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44: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

Obama renews call for Congress to act quickly to help small business

President Obama said Saturday that Congress should move quickly to enact a series of proposals aimed at bolstering the ability of small businesses to create new jobs. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama said he is open to other ideas for supporting small business, but warned lawmakers not to oppose his proposals strictly for political reasons.

By Michael A. Fletcher  | February 6, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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David Axelrod talks about the New Yorker piece, Khaled Sheikh Mohammed and White House-Justice Department tensions in C-SPAN interview

In an interview late Friday, senior adviser David Axelrod did not dispute that a rift had emerged between the White House and the Justice Department over the 9/11 case, which has recently become a political sore spot for the administration.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 5, 2010; 7:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Tea Party Convention highlights: What you missed

Couldn't shell out $549 for this weekend's Tea Party convention in Nashville? CSPAN is there with a video camera to help you get the gist.

By Rachel Weiner  | February 5, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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Jobs bill slowed by hunt for GOP votes

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) said Thursday Democrats were close to having "meaningful" Republican support -- "enough to show that it is bipartisan."

By Ben Pershing  | February 5, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Obama offers alternative path on health care

President Obama sketched out an alternative approach to passing health-care legislation that would enlist Republicans and potentially extend the debate for months, but in an open forum that would allow the public to watch the process unfold.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 5, 2010; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
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New Palin e-mails reveal 'First Dude's' influence in Alaskan government

Nearly 3,000 pages of e-mails that Todd Palin, the husband of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, exchanged with Alaska officials reveal that the so-called first dude played a significant role in his wife's administration, according to an investigation of the documents by MSNBC.com.

By Rachel Weiner  | February 5, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Administration faults GOP tactic of blocking presidential appointments

The White House ramped up its criticism of Republican senators blocking presidential appointments Friday after the leader of the Senate complained that an Alabama member has placed a blanket hold on more than 70 administration nominees in order to secure funding for home-state projects.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 5, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Judge wants ex-Edwards aide to bring sex tape to court

A judge wants a former aide to John Edwards to appear in a North Carolina court along with any copies of private videotapes that are being demanded by Edwards' former mistress. Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones has scheduled a hearing Friday for Andrew Young, who has said he has a video of Edwards having sex with a woman.

By Rachel Weiner  | February 5, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Left frustrated with Obama, White House staff

In the weeks since the Massachusetts election gave the White House a wake-up call, President Obama has made a series of gestures toward the middle even as liberals have grown increasingly frustrated.

By Ben Pershing  | February 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Brown sworn in to Senate

Scott Brown officially joined the U.S. Senate on Thursday, declaring himself someone who has "always worked with members of both parties" even as he sharply distanced himself from President Obama's agenda moments after his swearing-in.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | February 4, 2010; 7:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Van Jones returns, will speak at forum with Kirsten Gillibrand

Controversial former Obama administration official Van Jones is scheduled to discuss the Obama administrations jobs agenda at the Harvard Club in New York on a panel with Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) in early March, a Thursday e-mail from the organizer of the invitation-only event reveals.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | February 4, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Ahead of 'Snowmageddon,' White House cancels Friday briefing

As the Washington area gears up for an anticipated massive snowfall Friday of up to two feet, the White House has canceled the daily press briefing with White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | February 4, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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White House demands apology from GOP senator over national security briefing

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that Sen. Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) owes the nation's intelligence community and the White House an apology for alleging in a letter to President Obama that his administration leaked classified information about terror suspect Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to score political points.

By Michael A. Fletcher  | February 4, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Republicans attack Obama for spending too much, cutting too close to home

Republican lawmakers continue to bash President Obama's budget for failing to effectively control spending and adding to the nation's long-term debt.

By Michael D. Shear  | February 4, 2010; 3:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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John Boehner greets Obama overtures with skepticism, wants to 'trust but verify' moves toward bipartisanship

Congressional Republicans distanced themselves Thursday from the recent bipartisan talk of President Obama, launching a "trust but verify" program for dealing with Democrats in the months ahead.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 4, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Mary Landrieu defends 'Louisiana Purchase' Medicaid deal

A defiant Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) lambasted critics of a costly Medicaid provision she secured for her home state as part of the Senate health-care bill, describing it as an emergency bailout to avert cuts in benefits to poor Louisianans.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 4, 2010; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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GWU, American U. stand out in producing Peace Corps volunteers

For the second year in a row, George Washington University ranks first among "medium school" category -- with 5,000 to 15,000 undergrads -- for producing Peace Corps volunteers.

By Al Kamen  | February 4, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Senate Democrats inch closer to jobs bill

Senate Democrats are nearly done crafting the first of a planned series of job-creation bills, but are delaying a full rollout of the measure in hopes that they can attract some Republican support. Leaders hope to vote on the bill as early as Monday.

By Ben Pershing  | February 4, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama at National Prayer Breakfast: The transcript

President Obama's remarks Thursday at the Washington Hilton, as he addressed the National Prayer Breakfast.

By Post Editor  | February 4, 2010; 10:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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NAACP grades Congress

The association ranked each member of Congress on support of NAACP's policy positions.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 4, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama rallies divided Democrats

President Obama is counseling his fellow Democrats to stay aggressive on both the political and legislative fronts, even as the party is divided internally over how to proceed on their biggest priorities.

By Ben Pershing  | February 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Brown getting Ted Kennedy's seat, but not his desk

Republican Scott Brown will be taking over the late Edward Kennedy's Senate seat on Thursday, but not Kennedy's desk. An aide says Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (D) is claiming the mahogany desk on the Senate floor, which Kennedy used for nearly 47 years.

By Post Editor  | February 3, 2010; 10:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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'Demon Sheep' ad from Carly Fiorina goes viral

California senatorial candidate Carly Fiorina (R) has released an attack ad of sorts, in which a red-eyed man in a sheep costume sneaks around a field. There's also lightning. Somewhere in there is a message about opponent Tom Campbell and fiscal conservatism.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | February 3, 2010; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (81)
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John Murtha's condition is 'stable' and 'improving' as he battles infection in ICU, sources say

Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), the powerful chairman of the House military appropriations committee, remained in stable condition after being admitted to an Arlington hospital suffering from gallbladder surgery complications, his spokesman said Wednesday afternoon.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 3, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Scott Brown to be sworn into Senate on Thursday

Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R) could be sworn into office as soon as Thursday, a week earlier than expected, officials in Washington said Wednesday.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | February 3, 2010; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Schumer, Hatch offer payroll tax break for new hires

Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced a bill to give tax breaks to companies to add new workers, a proposal that is likely to become a key component of the jobs bill Senate Democratic leaders are hoping to unveil as early as Thursday.

By Ben Pershing  | February 3, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Obama plans bipartisan congressional meeting at the White House

President Obama has invited a bipartisan group of congressional leaders to a White House meeting to discuss ways to cooperate to bolster the economy and create jobs.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 3, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Michelle Obama on 'Today': I understand criticism of my husband (Video)

In an interview with Matt Lauer on the "Today" show Wednesday morning, first lady Michelle Obama said she understood the harsh criticisms being leveled at her husband. "It's part of the job," she said. "This has been a tough year for the nation -- folks out of work, two wars. We have an economy that we pulled from the brink of depression. Folks, you know, they're looking for work. They're losing their homes. I mean, so Americans are rightfully frustrated. And the person in charge is the person folks look to." She added that she teases her husband about his graying hair.

By Rachel Weiner  | February 3, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Sean Hannity to address Republican fundraiser

The National Republican Congressional Committee announced Wednesday that conservative television host Sean Hannity would serve as the keynote speaker at the campaign arm's annual fundraising dinner in March.

By Ben Pershing  | February 3, 2010; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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Obama shows signs of life

Just as reports of President Obama's political demise may have been premature, so too are suggestions that his comeback is firmly underway. Still, the signs are there that Obama's fortunes might be improving.

By Ben Pershing  | February 3, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Sarah Palin will rally for tea party activists in Harry Reid's home town

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will headline a "tea party" rally next month in Searchlight, Nev., the home town of embattled Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), tea party movement organizers said.

By Post Editor  | February 2, 2010; 7:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Stupak says Obama not out for revenge; other lawmakers also see pet programs targeted in budget cuts

President Obama's proposal to abolish a scholarship program named after the late son of Democratic congressman Bart Stupak was not an act of retaliation, Stupak said Tuesday.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 2, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Reuters' 'Backdoor taxes to hit middle class' story withdrawn after White House complaint

The White House succeeded Monday night in getting Reuters to pull an unfavorable, inaccurate story about tax policy that had been featured on the Drudge Report. The story claimed that the Obama administration planned to reduce the deficit by allowing middle class tax cuts to expire. Hours later the story was taken offline, replaced with a notice explaining that the facts were wrong. The note initially said that a replacement version would come out later this week; it now says that "there will be no substitute story."

By Rachel Weiner  | February 2, 2010; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Obama brings Las Vegas into the mix -- again

What does President Obama have against Las Vegas?

By Web Politics Editor  | February 2, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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How long will lawmakers' pay stay frozen?

Will members of Congress be willing to give up any cost-of-living increases in their pay ahead of midterm elections?

By Ben Pershing  | February 2, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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McConnell's top aide leaving the Hill

Kyle Simmons, the behind-the-scenes architect of the Senate GOP's strategy of resistance against President Obama, is leaving his job as chief of staff to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

By Web Politics Editor  | February 2, 2010; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Democrats plan to unveil jobs strategy this week

With President Obama's proposals in hand, Senate Democrats are crafting a strategy for moving a series of job-creation bills that they hope to unveil later this week.

By Ben Pershing  | February 2, 2010; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Rahm Emanuel apologizes for 'retarded' remark

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has apologized for referring to liberals as "retarded" during a strategy session last summer.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 2, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
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Rep. John Murtha hospitalized in intensive care

Rep. John Murtha is now in a Virginia hospital's intensive care unit after unexpected complications from gallbladder surgery last week, his spokesman confirmed this morning.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 2, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
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Obama's budget illustrates dire fiscal straits

President Obama and the government he runs are in a fiscal pickle. That's the takeaway from the morning-after coverage of the White House's budget submission, as analysts pull back from the specific cuts and increases in the blueprint to break down the larger financial problems the country faces over the next decade.

By Ben Pershing  | February 2, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Palin's PAC brings in $1.4 million in 2nd half of 2009

Sarah Palin's political action committee raised about $1.4 million in the second half of 2009, most of it following her resignation as Alaska's governor, according to a report filed with the Federal Elections Commission.

By Post Editor  | February 1, 2010; 11:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sarah Palin magazine hits newsstands and convenience stores

A new magazine -- "Sarah Palin: The Untold Story ... in her own words!" -- was produced, according to its publisher, without her knowledge or participation.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | February 1, 2010; 7:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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Jenny Sanford: Son called my husband's affair 'worse than Eliot Spitzer'

South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford writes in her new book that she got short of breath and later felt unwanted and ugly when she found out about her husband's affair with an Argentine woman.

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Palin endorses Paul in Kentucky

Sarah Palin has endorsed Rand Paul for Senate in the Kentucky GOP primary.

By Ben Pershing  | February 1, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Obama's YouTube question and answer session

President Obama takes questions submitted by the public through CitizenTube in a chat being broadcast live online from the White House and on YouTube. More than 11,000 questions were submitted and received more than 630,000 votes; Obama will address the questions that won the greatest number of votes.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Obamas pick March for Indonesia trip

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Indonesia, where the president lived as a boy, in second half of March. They will also make a stop in Guam, Gibbs said.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Scott Brown approves of Jon Hamm SNL sketch

In case you missed it, "Saturday Night Live" took on Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown this weekend, depicting the one-time Cosmo model as an irresistible flirt. (Mad Men star Jon Hamm played the senator.) One by one, Democratic lawmakers are driven to distracted by fantasies about the new Republican. Scott Brown himself approved.

By Rachel Weiner  | February 1, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Obama budget cuts Stupak scholarship

Among the 126 programs President Obama proposes to slash in next year's budget is a $1 million scholarship program created to honor the late son of Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.).

By Web Politics Editor  | February 1, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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On budget day, something for everyone

In the more official (and nerdier) corners of Washington, Budget Day is akin to a secular holiday. But really, there's something in it for everyone, even the non-wonks among us.

By Ben Pershing  | February 1, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Republicans urge Democrats to start all over on health care

As senior Democrats struggled to rescue their health-care legislation, Republicans urged President Obama and congressional leaders to give up on the unpopular bill and launch bipartisan talks on a new consensus approach.

By Shailagh Murray  | January 31, 2010; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (193)
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Obama adm. pushes jobs bill; GOP: Shelve health plan

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged that while job creation in the first year of the Obama administration has not reached expectations, he is hopeful that the Senate will move forward on a jobs bill to mark an "important first step" in the new year.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | January 31, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Brown advocates a big tent GOP

Fresh off an election victory in Massachusetts, Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown advocated a big tent outlook for the GOP when asked whether his party should move in a more moderate direction.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | January 31, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (128)
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