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.
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.
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.
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.
The Senate Ethics Committee had four active investigations of senators underway as of the end of 2009, according to
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) have announced that they will not attend the National Tea Party Convention next month.
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?
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.
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?
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."
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."
At 71 minutes, President Obama's State of the Union address Wednesday ranks among the longest such speeches in the last 45 years.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Obama said in his State of the Union address that he was confident of 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.
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.
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.
Advance excerpts from Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's Republican response to Obama.
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.
President Obama's State of the Union address includes a commitment to passing health care reform.
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.
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.
Democratic leaders are aiming to decide next week about their next move on health care, senior aides said Wednesday.
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.
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?
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.
Live tweet stream about the State of the Union address.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Asked if Bush v. Gore was the right decision, retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said, "I don't know."
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.
Scott Brown's daughter brushed off her father's election night joke in an appearance on CBS' "Early Show."
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.
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."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton got a pass last week from President Obama to skip Wednesday night's State of the Union speech.
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.
Political consultants Mindy Finn and Patrick Ruffini are taking questions from online readers about their Outlook article "Out of the wilderness, onto the Web."
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?
President Obama's proposal to nearly double the child care tax credit has generated interest -- but will it help working families?
President Obama said on Monday, "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president."
President Obama, a Chicago Bulls fan, met with the Los Angeles Lakers as they visited the White House.
Press secretary Robert Gibbs played down the idea of a White House shakeup on Monday.
Robert Gibbs shows off the new White House iPhone app in a silly new video.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.