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44: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

Secret Service: procedures not followed

The Secret Service said Thursday that its procedures to ensure a tight bubble of security around the White House and the political leaders under their care were not followed when an uninvited Virginia couple attended Tuesday night's state dinner.

By By Michael D. Shear  | November 26, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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After the pardon, Obamas give out turkeys

After pardoning a pampered turkey earlier in the day, President Obama took part in a decidedly lower-profile turkey and food give-away to some of the District of Columbia's less fortunate residents Wednesday afternoon.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 25, 2009; 9:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Dan Pfeiffer keeps his cool under pressure

Dan Pfeiffer regularly trolls the West Wing, his list of to-do items -- a couple dozen long -- on a stiff White House-embossed index card in his pocket. At the end of every day, there's always a handful that he can't quite cross off.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 25, 2009; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Noted: Biden gets his wish -- and a NYT magazine cover story

James Traub takes a look at Vice President Biden's foreign policy role and operation.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 25, 2009; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, National Security  
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Video report: Obama pardons 'Courage' the turkey

Barack Obama on pardoning a turkey: "You know, there are certain days that remind me of why I ran for this office. And then there are moments like this, where I pardon a turkey and send it to Disneyland."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 25, 2009; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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How a lobbying campaign helped make Thanksgiving a national holiday

Once upon a time, Americans gave thanks for the bounty of the land with celebrations that involved fasting, rather than feasting. Some presidents refused to issue Thanksgiving proclamations. And, if it weren't for the roughly two-decade lobbying crusade of a female Thanksgiving advocate, the annual ritual might never have gained its national sanction.

By Washington Post editors  | November 25, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama on the passing of Abe Pollin

President Obama released a statement Wednesday saying he and Michelle "were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Abe Pollin - a giant in the world of professional sports and someone I was proud to call a friend."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 25, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Midday Quiz: Thanksgiving trivia

Our political trivia question of the day (visit www.washingtonpost.com/politicaltrivia for more): On September 10, Vice...

By Washington Post editors  | November 25, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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White House releases more visitor logs

The White House released visitor logs Wednesday.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 25, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Oprah and Obama, together again

The reigning queen of daytime talk, Oprah Winfrey, will tape an interview with President Obama in the White House next week, White House sources confirmed.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 25, 2009; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama to attend Copenhagen UN climate change conference

President Obama will travel to Copenhagen Dec. 9, a day before accepting the Nobel Peace Price in Oslo, to help launch a U.N.-sponsored global climate change summit, a White House official said.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 25, 2009; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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White House video team readies Thanksgiving turkey-pardoning spoof

White House aides prepping for Wednesday's annual turkey pardoning released a humorous video preview in advance of the goofy ceremony, which is among the silliest rituals in which the president participates.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 24, 2009; 7:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Video Report, Washington Life, White House  
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State dinner: the attendees list

he White House released the list of expected attendees at tonight's State Dinner.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 24, 2009; 6:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Noted: State Department gets shelter mag makeover

"The Magazine Publishers of America announced today that the U.S. State Department has enlisted the magazine industry to help decorate 17 rooms for the holiday season at the U.S. State Department buildings in Washington, D.C."

By Web Politics Editor  | November 24, 2009; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On tonight's menu: 'White House arugula'

The Post's Robin Givhan is providing updates on dinner preparations throughout the day.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 24, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Noted: Michael Moore collaborator shopping film on Bush's military service

Documentary filmmaker and longtime Michael Moore collaborator Meghan O'Hara is currently working on a feature-length documentary about George W. Bush's military service in the Texas Air National Guard.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 24, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Google apologizes for offensive image of first lady

Search engine behemoth Google has taken out a house ad to apologize for image-search results delivered for first lady Michelle Obama that show the No. 1 image of her online to be a racist caricature of her.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 24, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, New Media  
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President Lou Dobbs? Ex-CNNer says he's considering a run

Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs is considering a bid for the presidency.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 24, 2009; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (148)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Media Notes  
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S.C. governor faces 37 charges he broke state ethics laws

South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford faces ethics charges he broke state laws more than three dozen times by violating rules on airplane travel and campaign money, according to details of the allegations released Monday.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 23, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Republican committee members call for unity around conservative principles

Conservative Indiana Republican James Bopp Jr. on Monday began circulating a draft resolution calling on the Republican National Committee to end funding and endorsements for any candidate who deviates from three or more of its ten planks.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 23, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Barack Obama's Facebook feed

Our colleagues at Slate have released the latest version of their hit satirical feature, "Barack Obama's Facebook Feed."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 23, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Al Gore on SNL: 'We're melting. Love, the Glaciers'

Al Gore was on Saturday Night Live over the weekend in honor of NBC's "Green Week."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 23, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Official: U.S. emissions target will be part of climate talks

The U.S. will identify a near-term emission reduction target as part of an effort to reach a comprehensive climate agreement in Copenhagen next month, senior administration officials said Monday.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 23, 2009; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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From Obama, a new focus on math and science education -- and a new plum for prize-winners

President Obama today announced partnerships with private businesses to increase achievement in math and science, saying the country must do more to compete with the world in those areas.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 23, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Sen. Nelson indicates supports for opt-in public option

A day after the Senate voted to take up the health care reform bill, President Obama's top domestic priority dominated the discussion on Sunday morning talk shows.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | November 22, 2009; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Sunday Talkies  | Tags:  health care  
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