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44: June 21, 2009 - June 27, 2009

Obama Urges Senators to Back Cap and Trade Bill

President Obama called on senators to disregard what he called the "misinformation" offered by critics of his energy bill, which passed the House of Representatives late Friday night despite GOP predictions that it will damage the economy.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 27, 2009; 6:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Climate Change  
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Obama Signs War Funding Bill

President Obama today signed into law a $105.9 billion war funding bill that supports his plan to step up the fight in Afghanistan until the end of September even as the war in Iraq continues to wind down.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 26, 2009; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Lynn Rosenthal Named White House Adviser on Violence Against Women

In announcing the appointment of Lynn Rosenthal, Vice President Biden said that creating the job allows the White House to revive a focus on domestic violence issues -- which Biden said were not at the forefront during the Bush administration.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 26, 2009; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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No Formal Jackson Statement from Obama

It took just hours earlier this month for President Obama to express his sadness to the people of Gabon on the sudden death of notorious dictator President El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba of Gabon, but for the latest monarch to pass -- the King of Pop -- nearly a day.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 26, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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Davis: 'Probably Not' on Cyber Czar Post

By Amy Gardner Tom Davis, the former Republican congressman from Fairfax County and now a...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 26, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Rejects Demand That He Apologize for Criticizing Actions Against Protesters

By Thomas Erdbrink and William Branigin TEHRAN, June 26 -- An influential Iranian cleric told...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 26, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Foggy Bottom  
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Father of Gitmo Detainee Pleads for His Release

The father of a Somali detainee at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has written a letter to President Obama pleading for his son's release.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 26, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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New North Korea Sanctions Team Formed

The White House is ramping up its efforts to enforce sanctions against North Korea by forming a new interagency team to coordinate U.S. actions with other nations.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 26, 2009; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  B_Blog, Foggy Bottom, National Security  
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At the White House, a Wall of Newspapers

Every morning, White House staffers have taken to printing out dozens of front pages of newspapers from across the country and pinning them to a wall in the press office.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 26, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama To Meet With Merkel at White House

By Michael D. Shear President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss climate change,...

By Washington Post Editor  | June 26, 2009; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama  
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Sanford Hopes to Wait Out Critics, Media

By Ben Pershing The first and best strategy for any politician seeking to survive a...

By Ben Pershing  | June 26, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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POTUS Events: Obama Meets with German Chancellor

President Obama with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after their joint press conference at Dresden Castle...

By washingtonpost.com  | June 26, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Healthcare Town Hall Tanked on the Tube

Last night's ABC News special on health care, criticized in advance by Republicans as an infomercial for the president's reform plan, "struggled for viewers," according to The Hollywood Reporter's The Live Feed blog.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 25, 2009; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Health Care  
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Obama Committed to the 'Heavy Lifting' on Immigration, Lawmakers Say

A bipartisan group of lawmakers emerged from a White House meeting with President Obama today confident that the president is ready to put his political weight behind an comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 25, 2009; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Capitol Briefing  
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Gibbs to Get Dunked

Press secretary Robert Gibbs is used to taking shots from reporters, but tonight he becomes a more literal target -- sitting in the dunk tank and allowing journalists to try and dunk him before the members of Congress arrive.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 25, 2009; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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As Vote Nears, Obama Pitches Climate Change Bill as a Job Creator

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama called on Congress to pass legislation to battle climate...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 25, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Climate Change  
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White House Makes it Official on Ross

The White House announced today the worst kept secret in Washington -- that diplomatic troubleshooter Dennis Ross was leaving the State Department to join the National Security Council staff, overseeing a range of hot spots -- Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Middle East.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 25, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Foggy Bottom  
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Emanuel Talks Sanford and Health Care at Monitor Breakfast

Rahm Emanuel talks health care at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 25, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cast of Characters, Health Care  
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The Morning After, More Questions for Sanford

By Ben Pershing We are all witnesses now. What began as a relatively routine Wednesday...

By Ben Pershing  | June 25, 2009; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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POTUS Events: Stressing Service

President Obama receives his daily and economic briefings starting at 9:00 a.m. At 10:00, he...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | June 25, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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U.S. Withdraws July 4th Invite to Iranian Diplomats

The White House announced today that it had withdrawn invitations to Iranian diplomats to attend Fourth of July festivities at U.S. embassies around the world.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 24, 2009; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Foggy Bottom, National Security  
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Live Online: Pershing on Sanford

Washington Post blogger Ben Pershing will be online today 3:30 p.m. ET to discuss reaction...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 24, 2009; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Barack Obama Elementary School?

That's the proposal under consideration in Prince George's County, Md., according to a report from The Post's Nelson Hernandez, and up for a vote tomorrow.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 24, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Fallout from Sanford's South American Adventure

Sanford's summer adventure to Argentina -- no, he was not on the Appalachian Trail as his aides incorrectly told reporters -- is now a major personal embarrassment and draws more unwelcome publicity to the GOP.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 24, 2009; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
Categories:  B_Blog, Dan Balz's Take  
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An ABC Day at the White House

President Obama will continue to amp up his push for health care reform today at a White House town hall meeting on health care that will be televised in primetime on ABC.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 24, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Report: Obama to Meet with Pope

By Scott Wilson President Obama plans to meet with Pope Benedict XVI during a visit...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 24, 2009; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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On Iran, Obama Changes Tone, Not Strategy

By Ben Pershing President Obama called his press conference yesterday for a reason, and the...

By Ben Pershing  | June 24, 2009; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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POTUS Events: Health Care on the Agenda

President Obama receives his daily and economic briefings starting at 9:30 a.m. He meets with...

By washingtonpost.com  | June 24, 2009; 7:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama in Farsi, on Twitter and WhiteHouse.gov

The White House provides a Farsi-language tweet and transcript of Obama's condemnation of the government of Iran today.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 23, 2009; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  New Media  
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White House Gets Its First Facebook App

The White House new media team moves on from Facebook pages to a Facebook app.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 23, 2009; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  New Media  
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Is Rahm Emanuel a Micromanager?

By Ben Pershing Is Rahm Emanuel a micromanager? For your consideration, three stories: Story No....

By Ben Pershing  | June 23, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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On Iran and Health Care, Obama Careful to Keep His Options Open

President Obama used his press conference Tuesday to sharpen his rhetoric on Iran and vigorously defend the most controversial provision of his health care proposal. But in addressing two of the biggest challenges before his administration, he also carefully left himself room to maneuver as events unfold.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 23, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take  
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Obama on Smoking: '95 Percent Cured'

President Obama revealed today at his nationally televised news conference that he has fallen off the wagon but is "95 percent cured" of his tobacco addiction.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 23, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama Condemns Iran Goverment's 'Unjust Actions'

"The United States and the international community have been appalled and outraged by the threats, beatings, and imprisonments of the last few days. I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I join with the American people in mourning each and every innocent life that is lost," the president says.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 23, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Primary Source, White House  
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Gibbs Previews News Conference

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy By Garance Franke-Ruta...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 23, 2009; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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With Presser, Obama Looks to Play Offense

By Ben Pershing President Obama is in unfamiliar territory. The headlines are mostly bad and...

By Ben Pershing  | June 23, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Dennis Ross Expands His Portfolio

His duties will include not only Iran but also Iraq and the Middle East peace process.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 23, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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POTUS Events: Meet the Press

President Obama and Vice President Biden walk to the Rose Garden at the White House,...

By Washington Post editors  | June 23, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama: U.S. Can't Be Foil For Iran

"This is not an issue of the United States or the West versus Iran, this an issue of the Iranian people," the president said in an interview.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 22, 2009; 4:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama Signs Bill Regulating Tobacco

President Obama today signed legislation giving the federal government sweeping new power to regulate the manufacturing, advertising and marketing of cigarettes and other tobacco products.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 22, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Health Care  
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Clinton Cancels Overseas Trip

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has canceled plans to travel to Italy and Greece this week because she is still recovering from surgery on her broken elbow.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 22, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Obama Announces Agreement With Drug Companies

President Obama says the pharmaceutical industry's agreement to help close a gap in Medicare's drug coverage will make health reform more possible.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 22, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Health Care, Video Report  
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Obama Administration Continues Path Toward Diversity

By Krissah Thompson About half of the top decision makers in the Obama administration are...

By Web Politics Editor  | June 22, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Obama Defends Iran Stance -- Quietly

By Ben Pershing President Obama has already made clear that his strategy in dealing with...

By Ben Pershing  | June 22, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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POTUS Events: Approving Tobacco Regulation

President Obama, leaving the White House for a Father's Day golf outing at Fort Belvoir,...

By Washington Post editors  | June 22, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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