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44: December 20, 2009 - December 26, 2009

Christmas for the Obamas: Work out first, open gifts later

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.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | December 25, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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McCain's flight home includes an impromptu Q&A on health care

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.

By Derek Kravitz  | December 24, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Capitol Briefing, Health Care  
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As Obamas head to Hawaii, they leave their dog behind

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.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | December 24, 2009; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obamas leave for Hawaii vacation

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.

By Michael D. Shear  | December 24, 2009; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Obama defends health bill in pre-vacation media blitz

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.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 23, 2009; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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George Allen: 'Perhaps' a rematch with Webb in 2012?

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.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 23, 2009; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Stupak tells conservative news outlet White House pressuring him to keep quiet on Senate bill

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 Garance Franke-Ruta  | December 23, 2009; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Reform passage likely 24 hours away

By Ben Pershing Here's a vivid illustration of how bad things have gotten in the...

By Ben Pershing  | December 23, 2009; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Steele faces criticism for giving paid speeches

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.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 22, 2009; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama reaches out to African Americans

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.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 22, 2009; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Senators negotiating deal on final timing of health, debt-limit votes

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.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 22, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama to delay start of vacation

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.

By Washington Post Editor  | December 22, 2009; 11:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama, Health Care  | Tags:  Hawaii, Obama, health care, vacation  
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'Barry from DC' calls WTOP to thank Va. Gov. Kaine

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 Web Politics Editor  | December 22, 2009; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Senate inching closer to reform passage

By Ben Pershing It's all over but the shouting in the Senate, where Democrats are...

By Ben Pershing  | December 22, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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After the big snow, Obama reads from 'The Polar Express' at Boys & Girls Club

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."

By Web Politics Editor  | December 21, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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President and first lady vaccinated against swine flu

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have received their swine flu shots.

By Web Politics Editor  | December 21, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Midday quiz: Political climate change

Our political trivia question of the day (visit www.washingtonpost.com/politicaltrivia for more): Who recently stated, "It...

By Washington Post editors  | December 21, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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AMA supports latest Senate health care bill

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 Web Politics Editor  | December 21, 2009; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Reform takes 'a giant step' forward

By Ben Pershing In a saga that has included countless press conferences, high-profile speeches and...

By Ben Pershing  | December 21, 2009; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Axelrod defends merits of Senate health bill

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.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | December 20, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Sunday Talkies  | Tags:  axelrod, health care, howard dean, mccain  
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