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44: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Bronx Chief Carrion Gets a Post After All

Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión Jr. is slated to direct the newly created White House Office of Urban Policy, sources familiar with the appointment said last night.

By Post Editor  | December 13, 2008; 10:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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WH Tells Obamas, No Room at the Blair House

The Bush administration has denied President-elect Barack Obama's request to move early into Blair House, across from the White House, citing previously scheduled commitments, a transition official said.

By Post Editor  | December 12, 2008; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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The Blagojevich Scandal: The Charges

Having trouble keeping up with all the ins and outs of how Illinois Gov. Rod...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 12, 2008; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Ill. AG Files Motion to Oust Blagojevich

By Garance Franke-Ruta Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a motion with the Illinois...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 12, 2008; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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More Special Envoys in the Works

By Al Kamen The economic downturn has spiked unemployment for just about everyone. But not...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 12, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Disappointed by Auto Bailout Impasse

President-elect Barack Obama today issued a statement expressing disappointment with the Senate's failure to reach...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 12, 2008; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Trading Blame After Bailout Collapses

By Ben Pershing The 110th Congress came to an ignominious end late last night, as...

By Ben Pershing  | December 12, 2008; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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NASA Chief Denies Rift With Transition Team

By Joel Achenbach NASA Adminstrator Michael Griffin today denounced an Orlando Sentinel report that he...

By Lexie Verdon  | December 11, 2008; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Obama Nominates Daschle for HHS

By Ceci Connolly President-elect Barack Obama formally nominated Thomas A. Daschle to become the next...

By Washington Post Editor  | December 11, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Dust Up over Holder Confirmation Hearings

A plan by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) to hold confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. on Jan. 8 is coming under fire from committee Republicans, who want more time to review Holder's record.

By Washington Post Editor  | December 11, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Gridlock for the Auto Bailout; Trouble for 'Candidate 5'

By Ben Pershing On top of all the ills currently plaguing Detroit and the auto...

By Ben Pershing  | December 11, 2008; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Daschle's Formal HHS Nomination Expected Tomorrow in Chicago

The announcement is no longer a surprise, but should give the former senate majority leader an unusually broad health care portfolio.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 10, 2008; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Cabinet, Health Care  
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Obama Selects Nobel Winner Chu to Run Energy Dept.

By Steven Mufson and Philip Rucker President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Steven Chu, a Nobel...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 10, 2008; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Obama Marks Human Rights Day

President-elect Barack Obama marked international Human Rights Day today by issuing a statement reaffirming America's...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 10, 2008; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Jackson Denies Involvement in Ill. Senate Seat Scheme

"I am not accused of any misconduct," Jackson said, denying any "involvement whatsoever" in a scheme to buy appointment to Obama's Senate seat.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 10, 2008; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Podesta Dips His Toe in the Jury Pool

John Podesta spends the morning doing his civic duty.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 10, 2008; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Well-Timed Arrest

Blagojevich was arrested on International Anti-Corruption Day.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 10, 2008; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama: Blagojevich Should Resign

President-elect Barack Obama believes that Gov. Rod Blagojevich should resign, his advisers said on Wednesday.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 10, 2008; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
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Sutley to Chair Council on Environmental Quality

President-elect Barack Obama has selected Nancy Sutley, a deputy mayor of Los Angeles for energy and environment, to chair the White House Council on Environmental Quality, a Democratic source said.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 10, 2008; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Illinois-Style Political Corruption

By Ben Pershing The sun will rise over Chicago a few minutes from now, and...

By Eric Pianin  | December 10, 2008; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Bleeping Comedy Gold

http://gawker.com/5105933/blagojevich-touched-us-all The Blagoshpere their conclusion? "Also Jesse Jackson Sr was on The Oprah Winfrey...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 9, 2008; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Browner to Take White House Energy and Environment Job

President-elect Barack Obama is expected to announce -- perhaps as early as Wednesday -- that Clinton administration Environmental Protection Agency chief Carol Browner will take a new White House position as head of environmental, energy, climate and related matters, according to Democratic sources.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 9, 2008; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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At DoD, Gates Works on Transition to Himself

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is "recalibrating" President-elect Barack Obama's transition team efforts at his department in light of the fact that he will be "transitioning to himself," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said today.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 9, 2008; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama on Climate Change: 'The Time for Denial Is Over'

President-elect Barack Obama met this afternoon in Chicago with former vice president Al Gore to discuss climate change, declaring after the meeting, "The time for denial is over."

By Web Politics Editor  | December 9, 2008; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Bill Clinton Discloses Donors Behind Global Initiative Meeting in Asia

Former president Bill Clinton, who agreed to make his charitable activities more transparent in an accord with President-elect Barack Obama that paved the way for his wife to become Obama's secretary of state, today disclosed the sponsors of last week's Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Hong Kong.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 9, 2008; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Reid: 'Very Disappointed' by Blagojevich Arrest

By Paul Kane Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) spoke to the Illinois Gov....

By Web Politics Editor  | December 9, 2008; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Arrested

FBI agents this morning arrested Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich (D) and his chief of staff on conspiracy and bribery charges, including allegations that the governor was seeking to benefit financially from his appointment of a successor to the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 9, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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An Auto Industry Czar in the Offing

By Ben Pershing Are we about to nationalize the auto industry? The question doesn't seem...

By Eric Pianin  | December 9, 2008; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Incoming WH Press Secretary Gibbs Prepping for His New Job

Gibbs is conducting practice briefings and studying up on issues, Obama aides said, with the help of Anita Dunn, who was a senior communications adviser during the campaign.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 8, 2008; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Obama and Gore to Talk Climate Change in Chicago

By Philip Rucker and Al Kamen Former Vice President Al Gore will meet in Chicago tomorrow with President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden to discuss the new administration's environmental agenda.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 8, 2008; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Holder Confirmation Hearings to Begin in Early Jan.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vermont) said today he would hold confirmation hearings for Attorney General nominee Eric Holder Jr. the week of January 5.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 8, 2008; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Clinton Pays a Call on the State Department

By Glenn Kessler Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), the nominee for secretary of state, today...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 8, 2008; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Obama Nationality Case

The Supreme Court this morning unceremoniously declined to hear an emergency appeal from a man who claimed President-elect Barack Obama is not qualified for the presidency because he is not a "natural-born" citizen.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 8, 2008; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (522)
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Obama Again Leads in Pixel Generation

By Ben Pershing It's not often that a politician gets so much attention for making...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 8, 2008; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Obama Seeks More Help for Homeowners

President-elect Barack Obama pressed the Bush administration on Sunday to do more to help homeowners struggling with their mortgages.

By Patricia E. Gaston  | December 7, 2008; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
 
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Obama on the Economy: "Things Are Going to Get Worse Before They Get Better"

By Anne E. Kornblut President-elect Barack Obama warned in an interview aired Sunday that "things...

By Patricia E. Gaston  | December 7, 2008; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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