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44: February 22, 2009 - February 28, 2009

Sebelius Accepts HHS Post

Kansas governor to fill void left by Daschle, but will not take "Health Czar" title.

By Post Editor  | February 28, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Obama Touts Record to African-Americans

By Michael A. Fletcher Saying his administration has done more in the past 30 days...

By Patricia E. Gaston  | February 28, 2009; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
 
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White House Quietly Adds Vimeo for Video

The Obama administration is using Vimeo as one more tool in its efforts to reach supporters, wherever they may be -- and whatever software they may be using to get there.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 28, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Obama Ready for Battle With Budget Critics

President Obama serves notice that he is prepared to battle for his $3.6 trillion budget proposal, as he linked the priorities laid out in the spending plan to the promise of change from his presidential campaign.

By Lexie Verdon  | February 28, 2009; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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Biden Anchors Middle Class Lovefest

Session on "green" jobs becomes mutual admiration society meeting.

By Post Editor  | February 27, 2009; 9:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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At CPAC, Romney Takes on Obama

"I've got to get through this speech before federal officials come here and arrest me for practicing capitalism."

By Post Editor  | February 27, 2009; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Gibbs: HHS Secretary 'Possible' by Next Thursday

It is "entirely possible" that President Obama will pick a Secretary of Health and Human Services before convening a health care summit next Thursday, press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Friday.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 27, 2009; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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As Times Change, So Do Iraq War Statements

President Obama's announcement of a deadline for withdrawing combat troops from Iraq recalled one of the most hotly-debated issues of the presidential campaign: whether a date-certain for withdrawal was tantamount to giving up. It also provided some interesting flip-flops.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 27, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Barack Obama, National Security  
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Liberal PAC Plans New Campaign Against Incumbent Dems

A new effort by a left-leaning political action committee targets Democratic incumbents who are perceived as selling out their constituents.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 27, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Green Zone  
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Calling UN Racism Conference Text 'Unsalvageable,' Administration Threatens a Boycott

The Obama administration has threatened to boycott a major U.N. conference on racism scheduled for April unless major changes are made to the draft conference outcome document, which they claim unfairly singles out Israel and would restrict freedom of speech.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 27, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Foggy Bottom  
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EEOC Chairman Butts?

Cassandra Butts is a leading candidate to head the troubled Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which has been beset by shrinking staff, a growing backlog of job discrimination cases to investigate and plummeting morale.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 27, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cast of Characters, In the Loop  
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Gordon Brown to Meet with Obama

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will discuss the global economic meltdown with President Obama when the two men meet in Washington next week, a senior British official said today.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 27, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Obama Makes a Courtesy Call to George W. Bush

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, said Obama made the call "as a courtesy" to the former president.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 27, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Obama Promises End to Combat in Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010

Obama: "Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end."

By Web Politics Editor  | February 27, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama Administration to Rescind Bush's 'Conscience' Regulation

The Obama administration has begun the process of rescinding sweeping new federal protections that were granted in December to health care workers who refuse to provide care that violates their personal, moral or religious beliefs.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 27, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Culture Wars  
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POTUS Events: Announcing the Iraq Withdrawal Plan

President Obama boards Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House. (Saul Loeb/AFB)...

By washingtonpost.com  | February 27, 2009; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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As Obama Stands Down in Iraq, Other Problems Stand Up

By Ben Pershing President Obama will unveil today his plan to draw down troops in...

By Ben Pershing  | February 27, 2009; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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NAACP Launches Campaign Over NY Post Cartoon

Members of the civil rights group, upset about the publication of a cartoon in the New York Post they say depicts President Obama as a murdered chimpanzee, planned small protests at Fox affiliates in 50 cities today.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 26, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Obama Tries to Quell Iraq Criticism

The president has invited members of Congress to the White House for a meeting this afternoon to discuss his plans for drawing down troops in Iraq.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 26, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Huckabee, in CPAC Speech, Blasts McCain, Democrats, Socialisms

By Joel Achenbach Socialism in America: That's a big theme we're picking up as we...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 26, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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At EPA, First Lady Focuses on Pollution's Cost to Children

First lady Michelle Obama visited the Environmental Protection Agency today, thanking its employees and explaining the recent economic stimulus package.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 26, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pentagon to Lift Press Ban on Coffins at Dover

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced today that he is lifting a 1991 ban on news coverage of the return of the remains of fallen service members.

By Lexie Verdon  | February 26, 2009; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, B_Blog, National Security  
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Kenneth the Page Responds to Jindal

Last night, "Kenneth the Page" took to NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" show to issue "the Jack McBrayer response to the Internet response to the Republican response to the President's address to Congress."

By Web Politics Editor  | February 26, 2009; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Making the Rounds  
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Obama Pledges to Reduce Deficit by $2 Trillion

President Barack Obama is promising to slash federal spending by $2 trillion, even as the administration initially invests large sums of money to revive the faltering economy.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 26, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Crowley to Direct Office of National AIDS Policy

President Obama has named a new director of the Office of National AIDS Policy -- Jeffrey Crowley, who is currently a senior research scholar at Georgetown University.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 26, 2009; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Cast of Characters  
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The Budget Online

The Office of Management and Budget is making the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget available online.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 26, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Primary Source  
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POTUS Events: Budget Day

Ahead of attending his daily presidential briefing, President Obama delivers remarks at 9:30 a.m. on the budget blueprint he will submit to Congress today.

By Washington Post editors  | February 26, 2009; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Budget Plan Adds to Avalanche of News

By Ben Pershing Another day, another massive, agenda-setting announcement from President Obama. Look back at...

By Ben Pershing  | February 26, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Americans Invented What?

Who invented the automobile and solar cell?

By Web Politics Editor  | February 25, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Fact Checker, The Debate Rages On...  
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Jindal vs. the Volcanoes

The U.S. Geological Survey says it needs the money for the volcano-monitoring portion of the $140 million that the Survey received in the stimulus package.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 25, 2009; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  The Debate Rages On...  
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Attorney General Reflects on His Visit to Gitmo

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told reporters this afternoon that he remains determined to shutter the scandal-plagued facility within a year, despite a series of legal and diplomatic hurdles in his path.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 25, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Future First Dog News! Sort Of.

The first lady dropped a couple more crumbs of vaguely new-ish details in the new issue of People for a nation slobbering for news, any news, about the future first pooch.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 25, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Washington Life, White House  
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Raccoon Captured at the White House

One of the masked mammals that had been prowling the White House grounds has been captured by the National Park Service.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 25, 2009; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Washington Life, White House  
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Jindal Joins the Club; A Response Refresher

A look at past responses to State of the Union speeches.

By Paul Volpe  | February 25, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Jindal's Response Takes Fire From the Right

Conservative commentators trash Louisiana governor's performance.

By Post Editor  | February 25, 2009; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Obama Formally Nominates Locke for Commerce

Locke, the former governor of Washington State, was Obama's third choice for the post.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 25, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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POTUS Events: Commerce and Wonder

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

By Washington Post editors  | February 25, 2009; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama Earns Positive Reviews; Jindal, Not So Much

By Ben Pershing In the hours leading up to President Obama's address to a joint...

By Ben Pershing  | February 25, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Senator Burris Acts the Part

Lest anyone think Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) might go quietly into the night, he announced in none too subtle terms Tuesday night that he is very much a United States Senator.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 11:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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What Hath Tweet Wrought?

Reporters are used to standing in the backs of rooms, cracking jokes amongst themselves as political personalities go about their business. Now, thanks to Twitter, the whole world can listen in on the press pen.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 11:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Full Speech: Obama Addresses Congress

President Obama addresses a joint session of Congress.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 10:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  In Case You Missed It, Video Report  
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Obama and Hillary Bury the Snub Once and For All

President Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton greeted each other with open arms and kisses at the president's first formal address to Congress tonight.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 10:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jovial Democratic Senators Greet Obama

The atmosphere tonight as the senators gathered in their chamber held no tension and no pressure.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 9:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama Moves from the Abstract to the Particular

How do the themes President Obama lays out in tonight's speech differ from those in his Inaugural address just over a month ago? The below tag clouds provide some clues.

By Paul Volpe  | February 24, 2009; 9:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Live Fact Check

Live Fact Check of President Obama's address before Congress.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2009; 9:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Fact Checking Obama's Speech

Join us at 9 p.m. for a live fact check of Obama's address to Congress.

By Washington Post Editors  | February 24, 2009; 8:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Excerpts: Obama Address to Joint Session of Congress

The White House has released advance excerpts from the speech President Obama will deliver at 9 p.m. before a joint session of Congress.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Primary Source  
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Obama Troop Withdrawal Plan Expected Soon

President Obama could outline his concrete plan for withdrawing troops from Iraq as early as this Friday.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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At 'Neck of State,' a Tie Isn't Just a Tie

Blog Neck of State obsessively catalogs and analyzes the president's neckwear.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 7:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Making the Rounds  
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Eclectic Group to Fill the Presidential Box

President Obama has invited an eclectic group of students, business leaders, local government officials and members of the military to sit in his presidential box at tonight's address to a joint session of Congress.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Locke Will Be Named to Commerce Weds.

President Obama will announce on Wednesday that he has chosen former Washington governor Gary Locke to be the nation's Commerce secretary.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Smoke-Filled Hallways Don't Phase Senators

A presidential speech means the highest state of security in the Capitol, but late Tuesday afternoon, the second floor of the Senate side filled with smoke and smelled like a campfire, and the police just shrugged and opened windows and doors.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Solis Confirmed as Labor Secretary

Rep. Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) was confirmed by the Senate to be labor secretary later today, more than two months after she was nominated to the post by President Obama.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Sebelius Record Raises Operation Rescue Ire

Conservative religious activists have launched a scathing campaign against top HHS contender Kathleen Sebelius.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama a 'Slumdog Millionaire' Fan

President tells network anchors award-winning movie reminds him of the Indonesia of his youth.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Pelosi Announces Guests for Obama Speech

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) just announced she is hosting the heroic pilot and co-pilot of the U.S. Airways flight that landed safely in the Hudson River last month at tonight's presidential address to Congress.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama Meets with Japanese Prime Minister

President Obama this morning granted politically embattled Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso the honor of being the first foreign leader to meet with him at the White House.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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In the Dark, Some Early Morning Expectations Setting from the White House

Gibbs and Axelrod used morning show appearances to explain that President Obama's speech will lay out his overall plans to heal the economy.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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House Handshakers Already Lined Up for Obama

President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress tonight won't be an official State of the Union address, but everyone is treating it that way. Including the annual handshake hogs.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Selection of Organic Food Policy Expert at Ag. Hailed by Advocates

President Obama's choice of organics expert Kathleen Merrigan for the No. 2 spot at the Agriculture Department was immediately welcomed by sustainable agriculture and food policy advocates.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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For Conant, the Spinning Starts Early

The pre-speech spinning began well before the sun came up, helped along by Republican National Committee press secretary Alex Conant.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 24, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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POTUS Events: The Big Speech

Sarah Lovenheim President Obama attended his daily presidential briefing at 9:00 a.m., followed by an...

By Washington Post editors  | February 24, 2009; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Is Bipartisanship Overrated?

By Ben Pershing Thirteen hours from now, President Obama will stand before a joint session...

By Ben Pershing  | February 24, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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New Emissions Rules for Cars in the Works

The Obama administration is considering establishing national rules for regulating greenhouse gas emissions for automobiles, according to White House officials, a move backed by both auto manufacturers and some environmentalists.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 7:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cabinet, Climate Change  
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The Summit Breakouts: Social Security

The pool report by Amy Goldstein of The Washington Post on the Fiscal Responsibility Summit's...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 6:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The Summit Breakouts: Tax Reform, and a Menu of Options

The pool report by Lori Montgomery of The Washington Post on the Fiscal Responsibility Summit's...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Summit Breakouts: Health Care, and Everything on the Table

The pool report by Carrie Budoff Brown of POLITICO on the Fiscal Responsibility Summit's breakout...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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The Summit Breakouts: the Budget Process, and the Power of Gin

The pool report by Jonathan Weisman of The Wall Street Journal on the Fiscal Responsibility...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Summit Breakouts: Procurement

The pool report by Jon Ward of The Washington Times on the Fiscal Responsibility Summit's...

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pawlenty and Nixon: Two More Govs. Who Hail the Stimulus

While some Republican governors have far-ranging concerns about the stimulus package, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.) conceded today that few of them are going to be willing to leave federal assistance on the table.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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A Release from Guantanamo Bay

Today, the Department of Justice announced that Binyam Mohamed, 30, has been released from Guantanamo.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Fiscal Responsibility Summit: A Who's Who

The White House "Fiscal Responsibility Summit" gets under way today for a marathon session on long-term budget-busters such as Social Security, Medicare, federal purchasing and tax policy.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Holder Goes to Gitmo

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. traveled to the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, this morning to get a "first hand look" at the facilities he will help shutter as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama Warns Govs. Against Playing Politics on Stimulus

President Obama told a group of state executives in a meeting at the White House that they should have an "honest debate" about the $787 package rather than claiming certain small components of the bill are wasteful.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
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Few Americans 'Very Confident' in Social Security and Medicare

Few Americans are "very confident" that Social Security and Medicare are in shape to provide benefits throughout their retirements, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 23, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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On Budget, a Split Personality for Obama

By Ben Pershing Is President Obama suffering from an acute case of political schizophrenia? A...

By Ben Pershing  | February 23, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Poll: GOP Voters More Worried on Deficit

By Jonathan Cohen Deep public worry about the federal budget deficit has jumped since December,...

By Washington Post Editor  | February 23, 2009; 7:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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POTUS Events

By Sarah Lovenheim President Obama starts his day with his routine presidential briefing at 9:15...

By Washington Post editors  | February 23, 2009; 6:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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GOP Governors Spar Over Stimulus Money

By Philip Rucker As they pore over the federal stimulus bill aimed to help stabilize...

By Patricia E. Gaston  | February 22, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
 
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