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44: November 23, 2008 - November 29, 2008

Obama Transition Statement on Terrorist Attacks in Mumbai

Onlookers stand at the site of a bomb blast in Mumbai Nov. 26, 2008. (Reuters)...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 26, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Barack Obama, National Security  
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Obama Volunteers at a Chicago Food Bank

The Obama family hands out turkeys at a South Side Catholic church.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 26, 2008; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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The Moral? Be Nice

Bayh aide newly powerful.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 26, 2008; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cast of Characters, In the Loop, Transition  
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Former Rumsfeld Deputy Criticizes Gates

In a blog posting on National Review Online, Di Rita, who served in several Pentagon jobs under Rumsfeld from 2001 to 2006, writes that Gates focused on Iraq and Afghanistan at the cost of carrying on Rumsfeld's efforts to bring about "the most rapid and profound transformation" of the defense establishment since 1947.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 26, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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Obama Appoints White House Speechwriting and Intergovernmental Affairs Heads

President-elect Barack Obama continued rounding out his White House staff today, naming Jonathan Favreau director of speechwriting and Cecilia Munoz director of intergovernmental affairs.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 26, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  B_Blog, Cast of Characters  
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Clintonistas Return, But Obama Says Vision Is His

Barack Obama defended himself this morning against charges that his campaign mantra of "Change We Can Believe In" is being undermined by his decision to fill his administration with familiar faces.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 26, 2008; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Cabinet, Cast of Characters, Economy, Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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Obama Names Volcker to Head New Economic Advisory Board

President-elect Barack Obama today named former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker to head a new advisory panel designed to help guide the administration's efforts to stabilize the nation's struggling financial system and create millions of new jobs.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 26, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Economy  
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Obama to Announce Economic Panel; Turkey to Wait

President-elect Barack Obama's third news conference in as many days will focus on creation of an emergency economic advisory panel, headed by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volker. The annual White House turkey pardon, presided over by still-President Bush, has been pushed back 30 minutes to avoid overlapping with the president-elect's event.

By Washington Post Editor  | November 26, 2008; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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Gates Expected to Remain at Defense

President-elect plans to announce members of his national security team early next week

By Post Editor  | November 25, 2008; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Cabinet  
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Orszag Hangs Up His Blog

Peter Orszag has been hailed as the first blogger to join the White House at Cabinet rank, as well as for his fiscal acumen. Having been named by President-elect Barack Obama to head the Office of Management and Budget, he has now hung up his blogging hat over at the Congressional Budget Office, where he was director.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 25, 2008; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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Biden Beefs Up Staff

Vice President-elect Joe Biden continued to fill top positions in his office today, naming three new senior staff members with broad portfolios.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 25, 2008; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  B_Blog, Cast of Characters, Joe Biden  
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Obama's Inaugural Committee Plots the Celebration

Barack Obama's newly formed inaugural committee promised today it will not raise money from corporations, political action committees or currently registered lobbyists for the historic celebrations on Jan. 20 that will mark the dawning of the Obama administration.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 25, 2008; 2:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Sleuth  
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Obama's Ad Dominance Reaffirmed

By Chris Cillizza As the presidential campaign entered its final months, it became increasingly clear...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 25, 2008; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Fix  
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Global Warming High on Senate Foreign Relations Agenda

Climate change policy will get a boost next year from the fact that some of the most senior members of the Obama administration have focused on the issue during their careers, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) told reporters today.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 25, 2008; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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Obama Announces OMB Chiefs

President-elect Barack Obama announced his director of the Office of Management and Budget today in Chicago, as well as deputy director.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 25, 2008; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Primary Source  
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Big Economic Questions and Small Donors

By John Amick At a news conference yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama introduced his core group...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 25, 2008; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Change is Coming to FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Administration, a tragicomic disaster since Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 -- and even before then -- looks to be getting a facelift under the Obama administration, sources tell us.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 24, 2008; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  In the Loop  
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Ogden a Top Candidate for Justice Dept. No. 2

David W. Ogden, who oversees the Justice Department transition for President-elect Barack Obama, has emerged as the top candidate to become the department's second in command.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 24, 2008; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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Minner to Appoint Biden Aide to Senate

By Chris Cillizza Ted Kaufman, a longtime aide to Joe Biden, will be appointed by...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 24, 2008; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Joe Biden  
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The Foreign Policy Deputies

By Al Kamen With the top slots at the State Department and the National Security...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 24, 2008; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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Vilsack Says He's Not in the Running for Ag. Sec. Spot

Former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack said yesterday he is not a candidate for agriculture secretary, telling the Des Moines Register that he had never been contacted by aides to President-elect Barack Obama about any administration position.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 24, 2008; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cabinet, Cast of Characters  
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It's the Economy...

By John Amick The Obama camp, once famous for its discipline and ability to keep...

By Web Politics Editor  | November 24, 2008; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Obama to Announce Economic Team Today

President-elect Barack Obama will officially introduce members of his incoming economic team today during a news conference in Chicago.

By Washington Post Editor  | November 24, 2008; 7:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, The Daybook  
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