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44: January 24, 2010 - January 30, 2010

Obama courtside for Georgetown vs. Duke

On a snowy Saturday, President Obama got out of the White House to check out two top-ranked basket ball teams. He is among the sellout crowd watching Georgetown take on Duke.

By Krissah Thompson  | January 30, 2010; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Obama pledges action to rein in federal deficits

Pledging to curb federal budget deficits, President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to praise the Senate's passage of a measure requiring that increased spending be offset with cuts and to tout his proposed freeze on non-discretionary budget spending.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | January 30, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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C-SPAN to replay Obama Q & A with House Republicans

The House Republican question and answer session with President Obama Friday, which made for riveting television and is being widely compared to the British tradition of Prime Minister's Question Time, will be reaired tonight in full on C-SPAN at 8 p.m. Eastern.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | January 29, 2010; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Obama's Baltimore Q&A with House Republicans: the transcript

President Obama's appearance Friday before the GOP House Issues Conference in Baltimore was supposed to be behind closed doors, with only a pool reporter to capture their exchanges. But the House Republicans decided early Friday to invite in all reporters, and the result made for a gripping political exchange, with the Republicans posing tough questions of Obama, and the president giving as good as he got.

By Post Editor  | January 29, 2010; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Senate ethics panel has four probes underway

The Senate Ethics Committee had four active investigations of senators underway as of the end of 2009, according to

By Ben Pershing  | January 29, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama announces government greenhouse gas emissions targets

President Obama set greenhouse gas emissions targets for the federal government, announcing Friday that it would aim to reduce its emissions by 28 percent in 2020.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | January 29, 2010; 9:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Divided Democrats shift strategy

President Obama's State of the Union address seems to have done little to clarify the way forward for his agenda, as congressional Democrats are prepared to shift their focus to the economy but remain unsure how to complete health care or lift themselves out of the electoral doldrums.

By Ben Pershing  | January 29, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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For State of the Union address 'survivors,' it's been pizza and day trips

Sometimes the "survivor" stays in town -- former Health and Human Services secretary Donna Shalala just hung out in the White House and had pizza in 1996. But officials are, we are told, encouraged to get a ways out of town.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 28, 2010; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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James O'Keefe arrest: David Shuster battles Andrew Breitbart (Video)

MSNBC host David Shuster got into a shouting match Thursday afternoon with conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart over the arrest of four men trying to tamper with phones in Sen. Mary Landrieu's office. But tit wasn't so much a conversation about the case as a shouting match over journalistic ethics.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 28, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Stark cleared by House ethics panel in Md. tax case

The House ethics committee has cleared Rep. Pete Stark (D) of any wrongdoing after examining whether the California lawmaker had improperly claimed a Maryland tax break.

By Ben Pershing  | January 28, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Crist greets Obama as president arrives in Florida

President Obama shook hands Thursday with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R), who has taken a beating from a political opponent for embracing the president during a trip to the Sunshine State last year.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | January 28, 2010; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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White House defers to Justice Dept. on location of KSM trial

TAMPA -- One day after New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped his support for holding the trials of the top Sept. 11 mastermind in Manhattan, White House officials said the president is holding firm.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 28, 2010; 1:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Bachmann, Blackburn say they're out of Tea Party Convention

Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have announced that they will not attend the National Tea Party Convention next month.

By Post Editor  | January 28, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Judging success of Obama's speech will require two yardsticks

After the theatrics and the rhetoric and the canned responses, two questions remain from President Obama's first State of the Union address: Did he succeed in persuading nervous Democrats not to cut and run on his presidency; and will he succeed in making Republicans think twice about their united opposition to almost all things Obama?

By Dan Balz  | January 28, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (238)
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Obama brings jobs message to Tampa, will announce $8 billion for high-speed rail

Fresh off his first State of the Union address, President Obama is bringing his narrowly reframed message - on jobs - out into the country as he heads Thursday to Tampa. He also plans to announce $8 billion in stimulus funding for high speed rail.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | January 28, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Reaction to State of the Union: Obama's pleas draw mixed reviews

Was President Obama's State of the Union address feisty or conciliatory? Did he reiterate the case for a liberal agenda, or move toward the middle? And was it enough to cure his political ills and those of his fellow Democrats?

By Ben Pershing  | January 28, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Alito's State of the Union moment

Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. responded to President Obama's criticism Wednesday night of a Supreme Court decision last week by appearing to mouth the words "not true."

By Robert Barnes  | January 27, 2010; 11:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (525)
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Chris Matthews on Obama: "I forgot he was black for an hour"

On MSNBC News Wednesday night, "Hardball" host Chris Matthews gave an odd take on President Obama's first State of the Union. He told Keith Olbermann that during Obama's speech, "I forgot he was black."

By Rachel Weiner  | January 27, 2010; 11:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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How long was that State of the Union speech?

At 71 minutes, President Obama's State of the Union address Wednesday ranks among the longest such speeches in the last 45 years.

By Post Editor  | January 27, 2010; 10:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Live blog: Obama lays out broad agenda

President Obama took the podium on Capitol Hill to lay out a broad agenda in his first State of the Union address Wednesday night. Washington Post reporters who cover the president, Congress, politics and policy are your guides with a blow-by-blow reckoning of the president's speech.

By 44 Editor  | January 27, 2010; 10:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
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Obama on financial reform: Fee on big banks, consumer protection

Obama promised financial reform in his State of the Union, saying he wanted a fee on the biggest banks to recover the rest of the bailout money and would veto any reform bill that didn't meet his standards. He said consumers should "have the information they need to make financial decisions" but did not specifically reference the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

By Politics Editor  | January 27, 2010; 10:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama on energy: America must build "the infrastructure of tomorrow"

Obama pushed for new clean energy legislation and infrastructure in his State of the Union address, framing the issue as part of the economic recovery.

By Politics Editor  | January 27, 2010; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Obama on nuclear weapons, Iran and North Korea in State of the Union

Obama addressed the threat of nuclear weapons in his State of the Union address, saying sanctions were working against North Korea and that Iran was on notice.

By Politics Editor  | January 27, 2010; 9:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Obama on equal rights, 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

President Obama promised to work on a repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in his State of the Union. He also vowed to crack down on equal pay violations and fix the immigration system.

By Politics Editor  | January 27, 2010; 9:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama on Iraq and Afghanistan in State of the Union

Obama said in his State of the Union address that he was confident of success...

By Rachel Weiner  | January 27, 2010; 9:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama on education in State of the Union: "We only reward success"

President Obama used the State of the Union to tout his national competition to improve schools and said he would work with Congress to expand the program to all 50 states. He urged the Senate to follow the House and pass a bill making college education more affordable.

By Politics Editor  | January 27, 2010; 9:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Obama on deficit: Pay as you go law, Fiscal commission, spending freeze budget cuts

In the State of the Union, President Obama declared his intention to pay back the $1 trillion dollars added to the deficit by the financial rescue. He announced his plan to freeze government spending for three years and make budget cuts. He also said he would use an executive order to create a deficit commission that failed to pass the Senate.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 27, 2010; 9:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama on jobs in State of the Union address: "Our number one focus in 2010"

In his first State of the Union Obama focused heavily on unemployment, defending his past economic policies and calling for a new jobs bill. He proposed taking $30 billion of the money Wall Street banks have repaid "to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat." He also called for a new small business tax credit for the over one million small businesses who hire new workers or raise wages, eliminating capital gains taxes on small business investment, and providing a tax incentive for businesses to invest in new plants and equipment. Obama also called for Congress to pass an energy bill and said he wanted to double exports in the next five years.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 27, 2010; 8:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Republican response to Obama: What Bob McDonnell will say

Advance excerpts from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's Republican response to Obama.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 27, 2010; 8:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Rahm Emanuel tells Katie Couric: "We could have won that race"

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel told Katie Couric of "CBS Evening News" that Democrats could have won the special election in Massachusetts earlier this month. But he denied that the Obama administration could have done more.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 27, 2010; 7:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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State of the Union text: Obama "will not walk away from" health care

President Obama's State of the Union address includes a commitment to passing health care reform.

By Politics Editor  | January 27, 2010; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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State of the Union excerpts: Obama on restoring public trust

In tonight's State of the Union address, President Obama will talk about new reforms to close end the "deficit of trust" when it comes to government.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 27, 2010; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama will ask in State of Union for end to 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

President Obama will call for a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy during Wednesday night's State of the Union address, White House officials said Wednesday afternoon.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 27, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
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Health care decision a week away, say Democrats

Democratic leaders are aiming to decide next week about their next move on health care, senior aides said Wednesday.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 27, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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At State of the Union, Republicans plan to be 'respectful' audience

House Republican leaders had a message for their members Wednesday in advance of the State of the Union address -- please don't pull a Joe Wilson.

By Ben Pershing  | January 27, 2010; 5:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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State of the Union response: How Bob McDonnell chose his venue

When the GOP's congressional leaders -- Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell --asked Gov. Bob McDonnell to deliver their party's response to President Obama's State of the Union address one of his first considerations was: Where to speak from?

By Anita Kumar  | January 27, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Early State of the Union sitters snag aisle seats

More than four hours remain until President Obama is scheduled to commence his State of the Union address, but per tradition, a handful of House members just couldn't wait to take their seats.

By Ben Pershing  | January 27, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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State of the union address tweets

Live tweet stream about the State of the Union address.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 27, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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State of the Union address time: Where to watch online

What time is the State of the Union address? The speech will be delivered by President Obama before a joint session of Congress and is scheduled to begin at 9 p.m. Eastern Time and 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. Watch it live here.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 27, 2010; 12:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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State of the Union guest list for first lady's box released

The White House has announced the list of guests who will join Michelle Obama and Jill Biden in the first lady's box during tonight's State of the Union address.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | January 27, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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State of the Union to be followed by high-speed rail announcement

President Obama will kick off his post-State of the Union tour with what aides describe as a major economic announcement -- $8 billion to begin building a high-speed rail infrastructure in multiple states.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 27, 2010; 10:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Obama's lengthy to-do list

As President Obama prepares for Wednesday's speech, his to-do list is anything but modest -- set a course for health care, redouble his commitment to jobs, vow to reduce the budget deficit, announce a new education policy and combat a rising tide of public cynicism about his administration and government in general.

By Ben Pershing  | January 27, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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O'Connor: 'Don't know' if Bush v. Gore the right decision

Asked if Bush v. Gore was the right decision, retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said, "I don't know."

By Web Politics Editor  | January 26, 2010; 6:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama to hit the swing-state circuit

In keeping with a time-honored tradition, President Obama will take his state of the union message to the people over the next week. And perhaps not coincidentally, the people he is seeking out live in swing states.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 26, 2010; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Scott Brown's daughter Ayla brushes off Dad's joke on "Early Show" (VIDEO)

Scott Brown's daughter brushed off her father's election night joke in an appearance on CBS' "Early Show."

By Rachel Weiner  | January 26, 2010; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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ACORN foe James O'Keefe arrested by FBI in plot to tamper with phones in Landrieu's office

James O'Keefe, the conservative young filmmaker who tarnished the reputation of ACORN with his undercover videos, has been arrested for allegedly trying to tamper with the phones in Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's New Orleans office.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 26, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (305)
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Is the Senate 'broken'?

Hoyer: "Many of us believe the Senate process is broken, and when I say 'many of us,' I speak for many members of the United States Senate as well."

By Ben Pershing  | January 26, 2010; 3:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Clinton to be second Cabinet member skipping SOTU

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got a pass last week from President Obama to skip Wednesday night's State of the Union speech.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 26, 2010; 2:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Senate Democrats eye $80B jobs package

With lawmakers eager to pivot to economic legislation, Senate Democratic leaders have drafted an initial version of an $80 billion-plus job-creation bill that will be heavy on tax breaks designed to spur businesses to make new hires.

By Ben Pershing  | January 26, 2010; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Live Online: Mindy Finn and Patrick Ruffini

Political consultants Mindy Finn and Patrick Ruffini are taking questions from online readers about their Outlook article "Out of the wilderness, onto the Web."

By Web Politics Editor  | January 26, 2010; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Is Obama moving to the middle?

Bill Clinton was able to recover from the blows to his popularity he suffered in the first two years of his presidency, but he also earned the lasting distrust of some liberals, who were dismayed that he gave up on their priorities and charted a more centrist path. Is President Obama planning to follow that blueprint?

By Ben Pershing  | January 26, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Child care tax credit doubles in Obama plan: Is it enough?

President Obama's proposal to nearly double the child care tax credit has generated interest -- but will it help working families?

By Rachel Weiner  | January 25, 2010; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama: "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president."

President Obama said on Monday, "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president."

By Web Politics Editor  | January 25, 2010; 6:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Obama welcomes Los Angeles Lakers

President Obama, a Chicago Bulls fan, met with the Los Angeles Lakers as they visited the White House.

By Web Politics Editor  | January 25, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Gibbs: No White House shakeup

Press secretary Robert Gibbs played down the idea of a White House shakeup on Monday.

By Washington Post Editor  | January 25, 2010; 1:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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White House iPhone app presented by Gibbs

Robert Gibbs shows off the new White House iPhone app in a silly new video.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | January 25, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama to announce help for middle class ahead of State of the Union

President Obama is rolling out new initiatives for middle-class citizens on Monday, setting the stage for his first State of the Union address on Wednesday night.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | January 25, 2010; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
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Change comes to embattled White House

A president that got elected promising change is making good on that pledge a year into his term, as the weekend brought a new White House political team, Wednesday's State of the Union address will bring a new message, and the coming weeks -- Democrats hope -- will bring a new legislative focus.

By Ben Pershing  | January 25, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  The Rundown  
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Coakley pollster: 'The campaign had no money'

National Democrats believed Martha Coakley (D) did not need more money to win the Massachusetts senate race despite the campaign's pleas for financial assistance, her top pollster said Sunday.

By Ed O'Keefe  | January 24, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Consultants, Sunday Talkies  
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McCain skeptical Supreme Court decision can be countered

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), co-crafter of landmark campaign finance legislation in his career, said he thought not much could be done to counter the Supreme Court's decision Thursday to lift long-held restrictions on corporate donations to political candidates.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | January 24, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Democrats vow to move forward with health reform

White House senior politcal adviser David Axelrod countered critics that believe Scott Brown's win in the Massachusetts special election for Senate Tuesday was a blow to Democrats' efforts to reform health care by saying that polls show the opposite sentiment.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | January 24, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Sunday Talkies  
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