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44: December 21, 2008 - December 27, 2008

RNC Chairman Candidates Split on Charged Stocking Stuffer

Republicans who are vying to lead the national party offer a mix of reactions to the decision by one candidate for the job to mail out a music CD including the song "Barack the Magic Negro."

By Post Editor  | December 27, 2008; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Obama's Vacation: Power Returns to Oahu

President-elect turns down extra protection as blackout covered island.

By Post Editor  | December 27, 2008; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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Obama Takes In a Show and a Shave Ice

President-elect Barack Obama ditches his "press pool" of reporters, photographers and cameramen to take his daughters and a caravan of family friends to a marine amusement park and a mobbed shopping center.

By Post Editor  | December 26, 2008; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama  
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From RNC Chair Hopeful, a Provocative Holiday CD

A candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee sent committee members this month a holiday music CD that included "Barack the Magic Negro," a parody song first aired in 2007 by talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

By Post Editor  | December 26, 2008; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Republican Party  
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Obama Aides Dismiss Reports of Upcoming Trip to Iraq

President-elect Barack Obama's aides on Friday dismissed reports that Obama may visit Iraq in coming weeks.

By Lexie Verdon  | December 26, 2008; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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Holiday Reading

Tales Yule log DVDs and YouTubes and Barack Obama's rigorous exercise schedule provide for...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 25, 2008; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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President-Elect's Holiday Address Offers Prayers and Praise for America's Troops

Barack Obama today offered a holiday YouTube address, which will air on the radio on Saturday.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 24, 2008; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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Obama Gets Benefit of the Doubt (for Now)

By Ben Pershing It's called "the benefit of the doubt" and Barack Obama gets it...

By Ben Pershing  | December 24, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Obama Attends Memorial for Grandmother

President-elect Barack Obama and his family paid tribute Tuesday to the woman he called his "rock," the maternal grandmother who provided stability in his young life and made possible his rise to the American presidency.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 23, 2008; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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Obama Fills More Key National Security Slots

President-elect Barack Obama began filling out the rest of his national security team today, naming long-standing Democratic foreign policy figures -- plus a former White House budget director -- to key posts at the State Department and National Security Council.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 23, 2008; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Cast of Characters, National Security  
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Obama Team Releases Report on Contacts with Blagojevich

The Obama transition team this afternoon released its review of Obama transition staff contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his office.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 23, 2008; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (136)
Categories:  DEPT. OF JURISPRUDENCE  
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Bush's Last Camp David Christmas

President Bush headed to Camp David today for his last Christmas at the presidential retreat, which also served as the Bush family's holiday spot when his father was in the White House.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 23, 2008; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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All Clintons, All the Time

By Ben Pershing Just two shopping days left until Christmas, and it looks like Chelsea...

By Ben Pershing  | December 23, 2008; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Obama Adviser Steinberg Says He'll Assist Clinton at State

James B. Steinberg, a top adviser to President-elect Barack Obama, told colleagues that he expects to be nominated Tuesday as deputy secretary of state.

By Post Editor  | December 22, 2008; 11:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Cast of Characters, Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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Obama Report on Blagojevich Contacts Set for Release Tues.

President-elect Barack Obama on Tuesday will release a internal report detailing his staff's contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who stands accused of trying to sell Obama's U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 22, 2008; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Clinton Won't Seek Recovery of Millions She Loaned Campaign

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton has formally given up hope of recovering about $13 million she loaned her failed presidential campaign, according to campaign finance reports filed today.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 22, 2008; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Hillary Rodham Clinton, The Green Zone  
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Paparazzi Photog Gets a 'Pec-tacular' Obama Shot

More than a dozen photographs of a bathing suit-clad President-elect Barack Obama surfaced online Monday showing the shirtless Chicagoan accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and their two young daughters on the white-sand beach in front of their vacation home.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 22, 2008; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, B_Blog, Postcard from Hawaii  
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Army Secretary Geren to Step Down

Army Secretary Pete Geren will not remain in his position under an Obama administration, a senior Army official said Monday.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 22, 2008; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  National Security  
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Obama Kicks Off His Vacation With a Round of Golf

President-elect Barack Obama spent his first full day in Hawaii working out with his wife, Michelle, ordering local delicacies and playing 18 holes of golf on a rolling green set against the backdrop of a volcanic mountain range.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 22, 2008; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Postcard from Hawaii  
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Nothing to See Here, Move Along

By Ben Pershing Barack Obama and his team haven't reached the White House yet, but...

By Ben Pershing  | December 22, 2008; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Report on Contacts With Ill. Governor Due by Tuesday

President-elect Barack Obama will make public by Tuesday a report detailing his staff's contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), who has been accused of trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat that Obama resigned, Democratic officials said.

By Post Editor  | December 21, 2008; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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