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44: April 5, 2009 - April 11, 2009

Obama Says U.S. Can't Confront Problems Alone

President Obama, speaking days after returning from his first overseas trip since taking office, said the most critical problems confronting the nation and the world could be solved only through international cooperation.

By Lexie Verdon  | April 11, 2009; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama  
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A Low-Key, High Profile Seder

Last night, President Obama held what the White House believes is the first Seder to be hosted by a sitting American president at the White House. Here is the guest list.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 10, 2009; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Washington Life  
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No Nats First Pitch for Obama

President Obama has turned down an invitation to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the home opener of the Washington Nationals against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 10, 2009; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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Four More Administration Appointees Announced

While most of official Washington lays low for the Passover and Good Friday holidays, President Obama has announced his intention to nominate four more individuals to the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Transportation and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 10, 2009; 3:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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On Economy, Obama Sees Glimmers of Hope and Signs of Progress

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama said today that the nation's economy is showing signs...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 10, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Obama Teases Press: Dog's Arrival Is 'Top Secret'

Following President Obama's statement on the economy today, the big issues gave way to a small story whose reassuring mundanity in these turbulent times has made it loom ever larger.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 10, 2009; 1:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Rove and Biden Exchange Taunts

Vice President Biden and former Bush political sherpa Karl Rove are at it again, engaging in a new round of name-calling appropriate for a school yard near you.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 10, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (173)
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POTUS Events: The Economic Brainstrust

President Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, among others,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | April 10, 2009; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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On Economy, Obama Walks a Fine Line

By Ben Pershing President Obama said Thursday that he saw "good news" in the housing...

By Ben Pershing  | April 10, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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No Honorary Degree For Obama at Arizona State

By Al Kamen Some people might think being elected the country's first African American president...

By Eric Pianin  | April 9, 2009; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (88)
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The First Garden Gets Its First Planting

First lady Michelle Obama plants herbs in the White House Kitchen Garden with students from...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 9, 2009; 6:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  The First Lady  
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Hillary Clinton Tries, Again, to Retire Campaign Debt

James Carville sends out an e-mail soliciting funds to pay off Clinton's remaining campaign debt.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 9, 2009; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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With Easter Approaching, Pastor Waits on Word from the White House

Despite media reports that President Obama and the first family plan to worship this Easter Sunday at his church, the pastor of the 19th Street Baptist Church is still waiting by the phone.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 9, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Biden: Pirate Situation Getting Around the Clock Attention

Politico's Carol Lee was the pool reporter today for an Eisenhower Executive Office Building event...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 9, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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POTUS Events: Back to the Economy

President Obama holds a roundtable discussion on housing refinance today. (AP Photo) By John Amick...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | April 9, 2009; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama Returns Home to a Full Plate

By Ben Pershing After President Obama's much-publicized international trip and his weeks-long focus on the...

By Ben Pershing  | April 9, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Obama's Call to Winning NCAA Coach

As he jetted home last night from an eight-day trip that included stops in Europe, Turkey and Iraq, President Obama placed a phone call to North Carolina men's basketball coach Roy Williams to congratulate him on his team's victory over Michigan State for the NCAA national championship.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 8, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  In Case You Missed It, Washington Life  
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Pentagon Apologizes to CBS for Tape Delay

The Pentagon has apologized to CBS for the lengthy delay in turning over network footage of President Obama's visit to Iraq on Tuesday.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 8, 2009; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Obama to Host Passover Seder

President Obama and his family plan to mark the second night of Passover Thursday with friends and aides at a White House seder.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 8, 2009; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Obama Makes Health Reform Office Official

By Ceci Connolly One month after its director began work, President Obama made it official...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 8, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Health Care  
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About That Puppy...

Updated 3:17 p.m. By Mary Ann Akers The wait for a puppy by two young...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 8, 2009; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Sleuth  
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Biden: Cheney Is 'Dead Wrong'

Vice President Biden had a ready response Tuesday to the accusation by his predecessor, Dick Cheney, that the Obama administration has made the nation less safe during its brief time in office.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 8, 2009; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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A Plea to Obama from Father of Detainee

he father of a detainee at a U.S. military prison in Afghanistan sent a letter this week to President Obama pleading for his son's release, writing that "my heart aches when I consider the terrible and degrading treatment he has been forced to endure."

By Web Politics Editor  | April 8, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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President Obama's Wanderlust?

By Ben Pershing If he's smart, President Obama is sleeping in this morning, having touched...

By Paul Volpe  | April 8, 2009; 7:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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POTUS Events: Return to Washington

President Obama steps off Air Force One as he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | April 8, 2009; 7:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Iraq and Obama's War

President Obama's unannounced visit to Iraq on Tuesday put a final exclamation point on a weeklong foreign trip designed to signal to the rest of the world a clean break from the presidency of George W. Bush. But it also underscored the ownership Obama has taken of a conflict in Afghanistan that, in foreign policy, could be as defining for his presidency as Iraq was for Bush's.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 7, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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In Turkey, Obama Pleases Both Secular and Religious

A scan of the major Turkish newspapers suggests that Obama was able to improve Turks' opinion of the United States overall.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 7, 2009; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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President Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq

President Obama made a surprise visit to Iraq Tuesday afternoon.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 7, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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POTUS Events: From Istanbul to Washington

Updated By Sarah Lovenheim President Obama began the final day of his European tour in...

By Washington Post editors  | April 7, 2009; 8:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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What We Learned on Obama's Spring Break

By Ben Pershing It's a travel day for President Obama, and unlike normal people, he...

By Ben Pershing  | April 7, 2009; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Drifting Right, Lincoln Comes Out Against EFCA

As members of Congress returned home for their two-week recess, Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) today wasted no time in delivering a major blow to the fading hopes of the Employee Free Choice Act.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 6, 2009; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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White House Faith-Based Partnerships Council Gets New Members

The White House today announced ten more members of the council that will advise the president on faith-based and other key issues, such as fatherhood and poverty.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 6, 2009; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Turkish Media Praise "Helal Obama"

On President Obama's second day in Turkey, the country's top newspapers are examining expectations for his visit and noting the effect of Obamamania on a population that has been deeply skeptical of the U.S. in previous years.

By Paul Volpe  | April 6, 2009; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Michelle Obama Returns Early to Washington

President Obama's European adventure continues, but his wife has decided to get off the ride.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 6, 2009; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Obama Stands by Views on Armenian Killings, But a Word Is Absent

As a candidate, Barack Obama pledged that as president he would label the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman government more than 90 years ago a "genocide." Today, during his first presidential visit to Turkey, he declined to do so.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 6, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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At Home and Abroad, Obama's Power Has Its Limits

By Ben Pershing If the first 11 weeks of President Obama's tenure have taught us...

By Ben Pershing  | April 6, 2009; 8:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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POTUS Events: Obama Visits Turkey

President Obama walks with Turkish President Abdullah Gul during a welcoming ceremony at Cankaya Palace...

By Washington Post editors  | April 6, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Biden To Open O's-Yankees Game

Vice President Biden will toss out the ceremonial first pitch for the Baltimore Orioles' season opener today against the New York Yankees, the White House announced this morning.

By Washington Post Editor  | April 6, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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