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44: March 1, 2009 - March 7, 2009

Obama to Visit Turkey Next Month

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today that President Obama will visit Turkey next month -- but administration officials were quick to add that Obama has not settled on where or when he will give the speech from a Muslim capital that he promised in his first 100 days.

By Lexie Verdon  | March 7, 2009; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Obama Recaps Early Steps in Reform Effort

President Obama used his weekly radio address to review steps he has taken toward reforming health care, contracting procedures and an opaque budget process. But his remarks served as a reminder of the challenge he faces.

By Post Editor  | March 7, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Economy  
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Obama to Lift Ban on Embryonic Stem Cell Research

President Obama is planning to sign an executive order on Monday rolling back restrictions on federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, according to sources close to the issue.

By Lexie Verdon  | March 6, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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In Ohio, Obama Calls for 'Bold Action' to Revive Economy

By Michael A. Fletcher COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Faced with a deteriorating business climate and dogged...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 6, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Economy  
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Coming This Spring: Health Care Forums in the States

By Ceci Connolly Hoping to keep up public pressure for a sweeping health care overhaul...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 6, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  50 States, Health Care  
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Newt in 2012?

By Jon Cohen Newt Gingrich, who hinted at a possible 2012 presidential run at a...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 6, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  The Pollster  
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Justice Ginsburg, 'Alive and Well'

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making it clear that she is not contemplating retirement, even though she recently was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 6, 2009; 11:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  DEPT. OF JURISPRUDENCE  
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POTUS Events: Buckeye State

By Emily Kotecki President Obama flies to the Ohio today to address the Columbus Police...

By washingtonpost.com  | March 6, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Passing the Torch at the DLC

More than two decades after founding the centrist Democratic group, Al From, 65, has announced plans to retire.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 5, 2009; 7:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Radio Gifts Rain Down on Gibbs

By Michael A. Fletcher It's raining radios at the White House. Responding yesterday to questions...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 5, 2009; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Gupta Steps Aside

Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, has decided against becoming the U.S. surgeon general.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 5, 2009; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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At Miriam's Kitchen, Michelle Obama Feeds and Mingles with the Homeless

Michelle Obama went to Miriam's Kitchen today, where she served about 50 homeless guests.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 5, 2009; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (67)
Categories:  The First Lady, Washington Life  
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RNC Loses Online Director

Cyrus Krohn has resigned from the Republican National Committee.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 5, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  B_Blog, The Clickocracy  
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Ailing Kennedy Hopes to Attend Summit

By Ceci Connolly Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who is battling potentially lethal brain cancer, plans...

By Washington Post Editor  | March 5, 2009; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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On the Agenda: Health, Housing, Stock Slumps and Swing Sets

By Ben Pershing President Obama's next steps on what may be his top two domestic...

By Ben Pershing  | March 5, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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POTUS Events: Focus on Health Care

President Obama, stands alongside Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius -- his choice for Secretary of the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 5, 2009; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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AFL-CIO Says Card-Check Is Imminent

Union leaders said today they are confident that the Employee Free Choice Act would be introduced in Congress in the next few weeks and that they had the 60 votes needed to break a Senate filibuster--if Al Franken is seated.

By Lexie Verdon  | March 4, 2009; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Obama to Nominate Florida's Craig Fugate to Lead FEMA

President Obama will nominate W. Craig Fugate Jr. to lead the Federal Emergency Management Agency, tapping a veteran Florida hurricane official to assume the high-profile disaster response post, the White House announced today.

By Lexie Verdon  | March 4, 2009; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Obama Orders Overhaul of Government Contracting

By Robert O'Harrow President Obama announced today procurement reforms designed to improve competition for...

By Paul Volpe  | March 4, 2009; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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POTUS Events: The Contracting Economy

President Obama at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Feb. 26, 2009. Obama is expected to...

By Washington Post editors  | March 4, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Foreign Policy Problems Bubbling to the Surface

By Ben Pershing After spending the first six weeks of his term focused primarily on...

By Ben Pershing  | March 4, 2009; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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First Lady Marks Women's History Month at Arlington Women's Memorial

First lady Michelle Obama traveled to the Women's Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery today, where she thanked women for their years of service in the U.S. military.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 3, 2009; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Wizards Fan Who Talked Trash to Obama

Miles Rawls taunts the sitting president.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 3, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Zoo Director to Head Office of Personnel Management

President Obama has nominated John Berry to serve as the next director of the Office of Personnel Management.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 3, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Obama Proclaims March Women's History Month

The White House released a statement by President Obama proclaiming March Women's History Month. March...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 3, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Two Potential Deputy Secretaries Bowing Out

Top candidates for the No. 2 slots at the Energy and Transportation Departments have begged off.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 3, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama Restoring Endangered Species Act Provision

President Obama will restore rules requiring U.S. agencies consult with independent federal experts to determine if their actions might harm threatened and endangered species.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 3, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Obama, Pelosi Still Finding Their Way

By Ben Pershing On Friday, President Obama will be in Columbus, Ohio, to tout the...

By Ben Pershing  | March 3, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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POTUS Events: Brown in Town

President Obama, followed by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, waves upon their arrival at Buckley Air...

By Washington Post editors  | March 3, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Greenberg vs. Penn: When Pollsters Attack!

Mark Penn vs. Stanley Greenberg

By Web Politics Editor  | March 2, 2009; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Debate Rages On..., The Pollster  
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Offensive Bookstore Display Leads to Viral Outcry

A bookstore display has outraged Obama supporters online.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 2, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Tax Problems Surface for Trade Rep. Nominee Kirk

Former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk failed to pay almost $10,000 in taxes during the past three years.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 2, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
Categories:  Cabinet  
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Gibbs and Emanuel Tweak Rush Limbaugh

White House aides point to radio host's wish that Obama's policies fail.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 2, 2009; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Nancy-Ann DeParle and Kathleen Sebelius Announced to Lead Obama Health Effort

President Obama today named Nancy-Ann DeParle to be the director of the White House Office for Health Reform and also formally named Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as his secretary of health and human services.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 2, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  Cabinet, Cast of Characters  
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A Cloudy Forecast for Health Care Reform

By Ben Pershing The weather outside is frightful, so it's the perfect morning to curl...

By Ben Pershing  | March 2, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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POTUS Events: At Long Last, a Health Secretary

Then-Democratic nominee Barack Obama (D-Ill.), left, and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who endorsed Obama, greet...

By Washington Post editors  | March 2, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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