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Inside Politics Archive: May 2013

  • Bloomberg group targets Flake over gun vote

    Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the advocacy group co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is out with a new ad targeting Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, over his vote against a failed measure to expand gun-purchase background checks last month. Published May 17 2013

  • IRS and Benghazi scandals need more investigation: poll

    The vast majority of Americans believe the ongoing Benghazi affair and the unfolding scandal swirling around the Internal Revenue Service need to be investigated, according to a new Gallup poll out Friday. Published May 17 2013

  • 'Superman' blasts White House over scandals

    There's been little truth and justice in Washington recently as the Obama administration continues to suppress damning information, the actor best known for portraying Superman charged on Friday morning. Published May 17 2013

  • Poll shows support to recall anti-gun Colorado Democrat

    The drive to recall a top Colorado Democratic legislator over his gun-control support received a boost Thursday from a newly released poll showing a plurality of his constituents support removing him from office. Published May 16 2013

  • Obama: 'Complete confidence' in Holder

    He had to be reminded, but President Obama gave his vote of confidence Thursday to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Published May 16 2013

  • Liberal groups attack state anti-Sharia statutes

    Moves by more than 30 states in recent years to curb the use of foreign law in U.S. courts has been fueled by "anti-Muslim bigotry" and will present legal and practical problems for American courts and families, according to a new report released Thursday by a pair of leading liberal interest groups. Published May 16 2013

  • House bill to build stalled Keystone pipeline advances

    Fed up with delays by the White House, House Republicans on Thursday passed a bill out of committee that would take the decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline out of President Obama's hands. Published May 16 2013

  • Embattled IRS 'Cheetahs' scrub softball date

    The Internal Revenue Service is too busy playing defense on the political front to play its scheduled softball game on Friday. Published May 16 2013

  • Democrat: Health care repeal a 'legislative fantasy'

    A New York Democrat lawmaker accused House Republicans of acting out a "legislative fantasy" Thursday afternoon by holding yet another vote to repeal President Obama's health care law. Published May 16 2013

  • Nancy Pelosi: GOP attacks on Obama based on 'fear'

    With the White House facing increasing flak from Republicans over several bubbling scandals, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says Republicans are exploiting the matters in order to tarnish a "great" and "visionary" president. Published May 16 2013

  • Sen. Marco Rubio: Obama created 'culture of intimidation'

    Whether it's the targeting of conservative groups or the secret gathering of journalists' phone logs, President Obama has created a "culture of intimidation" throughout the federal government and taken part in a "deliberate abuse of power," Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday. Published May 16 2013

  • Terry McAuliffe up in Virginia governor's race: poll

    In the race to be Virginia's next governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened up a 5-point lead over his Republican opponent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out Thursday morning. Published May 16 2013

  • No mortgage refi for Obamas, records show

    President Obama likes to extol the virtues of average Americans taking advantage of historic low mortgage rates, but so far he has resisted refinancing his 6,000-foot house in Kenwood district of Chicago, according to his latest financial disclosure report released Wednesday. Published May 15 2013

  • Obama moves to take bigger role in addressing IRS scandal

    After days of being accused of acting timidly with the IRS, President Obama will meet Wednesday with Treasury Department officials to discuss punishing those responsible for the agency targeting conservative groups. Published May 15 2013

  • Holder: IRS probe will be national, 'dispassionate'

    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told Congress Wednesday his investigation into the IRS scandal will be nationwide and not limited to the agency's Cincinnati office where agents targeted tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny. Published May 15 2013

  • House oversight panel to hold 2nd Hill hearing on IRS scandal

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced Wednesday it has scheduled the second of what is expected to be bevy of congressional hearings on the IRS scandal. Published May 15 2013

  • Reid mocks latest GOP 'Obamacare' repeal push

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ridiculed House Republicans on Wednesday for scheduling yet another vote to repeal "Obamacare" this week, quipping that "perhaps Republicans think the 37th time is the charm." Published May 15 2013

  • Tea party leader: We need independent probe of IRS

    Cries are growing louder for an independent investigation into the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. Published May 15 2013

  • IRS employees gave more than $110,000 to Obama's campaigns

    President Obama received more than $110,000 from IRS employees for his 2008 and 2012 campaigns, topping all rival candidates, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis. Published May 15 2013

  • Cash-strapped Michigan city auctions off Santa and his reindeer

    Looking to dig its way out of debt, a cash-strapped Michigan city sold off Santa Claus, his white sleigh and four of his reindeer at an auction. Published May 15 2013