President Obama and his family celebrated Christmas in Hawaii with their own twist. He and his wife, Michelle, began the day by going to the gym, while they and their children planned to open Christmas presents later Friday The family did not attend church, and they planned to be joined later by Obama's sister and her family for Christmas dinner.
After voting against the Senate's health-care bill Thursday morning, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) caught a commercial flight bound for the Valley of the Sun, and along the way home, he was peppered by fellow passengers with a host of health-care-related questions.
Bo, the Obamas' Portuguese water dog, will be boarded until the family returns from Hawaii in early January, thanks to the island state's strict quarantine policies.
President Obama departed Thursday morning for a 10-day family vacation in Hawaii after watching his health care plan finally pass the Senate in an early-morning vote.
The president is conducting a pre-vacation media blitz aimed in large measure at his own party, which has been increasingly divided over the shape of the health-care reform legislation.
U.S. senator George Allen said today that he is thinking pretty seriously about public office, including a possible rematch against Democrat Jim Webb, who defeated Allen in 2006 by fewer than 10,000 votes.
CNSNews.com: "Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said the White House and the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives have been pressuring him not to speak out on the 'compromise' abortion language in the Senate version of the health care bill."
By Ben Pershing Here's a vivid illustration of how bad things have gotten in the...
Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, who fended off calls for his resignation earlier in the year after a string of controversial statements, could face renewed questions about his leadership following revelations he has continued to give paid speeches even as he serves as chairman of a party trying to recover from two straight electoral defeats.
President Obama is pushing back this week against criticism that he has not been concerned enough about the disproportionate impact of the economic recession on African Americans.
Senate leaders are close to reaching a deal that would move up a final vote on President Obama's health-care legislation and also approve a temporary lift of the national debt ceiling, allowing a brief Christmas Eve session to settle the final issues on the 2009 congressional calendar.
President Obama will push back the start of his year-end vacation by a day and remain in Washington while the Senate completes work on health-care legislation.
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| December 22, 2009; 11:43 AM ET |
Categories: 44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama, Health Care | Tags: Hawaii, Obama, health care, vacation
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Gov. Tim Kaine (D) fielded calls for the last time on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" program this morning, including one with a familiar voice identified by host Mark Seagrave as "Barry from D.C."
By Ben Pershing It's all over but the shouting in the Senate, where Democrats are...
President Obama swung by the Richard England Clubhouse and Community Center in Northeast Washington Monday to deliver cookies and holiday cheer and to read aloud from award-winning children's Christmas tale "The Polar Express."
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have received their swine flu shots.
Our political trivia question of the day (visit www.washingtonpost.com/politicaltrivia for more): Who recently stated, "It...
The American Medical Association is supporting the latest version of a Senate health care overhaul as the legislation moves toward a final vote Christmas Eve.
By Ben Pershing In a saga that has included countless press conferences, high-profile speeches and...
Senior White House adviser David Axelrod defended the Senate's health-care reform bill, saying that while the legislation is not perfect, Democrats in Congress are on the verge of enacting monumental legislation for all Americans.
| December 20, 2009; 12:45 PM ET |
Categories: 44 The Obama Presidency, Sunday Talkies | Tags: axelrod, health care, howard dean, mccain
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