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44: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Obama Announces Science and Technology Team

By Garance Franke-Ruta President-elect Barack Obama used his weekly YouTube and radio address to...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 20, 2008; 9:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Americans Take Parting Shots at Bush

"Incompetent" is most frequently offered description of president in new Pew survey.

By Post Editor  | December 19, 2008; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
 
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'Catastrophes' for Past and Future Presidents

By Ben Pershing Orderly transitions of power being the American way, President Bush has been...

By Ben Pershing  | December 19, 2008; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Caroline Kennedy Hits Harlem

The listening tour continues.

By Post Editor  | December 18, 2008; 9:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Genachowski May be in Line for FCC Post

Area venture capitalist on short list for chairmanship.

By Post Editor  | December 18, 2008; 8:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bush Has Some Advice for Obama

President Bush dispensed a few words of advice to his successor today, urging President-elect Barack Obama to foster robust debate inside the White House and to keep on top of "the bureaucracy" to make sure policies are implemented.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 18, 2008; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Blair 'Definitely' the Next DNI, Say Congressional Officials

Retired Adm. Dennis Blair is President-elect Barack Obama's choice to become director of national intelligence, congressional officials knowledgeable about the decision said today.

By Post Editor  | December 18, 2008; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lubchenco Will Helm National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

President-elect Barack Obama has tapped Oregon State University professor Jane Lubchenco, one of the nation's most prominent marine biologists, to head the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 18, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Ron Kirk Likely to Head USTR

Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk is likely to pick up the U.S. Trade Representative portfolio.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 18, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Report: Holdren to Lead White House Science Policy

President-elect Obama will announce this weekend that he has selected physicist John Holdren, who has devoted much of his career to energy and environmental research, as his White House science adviser, according to a published report today.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 18, 2008; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Calif. Congresswoman Solis Tapped to Head Labor

Barack Obama has selected Los Angeles congresswoman Hilda Solis to run his Labor Department.

By Post Editor  | December 18, 2008; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Bill Clinton's Foundation Raised Millions From Foreign Governments

Former president Bill Clinton's charitable foundation has raised tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments including Saudi Arabia, Australia, Norway, Kuwait and Qatar, according to a list of 205,000 donors made public this morning.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 18, 2008; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
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Obama Defends Invocation by Conservative Pastor

Gay rights advocates are rallying in opposition to the choice of evangelical megapastor Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama next month.

By Washington Post Editor  | December 18, 2008; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (287)
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It's Still the Economy, Stupid

By Ben Pershing Amid the focus on a trio of interesting political subplots -- Rod...

By Ben Pershing  | December 18, 2008; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mary Schapiro Chosen to Head SEC

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen a veteran financial regulator as the new head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, the beleaguered overseer of Wall Street that has been pilloried for failing to prevent the global economic meltdown, senior Democratic officials said yesterday.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 17, 2008; 7:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Meeting of Ex-Presidents' Club in the Works

President Bush and President-elect Barack Obama will meet again before Inauguration Day -- and with the other living presidents in tow.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 17, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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LaHood Accepts Transportation Secretary Job

Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) last night accepted an offer to become President-elect Barack Obama's transportation secretary and the nomination will be made official in coming days, senior Democratic officials said.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 17, 2008; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Interior and Agriculture Secretaries Named

President-elect Barack Obama today announced his selections for the agriculture and interior secretary Cabinet posts at a news conference in Chicago.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 17, 2008; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama: Person of the Year

Obama is selected as Time magazine's person of the year.

By Washington Post Editor  | December 17, 2008; 9:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
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Cabinet Guessing Game Nearing an End

By Ben Pershing The parlor game of guessing Barack Obama's Cabinet picks is sadly nearing...

By Ben Pershing  | December 17, 2008; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Vilsack and Salazar Nominations Expected Weds.

sident-elect Barack Obama has tapped former Iowa governor Thomas J. Vilsack to be his secretary of agriculture and will introduce Vilsack tomorrow at a news conference in Chicago, where he will also name Sen. Ken Salazar (D-Colo.) as his secretary of interior, a senior Democratic official said.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 16, 2008; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Biden Fleshes Out Press Team

By Al Kamen Yesterday, Vice President-elect Joe Biden formally tapped veteran Time Magazine reporter --...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 16, 2008; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Chicago Schools Chief to be Education Secretary

Chicago schools executive Arne Duncan was nominated by President-elect Barack Obama this morning to be the nation's next education secretary.

By Washington Post Editor  | December 16, 2008; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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This Week on 'Dynasty': Kennedys, Clintons and More

By Ben Pershing Remember how hard it was in high school history class to remember...

By Ben Pershing  | December 16, 2008; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Barney Cam Returns

It's that time of year again at the White House -- a national Christmas tree on the Ellipse, nonstop holiday events, and another corny video featuring Barney the first dog.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 15, 2008; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama Expected to Name Education Secretary on Tuesday

President-elect Barack Obama will name Chicago public schools superintendent Arne Duncan as his secretary of education at a news conference tomorrow at a Chicago elementary school, a senior Democratic official said.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 15, 2008; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Obama Rolls Out Energy and Climate Team

President-elect Barack Obama said he plans to tap his choice for secretary of the interior later this week, a move that will round out the climate change and energy team he rolled out on at news conference this afternoon.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 15, 2008; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Grand Jury Investigation into Richardson Donor Heats Up

A federal grand jury is investigating how an investment company won more than $1.5 million in work advising the state of New Mexico after making contributions to the political action committees of Gov. Bill Richardson, President-elect Barack Obama's choice to be commerce secretary.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 15, 2008; 5:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Time Mag. Journalist Moves to Veep's Office

Jay Carney, until this morning the Washington bureau chief of Time magazine, today resigned to become director of communications for Vice President-elect Joe Biden, according to a transition aide.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 15, 2008; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Democrats Will Try to Pass Stimulus in Early Jan.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that Democrats would look to pass a economic stimulus package of around $600 billion in the first two weeks that Congress meets next month.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 15, 2008; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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In Obama Train Trip, Echoes of Lincoln

Following in Abraham Lincoln's steps once more, President-elect Barack Obama is planning to travel by train to Washington ahead of his inaugural next month.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 15, 2008; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Decision Time for Bush and Obama, As Congress Calls It Quits

By Ben Pershing "The Decider" gets to decide the fate of the U.S. auto industry...

By Paul Volpe  | December 15, 2008; 8:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Obama to Announce Energy, Environment Team Monday

By Anne E. Kornblut President-elect Barack Obama will announce his energy and environment team late...

By Patricia E. Gaston  | December 14, 2008; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Illinois GOP Pushing for Special Election for Senate Seat

By Kari Lydersen The Illinois Republican Party has launched what they are calling a "grassroots...

By Patricia E. Gaston  | December 14, 2008; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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