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44: July 26, 2009 - August 1, 2009

Obama: Stimulus Helped, But Rebuilding Economy Will Take Innovation, Too

President Obama cited new economic statistics showing that the recession is easing as evidence that the oft-criticized $787 billion stimulus bill is working.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 1, 2009; 7:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  B_Blog, Economy  
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Gates's Daughter: Beer Summit Made 'Little Sense'

The daughter of Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., Elizabeth Gates, had some harsh words in the Daily Beast Friday for the so-called "Beer Summit" her father held at the White House Thursday with President Obama, Vice President Biden and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley, who arrested Prof. Gates for disorderly conduct earlier this month.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 31, 2009; 6:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (80)
Categories:  Culture Wars  
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Air Force One Manhattan Flyover Pictures Released

One of the 146 images released by the Air Force of the late April...

By Web Politics Editor  | July 31, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  National Security  
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Obama Says Stimulus Has Helped Ease Recession

Speaking at the White House, President Obama hailed the improving GDP numbers as evidence that his administration's policies are beginning to "put the brakes on the recession."

By Web Politics Editor  | July 31, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Economy  
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Health Care Slows in the Senate, Inches Forward in the House

By Ben Pershing When it comes to health-care reform, the world's greatest deliberative body is...

By Ben Pershing  | July 31, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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POTUS Events: Staff Retreat

President Obama begins the first of his daily briefings at 9:40 a.m. At noon, the...

By washingtonpost.com  | July 31, 2009; 7:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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Obama's Backyard Summit

By Garance Franke-Ruta Vice President Biden joined President Obama at Thursday evening's much-anticipated "beer...

By Web Politics Editor  | July 30, 2009; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Culture Wars, Washington Life  
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A Fine Belgian Beer Called Budweiser

Sometime after Obama clinched the Democratic nomination in 2008, Budweiser ceased to be an American company, selling itself to InBev, a gigantic Flemish-Brazilian beer consortium based in Leuven, Belgium.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 30, 2009; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Weighing In on the White House 'Beer Summit'

Local bartenders discuss the beer selections of President Obama, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley for the White House beer summit. (Anna Uhls / The Washington Post)

By Web Politics Editor  | July 30, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Video Report  
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What Do Poll Numbers Really Mean for Obama?

There are several new polls out over the last 24 hours that show more problems for President Obama. The trend lines are consistent: declining support for his health care plan, rising worries about the deficit and slippage in his approval ratings. But what if the polls are wrong?

By Web Politics Editor  | July 30, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  B_Blog, Dan Balz's Take  
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Demonstrators Want Lemonade at Obama Beer Summit

By Jacqueline L. Salmon Representatives of Pray at the Pump (more about them shortly) and...

By Web Politics Editor  | July 30, 2009; 10:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Religion  
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For Obama, Progress on the Hill and Slippage in the Polls

By Ben Pershing In the remaining days before Congress leaves town, what would constitute victory...

By Ben Pershing  | July 30, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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POTUS Events: Meeting Gates and Crowley

President Obama disembarks from Marine One at the White House, July 29, 2009 upon his...

By Washington Post editors  | July 30, 2009; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Clinton Plans to Visit Congo, Denounce Rape as a Tool of War

As part of her swing through Africa next week, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to visit eastern Congo, the epicenter of two wars in the past decade, and denounce the alarming rates of rape in the region, an official said Wednesday.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 29, 2009; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Hillary Rodham Clinton  
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As House and Senate Negotiate, Obama Fine-Tunes His Pitch

On a day when he stumps for health-care reform in North Carolina and Virginia, President Obama will unveil a new message highlighting eight ways that consumers would be better protected if his reform efforts pass, a White House aide said.

By Michael D. Shear  | July 29, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama, Health Care  
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Liberal Discontent Grows on Health Care

By Ben Pershing For President Obama and his most liberal supporters, this week's health-care debate...

By Ben Pershing  | July 29, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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POTUS Events: Off to the Tar Heel State

President Obama waves prior to boarding Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, July...

By Washington Post editors  | July 29, 2009; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Axelrod's Son Hired by Huffington Post

The son of White House senior adviser David Axelrod is joining the staff of the Huffington Post, the liberal Web site that has been largely supportive of President Obama.

By Howard Kurtz  | July 28, 2009; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cast of Characters, Media Notes  
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Cabinet Will 'Retreat' to Blair House to Hand Out Report Cards

President Obama's Cabinet will gather Friday and Saturday to mark the administration's sixth month in office with a high-level retreat.

By Michael D. Shear  | July 28, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  Cabinet  
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Elections Have Consequences. So Do Confirmation Votes.

By Dan Balz President Obama's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court accomplished...

By Dan Balz  | July 28, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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A New U.S. Archivist: David Ferriero

President Obama is said to have picked David S. Ferriero, now chief executive of the research libraries at The New York Public Library, to be the Archivist of the United States.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 28, 2009; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  B_Blog, Cast of Characters  
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The Picnic Table Summit

Gates, Obama and Crowley to sit down over beers at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 28, 2009; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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With Sotomayor Vote, Parties Position for 2010

By Ben Pershing The largely newsless confirmation saga of Sonia Sotomayor will make news today,...

By Ben Pershing  | July 28, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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POTUS Events: Q & A on Health Care

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama head to a reception for ambassadors at the...

By Washington Post editors  | July 28, 2009; 7:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Waves, If Not Shakes, Economic Stick at China

By Frank Ahrens This morning kicked off two days of intense economic discussions between the...

By Web Politics Editor  | July 27, 2009; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Economy  
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Obama's CIO Hopes to Unjar Internet Cookies

The practice using cookies, which has been controversial because of concerns over user privacy, is being revisited by the nation's Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, as part of the administration's push to revise the Web and technology policies of federal agencies.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 27, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  New Media  
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Biden's Watchdog Role May Have Bite

Vice President Biden, the anointed "Sheriff" of the stimulus is well rated generally in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with public opinion riven by the views of the administration's economic programs as well as the usual sharp partisan lines.

By Web Politics Editor  | July 27, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  The Pollster  
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Obama Stresses Relationship With China

President Obama, opening U.S. talks with a high-level delegation of Chinese government officials, said Monday that ties between the two countries are "as important as any bilateral relationship in the world."

By Web Politics Editor  | July 27, 2009; 11:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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House Now Ground Zero in Health-Care Fight

By Ben Pershing Most times, regardless of which party is in control of Congress, the...

By Ben Pershing  | July 27, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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POTUS Events: Conversation With China

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, July 24, 2009. This evening the first couple...

By Washington Post editors  | July 27, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Both Sides Adjust as Reform Deadline Nears

By John Amick After a tumultuous week for the effort to reform health care that...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | July 26, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  Sunday Talkies  
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