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44: February 7, 2010 - February 13, 2010

In radio address, Obama calls for "cuts where we can"

President Obama used his weekly radio address Saturday to reiterate his call for fiscal restraint, celebrating his signing of "pay as you go" legislation that requires Congress to pay for all new spending initiatives.

By Scott Wilson  | February 13, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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Durbin says D.C. residents act as if snowstorm is a 'nuclear attack'

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Thursday that Washington residents view snow as "a mortal enemy" and go into a "full-scale panic at the thought of a snowfall."

By A Post editor  | February 12, 2010; 11:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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AFL-CIO urges supporters to challenge White House about NLRB

In a clear indication that labor unions are running out of patience with the Obama administration, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka sent out a sharply worded action alert to its entire e-mail list Friday evening, urging phone calls to the White House to protest its inaction on a nominee to the National Labor Relations Board.

By Alec MacGillis  | February 12, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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White House sends out the invites for health-care summit

The White House on Friday issued its formal invitation to Republicans to attend a health care summit on Feb. 25, calling it "the next step" in the process of reforming the country's broken health insurance system.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 12, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Obama signs bill raising debt ceiling into law

President Obama signed Friday legislation that raises the cap on government borrowing to $14.3 trillion to keep the United States from going into default.

By Post Editor  | February 12, 2010; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Organizing for America expanding, hiring e-mail campaigners

Organizing for America, the successor to President Obama's campaign group, is expanding its online outreach efforts

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | February 12, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Pelosi cool to Senate jobs bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) planned job-creation bill is getting a cool reception from Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), whose assent will be required to get the measure enacted into law.

By Ben Pershing  | February 12, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Debra Medina, Texas gubernatorial candidate, raises eyebrows with comments on 9/11, Obama's birth certificate

Polls suggest Texas gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina, a Tea Party favorite, has surprisingly strong support.

By Rachel Weiner  | February 12, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Harry Reid's jobs strategy a puzzle

Harry Reid has never been the most talkative or introspective of politicians, so interpreting his behavior and predicting what he'll do next has long been a popular, and difficult, Capitol parlor game.

By Ben Pershing  | February 12, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Bill Clinton hospitalized in New York, receives two stents

Bill Clinton has been hospitalized in New York City, where doctors have inserted two stents into a coronary artery to help support it, his office said Thursday afternoon.

By Post Editor  | February 11, 2010; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Reid nixes filibuster reform effort

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday dismissed the effort by some Democrats to eliminate filibusters, saying that the chamber's procedures were designed to prevent the majority party from unilaterally changing the rules.

By Paul Kane  | February 11, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (73)
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Biden says he doesn't fear Palin -- 'I like her'

Vice President Biden became the latest White House figure to weigh in on former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, during an interview Wednesday night on "Larry King Live."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | February 11, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama sets the date for meeting with Dalai Lama

President Obama will meet with the Dalai Lama in White House Map Room on Feb. 18, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced Thursday.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 11, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Max Baucus, Charles Grassley unveil $85B jobs bill

The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Finance Committee released a draft of the chamber's jobs bill Thursday, vowing to maintain the "bipartisan character" of their negotiations going forward.

By Ben Pershing  | February 11, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Snowmaggedon at the White House (Video)

White House snow scenes video.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | February 11, 2010; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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White House focus remains on jobs

In a week where hardly anyone in Washington has been able to get to work, the White House remains focused on one issue -- jobs, and the lack thereof.

By Ben Pershing  | February 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Record snowfall provokes debate over global warming

With all this snow, people are yet again wondering what this means about climate change.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 10, 2010; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Rep. Watson (D-Calif.) to retire

Rep. Diane Watson plans to announce that she will retire at the end of this Congress, vacating a Southern California seat that is almost certain to remain in the Democratic column.

By Ben Pershing  | February 10, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama: I don't 'begrudge' certain kinds of big bonuses

In an interview on Tuesday with Bloomberg, Obama said he doesn't "begrudge" the $17 million bonus received by J.P. Morgan Chase chief executive Jamie Dimon or the $9 million pocketed by Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 10, 2010; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama sings "Lift Every Voice and Sing" at White House concert

Tuesday's "Celebration of Music From the Civil Rights Movement" at the White House went on despite the weather -- with only a couple of schedule changes. Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Smokey Robinson, Natalie Cole, Yolanda Adams and Jennifer Hudson all performed; John Legend and John Mellencamp couldn't make it. At the end, President Obama joined all the performers save Dylan for "Lift Every Voice and Sing." He ceded the spotlight, saying, "Singers in the front here."

By Rachel Weiner  | February 10, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Asked about Sarah Palin, Michelle Obama praises 'strong female voices'

The same day White House press secretary Robert Gibbs mocked Sarah Palin from the White House podium, first lady Michelle Obama declined to offer an opinion on the former Alaska governor when queried about her on "Larry King Live."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | February 10, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Kit Bond says White House adviser John Brennan 'needs to go'

In an interview with National Review Online, Sen. Christopher S. Bond (R-Mo.) says that Obama's top counter-terrorism adviser, John O. Brennan, "needs to go."

By Web Politics Editor  | February 10, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Despite gestures, bipartisanship remains elusive

Can Republicans and Democrats work together on anything important? Tuesday's picture was decidedly mixed.

By Ben Pershing  | February 10, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama considers recess appointments

President Obama said Tuesday that he will consider putting some of his nominees in essential jobs without Senate confirmation if Republicans do not end delaying tactics that have held up dozens of his appointments.

By Scott Wilson  | February 9, 2010; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Michelle Obama on obesity: Time for a wake-up call

After weeks of buzz and buildup, Michelle Obama introduced "Let's Move," her initiative to fight childhood obesity.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2010; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Gibbs mocks Sarah Palin's palm-writing at briefing

During a White House press briefing, press secretary Robert Gibbs flashed his left palm to show notes written on it, an apparent mocking reference to photos and video showing former Alaska governor Sarah Palin with notes written on her hand during the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | February 9, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (396)
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Obama makes surprise appearance at White House briefing (Video)

President Obama made an unexpected appearance at the daily White House briefing, joking with reporters about making it there despite the snow clogging Washington and saying that Senate leaders are working together, making snow angels.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Undetered by snowstorm, Reid plans to unveil Senate jobs bill

The impending snowstorm that shuttered federal agencies and the House hasn't closed down the Senate, where Democrats are nearing completion of what they hope will be a bipartisan job-creation bill.

By Ben Pershing  | February 9, 2010; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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"Miss me yet?" Bush billboard mystery solved

Unhappy business owners have come forward as the minds behind a billboard of former President George W. Bush.

By Rachel Weiner  | February 9, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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At wide-ranging meeting with congressional leaders, Obama says he won't start over on health care

President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House press room Tuesday afternoon to brief reporters about his meeting with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders. The president's two-hour session with the congressional leaders was was spirited, by many accounts, covering health care, job creation, trade and other matters.

By Shailagh Murray  | February 9, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (91)
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House closes shop for remainder of the week

As Washington prepares for the next blizzard, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has shuttered the chamber for the remainder of the week leading into the planned weeklong break that follows President's Day.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2010; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama begins bipartisan meeting with call for cooperation

President Obama began a meeting with a bipartisan group of Congressional leaders Tuesday with a call for cooperation on jobs-creation legislation and deficit reduction, saying "the American people are frustrated with the lack of progress on some issues."

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Brennan: Political 'fear-mongering' serves 'the goals of al-Qaeda'

President Obama's top counter-terrorism adviser asserted Tuesday that "too many in Washington are now misrepresenting the facts to score political points" regarding the administration's handling of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the alleged Christmas Day bomber.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 9, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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GOP wary of Obama's overtures

It takes two to tango, and when it comes to President Obama's recent overtures toward bipartisanship, Republicans aren't sure yet whether they want to dance.

By Ben Pershing  | February 9, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Top House Republicans throw cold water on health-care summit

Leading House Republicans raised the prospect Monday night that they might refuse to participate in President Obama's proposed health care summit if the White House chooses not to scrap the existing reform bills and start over.

By Michael D. Shear  | February 8, 2010; 8:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (743)
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Shelby releases holds on Obama nominees

Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) has released his controversial "holds" on more than 70 pending presidential nominations, the senator's office said Monday night.

By Shailagh Murray  | February 8, 2010; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Snow continues to wreak havoc on congressional schedule

With another potential blizzard bearing down on the nation's capital, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has canceled legislative action for Tuesday night, leaving the week's calendar up in the air.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 8, 2010; 6:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Patrick Gaspard slips and falls, dislocating jaw

Patrick Gaspard slipped and fell Monday morning and is recovering from a dislocated jaw and a concussion.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 8, 2010; 6:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Norm Dicks in line to follow Murtha on defense panel

Rep. Norman Dicks (D-Wash.), a moderate with close ties to the Boeing Company and lobbying firms relying on defense contracts, is in line to succeed the late John P. Murtha as the top lawmaker overseeing the Pentagon's more than $700 billion annual budget.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 8, 2010; 5:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Murtha dead at 77: Reaction

Reaction to the death of John P. Murtha (D-Pa.)

By Web Politics Editor  | February 8, 2010; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Latino voters will be a force in midterm elections, report argues

Advocacy groups representing the Latino community predict immigration reform will remain a "litmus test" in key mid-term races.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 8, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Rahm Emanuel's SNL 'apology'

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel has politely atoned for calling progressive lawmakers "f---ing retarded." But on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, Andy Samberg gave a more spirited -- and vulgar -- apology.

By Web Politics Editor  | February 8, 2010; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Sarah Palin's palm cheat-sheet steals her show

On Saturday, former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin glanced at a cheat sheet on her left palm during a question and answer session at the first National Tea Party Conference in Nashville.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | February 8, 2010; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (585)
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Obama's summit seizes spotlight

On a Sunday otherwise dominated by snow, the Super Bowl and the Saints, President Obama managed to add a fourth s-word to the front page -- "summit."

By Ben Pershing  | February 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Weather pushes back congressional schedule

By Paul Kane The Senate has postponed its planned Monday legislative action, which was scheduled...

By Post Editor  | February 7, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Obama invites GOP to health-care summit

President makes a dramatic attempt to jump-start the stalled health-care debate Sunday, inviting Republicans in Congress to a half-day summit on the subject to be televised live later this month.

By Post Editor  | February 7, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (196)
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Super Bowl on the mind at the White House

President Obama plans to host Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families, nine Cabinet secretaries and a handful of lawmakers on Sunday at the White House to watch the Super Bowl.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 7, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Palin: Obama could play 'war card' to win reelection

Former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin said it would be "absurd" to rule out a run for the 2012 presidential election.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | February 7, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Was that writing on Palin's palm in Nashville?

Was that writing on Sarah Palin's palm at the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville?

By washingtonpost.com editors  | February 7, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (154)
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Sarah Palin watch: She looks trim, fit -- and brimming with energy and plans

It had been a while since we had seen Sarah Palin live and in person. And then she popped onto stage Saturday night at the National Tea Party convention, and we made these observations.

By Ann Gerhart  | February 7, 2010; 12:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
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