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44: January 18, 2009 - January 24, 2009

Jarrett Will Represent Obama in Davos

Valerie Jarrett, a longtime friend of President Obama's and a senior adviser in the White House, will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on behalf of America's new president.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 23, 2009; 6:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  B_Blog, Cast of Characters  
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Three New Homeland Security Hires

President Obama announced his intention to nominate Jane Holl Lute as deputy secretary for the Department of Homeland Security, and DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano will bring two of her top aides from Arizona to serve as chiefs of staff for policy and operations.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 23, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  National Security  
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Clyburn Pooh-Poohs Bipartisanship

Already facing strong GOP opposition to some of his policy ideas, President Obama may face another challenge to bringing about a new era of bipartisanship in Washington: Congressional Democrats.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 23, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  Hill Transition  
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The Curious Case of Caroline and Kirsten

By Ben Pershing Torture. Detainees. Gaza. Bank bailouts. These are the topics that have consumed...

By Ben Pershing  | January 23, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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POTUS Events

By Sarah Lovenheim President Obama and Vice President Biden start their morning with the daily...

By Washington Post editors  | January 23, 2009; 6:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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Obama's BlackBerry: The Ultimate A-List

In Washington, D.C., nothing will be harder to win a spot on than the list of e-mail addresses allowed to arrive, unimpeded, to President Obama's BlackBerry.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 22, 2009; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, New Media  
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Obama Tours the White House Press Room

President Obama took a surprise tour of the White House press room late this afternoon, startling journalists as he explored the cramped work area.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 22, 2009; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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Oaths, Bibles and Presidents

President Obama may be a historic figure, but his awkward swearing-in ceremony and subsequent do-over of the oath of office don't make him unique in the American historical record.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 22, 2009; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, The Debate Rages On...  
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Cheney: Libby Deserved a Pardon

By Philip Rucker Just one day after leaving the White House, former vice president Dick...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 22, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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White House Pool Reports to Stay Press Property

Anne E. Kornblut The new White House web site is expected to display many cool...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 22, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  New Media, White House  
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Obama and Air Force One, the Video

By Garance Franke-Ruta Now making the rounds comes this segment from a forthcoming National...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 22, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Making the Rounds  
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Clinton Welcomed at State Department

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received a rousing welcome this morning when she arrived at Foggy Bottom for the first time.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 22, 2009; 9:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  B_Blog, Cabinet, Foggy Bottom, Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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GOP Still Finding Its Way

By Ben Pershing When you're on the tracks and a train is bearing down, there...

By Ben Pershing  | January 22, 2009; 8:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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POTUS Events

By Sarah Lovenheim President Obama is briefed by top economic advisers at 9:40 a.m. At...

By Washington Post editors  | January 22, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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Obama Takes His Oath of Office Again

President Obama took the oath of office -- again -- on Wednesday, out of an abundance of caution, a White House official said.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 21, 2009; 7:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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LaHood Gets a Warm Welcome on the Hill

Former representative Ray LaHood was warmly received at his Cabinet confirmation hearing.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 21, 2009; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Mitchell and Holbrooke to be Named Envoys

By Glenn Kessler Now that Hillary Clinton has been confirmed as Secretary of State, the...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 21, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Cast of Characters, Foggy Bottom  
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FEMA Appointments Coming Soon

By Spencer S. Hsu Quickly following up her confirmation by the Senate on Tuesday, Homeland...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 21, 2009; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Majority of Americans Oppose Torture

By Jon Cohen A majority of Americans in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll oppose...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 21, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  The Pollster  
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Obama Calls Abbas and Other Middle Eastern Leaders

President Obama plunged into Middle East diplomacy on his first day on the job, calling the leaders of Egypt, Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority this morning.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 21, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Foggy Bottom  
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The President Begins His Morning

Obama gets a letter from 43.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 21, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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On Day One, Glitches at the White House

Reporters turned away as Obama era opens.

By Post Editor  | January 21, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama  
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Holder Markup Postponed

By Carrie A. Johnson The markup on the nomination of Attorney General designee Eric H....

By Washington Post Editor  | January 21, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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That Was Fun. What's Next?

By Ben Pershing The people came, the new president spoke, everyone cheered (though Wall Street...

By Ben Pershing  | January 21, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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UPDATE: POTUS Events

Specific times of events noted below are in! Obama attends the White House 'open' house...

By Washington Post editors  | January 21, 2009; 6:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Twitter Stays Afloat

By Garance Franke-Ruta Political technologists joked on Facebook that Obama's inaugural today created such an...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 9:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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No Incidents in No-Fly Zone

As of 6 p.m., federal authorities reported no violations of the no-fly zone extending 30 miles around Washington.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Inauguration Week  
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White House Staff Starts to Settle In

About 15 Obama officials made their way into the White House on Tuesday -- and began answering phones, setting up computers and turning up the heating system.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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Daschle Tends to Ill Family Member

Former senator Thomas A. Daschle, nominated to become secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, skipped the inauguration of his close friend Barack Obama in order to be with an ailing family member.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Sen. Kennedy Has Seizure

The close ally of President Obama was rushed from a congressional luncheon for the new president by medical personnel.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (131)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, B_Blog, Inauguration Week  
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Antarctic Climate Researchers Hold Distant Inaugural Celebration

Scientists aboard the U.S. research vessel Laurence M Gould held a commemoration 10,000 miles from Washington D.C.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Climate Change  
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Clinton Nomination Vote Delayed

The Senate delayed a vote on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's nomination to become secretary of state after a Republican lawmaker objected to a planned voice vote today.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  B_Blog, Cabinet, Hill Transition  
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Inauguration Flub Watch

Barack Obama takes the Oath of Office as the 44th President of the United States...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Joel's Two Cents  
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Security Alert Issued for Inauguration Festivities

U.S. counter-terrorism officials are aggressively investigating a potential threat of "uncertain credibility" to today's inauguration events posed by an East African Islamic extremist group with ties to al-Qaeda.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration Week, National Security  
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WhiteHouse.gov Turns the Page

For the second time in history, the Internet portal to the White House has changed.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama, New Media  
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President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address

Barack H. Obama is sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Primary Source  
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Cold, Crowded and Upbeat on the Mall

Hundreds of thousands gather to celebrate Obama's swearing-in on the Mall.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inaugural Committee Inviting Citizen Photo Submissions

By Garance Franke-Ruta The official Presidential Inaugural Committee is soliciting photos of Barack Obama's swearing...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Join The Washington Post Photo Pool

The Washington Post is collecting your Inauguration Day photos. You can upload them to the...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 20, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Inauguration Week  
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Reading Inauguration Day

By Ben Pershing Three hundred eighty-three days after he won the Iowa Democratic Caucus, 146...

By Paul Volpe  | January 20, 2009; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Defense Secretary Will Skip Inauguration

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will go today to an undisclosed location, as the "designated successor" to run the federal government in case of a catastrophe in Washington during the inauguration, the White House said.

By Post Editor  | January 20, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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White House Says Cheney to Be in Wheelchair Tuesday

Vice President Cheney will be in a wheelchair for tomorrow's inauguration ceremony after he pulled a muscle in his back.

By Post Editor  | January 19, 2009; 8:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Along U Street, Embracing the 'Obamanomics Hustle'

The combination of businesses along Washington's U Street and on nearby blocks, aimed at African Americans, North African immigrants and white yuppies, seems tailor-made to turn the area into a cultural Obamaville.

By Post Editor  | January 19, 2009; 7:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jill Biden: Veep-Elect Was Also Offered Secretary of State Post

Jill Biden said today that her husband, Joe, was offered a choice of posts last summer by then-candidate Barack Obama: secretary of state or vice president.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 19, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Obama Fills Key OMB Posts

Away from all the inaugural pomp, the Obama administration is continuing to fill key posts -- including, on Monday, at the Office of Management and Budget, where several new senior aides were installed.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 19, 2009; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mitchell Under Consideration for Middle East Envoy

By Anne E. Kornblut George Mitchell, the former Senate Democratic Majority Leader, is under serious...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 19, 2009; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Cast of Characters  
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Bush Homeland Security Officials to Stay on Till Weds.

At the request of Obama aides, Bush homeland security officials will stay on the job Tuesday night to allow their successors to enjoy the festivities around the inauguration of the 44th president.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 19, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  B_Blog, Inauguration Week, National Security  
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Obama: 'It's a Day to Act'

President-elect Barack Obama issued a statement honoring Martin Luther King Day today, and calling Americans to service.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 19, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Primary Source  
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Obama Looks Ahead

By Ben Pershing 8 a.m. ET: The countdown to Barack Obama's Inauguration, once measured in...

By Paul Volpe  | January 19, 2009; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama Delivers Address to Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial

Below are President-elect Barack Obama's remarks, as prepared for delivery, to "We Are One: The...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 18, 2009; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Primary Source  
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Obama Joins Crowd on Mall for Free Concert

By Debbi Wilgoren A diverse and excited crowd converged on the Mall this afternoon to...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 18, 2009; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Inauguration Week  
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