: Executive orders, action can be taken on guns

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden vowed action on gun control from President Obama on Wednesday and floated the idea that Mr. Obama could use executive action to do so. Published January 9 2013

  • Wal-Mart to meet with Holder on guns

    After initially balking, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will send a representative to meet with Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday as part of Vice President Joseph R. Biden's efforts to address gun violence this week, a White House official said Thursday. Published January 9 2013

  • Obama picks Beyonce for inaugural anthem

    Pop superstar Beyonce will sing the national anthem at President Obama's inauguration celebration on Jan. 21, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Wednesday. Published January 9 2013

  • Cruz: GOP has 'leverage' in debt-ceiling fight

    Sen. Ted Cruz said Republicans came out on the short end of the "fiscal cliff" fight because President Obama had a stronger position — but the new Texas lawmaker expects a different outcome in the upcoming debt-ceiling negotiations. Published January 8 2013

  • NRA to meet with Biden on guns

    The National Rifle Association will send a representative to meet this week with Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who is heading a task force on gun violence, a spokesman for the group said Tuesday. Published January 8 2013

  • Congress less popular than root canal, cockroaches and lice, poll says

    A new poll shows that Congress is less popular than carnies, root canals and colonoscopies, but more popular than the ebola virus, meth labs and gonorrhea. Published January 8 2013

  • Civil rights icon Myrlie Evers-Williams to deliver Obama's inaugural invocation

    Civil rights figure Myrlie Evers-Williams has been chosen to deliver the invocation at President Obama's inauguration on Jan. 21, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced Tuesday. Published January 8 2013

  • Obama likely to choose Lew for Treasury

    President Obama will likely choose White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to replace outgoing Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner by the end of the week, according to a report late Monday by the Bloomberg news agency. Published January 7 2013

  • Richardson: New leadership presents an opportunity in N. Korea

    Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who is traveling to North Korea with Google chief executive Eric Schmidt on a humanitarian mission, said on CNN Saturday that he hopes to speak with Kenneth Bae, an American who is being detained in the Communist nation. Published January 5 2013

  • Oklahoma GOP freshman reaches across the (bus) aisle

    Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin, part of the congressional freshman class of 2012, said Saturday the acrimony between the two parties starts as soon as new members arrive at the Capitol — but he's trying to do something about that. Published January 5 2013

  • California Democrat: Don't call it 'gun control'

    Rep. Mike Thompson, picked by Nancy Pelosi to head House Democrats' new efforts to ban assault weapons, said Saturday that using the term "gun control" is unhelpful. Published January 5 2013

  • Sen. Rand Paul now leading FreedomWorks poll

    President Obama hasn't been sworn in for a second term yet, but that hasn't stopped the speculation about 2016. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is leading a conservative website's interactive point-and-click poll for people to name their top choices for the Republican Party's next presidential nomination. Published January 5 2013

  • Gun owner to Congress: 'I am not your servant'

    A Marine's defiant response to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein's proposal to tighten gun control in the wake of the Newtown school shooting has gone viral on the Internet. Published January 5 2013

  • Public dislikes debt deal

    After months of urging Washington to compromise, Americans are now unhappy with the deal their lawmakers agreed to, according to the latest Gallup polling. Published January 4 2013

  • Congress certifies Obama Electoral College win

    It's official: President Obama won re-election. Published January 4 2013

  • Ex-GOP rep. blasts anti-Boehner 'chuckleheads:' 'Could train a monkey to vote no'

    Former Rep. Steven C. LaTourette on Friday blasted the handful of Republicans who did not support John A. Boehner for House speaker as "chuckleheads," saying that "we could train a monkey to come to Congress and vote 'no.'" Published January 4 2013

  • Top Republican: Be ready for partial shutdown

    Sen. John Cornyn, the second-ranking Republican in the Senate, said in an op-ed published Friday that a partial government shutdown may be the only way to restore "fiscal sanity" to the federal budget. Published January 4 2013

  • Roberts, Obama to hold swearing-in twice

    Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. will administer the oath of office to President Obama twice again this year, although hopefully it will be smoother than their "do-over" four years ago. Published January 4 2013

  • New Senate sworn in

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden presided over a cheerful swearing-in ceremony in the Senate chamber, where spectators in a full gallery peered down from above and applauded. Published January 3 2013

  • 112th Congress ends

    The 112th Congress, which saw record futility, is officially over. Published January 3 2013