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44: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Obama and McCain duel over health care in radio addresses

President Obama and his rival for the presidency last year, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), squared off over health care Saturday in partisan weekly radio addresses with a potential Senate vote on the bill just days away.

By Scott Wilson  | December 19, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Lieberman won't have to trudge through blizzard for Senate vote

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will not be making a long walk through Saturday's blizzard to save the $626 billion Pentagon spending bill, having been assured by Republicans that he can return home to Connecticut for the Sabbath.

By Paul Kane  | December 18, 2009; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Ben Nelson's Medicaid concerns questioned

Health-care policy experts say that Nelson's concerns have little basis -- and that, in fact, Nebraska could make out better at the end of the day than many other states.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 18, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Parties spar over Senate defense vote

With tensions running high in the Senate amid a grueling schedule, Democrats are trying to make political hay out of Republicans' failed effort to filibuster the defense spending bill.

By Ben Pershing  | December 18, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (62)
Categories:  Capitol Briefing  
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On call with bloggers, Axelrod walks back "insane" comment

In a call with bloggers, David Axelrod walks back his comments that progressives are "insane" for opposing the Senate health-care reform bill.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 18, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama's principles on the line in Copenhagen

In urging leaders Friday to sacrifice some national interests to forge a climate change agreement, President Obama risked more than the prestige of his office. He placed on the table a guiding principle of his foreign policy.

By By Scott Wilson  | December 18, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama, Climate Change  
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Obama turns up heat at climate talks

By Ben Pershing Is President Obama losing his trademark cool over global warming? Not quite,...

By Ben Pershing  | December 18, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Boehner offers to help Obama on Afghanistan

One day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she wouldn't help President Obama round up votes to support his troop surge in Afghanistan, an offer of assistance came forth from an unlikely source -- House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

By Ben Pershing  | December 17, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Franken objects to Lieberman taking a 'moment' for extra Senate remarks

The tension and rancor within the Senate flared during an otherwise slow afternoon Thursday when Sen. Joe Lieberman asked for unanimous consent to extend some remarks on health care for "an additional moment." He didn't get it.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 17, 2009; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Bill Clinton urges passage of health-reform bill, warning failure would be 'a colossal blunder'

Former president Bill Clinton waded in the debate on the health-reform bill Thursday, urging support for its passage and warning "America can't afford to let the perfect be the enemy of the good."

By Web Politics Editor  | December 17, 2009; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Andy Stern: 'It's time to vote,' pass the Senate health-reform bill

By Alec MacGillis On Thursday morning, Andy Stern, the influential leader of the Service Employees...

By Web Politics Editor  | December 17, 2009; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Midday Quiz: Marriage rights trivia

Our political trivia question of the day (visit www.washingtonpost.com/politicaltrivia for more): About how much money...

By washingtonpost.com  | December 17, 2009; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Axelrod: 'Insane' for Democrats to oppose health-reform bill

David Axelrod says Democrats would be "insane" to oppose the Senate health-reform bill just because Joe Lieberman has had a role in the process.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | December 17, 2009; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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For reform, Christmas Eve or bust?

By Ben Pershing If you're a Senate Democrat who supports health-care reform, which sounds worse:...

By Ben Pershing  | December 17, 2009; 8:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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White House: first stimulus working, but jobs package is needed

As the House was preparing to pass a $150 billion bill for additional job creation, reporters on Wednesday evening pressed White House officials on why the country needs another fiscal boost even as the Obama administration argues that the first stimulus, with $787 billion, is doing the trick.

By Alec MacGillis  | December 16, 2009; 11:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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House approves $290 billion increase in debt limit

The House on Wednesday voted to increase the federal debt limit by $290 billion even as lawmakers from both parties expressed worry about a growing debt that is now more than $12 trillion.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 16, 2009; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Michelle Obama plays Santa Claus for Toys for Tots

First lady Michelle Obama played Santa Claus on Wednesday afternoon, delivering two bulging sacks of donated toys to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign in Quantico.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 16, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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House passes defense spending bill

The House on Wednesday passed a major bill that provides more than $100 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and also extends programs that provide unemployment insurance and health care for people who have lost jobs in the recession.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 16, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Pelosi: Obama on his own in selling Afghan troop build-up

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she was finished asking her colleagues to support wars they oppose.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 16, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A cost-saving cake for budget chief Peter Orszag's birthday

The youngest member of President Obama's Cabinet, Peter R. Orszag, celebrates his 41st birthday on Wednesday.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 16, 2009; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Loss of public option is Obama's gain

By Ben Pershing During his "combative" interview with 60 Minutes this past weekend, President Obama...

By Ben Pershing  | December 16, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama 'cautiously optimistic' Senate will pass health-care bill

President Obama emerged from a White House meeting with Senate Democrats Tuesday afternoon and announced he was "cautiously optimistic" the legislation would pass.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 15, 2009; 3:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Obama home energy efficiency program tries to make insulation 'sexy'

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that home insulation "is sexy," his newest appeal for Congress to pass incentives for homeowners who make their homes more energy efficient.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 15, 2009; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Climate Change, Economy  
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Public option really, truly, probably dead

By Ben Pershing Unless this is a horror movie -- and at this point, it...

By Ben Pershing  | December 15, 2009; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Groups announce settlement in missing Bush e-mails case

Two nonprofit groups announced Monday that they reached a legal settlement with the White House that may result in the release of a portion of the 22 million e-mails that went missing during the Bush administration because of poor labeling and other technical problems.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 14, 2009; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Obama likely to sign earmark-filled spending bill, Gibbs says

Despite its thousands of earmarks, President Obama will probably sign the $447 billion omnibus spending bill passed by the Senate, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.

By Washington Post Editor  | December 14, 2009; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Liberal blogger targets Lieberman's wife

Citing Joe Lieberman's stance on health-care reform, Jane Hamsaher says his wife shouldn't be working for a breast cancer charity.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | December 14, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Reform debate reaches crucial stage

By Ben Pershing For months, Senate veterans pondering when a health-care bill would pass the...

By Ben Pershing  | December 14, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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White House advisers issue strong words for bankers

By John Amick Top members of President Obama's economic team offered tough talk to bankers...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | December 13, 2009; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Recession is over, Summers says

By John Amick and T. Rees Shapiro Today on the Sunday talk shows: ABC: THIS...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | December 13, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Sunday Talkies  | Tags:  cantor, gregg, lieberman, mccaskill, mcconnell, nelson, rockefeller, romer, summers  
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