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44: May 31, 2009 - June 6, 2009

Obama Says Congress Must Act to Fix 'Broken' Health-Care System

By Michael A. Fletcher Stepping up his push to enact legislation to reform the nation's...

By Post Editor  | June 6, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Health Care  
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An Immigration Bill This Year? Don't Bet on It

By Ben Pershing With President Obama on an historic foreign trip, a Supreme Court nomination...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 5, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Capitol Briefing  
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Obama in Germany: The Videos

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By Web Politics Editor  | June 5, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Video Report  
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Court Watch: Wise Women, Impacting the Courts?

By Garance Franke-Ruta * CQ's Seth Stern reports that Sonia Sotomayor is awfully fond of...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 5, 2009; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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Obama Trip Offers Audacity and 'Hope,' But Will It Bring Action?

By Ben Pershing Yesterday around this time, President Obama was delivering an historic speech to...

By Ben Pershing  | June 5, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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East Wing Shakeup as First Lady Gets New Chief of Staff

First lady Michelle Obama has replaced her chief of staff, Jackie Norris, with a longtime friend from Chicago, Susan Sher.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 4, 2009; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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Obama Discovers an Ancient Likeness at the Pyramids

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By Web Politics Editor  | June 4, 2009; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Making the Rounds, Video Report  
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House GOP Unveils Proposal to Slash Budget

Responding to a challenge from President Obama, House Republican leaders today unveiled a plan to slice $375 billion out of the federal budget over the next five years by capping nondefense spending at the rate of inflation and requiring that any bailout money repaid to the Treasury be dedicated to deficit reduction.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 4, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Budget  
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White House E-Mails Speech to Supporters

Saying "It was a historic speech, and since many Americans were asleep at the time it was given we wanted to make sure you had a chance to see it," Obama senior adviser David Axelrod sent out a video of President Obama's speech in Cairo to the White House's e-mail list today.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 4, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Reaction in America Enthusiastic, With Caveats

President Obama's Cairo address to the Muslim communities of the world reverberated back in the United States, where some Muslim leaders hailed it as a breakthrough, rebalancing international relationships, as well as an affirmation of American Muslims. Others thought the president could have gone further.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 4, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Obama Abroad  
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Sotomayor's Senate Questionnaire Released

The White House delivered a completed questionnaire about Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Senate Judiciary Committee today, providing her formal answers to questions that will serve as the beginning of the confirmation process.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 4, 2009; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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After 'Sweeping' Speech in Cairo, Reactions All Over the Map

By Ben Pershing Before much of Washington was even awake this morning, President Obama had...

By Ben Pershing  | June 4, 2009; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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POTUS Events: From Egypt to Germany

President Obama speaks in the Grand Hall of Cairo University , June 4, 2009. (Cris...

By Washington Post editors  | June 4, 2009; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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Obama Calls for Fresh Start Between US, Muslims

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By Web Politics Editor  | June 4, 2009; 7:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Video Report  
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Obama Arrives in Egypt for Speech

Cairo shuts down as Obama is greeted with a high level of pomp, including 21 horses.

By Washington Post Editor  | June 4, 2009; 5:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, B_Blog, Barack Obama, Foggy Bottom  
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Obama Speech Updates from Our Man in Cairo

President Obama is in Egypt today to deliver a speech in Cairo billed as a...

By Paul Volpe  | June 4, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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Gallery: Obama Visits Saudi Arabia

President Obama kicked off his trip to the Middle East and Europe with a...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 3, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Sen. Graham, 'Every-Day White Guy,' Takes Issue with Sotomayor Remarks

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he remained concerned about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's 2001 remark that a "wise Latina" might make a better judge than a white male, even after meeting her for more than 30 minutes this afternoon.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 3, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  B_Blog, Supreme Court  
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Michelle Obama, in Speech to District Students, Recalls Her Princeton Days

First lady Michelle Obama delivered the commencement address to the Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter High School today in the District, held on the Howard University campus.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 3, 2009; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Primary Source, The First Lady  
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First Lady Warns D.C. Graduates Against 'Doubters'

By Robin Givhan First lady Michelle Obama brought a little church-going fervor along with her...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 3, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The First Lady  
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Gingrich Walks Back 'Racist' Charge

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich today walked back his Twitter comment that Obama Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor was a "racist," saying, "The word 'racist' should not have been applied to Judge Sotomayor as a person."

By Web Politics Editor  | June 3, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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As Obama Begins Mideast Trip, Focus Is on Israel

By Ben Pershing President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia minutes ago, and as he begins...

By Ben Pershing  | June 3, 2009; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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POTUS Events: A Day With King Abdullah

President Obama with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia during the arrival ceremony in Obama's honor...

By Washington Post editors  | June 3, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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Rise of Liberal Groups Shows in Court Nomination

Obama's election has dramatically altered the landscape occupied by the advocacy groups, think tanks and lobbying firms that make up Washington's sprawling influence industry. Democratic and left-leaning groups are now ascendant, enjoying clout not seen in a generation and benefiting from close access to a White House brimming with former colleagues.

By Washington Post Editor  | June 3, 2009; 6:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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Obama Signs Bill to Create Reagan Centennial Panel

With former first lady Nancy Reagan by his side, President Obama today created a commission to plan events that will honor former president Ronald Reagan on what would have been his 100th birthday.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 2, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (51)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Washington Life  
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Nancy Reagan to Lunch with Michelle Obama

By Roxanne Roberts Nancy Reagan (Reuters/Jason Reed) The ultimate ladies lunch has to be a...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 2, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Washington Life  
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Obama Willing to Consider Tax on Employer-Paid Health Benefits

President Obama, in a pivot from some of his harshest campaign rhetoric, told Democratic senators yesterday that he is willing to consider taxing employer-sponsored health benefits to help pay for a broad expansion of coverage.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 2, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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High Expectations for Obama's Cairo Speech

President Obama has set a high bar for his trip to the Middle East and Europe this week.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 2, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take  
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Leahy Asks Sotomayor to Clarify 'Wise Latina' Remark

In his first meeting this morning with Sonia Sotomayor, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy asked the Supreme Court nominee to clarify her controversial statement that "a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male."

By Web Politics Editor  | June 2, 2009; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Supreme Court  
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Obama's Middle East Trip a Balancing Act

President Obama's visit to the Middle East, which begins today, will test the administration's relationship with Israel's new leadership and the president's promise to reach out to the Arab world as the region struggles to find peace.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 2, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  B_Blog, Obama Abroad  
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Court Watch: Senate Meetings

By Garance Franke-Ruta Today in court news: * Judge Sonia Sotomayor today meets with key...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 2, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Supreme Court  
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Early Reviews of Obama's GM 'Gamble' Don't Look Good

By Ben Pershing Scan the coverage today of GM's bankruptcy and you'll see a wide...

By Ben Pershing  | June 2, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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POTUS Events

President Obama at the White House, June 1, 2009.. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) By Sarah...

By Washington Post editors  | June 2, 2009; 6:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama Says U.S. Must Be More 'Honest' With Israel

By Michael D. Shear On the eve of his trip to the Middle East, President...

By Post Editor  | June 1, 2009; 7:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
 
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President Visits Naval Medical Center

By Michael D. Shear President Obama touched down at in Marine One at 1:20 p.m....

By Web Politics Editor  | June 1, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Health Care, National Security  
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Cheney Comes Out for Gay Marriage, State-by-State

Former vice president Richard Cheney waded into another simmering public debate today, suggesting he supports legalizing gay marriage as long as the issue is decided by the states rather than the federal government.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 1, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  B_Blog, Culture Wars  
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Obama: GM Restructuring Plan 'Full of Promise'

By Peter Whoriskey, Kendra Marr and William Branigin General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection this...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 1, 2009; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Economy  
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Court Watch: Bloggers and Reversals

Today in Supreme Court news.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 1, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Sotomayor's Law Clerks Praise Her in Letter

Forty-five of Sonia Sotomayor's law clerks offered their unqualified support for their former boss to become the next associate justice of the Supreme Court as she prepared to meet with members of Congress tomorrow.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 1, 2009; 9:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Jarrett: Sotomayor's Background Made Her 'Perfect Choice' for Court

By Ben Pershing How much did President Obama take Sonia Sotomayor's background into account before...

By Ben Pershing  | June 1, 2009; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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POTUS Events: Eyeing the Auto Industry

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama shown boarding Air Force One Saturday night en...

By Washington Post editors  | June 1, 2009; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama 'Shocked and Outraged' by Tiller Shooting

President Obama issued a statement today condemning the shooting death this morning of Kansas abortion...

By Post Editor  | May 31, 2009; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
 
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At Blue Hill, It's President and Mrs. Foodie

By Garance Franke-Ruta President and Michelle Obama can cross another restaurant off their foodie must-visit...

By Web Politics Editor  | May 31, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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The Obamas' Big Apple Escape: Dinner and a Show

Associated Press President Obama made good Saturday night on a campaign promise to his wife,...

By Post Editor  | May 31, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Michelle Obama  
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