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44: January 10, 2010 - January 16, 2010

Obama plans rare appearance Sunday at a church in the District

President Obama will deliver remarks about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday morning when he appears at a church in the District for the second time since he was inaugurated and the third since his election.

By Hamil R. Harris  | January 16, 2010; 11:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Clinton lands in Haiti

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton landed in Haiti shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday, where she will meet with Haitian president Rene Preval and assess disaster recovery efforts.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 16, 2010; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Clinton and Bush film Haiti public service announcement

Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton star in a new public service announcement urging donations for Haiti earthquake victims relief.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | January 16, 2010; 3:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama writes Newsweek cover story

President Obama penned the cover story for the Jan. 25 issue of Newsweek magazine, which went online Saturday.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | January 16, 2010; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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In Little Haiti, Biden pledges a long-term commitment to aid

MIAMI -- Vice President Biden swept into the Little Haiti neighborhood promising government and church leaders in the immigrant community here that help was on the way for their relatives in Port-au-Prince.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 16, 2010; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Bush, Clinton join Obama in aiding Haiti

Bush, Clinton join Obama in aiding Haiti

By Web Politics Editor  | January 16, 2010; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama accuses nation's largest banks of selfishness

In his radio address Saturday, President Obama unleashed a verbal barrage on the nation's largest banks, accusing them of wanton selfishness by refusing to accept new regulations he and his party are proposing, and for opposing a new fee that Obama wants to impose.

By Michael D. Shear  | January 16, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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Clinton joins critics of Nebraska's extra health benefit

The much-maligned agreement in the Senate health care bill that would provide Nebraska a special deal in which the federal government would pay forever for extra poor people to join Medicaid there gained another critic on Friday: former president Bill Clinton.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | January 15, 2010; 2:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Bill Clinton, George W. Bush to visit White House Saturday

President Obama will host former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush at the White House Saturday for a discussion about how the two ex-leaders can help coordinate worldwide relief efforts for Haiti.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 15, 2010; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Congress asks for immigration, tax changes to help Haitians

Members of Congress are gearing up their response to the earthquake in Haiti, drafting legislation to encourage charitable giving and calling on the administration to relax immigration restrictions.

By Ben Pershing and N.C. Aizenman  | January 15, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Race is on to finish reform

Gentlemen, start your metaphors: Democrats are within sight of the finish line on a health-care bill, racing against time as Tuesday's Massachusetts Senate contest may rob them of the 60 votes they need to pass reform.

By Ben Pershing  | January 15, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Mass. Senate race reminds union leader of Dukakis's 1988 campaign

The surprisingly close race facing Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in her race to replace Sen. Edward Kennedy is carrying unnerving echoes of the failed 1988 presidential campaign bid of Michael Dukakis, said Gerald McEntee, the veteran chief of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

By Alec MacGillis  | January 14, 2010; 7:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Union leaders say they're happy with health-care deal

The country's top union officials spoke glowingly Thursday afternoon of the agreement they had reached with the White House and congressional Democrats on an excise tax that will target high-cost health insurance plans.

By Alec MacGillis  | January 14, 2010; 7:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Reid and Lieberman patch things up after 'double-cross' comment

For the second time in less than a week, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) found himself trying to clarify private remarks, this time about Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.).

By Paul Kane  | January 14, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Gibbs calls Limbaugh, Robertson statements on Haiti 'utterly stupid'

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs lashed out at radio host Rush Limbaugh and televangelist Pat Robertson, calling their comments about the Haitian earthquake "stupid."

By Web Politics Editor  | January 14, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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House Democrats stick close to home for their annual retreat

Eager to avoid portraying themselves as relaxing while millions of Americans remain out of work, House Democrats formally kicked off their annual issues conference Thursday in an auditorium in the Visitor's Center in the Capitol Building, eschewing their normal three-day trip to the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va. .

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | January 14, 2010; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Survey shows transformed Conn. Senate race

When Sen. Chris Dodd (D) announced last week that he was no longer running for reelection, Democrats in Washington and Connecticut breathed a sigh of relief. A new poll out Thursday helps explain why.

By Ben Pershing  | January 14, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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White House, unions reach deal on taxing insurance coverage

The White House has reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders to tax high-cost health insurance policies, sources said Thursday. The agreement clears one of the last major obstacles on the path to final passage of comprehensive health care legislation.

By Lori Montgomery  | January 14, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (278)
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Obama pledges $100 million aid to Haiti

President Obama pledged $100 million toward what he called a massive logistical effort to rescue people in the demolished capital of Haiti and vowed that the world will not abandon the devastated nation.

By Michael D. Shear  | January 14, 2010; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama finally plunges into health-care talks

This week, the long game came to an end. Obama has plunged into the details of the negotiations and, in the process, staked his political livelihood on the idea that a bill is within reach.

By Ben Pershing  | January 14, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Big donors pouring cash into Massachusetts Senate race

n a final push to keep their filibuster-proof majority, Senate Democrats turned to Edward M. Kennedy's widow for a fund-raising appeal on behalf of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, who is struggling to win a special election to succeed the late Democratic senator.

By Paul Kane  | January 13, 2010; 7:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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N.Y. members not flocking to Ford

Harold Ford Jr.'s nascent candidacy for Senate in New York isn't stirring much enthusiasm so far among the state's Democratic House members, many of whom aren't sure why the former Tennessee lawmaker is considering making the race.

By Ben Pershing  | January 13, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Gaspard promises rapid and aggressive response

White House political director Patrick Gaspard told non-governmental organizations on a conference call Wednesday that the White House and the rest of the American government were moving "rapidly and aggressively" to address the crisis in Haiti.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 13, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Politicians react to Haiti earthquake

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.): Our thoughts and prayers are with the Haitian people in...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | January 13, 2010; 11:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama on the earthquake in Haiti

President Obama on Monday made a statement about the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 13, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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A Republican tidal wave in 2010?

A week after Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele said Republicans can't win control of the House in this year's midterm elections, two House leaders have offered a contrary -- and highly bullish -- forecast.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 13, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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'Serious problems' remain for reform

How close is health-care reform to becoming law? It depends on which negotiators you ask, and which poll numbers you believe in the Massachusetts Senate race.

By Ben Pershing  | January 13, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Health reform looms in Mass. Senate race

Groups opposed to health-care reform have plunged into the battle for Ted Kennedy's former Senate seat, launching an attack on Democratic candidate Martha Coakley for accepting last-minute donations from insurance and pharmaceutical lobbyists.

By By Dan Eggen  | January 13, 2010; 6:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Insurers quietly fund opposition to Democrats' health push

The nation's largest health insurance group confirmed Tuesday that it quietly funneled millions of dollars to an advertising campaign opposing Democratic health-care legislation even as they were publicly pledging support for reform.

By Dan Eggen  | January 12, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Palin says new book tells 'a lie' about her

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (R) said Tuesday night that it was "a lie" that she didn't know the difference between North Korea and South Korea during the 2008 presidential campaign.

By Scott Butterworth  | January 12, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
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Specter says he'll back Obama choice for Justice Dept. post

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) announced Tuesday that he would support Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen as the new leader of a critical Justice Department post. The move could potentially break a legislative logjam lasting nearly a year over Johnsen's nomination.

By Carrie Johnson  | January 12, 2010; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Al Gore font fix

Al Gore's attention to detail within his latest book has amused followers of the former vice president and font nerds alike in recent days.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | January 12, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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PETA pulls ads featuring Michelle Obama

An animal-rights group is pulling an ad campaign that used the likeness of first lady Michelle Obama without her permission.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 12, 2010; 3:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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House to vote on Obama's first veto

On Dec. 30, President Obama quietly issued his first veto. On Wednesday, the House will vote on whether to override that veto. Except Obama didn't really oppose the bill he vetoed, and the House doesn't really want to override it.

By Ben Pershing  | January 12, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama to address House Democrats -- and later, GOP

President Barack Obama plans to address an issues retreat of House Democrats this week, but will also speak later to House Republicans in a fresh gesture of bipartisanship.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 12, 2010; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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McConnell declines to criticize Reid over 'light-skinned' comments

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declined to criticize Majority Leader Harry Reid Tuesday over his racially tinged comments about President Obama's 2008 candidacy, signaling that Republicans will not mount a serious push to remove the Nevadan as the top Democrat.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 12, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Who's attending Biden's mother's funeral?

a full list of dignitaries attending the funeral of Catherine Eugenia Jean Finnegan Biden, mother of Vice President Biden.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 12, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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House returns to face health-care puzzle

House Democrats return to Washington today facing the same questions they did when Congress recessed last month: How much can they really demand from the Senate in health-reform negotiations, and when -- if ever -- will their political fortunes rebound?

By Ben Pershing  | January 12, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Book details Edwards's struggle with affair reports

Along with its revelations about Harry Reid's comments about Barack Obama, the new book "Game Change" by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin also contains other bombshells that are provoking quieter outrage. Among them, the tale of former senator John Edwards, his wife, Elizabeth, and Rielle Hunter, his mistress.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | January 11, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Company agrees to take down Obama billboard in NYC

Weatherproof Garment Co said Monday it will take down a Times Square billboard of U.S. President Barack Obama wearing one of its coats, agreeing to a White House request even though the company said it had legal grounds for using his image in its advertisement.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 11, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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AFL-CIO's Trumka warns of 'repeat of 1994' for Democrats in 2010

Move our way or watch us walk away in the 2010 elections, warned AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka just hours before meeting with President Obama and other labor leaders Monday to talk about health care legislation.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 11, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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White House seeks new fees from banks, source says

The budget President Obama submits next month is likely to include fees on banks and other financial institutions as the White House seeks to demonstrate their eagerness to trim the federal deficit, an administration official said.

By Sara Goo  | January 11, 2010; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Palin signs on with Fox News

Sarah Palin, who regularly rips the media, is becoming a television pundit at a place where she's likely to feel at home: Fox News.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 11, 2010; 1:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (772)
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Obama excuses Reid for his comments, calling him a 'good man'

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged at an Apex, Nev., news conference that "I could have used a better choice of words" to describe then-candidate Barack Obama's skin tone and manner of speaking in remarks that have caused a firestorm of criticism since being revealed over the weekend in a new book.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | January 11, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (109)
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Good government groups give Obama high grades on lobbying, transparency

The glowing "report card" from Common Cause, Democracy 21, the League of Women Voters and U.S. PIRG highlights a series of policies enacted by the Obama administration over the last year aimed at increasing government transparency and limiting the influence of lobbyists and other interest groups.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 11, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Harry Reid's worrisome weekend

The news of the weekend was all about the uncertain futures of a handful of key politicians -- Harry Reid, Michael Steele, Martha Coakley and Sarah Palin.

By Ben Pershing  | January 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Steele: Reid should resign; White House watching bonuses

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Sunday that the Iranian leadership, embroiled in protests from anti-government citizens throughout Iran, is at the "beginning of the end" of its reign.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | January 10, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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