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44: November 29, 2009 - December 5, 2009

Obama pledges new effort to spur job growth

Buoyed by a new jobs report that showed unemployment slowing, President Obama nonetheless used his radio address to pledge a new and aggressive effort to spur more job growth in the new year.

By Eric Rich  | December 5, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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New date for Obama at Copenhagen climate talks

President Obama has changed when he will attend international talks in Copenhagen in December, the White House announced Friday, on the grounds that there is a chance of a meaningful deal being struck now that both China and India have identified near-term climate goals.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 4, 2009; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Palin flirts with Obama birth certificate questions

Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin on Thursday gave support to a conspiracy theory promoted by fringe groups that President Obama may not have an American birth certificate saying, "I think the public rightfully is still making it an issue."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | December 4, 2009; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (404)
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Congressional report says White House has 'changed' lobbying relationships

A new report from the Congressional Research Service concludes that White House efforts to clamp down on lobbyists has "already changed the relationship" between K Street and the executive branch.

By Dan Eggen  | December 4, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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For Obama, a restless base

By Ben Pershing Are liberals growing restless with President Obama? This week alone, the president...

By Ben Pershing  | December 4, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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USA Today/Gallup Poll: Majority support Obama's Afghan strategy

In the first major poll of U.S. public opinion since President Obama's speech Tuesday detailing his new Afghan strategy, a narrow majority of Americans said they backed the president's plan.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | December 3, 2009; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Secret Service admits 'Mistake was made' on Salahis

Secret Service director Mark Sullivan acknowledged mistakes were made by letting Tareq and Michaele Salahi into a state dinner but said he's confident President Obama was never at risk.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 3, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Bill Clinton on world leaders -- and Genghis Khan

Peter Baker, White House correspondent for the New York Times, and Susan Glasser, Foreign Policy's executive editor, caught up with former president Bill Clinton at the annual Clinton Global Initiative conference in New Yorkfor an expansive conversation about identity, virtue, and riding the steppes with Genghis Khan.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 3, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Focus shifts to details of Afpak plan

By Ben Pershing Two days after President Obama's major Afghanistan speech, the mixed reaction to...

By Ben Pershing  | December 3, 2009; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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White House review of Salahis' entry cites Secret Service failure, adds new guidelines

The White House acknowledged Wednesday that its staff had contributed to the security breach that allowed to uninvited guests into last week's state dinner and promised to implement new procedures to ensure better coordination with the Secret Service.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 2, 2009; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Huckabee PAC coordinator resigns in wake of controversy

The Arkansas coordinator for former governor Mike Huckabee's political action committee, HuckPAC, resigned his position Tuesday, citing controversy over Huckabee's decision nine years ago to commute the sentence of a man suspected in the shooting deaths of four police officers Sunday.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | December 2, 2009; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Biden on the party crashers

Interviewed on the "Today" show, Vice President Biden said he did not recall meeting the Salahis until he saw the pictures of them posing with him. "I just assumed they were part of the social fabric of Washington but I didn't know who they were until I saw them on television," he told host Meredith Vieira.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | December 2, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Timeline: The War in Afghanistan

From the first deployment of 1,300 troops in 2001 to today's force of 71,000, trace developments in the war in Afghanistan with The Post's Afghanistan War Timeline.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 2, 2009; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Live: Senate Armed Services hearing

Wednesday's hearings before the Senate Armed Services Committee will highlight the careful balancing act President Obama attempted Tuesday night in announcing his troop increase in Afghanistan--a boost of 30,000, faster than expected, but a withdrawal target starting in summer 2011. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Joint Chiefs Chairman Michael Mullen attempt to keep up the juggling, even as lawmakers try to pin them down.

By Washington Post Editor  | December 2, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama, Capitol Briefing, Hillary Rodham Clinton, John McCain, National Security  
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Split message yields split verdict

By Ben Pershing Back in October, Eugene Robinson wrote that "the decisions on Afghanistan truly...

By Ben Pershing  | December 2, 2009; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Obama's Afghan policy speech at West Point

Following is the transcript of President Obama's speech Tuesday at the U.S. Military Academy at...

By Post Editor  | December 1, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Live: Obama's West Point Address on Afghanistan

Washington Post reporters who have been covering the war and the president's deliberations are your guides to the action, offering live analysis and fact-checking.

By Post Editors  | December 1, 2009; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
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Obama aunt pained by lack of access

President Obama's aunt describes her anguish over no longer having contact with him after the revelation she had been living illegally for years in the United States.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 1, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Cheney, Rove take lead in prebutting Obama Afghanistan speech

As President Obama prepared to address the nation about his Afghanistan policy, former vice president Richard Cheney and former White House strategist Karl Rove led the Republican charge to shape perceptions of it in separate media appearances that were published and aired Tuesday morning.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | December 1, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (237)
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Palin book sells a million copies

"Going Rogue" has sold a million copies.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 1, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
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Jon Stewart on the White House party crashers

In case you missed it last night, Jon Stewart delighted on "The Daily Show" in the gift from the "news fairies" of the Tareq and Michaele Salahi story.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 1, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, In Case You Missed It  
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Obama strategy a 'high-stakes gamble'

By Ben Pershing After months of deliberation, President Obama will unveil his new strategy for...

By Ben Pershing  | December 1, 2009; 8:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Tareq Salahi: 'We did not crash the White House'

"This has been the most devastating thing that has ever happened to us," Tareq Salahi told NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday morning.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 1, 2009; 7:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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House Republicans ask Desiree Rogers to join party-crasher hearing

Republican members of the House Homeland Security committee have invited White House social secretary Desiree Rogers to testify Thursday, a committee aide said Monday night, about how a couple from Northern Virginia slipped into the White House last week for a state dinner, despite not being on the guest list.

By Ed O'Keefe  | November 30, 2009; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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After 22-year absence, International AIDS Conference to return to U.S.

The every-other-year International AIDS Conference will return to the United States in 2012 for the first time in 22 years now that America's restrictions on visits by foreigners with HIV infection is set to be lifted.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 30, 2009; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Independents and Republicans sound off on Sarah Palin

As part of their research for Monday's GOP polling package, The Washington Post's Dan Balz and Jon Cohen conducted focus groups with Independents and Republicans in Colorado to get a sense of their feelings on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 30, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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House Homeland Security Committee asks Salahis to testify Thurs.

House Committee on Homeland Security chair Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) on Monday announced his intention to hold a hearing on the White House security breach that allowed Tareq and Michaele Salahi to gain entry to the White House state dinner last week.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 30, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Huckabee commuted sentence of suspect in Washington police slayings

In response to the revelations, Huckabee released a statement seeking to cast some of the responsibility onto the parole board that freed the man

By Web Politics Editor  | November 30, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (139)
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A crucial week for Afghanistan, health reform

By Ben Pershing This week marks a turning point for the two thorniest issues of...

By Ben Pershing  | November 30, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama to press Australian PM on troops for Afghanistan

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will visit the White House on Monday as President Obama begins a week during which he will announce his war strategy in Afghanistan and appeal to allies such as Australia for more help.

By Web Politics Editor  | November 30, 2009; 6:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Huckabee says he's 'less likely' to run for president in 2012

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" he's far from set on going for round two in the state whose lead-off Caucuses he won in 2008.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | November 30, 2009; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Lawmakers lay out Obama's challenge in the case for more troops

By John Amick and T. Rees Shapiro CNN -- Senators discuss what Obama must do...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | November 29, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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