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44: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

In weekly address, Obama touts the benefits of health reform

President Obama continued selling the benefits of his health-care reform plan Saturday, calling it a crucial element in his administration's plan to bolster the dwindling security of the nation's middle class.

By Michael A. Fletcher  | January 9, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Senate bill would increase health-care spending less steeply than thought, expert says

A top Medicare official found that the final version of the Senate health-care bill may have the effect of expanding coverage to more uninsured people while not increasing overall health-care spending quite as steeply as previously anticipated.

By Shailagh Murray  | January 9, 2010; 2:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Vice President Biden's mother dies

Vice President Biden's mother died Friday in Wilmington, Delaware. She was 92.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 8, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Obama speaks on clean energy investment, new jobs numbers

Spurred by a disappointing new unemployment report, President Barack Obama pushed on Friday for an expanded government program he said would help create tens of thousands of new clean-technology jobs.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 8, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama won't speak night of 'Lost' premiere

Good news for fans of "Lost" -- the president doesn't plan to mess up the television show's season premiere.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 8, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Senate jobs bill on tap after health care

Senate Democrats have begun the process of assembling a job-creation package in hopes of having a bill ready to go soon after the chamber finishes health-care reform.

By Ben Pershing  | January 8, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Giuliani slams Obama, gets fact-checked

Rudolph Giuliani was criticized by Democrats and media watchdogs after saying during a "Good Morning America" appearance, "We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We've had one under Obama."

By Ben Pershing  | January 8, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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Steele's book caught GOP leaders by surprise

Republican congressional leaders say they did not know that their party chairman, Michael S. Steele, was publishing a book until it was released this week, and they had no input in drafting what Steele is promoting as the blueprint Republicans should follow to win back power.

By Philip Rucker  | January 8, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (189)
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Anti-terror storyline to be supplanted by jobs, health-care reform

The terrorism storyline that has dominated political headlines since the Christmas Day bombing attempt will likely be off the front page soon, as President Obama took responsibility Thursday for intelligence failures and the economy and health care return to prominence.

By Ben Pershing  | January 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Former Bush administration lawyer charged with attempted murder

John Michael Farren, former general counsel of Xerox Corp. and more recently deputy White House counsel in the George W. Bush administration, has been charged with attempting to kill his wife Wednesday night at their home in New Canaan, Conn.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 7, 2010; 5:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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White House releases intelligence review of attempted Christmas attack

The White House has released its review of the intelligence failures in advance of the attempted terrorist attack on an airplane en route to Detroit on Christmas Day, as well as a presidential memorandum ordering changes to the intelligence procedures.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | January 7, 2010; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Worried House Democrats huddle on health care

Worried House Democrats held a caucus-wide conference call Thursday to strategize about health-care reform before lawmakers return to Washington next week.

By Ben Pershing  | January 7, 2010; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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Biden's mother 'seriously ill'

Vice President Biden is in Wilmington, Delaware, "where he has gathered with family to spend time with his mother, who has taken seriously ill in recent days," the White House announced Thursday.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | January 7, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Lautenberg releases video of Newark airport security breach

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) released Thursday a surveillance video that shows a man sneaking through security to meet a woman Sunday at Newark Liberty International Airport, causing the terminal to shut down for six hours.

By Post Editor  | January 7, 2010; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Steele to GOP critics: "Get a life" or "fire me"

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele lashed out at critics Thursday after some prominent Republicans reportedly questioned his leadership of the party and accused Steele of focusing more on his own image than on rebuilding the GOP.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 7, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (132)
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Dust still settling from Democrats' departures

One day after a trio of high-profile Democrats announced they won't run for reelection, a consensus has formed in Washington that the moves are an ominous sign for the majority party. Just how ominous, however, remains the subject of debate.

By Ben Pershing  | January 7, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Health-care negotiations focus on affordability

As House and Senate negotiators start writing a final health-care bill, one concern looms above all others: whether Americans will be able to afford the coverage that the legislation would require them to buy.

By Shailagh Murray  | January 6, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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White House to release preliminary findings on airline security investigation tomorrow

The White House will release an unclassified version of the preliminary report on the failed Christmas Day attack of a Detroit-bound airliner on Thursday, press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 6, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Health reform ad war clears $200M mark

Total television ad spending on all sides of the health-care ads has now exceeded $200 million, according to the Campaign Media Analysis Group. No other past issue advocacy campaign tracked by the group has cost even a quarter of that amount.

By Ben Pershing  | January 6, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Wave of retirements speaks to uncertainty about 2010 elections

By Dan Balz Democrats have long known that 2010 will be a difficult year politically,...

By Web Politics Editor  | January 6, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Democratic retirements point to GOP momentum

In quick succession Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, the news came forth that Byron Dorgan, Bill Ritter and Chris Dodd will announce that they are not running for reelection in 2010.

By Ben Pershing  | January 6, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Health-care talks resume among Democratic leaders in Congress

Democratic leaders launched a final round of health-care talks Tuesday, pledging to overcome their remaining differences with the aim of sending a bill to President Obama before his State of the Union address in late January or early February.

By Shailagh Murray  | January 5, 2010; 5:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Steele's pessimism riles campaign committees

Democrats crowed and the National Republican Campaign Committee lashed back after GOP chairman Michael Steele said his party was unlikely to retake the House in 2010 and lacked the support of the American people.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | January 5, 2010; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Obama administration suspends transfers of terrorist suspects to Yemen

The Obama administration has suspended transfers of suspected terrorists from the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to Yemen, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Tuesday.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 5, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Obama looks for 'do-over' on terror response

The holiday break truly ends Tuesday, as the White House hosts gatherings on two vital fronts -- terrorism and health care.

By Ben Pershing  | January 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Democrat, Republican governors' groups raise record amounts

The economy may have been in the tank, but 2009 was a banner year for fundraising at the Democratic and Republican governors associations.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | January 4, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Video: First family returns from Hawaii

President Obama returned Monday to the White House, capping an 11-day holiday vacation.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 4, 2010; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Security adviser: No smoking gun to stop attack

While various pieces of information on possible terror attacks stemming from al-Qaeda in Yemen floated throughout the intelligence community, there was no "smoking gun" that connected Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to any such activity, according to Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | January 3, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
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