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44: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

Obama Appoints Virginian to CTO Post

By Michael D. Shear and Anita Kumar President Obama has named Virginia's Secretary of Technology,...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Cast of Characters  
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Antiabortion Groups Applaud Palin Revelation

Antiabortion groups react warmly to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's surprising admission last night that she had considered having an abortion after learning that her son Trig would have Down syndrome.

By Post Editor  | April 17, 2009; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
 
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Senior GOP Consultant Backs Gay Marriage

By Perry Bacon Jr. Steve Schmidt, a top adviser to Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) 2008...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 17, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Cast of Characters, John McCain  
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Biden Highlights Growing Investment in College Aid

Biden said that an unprecedented effort is being mounted to address the growing gap between soaring college costs and middle class incomes.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 17, 2009; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Education, Joe Biden  
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Mexican Press: Obama Made Good Impression, But Few Promises

By Liz Heron The day after President Obama's first official visit to Mexico, the country's...

By Paul Volpe  | April 17, 2009; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Obama Abroad  
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Missouri Factory and Troops Get a Visit from the Veep

Vice President Biden told workers at a transformer plant here Thursday that the president's economic plans would not be successful unless they bring about new economic grow that is shared by the middle class.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 17, 2009; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Joe Biden  
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On Interrogation Policies, Another Delicate Compromise From Obama

By Ben Pershing When it comes to dealing with the perceived sins or flaws in...

By Ben Pershing  | April 17, 2009; 8:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (55)
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POTUS Events: Summit of the Americas

President Obama this morning travels from Mexico to Trinidad and Tobago for the Summit of...

By washingtonpost.com  | April 17, 2009; 6:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Napolitano Apologizes to Veterans

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized yesterday to U.S. military veterans who took offense at being mentioned in a domestic intelligence report that concluded that a declining economy and the nation's political climate could fuel a resurgence of right-wing extremism, saying any slight was unintended.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 16, 2009; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  National Security  
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Obama Publishes Op-Ed in Advance of Summit of the Americas

President Obama wrote an op-ed that ran today in 15 Carribean, Latin American and United States newspapers, promising the other nations of the hemisphere "a new day" in their relationship to its most powerful member.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 16, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Primary Source  
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Obama Pushes Vision for High-Speed Rail

President Obama declared his intention to build a nationwide system of high-speed rail lines.

By Lexie Verdon  | April 16, 2009; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (106)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, B_Blog  
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No Spring Break for Obama South of the Border

By Ben Pershing On occasion, politicians jetting overseas are accused of going on cushy "junkets."...

By Paul Volpe  | April 16, 2009; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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POTUS Events: Day Devoted to Transportation

President Obama, joined by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, delivers remarks at the Department of Transportation,...

By Washington Post editors  | April 16, 2009; 7:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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More Than Half of Americans Using Internet for Political News and Activities

For the first time, more than a half the country's voting-age population used the Internet to get political news or get involved in the political process in 2008.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2009; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  B_Blog, The Clickocracy  
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Obama and Biden Release Tax Returns

By Michael D. Shear Barack Obama's successful quest for the White House powered the sales...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  Barack Obama, The Green Zone  
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From the Pirate Menace to a White House Tour

White House officials confirmed on background today that several of the families of the crew members from the U.S. container ship hijacked by pirates were given a tour of the White House today.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2009; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Barack Obama, White House, pirates  
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Obama Highlights Tax Breaks

The president presented nine taxpayers he said were better off financially because of his policies.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
Categories:  B_Blog, Economy  
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Grover Norquist on Tea Parties, Today at 2

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, will be online Wednesday, April 15, at 2 p.m. ET to discuss today's national tea party tax protests, which have been billed as part of a nationwide protest against the Obama administration's economic policies.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  The Green Zone  
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Tea Parties a Test of Conservative Online Organizing

Tax day "tea parties" show a movement finding itself.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2009; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
Categories:  B_Blog, The Clickocracy  
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On Tax Day, Tea Parties, Free Food and Calls for Reform

By Ben Pershing It's Tax Day, and aside from the traditional "wait in line at...

By Ben Pershing  | April 15, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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POTUS Events: Tax Time

President Obama, heading to the Oval Office, April 14, 2009. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)...

By Washington Post editors  | April 15, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama to Name Border 'Czar'

By Spencer Hsu The Obama administration will name a new U.S.-Mexico border "czar" to advise...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2009; 7:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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Bo Arrives at the White House

Pictures of the first dog.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Washington Life  
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Obama Meets Privately With The Dead

Musicians Phil Lesh and Bob Weir of the band The Dead perform in NYC, March...

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Sleuth  
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FEC Rules Obama's Oprah Appearance Didn't Violate Rules

Oprah Winfrey's hosting of Barack Obama on her show last year did not amount to a political donation to the candidate, the Federal Election Commission has ruled.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2009; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Green Zone  
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First Lady Makes a First Visit to Homeland Security Department

Michelle Obama becomes the first first lady to visit the Department of Homeland Security.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2009; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  The First Lady  
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Obama Refocuses on the Economy

President Obama returned to job one this morning, adopting the tone of both professor and preacher to refocus on the economy. Claiming progress, he explained that there are still hard time ahead. That is the balancing act he must manage now and in the months ahead -- instilling confidence while lowering expectations.

By Lexie Verdon  | April 14, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take  
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Obama's Cuba Shift Shows Confidence

By Ben Pershing Twenty-three weeks ago today, Barack Obama won Florida, marking the first time...

By Ben Pershing  | April 14, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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POTUS Events

(Photo--Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images) By Sarah Lovenheim President Obama starts his day with his daily...

By Washington Post editors  | April 14, 2009; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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Lights Out as White House Loses Power

The lights went out in the West Wing today, dropping the president and the rest of his team into darkness while technicians raced to restore the lights and computers to life.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 13, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  White House  
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Obama Marks 2,000th Stimulus-Funded Transit Project

President Obama today claimed an early success in the government's efforts to jolt the economy back to health, telling employees at the Department of Transportation that the stimulus bill has sparked a renaissance of transportation construction.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 13, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Economy  
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Obama Lifts Some Restrictions on Cuba

President Obama lifted some travel restrictions that block Americans from traveling to Cuba and relaxed the rules governing what items can be sent to the island.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 13, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (328)
Categories:  Foggy Bottom  
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White House Egg Roll Transforms South Lawn

President Obama and the first family are hosting one heck of an Easter Egg Roll at the White House today.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 13, 2009; 11:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Washington Life, White House  
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POTUS Events: The Easter Egg Roll

By Emily Kotecki President Obama will receive his daily briefing in the Oval Office...

By washingtonpost.com  | April 13, 2009; 8:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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On Pirates, Puppies and the Presidency

By Ben Pershing In the last 48 hours, the crucial story of President Obama's new...

By Ben Pershing  | April 13, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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