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44: February 8, 2009 - February 14, 2009

Obama Will Sign Stimulus Bill on Tuesday

President Obama will sign the $787 billion stimulus plan in Denver on Tuesday, the White House says.

By Post Editor  | February 14, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (89)
Categories:  Economy  
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Obama Hails Stimulus Passage as 'Major Milestone'

President Obama calls congressional passage of his stimulus plan "a major milestone" in efforts to turn around the nation's economy, and he says he will soon sign the massive legislation into law.

By Post Editor  | February 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
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Obamas Plan to Fete Stevie Wonder

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama plan to host a concert Wednesday in the White House's East Room in honor of Stevie Wonder, who is to be awarded a Gershwin Award Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Library of Congress.

By Post Editor  | February 13, 2009; 11:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Obama Thanks First Responders, Prays for Families of Buffalo Crash Victims

Continental Airlines Flight 3407 burns after it crashed into a house in Clarence Center, N.Y....

By Web Politics Editor  | February 13, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Primary Source  
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Obama's No Good, Very Bad Day

By Ben Pershing Say this for being president -- at least it's never boring. Just...

By Ben Pershing  | February 13, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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POTUS Events

By Sarah Lovenheim President Obama starts his day with his presidential briefing at 9:30 a.m.,...

By Washington Post editors  | February 13, 2009; 6:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Science Nominees Warmly Welcomed on Hill

While President Obama reopens the search for a Commerce secretary in the wake Sen. Judd Gregg's (R-N.H.) decision to withdraw his name from consideration, two of his top scientific nominees received a largely warm welcome from members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee today.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 12, 2009; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Emanuel: 'There's Not Hard Feelings' Over Gregg Withdrawal

"It's better we find out now than later," Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told a small group of reporters who were originally scheduled to talk with him about the stimulus package.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 12, 2009; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Gregg Steps Aside as Commerce Secretary-Designate

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By Web Politics Editor  | February 12, 2009; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama, Honoring Lincoln, Urges Unity

President Obama appeared briefly at the celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial in the Rotunda, on...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 12, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Axelrod Admits 'Bumpy' Start for Bailout

By Ben Pershing One (almost) down, one to go. That's President Obama's current scorecard on...

By Ben Pershing  | February 12, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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POTUS Events

By Sarah Lovenheim President Obama begins his day with his routine presidential briefing at 9:30...

By Washington Post editors  | February 12, 2009; 7:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Attends Ford's Theatre Gala

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama took part in a...

By Patricia E. Gaston  | February 11, 2009; 9:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Solis Nomination Sent to Full Senate

The full Senate could vote on her long-stalled nomination as soon as this week.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 11, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Michelle Obama Speaks at Howard University

First lady Michelle Obama visited Howard University in Washington, D.C. Wednesday as part of a panel discussion on women balancing work and personal life.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 11, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Jindal to Counter Obama Congressional Address

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) will address the public after Obama speaks to a join session of Congress Feb. 24.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 11, 2009; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Obama Points to Shovel-Ready Transportation Project Close to Home

As Congressional negotiators worked to reconcile competing versions of the economic stimulus package, President Obama today visited Fairfax County to stump for the plan.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 11, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Transportation  
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Markets Are Down, but Obama's Stock Is Still Up

By Ben Pershing The markets were not a fan of the bank rescue plan unveiled...

By Ben Pershing  | February 11, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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POTUS Events

By Sarah Lovenheim President Obama starts his day with a presidential briefing at 9:30 a.m.,...

By Washington Post editors  | February 11, 2009; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fairfax County Parkway to Get Presidential Visit

President Obama and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine will visit the site in an effort to highlight the potential impact of billions of new dollars for infrastructure projects.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 10, 2009; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama  
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Michelle Obama to Grace Cover of Vogue Magazine

By DeNeen L. Brown Michelle Obama is to appear on the March cover of Vogue,...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 10, 2009; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The First Lady  
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Obama Establishes Afghanistan-Pakistan Policy Task Force

President Obama has created an inter-agency task force to review U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan and tasked it to report back to him by the NATO summit in April, a senior aide told reporters today.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 10, 2009; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Senate Passes Stimulus Bill, 61-37

By Frank Ahrens The Senate passed the $838 billion stimulus plan with one vote to...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 10, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama Moves the Spotlight to Florida with Speech on Economy

President Obama greets wellwishers upon his arrival at MacDill Air Force Base in Fort Myers,...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 10, 2009; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama in Fla.: 'We Simply Can't Afford to Wait'

President Obama traveled today to Fort Myers, Fla., for a town hall on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan. His opening remarks, as prepared for delivery.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 10, 2009; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Economy, Primary Source  
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Crist and Obama: The Odd Couple

By Jennifer Agiesta President Obama and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will make an unlikely pair...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 10, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Fort Myers Primer

President Obama traveled to Fort Myers, Fla., today to give a noon speech emphasizing the importance of the economic stimulus package now before the Senate. Some background on the location of his speech.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 10, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Political Geography 101  
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Neither Side Budging on Stimulus

By Ben Pershing The economic stimulus bill moved forward in the Senate yesterday evening, and...

By Ben Pershing  | February 10, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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POTUS Events

By Sarah Lovenheim President Obama leaves the White House for Andrews Air Force Base at...

By Washington Post editors  | February 10, 2009; 6:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Opens News Conference with Economy Remarks

President Obama tonight opened his first prime-time news conference with remarks on the economy.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2009; 8:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Michelle Obama Visits Interior Dept.

First lady Michelle Obama continued her tour of federal agencies and departments today at the Interior Department, where she announced that President Obama will soon appoint an adviser to senior White House staff on Native American issues.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The First Lady  
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Obama's First Presidential Proclamation Recognized African American History

By Krissah Thompson Amid the wrangling over the stimulus plan and increasingly dismal economic news,...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2009; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Obama at Town Hall: 'We Can't Afford to Wait'

President Obama stepped up his campaign for passage of a huge economic stimulus plan, telling people in a town-hall meeting, "We can't afford to wait."

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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An Elkhart Primer

By Garance Franke-Ruta Population: 53,000 people in 16,000 residential units. Unemployment rate: The unemployment rate...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Political Geography 101  
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Obama to Elkhart: I'll Do All I Can

President Obama traveled to Elkhart, Ind., today to make the case for his stimulus plan...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2009; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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Gallup: Public Backs Obama in Stimulus Fight

White House officials, frustrated by Republican claims that they have public opinion on their side, distributed a new Gallup poll this morning showing President Obama with "the upper hand in the stimulus fight."

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The (New) Committee to Save the World

By Ben Pershing Ten years ago this month, Time magazine ran an iconic cover photo...

By Ben Pershing  | February 9, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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POTUS Events

By Sarah Lovenheim After receiving his daily briefings, President Obama travels to Elkhart, Ind. where...

By Washington Post editors  | February 9, 2009; 6:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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