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Entries by Amanda Terkel from 02/2012

Koch Brothers, Allies Pledge $100 Million At Private Meeting To Beat Obama

Posted 02.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At a private three-day retreat in California last weekend, conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and about 250 to 300 other i...

Missouri Primary 2012 Regarded As Key By Rick Santorum

Posted 02.04.2012 | Politics

Rick Santorum came in last in the Nevada caucuses on Tuesday evening. He brushed off the loss in an interview with Fox News, saying that his campaign ...

Susan G. Komen Head Nancy Brinker Defended PPFA In Memoir: We Can't 'Turn Our Backs On These Women'

Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For years, some conservatives have criticized Susan G. Komen for the Cure for giving grant money to Planned Parenthood for America, beca...

Mitt Romney 2012 Gubernatorial Endorsements Don't Pay Off

Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

Rick Santorum won the Minnesota caucuses on Tuesday night, besting the GOP field's frontrunner -- who had the endorsement of Tim Pawlenty, a high-prof...

Susan G. Komen Fallout: Corporate Partners Stick With Charity Despite Lingering Concerns

Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure has gone through the biggest public relations crisis of its 30-year history during the past week. The breast...

Rep. Steve King: Kill Obama Birth Control Rule By Holding Transportation Bill Hostage (UPDATE)

Posted 02.09.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration's rule requiring most employers' insurance plans to pay for birth control with no co-pay for employees has infu...

CPAC 2012: Conservatives Rap About America, Don Colonial-Style Wigs (VIDEO)

Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At the Conservative Political Action Conference, most of the music wafting from the stage and through the halls is country music, or som...

Tammy Baldwin, Claire McCaskill Targeted By Republicans On Obama's Birth Control Rule

Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are trying to use President Obama's recent birth control rule to cause trouble for Democratic senatorial candidates, airing ...

Freedom To Marry Pushes DNC To Incorporate Marriage Equality Into 2012 Party Platform

Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An LGBT organization is calling on the Democratic Party to officially support marriage equality, launching a national campaign to get De...

Obama Birth Control Rule Will Hurt Homeless Veterans, GOP Congressman Warns

Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jeff Miller (R-Fla.), a leading Republican congressman overseeing veterans issues, is warning that President Obama's decision on bi...

Violence Against Women Act Becomes Partisan Issue

Posted 02.14.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Protecting women from violence and abuse has been an issue of bipartisan cooperation since President Clinton signed the landmark Violenc...

Jerry Sanders, GOP Mayor Of San Diego, Pushes For Marriage Equality: 'History Is Going To Judge Us'

Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When a coalition of mayors launched a campaign to push for marriage equality a month ago, there were about 70 individuals signed on to i...

Lisa Chan, Actress In Pete Hoekstra China Ad, Apologizes: 'It Was Absolutely A Mistake'

Posted 02.15.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lisa Chan, the actress who appeared in a political ad that was widely criticized for furthering negative stereotypes of Asian-Americans,...

Dick Cheney Part Of Marriage Equality Lobbying Effort In Maryland: Report

Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dick Cheney is part of a lobbying campaign to convince at least one Maryland state lawmaker to back marriage equality, the Baltimore Sun...

Asian-American Super PAC Launches To Hit Back Against Pete Hoekstra's China Ad

Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new super PAC has formed to support allies of the Asian Pacific Islander community after GOP Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra aired a co...

Maryland Marriage Equality: House Of Delegates Passes Bill In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

Posted 02.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Maryland General Assembly approved legislation legalizing marriage equality on Friday, with Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) calling it a vo...

Russ Feingold: 'It's A Threat To Our Country' To Elect One Of The GOP Presidential Candidates

Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America has largely turned its focus away from foreign policy and civil liberties since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according ...

Maryland Same-Sex Marriage: Key GOP Lawmaker Explains Dick Cheney Call

Posted 02.21.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Maryland Del. Wade Kach (R-Baltimore County) is a key reason the state is on its way to becoming the eighth in the U.S. where same-sex m...

Dick Cheney Headlining Fundraiser For John Boehner

Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney and a group of Bush administration and campaign alumni are hosting a fundraiser for House Speaker John...

Mitt Romney Quotes George Costanza Of 'Seinfeld' (VIDEO)

Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In his opening statement at Tuesday's CNN debate, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said, "I want to restore America's promise, ...

Jason Alexander, 'Seinfeld' Actor, Responds To Mitt Romney

Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

In his opening statement at Wednesday night's CNN debate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney took inspiration from an unlikely source: "Seinfeld" c...

Chris Christie On RNC Proportional Delegate Rules: 'Dumbest Idea Anybody Ever Had'

Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

While many Republicans have insisted that the long, drawn-out nomination process for the Republican presidential contest in 2012 is a positive develop...

Claire McCaskill Launches First 2012 TV Ad

Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) is up with her first TV ad in her 2012 reelection campaign, going after the "special interests" that want to see her out...

Tim Pawlenty: 'I've Taken Myself Off The List' To Be Mitt Romney's Vice President

Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been one of Mitt Romney's most enthusiastic and high-profile surrogates since he ended his own bid for presiden...

Equal Pay Enforcement Act On Verge Of Being Repealed By Wisconsin Republicans

Posted 02.24.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In 2009, the Wisconsin legislature made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court. That law is now on the ...