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44: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Obama Seeks to Improve Food Safety

President Obama announced new leadership and other changes today aimed at improving the safety of the U.S. food supply, declaring that shortcomings during the Bush administration created a "hazard to public health" that is "unacceptable."

By Lexie Verdon  | March 14, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Obama Calls Leaders of Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and the Philippines

By Scott Wilson President Obama phoned the leaders of Saudi Arabia, the Philippines, and Indonesia...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 13, 2009; 7:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Obama Rounds Out Staffs at Agencies

By Scott Wilson President Obama announced Friday that he would nominate Tom Perez, a former...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 13, 2009; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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Gibbs on Stewart's Cramer Interview: 'I Enjoyed It Thoroughly'

By Scott Wilson White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs waded Friday into the cable-television debate...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 13, 2009; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Economy, Media Notes  
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Ginsburg: Court Opening Coming 'Soon'

By Robert Barnes Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told law students in Boston Friday that there...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 13, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  The Courts  
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Holdren and Lubchenco Headed for Confirmation

Two of Obama's top scientific advisers are a step closer to getting to work, now that the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has unanimously confirmed their nominations.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 13, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Obama: 'I Love the South'

By Ed O'Keefe Experience and professional qualifications trump regional considerations in the selection of Cabinet...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 13, 2009; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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What's Not Happening Today

By Ben Pershing So much time and energy in Washington is expended trying to guess...

By Ben Pershing  | March 13, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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POTUS Events

President Obama receives his daily briefings between 9:30 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. At noon,...

By washingtonpost.com  | March 13, 2009; 7:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Urban Policy Chief Says He's Proud of Record

By Robin Shulman NEW YORK -- Adolfo Carrión Jr., the new director of the White...

By Patricia E. Gaston  | March 12, 2009; 8:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama Considering Guard Troops on Texas-Mexico Border

By Spencer S. Hsu President Obama is reviewing a request from Texas Gov. Rick Perry...

By Post Editor  | March 12, 2009; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Michelle Obama Shines Her Spotlight on Military Families

By DeNeen L. Brown Supporting military families, she has said, is an issue "close to...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 12, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Biden Hosts White House Stimulus Conference

By Scott Wilson Vice President Biden hosted officials from every state but Idaho for a...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 12, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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D.C. Official Arrested in Federal Bribery Sting

By Del Quentin Wilber An official in the D.C. government's office of the chief technology...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 12, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

By Ben Pershing You can't please everyone, particularly in politics, but it's also not easy...

By Ben Pershing  | March 12, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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POTUS Events: Getting Down to Business

President Obama entering the Eisenhower Executive Office building yesterday. (Bill O'Leary, The Washington Post) By...

By Washington Post editors  | March 12, 2009; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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At the State Department, Sisterhood

By DeNeen L. Brown In their first public appearance together since the inauguration, first lady...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 11, 2009; 10:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Microsoft Executive Tapped For Top DHS Cyber Post

Phil Reitinger, currently "chief trustworthy infrastructure strategist" at Microsoft, will become deputy undersecretary of DHS's National Protections Program division.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 11, 2009; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Sources: Margaret Hamburg to Head FDA

The Obama administration has tapped Margaret Hamburg, a physician and former New York City health commissioner with an interest in bioterrorism, to run the struggling Food and Drug Administration.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 11, 2009; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Steele's Rocky Road

Michael Steele has had a rocky start to his tenure as chairman of the RNC....

By Web Politics Editor  | March 11, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Stimulus Applications Could Overwhelm Grants.gov

The first federal casualty of the stimulus bill was identified by the Office of Management and Budget this week when OMB director Peter Orszag told agency heads to plan for a possible meltdown of the government's main grantmaking portal.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 11, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  New Media  
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The Characters in the Briefing Room

Mary Ann Akers reports on the characters who occupy the coveted seats in the...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 11, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Sleuth  
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POTUS Events: Women & Girls

President Obama will sign an executive order to create the White House Council on Women...

By Washington Post editors  | March 11, 2009; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Obama to Unveil Earmark Reform, Sign Earmark-Filled Omnibus

By Ben Pershing President Obama will make "an announcement about earmark reform" later this morning,...

By Ben Pershing  | March 11, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Freeman Withdraws From Intel Position

Charles W. Freeman Jr. asked that his name be withdrawn as chairman of the National Intelligence Council, hours after the man who had appointed him, Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair, gave Congress a spirited defense of the outspoken former ambassador.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 10, 2009; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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The Employee Free Choice Bill Battle Is Joined

By Alec MacGillis Get ready for one of the nastiest fights of President Obama's still...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 10, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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The 50-Year Recovery Plan

By Al Kamen The White House is pledging to make sure all taxpayers know exactly...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 10, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Fifty Days In, Obama Jury Still Out

By Ben Pershing Today is the 50th day of Barack Obama's presidency -- halfway to...

By Ben Pershing  | March 10, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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POTUS Events: Obama on Education

President Obama speaks to members of the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room...

By Washington Post editors  | March 10, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Document: Obama Memo on Signing Statements

The White House has released President Obama's March 9 "Memorandum for the Heads of Executive...

By Web Politics Editor  | March 9, 2009; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Obama Pulls Back from Signing Statements

The president has ordered his administration to pull back dramatically from the use of presidential signing statements.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 9, 2009; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Obama Lifts Stem Cell Research Funding Ban

President Obama today signs an executive order and presidential memorandum altering the rules on stem cell research.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 9, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Partisan Fights Ahead on Stem Cells, Omnibus

By Ben Pershing President Obama will please his party and anger much of the opposition...

By Ben Pershing  | March 9, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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POTUS Events: Focus on Science

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk from Marine One after arriving on the...

By Washington Post editors  | March 9, 2009; 7:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Senior Republicans Call for 'Hard Choices' From Obama

On the Sunday talk shows, Republican congressional leaders calle President Obama's budget proposal wasteful and his plan to rescue the nation's ailing banks unrealistic, and they urge the administration to "make hard choices," even if that means allowing some major financial institutions to fail.

By Post Editor  | March 8, 2009; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Economy  
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