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44: August 2, 2009 - August 8, 2009

Obama Takes Issue With 'Political Point-Scorers' Over Health Care

By Michael D. Shear President Obama decried Saturday what he called the "outlandish" claims by...

By Michael D. Shear  | August 8, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (382)
Categories:  Health Care  
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POTUS Events: State of the Economy

President Obaman speaking at a Creigh Deeds for governor rally, Thursday, Aug. 6, in McLean,...

By Washington Post editors  | August 7, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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After 200 Days, a Mixed Record for Obama

By Ben Pershing Barack Obama has now been president for 200 days, which means --...

By Ben Pershing  | August 7, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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At White House, Gang of Six Pressed to Continue Bipartisan Talks

President Obama urged six senators to keep up their bipartisan health-care talks, despite scant evidence that their reform legislation is gaining traction among Republicans.

By Washington Post editors  | August 6, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Health Care  | Tags:  Gang of Six Pressed to Continue Bipartisan Talks  
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Obama as The Joker: Racial Fear's Ugly Face

President Obama is depicted as the Joker in an anonymous Los Angeles poster campaign that is now the talk of the blogosphere, the airwaves and the 24/7 hermeneutical speculations of cable television.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 6, 2009; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  The Hidden Campaign  
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Obama Looks for Pre-Recess Win on Health Care

By Ben Pershing Will President Obama get an important symbolic victory before the Senate leaves...

By Ben Pershing  | August 6, 2009; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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POTUS Events: With the Gang of Six

President Barack Obama walks out of the Oval Office before speaking about health care reform...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 6, 2009; 7:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  The Daybook  
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Obama Invites Gang of Six to the White House

Six negotiators from the Senate Finance Committee will meet with President Obama Thursday to discuss their fledgling bipartisan health-care bill, White House and Senate sources said.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 5, 2009; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Health Care, Health Care  
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'Relieved' Obama Thanks Bill Clinton and Al Gore for Negotiating Release of Journalists

President Obama made a statement on the release of journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee this morning on the South Lawn before boarding Marine One to begin his day-trip to Indiana.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 5, 2009; 10:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Primary Source  
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Reform Debate Shifts to Protesters' Tactics

By Ben Pershing Just as the White House is increasing its focus on Web-based grass-roots...

By Ben Pershing  | August 5, 2009; 8:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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POTUS Events: To the Hoosier State

President Obama speaks to a crowd in Elkhart, Ind., in February. He returns to Elkhart...

By Washington Post editors  | August 5, 2009; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Baucus (and Obama) Warn GOP Attacks Bad for Bipartisanship

By Shailagh Murray Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said the intensifying attacks against health-care...

By Eric Rich  | August 4, 2009; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
Categories:  Capitol Briefing, Health Care  
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For Shared Birthday, Obama Brings Cupcakes to Helen Thomas

President Barack Obama is celebrating his own birthday by leading the White House press corps in singing Happy Birthday to veteran reporter Helen Thomas.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 4, 2009; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  Washington Life  
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Vice President Says Recovery Act is Working

By Michael A. Fletcher Looking trim and summery in a khaki suit, Vice President Biden...

By Web Politics Editor  | August 4, 2009; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Economy, Joe Biden  
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Few Qualified Delinquent Borrowers Getting Federal Help

Less than 10 percent of delinquent borrowers eligible for the Obama administration's $75 billion foreclosure prevention program have received help so far, according to Treasury Department estimates released Tuesday morning, showing that the effort has been carried out unevenly throughout the industry.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 4, 2009; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Economy  
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Kennedy: Time Was Right for Obama

When Ted Kennedy sought a candidate to endorse as the 2008 presidential campaign began, he...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 4, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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White House Pushes Back Against Video Clip

The White House has created a new video message to counter a carefully edited series of old video clips which create the impression that President Obama wants to get rid of private insurance altogether as part of his health reform efforts.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 4, 2009; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Health Care  
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With N. Korea Trip, Bill Clinton's Role Evolves

Updated 10:05 a.m. By Ben Pershing Remember when Bill Clinton was seen as a potential...

By Ben Pershing  | August 4, 2009; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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POTUS Events: Happy Birthday, Mr. President

By Sarah Lovenheim Today marks President Obama's birthday. He turns 48-years-old. The president starts his...

By Washington Post editors  | August 4, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama to Lunch with Senate Democrats. All of Them.

President Obama will host the entire Senate Democratic caucus for lunch at the White House on Tuesday, in an effort to review the achievements of his first six months in office and build momentum for major initiatives whose fates are now in the hands of Congress.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 4, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Democratic Party, Economy, Health Care  
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Gibbs: Obama Won't Raise Middle-Class Taxes

If two of President Obama's top economic advisers cracked open the door to the possibility middle-class tax increases Sunday, the White House slammed it shut on Monday.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 3, 2009; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Economy, Health Care  
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For Obama, Blowing Out Candles Over a Working Lunch

By Cheryl W. Thompson President Obama will celebrate his 48th birthday Tuesday by spending at...

By Cheryl W. Thompson  | August 3, 2009; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Barack Obama  
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GI Bill in Effect, Obama Marks Occasion with Speech to Veterans

President Obama visited the electoral battleground of Northern Virginia on Monday morning to mark the implementation of last year's GI bill granting higher education benefits to veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan and other post-Sept. 11 conflicts.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 3, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
Categories:  B_Blog, Education  
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Battle Lines Drawn for Recess Fight

By Ben Pershing The Senate doesn't leave town until Friday, but the battle lines for...

By Ben Pershing  | August 3, 2009; 8:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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POTUS Events: A New GI Bill

Then-Sen. Barack Obama greets Marine Corps veterans with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson at the...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 3, 2009; 7:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Geithner, Summers Make Economic Case for Reform

By John Amick The Obama administration's leading point men in reviving a sagging American economy,...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 2, 2009; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
Categories:  Sunday Talkies  
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