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44: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

New Ad Campaign Warns of Financial Dangers Dead Ahead

A TV ad warning of "icebergs" threatening the financial ship of state debuts Sunday, timed to coincide with President Obama's "fiscal responsibility" summit at the White House on Monday, and urges lawmakers to get serious about the country's long-term financial health.

By Post Editor  | February 21, 2009; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Economy  
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British Prime Minister Coming to D.C.

By Anne E. Kornblut The special relationship lives on. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will...

By Patricia E. Gaston  | February 21, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Republican Governors Torn Over Taking Stimulus Funds

An internal rift among Republican governors over whether to accept stimulus bill funding dominated the opening of the three-day National Governors' Association meeting.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 21, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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White House Kitchen to Give Local Students a Tutorial

First lady Michelle Obama plans to open up the White House kitchen to students from a local culinary arts program on Sunday afternoon, just hours before the planned National Governors' Association Dinner.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 21, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama Brings the Stimulus Package Home

In his weekly address, President Obama announces that the Treasury Department would begin directing employers to reduce tax withholding from workers' paychecks, which would provide the average family with at least an extra $65 per month.

By Post Editor  | February 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Economy  
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Mary Wakefield Picked as HRSA Chief

Mary Wakefield, a nurse who most recently directed the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, will run HRSA, which oversees community health centers across the nation.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 20, 2009; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Cabinet, Cast of Characters  
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Misspeaking, Biden Directs Mayors to Private Web Company

Today, a glitch -- in the form of a misstatement by Vice President Biden -- arose to direct 80 mayors visiting the White House to a private-sector Web site instead of the government's own stimulus-bill spending tracking site.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 20, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Gibbs: LaHood Comments on Gas Tax Not Administration Policy

The White House press secretary says Obama will not scrap the gas tax for a tax on miles driven.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 20, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Gibbs Takes on Santelli

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs unleashed a barrage of criticism at Rick Santelli, a CNBC reporter.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 20, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Obama Warns Mayors to Use Stimulus Funds Wisely

Obama warned the nation's mayors today that he will "call them out" if the federal stimulus money is wasted on pork projects that do not generate jobs for the struggling economy.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 20, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
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Obama 'Fiscal Responsibility' Summit Set for Monday

President Obama and Vice President Biden plan to use the summit to launch a national conversation on how to put the nation on sounder financial footing.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 20, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Richard Perle in Wonderland

Dana Milbank sketches the intellectual godfather of the Bush doctrine and the Iraq war as he disavows neoconservatism. Video by Gaby Bruna.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 20, 2009; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Rough Sketch  
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In Seoul, 'Dear Secretary'

By Glenn Kessler SEOUL -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had lots to say...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 20, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama's Foreign Entanglements

By Ben Pershing In his inaugural address, President Obama approvingly quoted George Washington. But exactly...

By Ben Pershing  | February 20, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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POTUS Events: The Mayors Come to Town

Updated, 11:15 a.m. President Obama begins his day at 9:15 a.m. with two daily briefings...

By washingtonpost.com  | February 20, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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DeParle, Lew Under Consideration for Top Health Jobs

Also under consideration for the HHS job: Nancy-Ann DeParle, former administrator of the agency that runs Medicare and Medicaid and before that at the Office of Management and Budget; and Jack Lew, who has been confirmed as deputy secretary of state for management.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 19, 2009; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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In Canada, Obama Warns Against Protectionism

Meeting with Canada's prime minister on his first official trip abroad, President Obama warned against a "strong impulse" toward protectionism.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 19, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Michelle Obama Gives Agriculture Dept. a Seedling with a Past

First lady Michelle Obama continued her "listening tour" of federal agencies today, this time visiting the Department of Agriculture.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 19, 2009; 4:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The First Lady  
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Carrión and Douglas Formally Named to Urban Affairs

President Obama made his new White House Office of Urban Affairs official this morning as he named two New York political figures to oversee his strategy for America's cities.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 19, 2009; 11:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  B_Blog, Cast of Characters  
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With Problems Piling up, Obama Heads North

Obama heads to Canada this morning, supposedly for meetings with government officials and not, in fact, so he can change his identity and disappear, à la Jason Bourne.

By Ben Pershing  | February 19, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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POTUS Events: Obama to Canada

By John Amick President Obama travels Ottawa today to meet with Canadian Prime Minster Stephen...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 19, 2009; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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Obama on the Line: President Reaches Out to Latino and African American Radio

As President Obama has traveled the country talking up his plans to boost the economy, he's also made a point of reaching out to two constituencies that rallied behind his candidacy, calling in to radio programs popular with Latinos and African Americans.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 18, 2009; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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First Lady Guides District Children Through a History Lesson

First lady Michelle Obama invited about 180 students from D.C. schools to the East Room of the White House today for a celebration of African American History Month and to hear a performance by the famous a cappella ensemble, "Sweet Honey in the Rock."

By Web Politics Editor  | February 18, 2009; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Michelle Obama, Washington Life  
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Attorney General: America a 'Nation of Cowards' on Race

Eric H. Holder Jr. today urged employees to take advantage of black history month to begin a frank dialogue about race.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 18, 2009; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Obama Nixes Fairness Doctine Revival

President Obama does not support reviving the so-called Fairness doctrine, an aide said on Wednesday, knocking down speculation that Obama was open to reinstating the rule requiring broadcasters to air alternate perspectives on controversial issues.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 18, 2009; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Reid Signals Aggressive Focus on Energy Bill

Harry Reid said today he will work to pass a new energy bill within a matter of weeks.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 18, 2009; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Attorney General To Visit Guantanamo

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will travel Monday to the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 18, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Judd Gregg Reconciles with White House

By Anne E. Kornblut Just yesterday, it seems, Sen. Judd Gregg had irreconcilable differences with...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 18, 2009; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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From the White House, a Delay in Publishing Executive Orders

By Michael D. Shear President Obama may have earned the title of great communicator during...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 18, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Alaska Says Palin Owes Tax on Expense Payments

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) owes income taxes on thousands of dollars she received as expense money while living in her own home, the Anchorage Daily News reported today.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 18, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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For Obama, Stimulus May Have Been the Easy Part

By Ben Pershing President Obama signed the economic stimulus bill into law yesterday, and now...

By Ben Pershing  | February 18, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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With Afghanistan Troop Decision, Obama Makes His First Major Move without Majority Support

Barack Obama today authorized sending an additional 17,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan, marking his first big move as commander in chief and his first presidential decision without clear majority support.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 17, 2009; 7:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Former Attorney General Mukasey Joins Law Firm

Mukasey will join Debevoise & Plimpton as a partner, starting later this month.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 17, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Clinton's Maiden Voyage as Secretary

By Glenn Kessler TOKYO, Feb. 17 -- Welcome to a new edition of the "On...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 17, 2009; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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POTUS Events

President Obama departs Andrews Air Force base at 9:40 a.m. ET for Denver, Colo., where...

By Paul Volpe  | February 17, 2009; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Obama's Inheritance From Bush -- Headaches

By Ben Pershing For all of President Obama's desire to change Washington and blaze a...

By Ben Pershing  | February 17, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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The GOP, Atwitter About the Digital Possibilities

A technology summit hosted by the Republican National Committee drives home the point that the GOP needs to remake itself online and harness grass-roots support if it is to transform blogosphere excitement into a broader movement.

By Post Editor  | February 17, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  The Clickocracy  
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