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44: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

Obama Offers Steps to Make Retirement Savings Easier

By Scott Wilson President Obama announced on Saturday a series of what he called "common-sense...

By Scott Wilson  | September 5, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
Categories:  Economy  
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Leading Republican Demands That White House Fire 'Green Collar' Adviser

Updated 4:52 p.m. By Garance Franke-Ruta White House press secretary Robert Gibbs offered few signs...

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | September 4, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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White House to Release Visitor Logs

Reversing a policy embraced by previous presidents of both parties, the Obama administration will make public a listing of visitors to the White House.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 4, 2009; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
Categories:  B_Blog, White House  
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President's Pollster Sends Congressional Dems a Memo

Presidential pollster Joel Benenson sent a memo to Democrats on Capitol Hill saying that support for a health-care overhaul is higher than it appears and will increase once the specifics are made clear.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 4, 2009; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Health Care, Primary Source  
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Economy, Stimulus Drive 2010 Outlook

By Ben Pershing For all the current focus on health-care reform, it may just be...

By Ben Pershing  | September 4, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Two Liberal Groups Target Obama Over His Position on Public Option

Updated 6:13 p.m. By Dan Eggen Two major liberal groups launched petition drives Thursday demanding...

By Dan Eggen  | September 3, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
Categories:  Health Care  
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In Colorado, a Sizable Schism on Health-Care Reform

A massive schism now exists over health-care reform, an issue that touches everyone personally.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 3, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (86)
Categories:  Dan Balz's Take  
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200 Days In, Vice President Biden Touts Recovery Act

Vice President Biden declared Thursday that the $787 billion economic stimulus program is playing a major role in lifting the nation's economy out of the worst financial downturn since the Great Depression.

By Michael A. Fletcher  | September 3, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
Categories:  B_Blog, Economy, Joe Biden  
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Cabinet Marks 200 Days of Stimulus

Vice President Biden delivers his latest defense of the Obama administration's economic recovery efforts today at the Brookings Institution, while four Cabinet secretaries will make a series of coordinated appearances to mark the 200th day of the economic recovery program.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 3, 2009; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Economy  
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Health-Care Speech Set, Details to Come

By Ben Pershing What was only theoretical yesterday morning is reality today, as President Obama...

By Ben Pershing  | September 3, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Obama Plans Televised Speech to Nation's Students Tues.

President Obama will deliver a nationally-televised address to students next Tuesday on the importance of taking responsibility for their success in school, which the White House calls a continuation of his efforts to use the bully pulpit to promote the value of education.

By Michael A. Fletcher  | September 2, 2009; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  B_Blog, Education  
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Report: Gonzales Backs Holder on Prosecutor Appointment

Appearing on The Washington Times' "America's Morning News" radio show Tuesday morning, former U.S. attorney general Alberto R. Gonzales defended the decision of his current successor, Eric H. Holder Jr., to investigate alleged prisoner abuse by CIA interrogators.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 2, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  National Security  
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Justice Stevens Hires Just One Clerk

Does Justice John Paul Stevens's decision to hire only one clerk for the term that begins in October 2010 mean this could be his last year on the court?

By Robert Barnes  | September 2, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Court Watch, Supreme Court, The Courts  
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Obama's 'New' Strategy on Health Care

By Ben Pershing Before this year's health-care debate began, President Obama made an important decision...

By Ben Pershing  | September 2, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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At White House-Backed Conference, University Presidents Sound Guarded

At a meeting this week of presidents from the nation's historically black colleges, convened by the White House, Obama administration officials offered support and new programs, but they also challenged the educators to do more toward providing their students with a quality higher education.

By Hamil R. Harris  | September 1, 2009; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Cast of Characters  
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Ramadan Dinner at the White House: The Guest List

President Obama will host a White House dinner Tuesday night celebrating Ramadan, the Muslim holy month during which the faithful fast from dawn to sunset each day.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 1, 2009; 5:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
Categories:  Washington Life, White House  
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President Urges Flu Preparedness and Clean Hands

President Obama called on Americans Tuesday to take common-sense steps -- from staying home from work when they are sick to frequently washing their hands and covering their sneezes with their sleeves and not their hands -- to support government efforts to contain the expected impact of the swine flu.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 1, 2009; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Health Care  
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RNC Puts 'Seniors' Bill of Rights' on the Air

By Ben Pershing The Republican National Committee is looking to win increased attention for...

By Ben Pershing  | September 1, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Health Care, Republican Party  
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Fishing for a Comeback

It's difficult for the White House team to argue that August was a successful month for the president.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 1, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
Categories:  B_Blog, Dan Balz's Take  
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Obama to Receive McChrystal Report Wednesday

President Obama will receive the report assessing the war in Afghanistan from his top commander there on Wednesday, and will take it with him to Camp David as he continues his vacation over the extended Labor Day weekend.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 1, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  National Security  
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Gesundheit, Elmo: US Teams With Sesame Street to Slow Swine Flu

Three federal agencies are teaming up with the colorful muppets of Sesame Street to teach children and families how to prevent the spread of swine flu this fall, such as by washing their hands, sneezing into the bend in their arms and not touching their faces.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 1, 2009; 11:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  B_Blog, Health Care, Health Care  
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New Month Brings New Focus on Afghanistan

By Ben Pershing The calendar this morning brings a new month, and a renewed focus...

By Ben Pershing  | September 1, 2009; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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White House Releases Video About the Kitchen Garden

By Garance Franke-Ruta As the first day of school for many students in the...

By Web Politics Editor  | August 31, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
 
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New Bipartisan Group Calls for Voter Registration Reform

In the wake of another presidential election featuring disputed allegations of voter fraud, a bipartisan group of former lawmakers and elections experts is banding together to call for streamlining America's outmoded registration system.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 31, 2009; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  The Voters  
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Ridge: Talk of Terror-Alert Politics Exaggerated

The Associated Press reports: Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday people "are hyperventilating"...

By Web Politics Editor  | August 31, 2009; 10:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
 
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Administration Officials to Join 'First Draft of History' Gathering

Washington is accustomed to seminars and panel discussions -- there are often dozens a day, on a variety of topics -- but invitations are going out today for one that will be among the most gargantuan of its kind.

By Web Politics Editor  | August 31, 2009; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Democrats Happy to See August End

By Ben Pershing Today begins the final week before Congress returns to session, but the...

By Ben Pershing  | August 31, 2009; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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First Leg of Vacation Over, Obama Heads for D.C.

By Michael D. Shear OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- President Obama and his family prepared to...

By Post Editor  | August 30, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
 
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Cheney: 'I'm Very Proud of What We Did'

Former Vice President Dick Cheney reiterated his claim today that enhanced interrogation techniques used on terrorism suspects in U.S. custody in the years after September 11, 2001, worked in revealing terror plots despite contrary sentiment from a CIA investigator who probed detainee interrogations.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | August 30, 2009; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (155)
Categories:  National Security  
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