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44: July 19, 2009 - July 25, 2009

Obama Emphasizes Health-Care Impact on Small Business

By Michael D. Shear President Obama continued his campaign on behalf of health-care reform Saturday...

By Michael D. Shear  | July 25, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  Health Care  
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Obama Moves to Ratchet Down Tensions in Gates Arrest Controversy

President Obama made a surprise appearance at the daily White House briefing Friday to address the growing controversy over the arrest of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr. by a Cambridge police officer.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | July 24, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (79)
Categories:  Culture Wars  
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First Lady Celebrates American Design at Awards Lunch

First lady Michelle Obama addressed the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards Friday during a luncheon in the East Room of the White House.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 24, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The First Lady  
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Mass. Police Unions Ask Obama for Apology

A multiracial group of police officers stood with the white officer who arrested a black Harvard scholar and asked President Obama and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick apologize for comments union leaders called insulting.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 24, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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So, Who's Bringing the S'mores?

Obama's summer White House? Camp David.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 24, 2009; 10:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Washington Life  
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Why Delay May Help Health-Care Reform

By Ben Pershing A big setback for President Obama. That's how Thursday's lead story --...

By Ben Pershing  | July 24, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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POTUS Events: Focused on Health Care

President Obama receives his daily briefings in the Oval Office beginning at 10:00 a.m. At...

By washingtonpost.com  | July 24, 2009; 7:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In Ohio, Obama Presses for Health-Care Reform Bill

Continuing his campaign to win support for an overhaul of the nation's health care system, President Obama came to the is wealthy Cleveland suburb to again make his case that reform is an urgent national priority.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 23, 2009; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama Stands by His Criticism

President Obama has no regrets about criticizing the Cambridge police department's arrest of Harvard University Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr., White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Thursday.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 23, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (353)
Categories:  B_Blog, Cast of Characters, Culture Wars, DEPT. OF JURISPRUDENCE  
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Memo from Conservative Activists Warns Against Obama Reform Plans

A group of veteran conservative activists have added their voices to the fight against President Obama's health-care reform efforts, writing in a memo released today that Democratic plans will "bankrupt the country and exacerbate unemployment during these difficult times."

By Web Politics Editor  | July 23, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Jon Stewart Rips into Birthers

Last night, comedian Jon Stewart brought his viewers up to date on the high points of the birther story.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 23, 2009; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Making the Rounds  
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The Hard Sell Begins

President Obama had two audiences in mind throughout his prime-time news conference Wednesday night: Americans who are increasingly skeptical about his effort to reform the health care system and members of Congress looking for guidance as they near politically difficult votes on such a package.

By Washington Post Editor  | July 23, 2009; 8:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (92)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Dan Balz's Take, Health Care  
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On Health Care, Obama Tries to Make Policies Personal

By Ben Pershing At President Obama's fourth primetime press conference Wednesday night, Tom Shales writes,...

By Ben Pershing  | July 23, 2009; 8:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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POTUS Events: Clinical Visit in Cleveland

President Obama walks to the East Room of the White House, July 22, 2009. (Chip...

By Washington Post editors  | July 23, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Putting Obama's News Conference Under the Microscope

By Alec MacGillis Few would dispute that President Obama has developed a firm grasp on...

By Post Editor  | July 22, 2009; 9:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Transcript of Obama Prime-Time News Conference

CQ Transcriptions Following is the transcript of President Obama's news conference Wednesday night, which lasted...

By Post Editor  | July 22, 2009; 9:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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President Addresses Arrest of Harvard Professor

President Obama's last question at Wednesday night's news conference dealt with the arrest last week...

By Post Editor  | July 22, 2009; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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White House Discloses Meetings With Health Care Executives

Updated 9:37 p.m. By Dan Eggen The Obama administration released Wednesday night a list of...

By Post Editor  | July 22, 2009; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Obama Will Highlight Health-Care Reform Areas of Agreement

The White House this evening released advance excerpts of President Obama's opening remarks at tonight's news conference.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 22, 2009; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Primary Source, Ralph Nader  
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Obama: Health Care Reform Is Essential to Rebuilding Economy

President Obama continues his push to convince Congress to continue moving on health care reform with a prime-time news conference tonight that is expected to be dominated by the issue, which Obama calls his top legislative priority.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 22, 2009; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (110)
Categories:  B_Blog, Barack Obama, Health Care  
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Health-Care Deadline a Double-Edged Sword for Obama

The White House's insistence on a health-care deadline has helped fuel the current, widespread storyline that the reform effort is struggling.

By Ben Pershing  | July 22, 2009; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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POTUS Events: Meeting with Maliki

President Barack Obama meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, April...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | July 22, 2009; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama on Health-Care Reform: 'We're Going to Get It'

By Michael A. Fletcher President Obama continued Tuesday pushing for health care reform in the...

By Post Editor  | July 21, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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In California's Budget Crisis, Lessons for the Rest of Us?

Updated 6:56 p.m. By Dan Balz The decline in governance in the nation's biggest state...

By Post Editor  | July 21, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take  
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Obama Defends His Dad Jeans

President Obama responds to the snark over the suburban-dad jeans he wore throwing out the first pitch at last week's All-Star game.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 21, 2009; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Health Care Fight Marks the Start of 2010 Campaign

By Ben Pershing The 2010 campaign began in earnest Monday, and with it the fight...

By Ben Pershing  | July 21, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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POTUS Events: Focus on Health Care

President Obama receives his presidential briefing at 9:30 a.m. and his economic briefing at 9:50...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | July 21, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Kristol Rallies Republicans to 'Go for the Kill' on Health-Care Reform

By Perry Bacon Jr. In January 1994, conservative commentator William Kristol wrote a widely read...

By Post Editor  | July 20, 2009; 4:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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On Moon-Landing Anniversary, Obama Meets with - and Praises - Apollo 11 Crew

Forty years to the day after their historic moon landing, Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin met with President Obama in the Oval Office this afternoon.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 20, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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NTSB's Higgins Announces Departure After 34 Years in Public Service

By Al Kamen National Transportation Safety Board member Kathryn O'Leary "Kitty" Higgins told the White...

By Post Editor  | July 20, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Pushes Back Against Talk of Health Care as His 'Waterloo'

Continuing his push to get Congress to pass health care reform in the next few weeks, President Obama attacked a recent remark by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who told conservative activists the GOP would make health care Obama's "Waterloo."

By Web Politics Editor  | July 20, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Biden Arrives in Ukraine

Vice President Biden arrived in Ukraine on Monday morning to reassure its leaders Washington has not forgotten the ex-Soviet republic following President Barack Obama's push to improve ties with neighboring Russia.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 20, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama to Meet with Mormon President

When President Obama meets with Mormon president Thomas S. Monson this afternoon, it's safe to say that Obama will not exactly be speaking to his base.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 20, 2009; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Cast of Characters, Religion  
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Steele Blasts Democratic Health Reform Push, Urges Obama to 'Slow Down'

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele this morning blasted the Democratic health care bills moving through Congress, joining the growing number of critics in the GOP who are say the proposals will slow the economy, dramatically increase the deficit and make health care worse for the millions who already have insurance.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 20, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (311)
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State of Play: Obama Selling, Americans Buying?

President Obama embarks on a round-the-clock personal lobbying blitz for his cherished health-care overhaul this week, while key congressional chairmen continue to search for compromise as the August recess nears.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 20, 2009; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Reform Effort Puts Obama Back on the Trail

By Ben Pershing President Obama's poll numbers have been dropping almost since the day he...

By Ben Pershing  | July 20, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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POTUS Events: Celebrating NASA

President Obama waves as he departs on Marine One traveling to New York City to...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | July 20, 2009; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama to Meet With Mormon Leader

President Obama is scheduled to hold an Oval Office meeting Monday with Thomas S. Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

By Washington Post Editor  | July 19, 2009; 10:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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Democrats Push Back on Unsavory Estimate

By John Amick The Obama administration sent two of its top surrogates in the health-care...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | July 19, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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