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Inside Politics Archive: October 2013

  • Americans think Obamacare rollout is going poorly, but at least are checking it out: poll

    A new poll finds only 7 percent of Americans think the rollout of the new health care law this month has gone well. Published October 10 2013

  • Americans agree: The country is going to hell in a handbasket

    The number of American voters who think the country is headed in the right direction fell by 11 percentage points over the past week, placing it at its lowest level in two years, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey. Published October 10 2013

  • Former Sen. Jim DeMint keeps focus on Obamacare

    Former Sen. Jim DeMint published a letter to President Obama on Thursday that trumpets complaints about the president's health care law, even as many Republicans appear to be backing away from their Obamacare demands in a bid to end the government shutdown and raise the nation's debt limit. Published October 10 2013

  • GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann: Obamacare should be optional

    Rep. Michele Bachmann said Thursday the new health care law should be an optional program for people who want it. Published October 10 2013

  • Senate immigration bill adds 17 million potential voters to U.S.

    The Senate immigration bill would add 17 million new potential voters to the U.S. within 25 years, according to a report from the Center for Immigration Studies, released Thursday that argues the influx could have a major effect on American politics. Published October 10 2013

  • Rep. Chris Van Hollen: We should have hammered out this budget thing months ago

    Rep. Chris Van Hollen said Thursday that his fellow Democrats have been trying to negotiate over the federal budget since March, only to be rebuffed in the months leading up to the government shutdown. Published October 10 2013

  • Obama, congressional leaders not about to win a popularity contest: poll

    Favorability ratings of President Obama and congressional leaders are significantly worse now than before the government shutdown, a Gallup poll reported on Thursday. Published October 10 2013

  • Terry McAuliffe up 8 points in Virginia governor's race: poll

    Democrat Terry McAuliffe leads Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli by eight points in the Virginia governor's race, 47 percent to 39 percent — with Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis taking 8 percent — in a poll released Thursday less than a month from election day on Nov. 5. Published October 10 2013

  • Obama: Obamacare not the reason for cuts in workers' hours

    President Obama on Wednesday continued tying the government shutdown to House Republicans, making the case there are real people in the D.C. region and beyond who are being harmed by partisan gridlock. Published October 9 2013

  • Rep. McCaul: Obama must confront growing threat from al-Shabaab

    The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday that the Obama administration must confront the growing threat that the al Qaeda-linked al-Shabab poses to the U.S. — in particular from Americans recruited to fight for the terrorist group overseas and who could return home to launch an attack on American soil Published October 9 2013

  • House GOP rejects all-hands meeting with Obama

    House Republican leaders rejected President Obama's offer to host the entire House GOP caucus at the White House on Thursday, countering that they would instead send their elected leaders and key committee chairmen to talk. Published October 9 2013

  • Rep. Michele Bachmann: Civil disobedience possible against Obama 'thuggery'

    Rep. Michele Bachmann believes that President Obama has committed impeachable offenses and that the nation could be on the cusp of the kind of civil disobedience that led to the public uprising in Egypt against the Muslim Brotherhood. Published October 9 2013

  • D.C. officials plea for shelter from shutdown

    Fighting to carve the District of Columbia out of the government shutdown fight, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton deployed more than 100 people to lobby senators Wednesday, asking them to vote on a House-passed bill that would give the city the right to stay open using its own money. Published October 9 2013

  • Barrasso: Obamacare rollout is a 'fiasco'

    Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso on Wednesday lambasted the rollout of insurance markets tied to Obamacare, saying news outlets, customer reviews and tech experts agree the plan's first days have been "a complete disaster." Published October 9 2013

  • Obama invites lawmakers to White House

    President Obama is inviting congressional lawmakers of both parties to the White House this week, with separate meetings for Democratic and Republican lawmakers to discuss the government shutdown and debt-ceiling impasse. Published October 9 2013

  • Senate chaplain chides body over veteran benefits

    Senate Chaplain Barry Black hasn't been shy of late in calling out lawmakers in his daily opening prayer on the chamber floor. Published October 9 2013

  • Yellen Fed pick gets mixed reviews on Capitol Hill

    President Obama's decision to nominate Federal Reserve Vice Chairwoman Janet Yellen to the Fed's top position is receiving mixed reviews on Capitol Hill while providing a brief diversion from the government shutdown and debt limit fight that's transfixed Washington. Published October 9 2013

  • VIDEO: Sen. Tom Coburn rips up 'government' credit card

    Maybe it was inevitable someone brought a credit card and a pair of scissors to the Senate floor. On Tuesday, that someone was Sen. Tom Coburn who had to ask special permission from the chamber in order to have the dangerous tool on the floor. Published October 9 2013

  • Paul Ryan comes out of shadows, calls for lasting reforms to end shutdown stalemate

    Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, a key budget-minder in Congress who's been quiet during the government shutdown, re-entered the fray on Wednesday with an op-ed that takes the fiery rhetoric down a notch and calls on President Obama to come to the negotiating table. Published October 9 2013

  • N.J.'s Chris Christie refuses to rule out presidential bid in gubernatorial debate

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie refused to rule out running for president in 2016 during the first debate of his re-election campaign, saying that if he does a good job as governor, then his political future will take care of itself. Published October 9 2013