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44: September 13, 2009 - September 19, 2009

Obama Cautiously Takes Credit for Economic Turnaround

President Obama on Saturday continued his administration's careful efforts to take credit for the slowly improving economy, using his radio address to tout the economic turnaround since world leaders met in London in April.

By Eric Rich  | September 19, 2009; 6:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Shepard Fairey's Studio Tagged with Anti-ACORN Graffiti

So much for HOPE. That, at least, is the symbolic message sent by an anti-ACORN activist or group that targeted Studio Number One in Los Angeles, the commercial design studio of Obama HOPE poster creator Shepard Fairey, with anti-ACORN graffiti.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 18, 2009; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Conservatives Boasting New Sense of Energy at Values Voters Summit

By Perry Bacon Jr. When conservative activists met two years ago at their Values Voters...

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | September 18, 2009; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Biden Plans Move to Health Care Frontlines Next Week

Fresh off his trip to Iraq, Vice President Biden will wade deep into the health-care debate next week, according to administration sources.

By Ceci Connolly  | September 18, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Scowcroft Agrees With Obama on Missile Defense Shift

By Glenn Kessler President Obama's decision to shift direction on missile defense in Europe has...

By Glenn Kessler  | September 18, 2009; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  National Security  
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New Book Recalls the Image-Making of Obama's Campaign

Designing Obama from mas / menos on Vimeo. By Garance Franke-Ruta After the passionate criticisms...

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | September 18, 2009; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Obama Reignites 25-Year-Old Debate

By Ben Pershing President Obama won decisively in November by promising a firm break from...

By Ben Pershing  | September 18, 2009; 8:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Michelle Obama Visits the Farmer's Market

The first lady joins workers from nearby buildings and D.C. residents shopping at the new farmers market near the White House.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 17, 2009; 7:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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White House Sets $25 Million for Medical Liability Project

The White House said on Thursday it had allocated $25 million in grants to states for a pilot program that would seek to ease the impact of malpractice suits on the U.S. medical system, as President Barack Obama pushes for sweeping healthcare reform.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 17, 2009; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Health Ad Spending Set to Top $100M

Total spending on health-care reform ads this year will soon reach the $100-million mark, a new milestone in an advocacy advertising campaign that experts already believe to be the costliest ever.

By Ben Pershing  | September 17, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama Statement on European Missile Defense

President Obama issued a statement Thursday updating the United States' missile defense strategies.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 17, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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A True Compromise, for Better or Worse

By Ben Pershing At some point in the last few months, Max Baucus apparently decided...

By Ben Pershing  | September 17, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Liberal Sen. Takes Up 'Czar' Questions with the White House

Sen. Russell D. Feingold (D-Wisc.) released a letter Wednesday asking the White House for an accounting of the "roles and responsibilities" of the growing number of special advisers or policy "czars" working for President Obama.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 16, 2009; 6:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Capitol Briefing  
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Coalition Organizes in Support of Mark Lloyd

More than 50 public interest groups wrote Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to speak out in support of its chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd, who has suffered a recent barrage of criticism from right-wing commentators.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 16, 2009; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Van Jones Sends Supporters a Letter

Van Jones, the former adviser to the White House Council on Environmental Quality who resigned under fire from conservatives on Sept. 6, sent a message to his supporters Tuesday asking them to support President Obama's goals, work for green jobs generally and to "speak up for me via your favorite blogs...on message boards and all of your favorite social networking platforms ."

By Web Politics Editor  | September 16, 2009; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Gibbs: Criticism of Obama Not Based on Race

Amid mounting claims that the hostility toward the president has an undercurrent of racial animus, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Wednesday that President Obama disagrees.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 16, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Anger Toward Obama Seen as Recalling 2008 Campaign

Is the intensity of the anger at President Obama recently on display in protests and conservative media something new -- or has it been there all along?

By Web Politics Editor  | September 16, 2009; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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At Long Last, Baucus Bill Due Wednesday

By Ben Pershing If Budget Day on Capitol Hill is like Christmas for policy wonks,...

By Ben Pershing  | September 16, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Carter Cites 'Racism Inclination' in Animosity Toward Obama

Former president Jimmy Carter told NBC's Brian Williams in an interview Tuesday that he believes race is at the core of much of the opposition to President Obama.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | September 15, 2009; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (391)
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What Obama Actually Said About Kanye West

And now, thanks to TMZ, we finally know exactly in what context President Obama called hip-hop star Kanye West a "jackass" in banter with journalists that was intended to be off-the-record.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 15, 2009; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  The Debate Rages On...  
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President Obama to Visit Dave After Spate of Sunday Beltway Interviews

One day after setting a presidential record by appearing on five Sunday Beltway shows in a single day, President Barack Obama will make more history when he becomes the first sitting U.S. President ever to visit David Letterman's "Late Show."

By Web Politics Editor  | September 15, 2009; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Liberal Coalition Launches $1.2M Ad Campaign for Public Option

On the day President Obama addressed the AFL-CIO in Pittsburgh, a coalition of liberal groups that includes several major unions launched a seven-figure ad campaign against health insurance companies and in favor of a public insurance option.

By Ben Pershing  | September 15, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Health Care  
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Obama Makes a Pilgrimage to Youngstown

President Obama diverted his attention away from health care -- briefly -- on Tuesday morning to make what is becoming a ritual political stop on economic tours, visiting the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 15, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Wilson's Wife: 'Joe, Who's the Nut That Hollered Out, 'You Lie'?'

Roxanne Wilson, wife of controversial South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson, said her first impression of the person who interrupted President Obama's speech to Congress last week was that he was a "nut." It was only after the speech she learned that nut was her husband.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 15, 2009; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Biden Makes Unannounced Trip to Iraq

BAGHDAD -- Vice President Biden arrived in Baghdad Tuesday afternoon for a previously unannounced visit.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 15, 2009; 11:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Baucus Plan Draws Fire From all Sides

By Ben Pershing Speaking on 60 Minutes Sunday night, President Obama recalled an adviser telling...

By Ben Pershing  | September 15, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Dems Feel Michael Moore's Wrath

By Alec MacGillis PITTSBURGH--Just when it looked like conservatives might be cornering the market on...

By By Alec MacGillis  | September 15, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Tweeted and Deleted: Obama Rebukes Kanye West

By Garance Franke-Ruta President Obama called musician Kanye West a "jackass" during an interview Monday...

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | September 14, 2009; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Obama to Appear on 5 Sunday Talk Shows This Weekend

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama will appear on five Sunday talk shows this weekend,...

By Anne E. Kornblut  | September 14, 2009; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Health Care  
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Obama Defends Sending an Envoy to Lobby for 2016 Olympics

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama won't go to Copenhagen next month to lobby the...

By Anne E. Kornblut  | September 14, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Disability, Gay Rights Expert Picked for EEOC

By Garance Franke-Ruta President Obama announced Monday his intent to nominate Chai R. Feldblum for...

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | September 14, 2009; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Obama Lunches with Bill Clinton

President Obama traveled to New York for a speech to the financial sector today, followed by a lunch with former president Bill Clinton.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 14, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Economy, White House  
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For a Day, Obama Shifts Focus to Wall Street

By Ben Pershing Amid the current intense focus on the need for health-care reform, it's...

By Ben Pershing  | September 14, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Kanye Interrupts Obama: The Mashup

Because things on the Internet move at, well, Internet speed, above is a mashup video of Kanye West interrupting President Obama's speech to Congress, released to the Web just hours after West pulled a Joe Wilson on Taylor Swift at the MTV VMAs Sunday night.

By Web Politics Editor  | September 14, 2009; 12:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Making the Rounds  
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On '60 Minutes,' Obama Predicts Health Care Will Succeed

President Obama on Sunday ducked a question about whether Rep. Joe Wilson should be rebuked for his outburst during last week's congressional address -- gently noting simply that the current legislative debate had become "a big circus instead of focusing on health care."

By Post Editor  | September 13, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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9/12: Race, the Tea Party Protesters and a Battle of Interpretations

By Garance Franke-Ruta White House spokesman Robert Gibbs today brushed aside suggestions that Saturday's protests...

By Web Politics Editor  | September 13, 2009; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  The Debate Rages On...  
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Today on the Sunday Talk Shows

By John Amick and Ibby Caputo State of the Union: Collins Won't Support a 'Trigger'...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 13, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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