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44: November 15, 2009 - November 21, 2009

44: Obama says Asia trip about jobs

President Obama used his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday to draw a line between his recent trip to the economic engines of Asia and job creation at home, calling it a "task I will continue to focus on relentlessly in the weeks and months ahead."

By Scott Wilson  | November 21, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama  
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State dinner superlatives

A peek into the past recalls some state dinners to remember. Below you'll find a list of superlatives -- these nuggets can serve as dinner table banter on Tuesday, as President Obama hosts his first.

By Washington Post editors  | November 20, 2009; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Gallup: Obama approval rating drops below 50 percent for the first time

President Obama's job approval rating has dropped below 50 percent for the first time since he assumed office, according to Gallup's tracking poll.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 20, 2009; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, The Pollster  
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DNC raised $11 million in October -- and is raising more off Sarah Palin

The Democratic Party raised $11.5 million in October, giving it a record month for a non-presidential election year in the post McCain-Feingold era, according to a party source.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 20, 2009; 1:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, The Green Zone  
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Senate ethics committee admonishes Burris

Sen. Roland W. Burris (D-Ill.) has been admonished by the Senate ethics committee for his public comments about his appointment last December to the body.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 20, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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A Saturday night date with health reform

By Ben Pershing Cancel those weekend plans: You've now got a date Saturday night with...

By Ben Pershing  | November 20, 2009; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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FEC relaxes rule on luxury-jet travel by candidates

The Federal Election Commission on Thursday eased restrictions on the use of luxury jets by federal candidates, ruling that Senate and presidential candidates can pay discount prices for private air travel as long as they are not doing so on behalf of their own campaigns.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 19, 2009; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, The Green Zone  
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White House adviser is open to additional economic stimulus

In a sign of the gathering momentum for additional economic stimulus, a top White House economic adviser on Thursday expressed openness to the possibility of additional aid to local governments to prevent layoffs or even to the creation of a new public jobs program to spur employment.

By Alec MacGillis  | November 19, 2009; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Incoming N.J. and Va. govs tell how they won -- and why Palin didn't campaign for them

On the day that Sarah Palin kicked off her book tour to enthusiastic crowds, the two newest Republican governors sought to explain why the former Alaska governor had not campaigned on their behalf this fall.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 19, 2009; 9:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, 50 States, Sarah Palin  
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Senate finally ready to move on reform

By Ben Pershing Two weeks after the House passed its health-care bill and exactly a...

By Ben Pershing  | November 19, 2009; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Obama warns North Korea, Iran on nukes

On the final leg of his Asian tour, President Obama announced fresh steps to encourage North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and laid out a possible new punishment against Iran for defying efforts to end its own nuclear weapons program.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 19, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The GOP: Luddites or high tech?

Are Republicans trailing the Democrats in their ability to exploit new technology to communicate with voters -- or overtaking them?

By Web Politics Editor  | November 19, 2009; 7:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, New Media  
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First lady promoted exercise and nutrition during visit with Va. school children

First lady Michelle Obama visited Hollin Meadows Elementary School in Alexandria on Wednesday to tour the school's outdoor classrooms and promote the importance of nutrition and physical education to learning.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 18, 2009; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Michelle Obama, The First Lady, Washington Life, White House  
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As 2010 looms, GOP lays its bets on opposing health-care reform

Republicans are betting that, no matter the outcome, their outright opposition to the health-care plan advanced by the Democrats is both right on the merits and, as they look ahead to 2010, smart politics as well.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 18, 2009; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (119)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Dan Balz's Take  
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Midday Quiz: Palinology

The Washington Post's Political Quiz Game.

By Washington Post editors  | November 18, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Holder: don't fear 'coward' 9/11 plotter trial

Attorney General Eric Holder told critics Wednesday not to cower at the prospect of a New York trial for professed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 18, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Video Report  
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Obama weighs in on the Great Wall

BEIJING -- President Obama trekked to the Great Wall on Wednesday and ran the gantlet that torments all U.S. presidents when they visit China: what does the world's most powerful man say about one of mankind's most awe-inspiring monuments?

By Washington Post Editor  | November 18, 2009; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Obama Abroad  
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In his own words: Obama in China

President Obama sat down for an interview with CNN while in Beijing on Wednesday morning. Here's what he had to say about selected topics.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 18, 2009; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Biden sits down with Stewart on 'The Daily Show'

Vice President Biden became the first sitting vice president to appear on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Tuesday night

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 18, 2009; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, In Case You Missed It  
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Heavy burden 'weighs on' Obama

By Ben Pershing President Obama may or may not have lost weight so far in...

By Ben Pershing  | November 18, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Questionable government payments on rise, administration says

The federal government made $98 billion in questionable payments to contractors and individuals last year, the Obama administration said Tuesday, a sharp increase from 2008. The increase does not necessarily mean fraud is growing, said White House budget director Peter Orszag. But the administration is moving quickly to address the issue.

By Michael A. Fletcher  | November 17, 2009; 11:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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N.Y. police car crashes ahead of Biden

A New York Police Department car was involved in an accident Tuesday during Vice President Biden's visit to New York, according to the U.S. Secret Service. It is the third accident in a week among vehicles linked to Biden.

By Post Editor  | November 17, 2009; 10:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Tax man comes for C Street residence

The famous rowhouse on C St. S.E., where disgraced South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford sought counseling after his affair -- as did Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) after his affair -- has begun paying D.C. real estate taxes, according to city officials.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 17, 2009; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Midday Quiz: Terror Trials

Today's political trivia

By Washington Post editors  | November 17, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Flawed stimulus numbers -- or a flawed promise to provide them?

With every grenade from the media blowing a hole in the credibility of the jobs numbers, it may be worth asking whether the administration's problem comes less from the quality of the numbers being provided than from its decision to provide the numbers in the first place.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 17, 2009; 12:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Administration to announce financial fraud task force

The Obama administration is set to announce a new task force on Tuesday of the nation's top regulatory officials to investigate financial fraud.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 17, 2009; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Health care polls remain stubborn

By Ben Pershing The story of health-care reform since the summer has been nothing less...

By Ben Pershing  | November 17, 2009; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Freezing in the Forbidden City

BEIJING -- President Obama took a speed tour through the Forbidden City on Tuesday, braving freezing temperatures to visit the ancient imperial palace during his first-ever visit to China.

By Anne Kornblut  | November 17, 2009; 5:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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White House announces a jobs summit on Dec. 3

By Michael A. Fletcher The Obama administration announced plans Monday to hold a forum on...

By Post Editor  | November 16, 2009; 9:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Reform advocates challenge gov't. report on Medicare impacts of health-care bill

A plan to slice $500 billion from Medicare over the next decade -- one of the most significant sources of funding for President Obama's health care overhaul -- would not jeopardize services for Medicare patients, reform advocates argued Monday, challenging a government report suggesting that the cuts could prompt hospitals and other providers to stop participating in the program.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 16, 2009; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  44 Native, Health Care  
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Primary source: Obama on 'unsettling' food security report

President Obama on Monday released a statement in response to the USDA report on the nation's food security (PDF), which determined that the number of Americans who lack dependable access to adequate food shot up last year to 49 million, the largest number since the government has been keeping track.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 16, 2009; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Video Report: Obama says uncensored society is healthy

President Barack Obama pointedly nudged China on Monday to stop censoring Internet access, Mark Smith of the Associated Press reports.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 16, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Frank talk about an earlier Chamber of Commerce study

Earlier this year, the Chamber was more candid about the nature of the studies commissioned by business groups to buttress their side in legislative battles.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 16, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Your Take: is the Republican party headed for a resurgence?

As part of The Washington Post's occasional series exploring the state of the Republican party,...

By washingtonpost.com  | November 16, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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Another controversial trip for Obama

By Ben Pershing Though his term in the White House has been relatively short, President...

By Ben Pershing  | November 16, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Terrorism trials elicit strong opinions

By John Amick and T. Rees Shapiro CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - Presidential adviser...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | November 15, 2009; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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