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."
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.
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.
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.
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 Ben Pershing Cancel those weekend plans: You've now got a date Saturday night with...
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.
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.
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 Ben Pershing Two weeks after the House passed its health-care bill and exactly a...
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.
Are Republicans trailing the Democrats in their ability to exploit new technology to communicate with voters -- or overtaking them?
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.
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.
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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.
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?
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.
Vice President Biden became the first sitting vice president to appear on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" Tuesday night
By Ben Pershing President Obama may or may not have lost weight so far in...
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 Ben Pershing The story of health-care reform since the summer has been nothing less...
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 Michael A. Fletcher The Obama administration announced plans Monday to hold a forum on...
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.
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.
President Barack Obama pointedly nudged China on Monday to stop censoring Internet access, Mark Smith of the Associated Press reports.
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.
As part of The Washington Post's occasional series exploring the state of the Republican party,...
By Ben Pershing Though his term in the White House has been relatively short, President...