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44: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Obama calls again for an "up-or-down vote" on health care

President Obama on Saturday repeated his call for Congress to give an "up-or-down vote" on his plan to revamp the nation's health-care system, saying that doing so would yield immediate benefits for the uninsured and small businesses, while prohibiting the most unpopular actions of health insurance companies.

By Michael A. Fletcher  | March 6, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Haiti's leader coming to White House next week

Haitian President Rene Préval, whose country is still reeling from the January earthquake that devastated it, is scheduled to meet with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday.

By Michael A. Fletcher  | March 5, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mitt Romney criticizes Obama for focusing on health care, instead of jobs

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney had some sharp words Friday for President Obama's economic and foreign policies, criticizing him for spending the past year on health-care reform instead of focusing narrowly on job creation.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 5, 2010; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Kickin' it with Michelle Obama (Video)

The first lady attended a soccer clinic in Washington on Friday that was designed to help promote healthy activities among the nation's young people.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 5, 2010; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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No plans for House to vote on Armenian genocide resolution, aide says

There is no current plan for the House to vote on a resolution branding as genocide the World War I-era massacre of Armenians by Turkish forces, a Democratic leadership aide said Friday.

By Mary Beth Sheridan  | March 5, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Reid: 'Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today'

"Today is a big day in America. Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today... which is really, really good," Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said in discussing the latest jobs report.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 5, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Jay-Z and Beyonce at the White House: the pictures

RapRadar.com has the pictures of him and other stars, including Beyonce, Mama Tina and Trey Songz, in a White House meeting room.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 5, 2010; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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What's the deadline for health reform?

"If you don't set a deadline in this town, nothing happens," President Obama said last July, and John Dickerson later noted that Obama "has a professor's fondness for deadlines and a writer's lack of respect for them." So it makes sense that the White House appeared to set a deadline for completion of health care Thursday and then revise it the same day.

By Ben Pershing  | March 5, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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A Blue Dog 'no' on health care sounds a little more like a 'yes'

House Democratic leaders struggling to build a 217-vote majority to pass health care appear to be making progress with one Democrat who opposed the original House version: Rep. Bart Gordon (Tenn.).

By Web Politics Editor  | March 4, 2010; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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New Bo Obama gallery posted by White House

After weeks of more serious offerings, White House has released a gallery of new photos of First Dog Bo -- check them all out here.

By Rachel Weiner  | March 4, 2010; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Nathan Deal postponing resignation to vote against health-care reform

Rep. Nathan Deal (R-Ga.), resigning from Congress to run for governor, announced Thursday that he would stay in the House to vote against the health care bill.

By Rachel Weiner  | March 4, 2010; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Pelosi suggests that abortion opponents won't derail health bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) downplayed Thursday the possibility that conservative Democrats would threaten passage of a final health-care bill over the abortion issue, telling reporters that at least some of the lawmakers may be open to persuasion.

By Shailagh Murray  | March 4, 2010; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (100)
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Pelosi: Health-care reform will pass (Video)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says passing health-care reform will not lead to federal funding of abortion but will mean more health care options for Americans. She vows a bill will pass.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 4, 2010; 1:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Md. Democrats trumpet omission from GOP target list

Maryland Democrats are crowing that the state was not on a list of races the Republican National Committee is targeting in 2010.

By Post Editor  | March 4, 2010; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama signs Travel Promotion Act

President Obama Thursday enacted legislation to promote international travel to the United States by establishing a national tourism board that would coordinate advertising and other efforts to encourage foreigners to visit the United States.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 4, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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House approves $15B jobs measure; Senate moves forward

After resolving a Democrat rebellion in one chamber and a retiring Kentuckian's stall tactics in the other, both the House and Senate are pressing forward again with bills designed to boost job creation.

By Ben Pershing  | March 4, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Obama intensifies courtship of House Dems on health care

President Obama upped the pressure on House Democrats to pass health-care legislation Thursday, announcing a March 18 goal date to complete the bill and adding time on his schedule to court -- and address concerns of -- some of the chamber's most liberal members, as well as an array of moderates whose votes could prove critical.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 4, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Levin to take reins of Ways and Means

Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.), a pro-union, anti-free-trade liberal who is a close ally of the auto industry, has been selected as interim chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

By Paul Kane  | March 4, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Obama finally delivers a health roadmap

It may have taken over a year, but President Obama finally told Congress and the public Wednesday what he wants in a health care bill, when he wants it and how he thinks it should pass.

By Ben Pershing  | March 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Senate rejects bonus Social Security payments

The Senate rejected on Wednesday a proposal to give a $250 bonus payment to people on Social Security.

By Post Editor  | March 3, 2010; 8:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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House Democrats stymied on successor to Rangel

After hours of meetings Wednesday afternoon, House Democrats could not settle on a successor to Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

By Paul Kane  | March 3, 2010; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Democrats slam 'fear'-based Republican fundraising strategy

Democrats sharply criticized a Republican National Committee fundraising presentation that depicted President Obama as the Joker and cast House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) as Cruella De Vil and Scooby-Doo.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 3, 2010; 6:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Deja vu: Obama and the doctors in white

If the more than year-long push for comprehensive health-care reform is starting to feel like a ground hog day experience, its not just because of the consistent messaging and many, many presidential addresses on the topic. Some of the backdrops are a study in repetition. Case in point: the men and women in white coats who stand with the president for reform, as they did again today during the president's remarks.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 3, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GOP wants voters to get a look at recommendations to cut deficit

House Republican leader John Boehner called Wednesday for President Obama's new bipartisan deficit-reduction commission to issue its recommendations by Oct. 1 so potentially painful decisions about raising taxes and cutting spending can be vetted by the voters.

By Lori Montgomery  | March 3, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Obama: Time to act on health care (Video)

President Obama urged Congress Wednesday to vote "up or down" on sweeping health care legislation in the next few weeks, endorsing a plan that denies Senate Republicans the right to kill the bill by stalling with a filibuster.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 3, 2010; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Rep. Stark in line to succeed Rangel as committee chair

The man in line to succeed Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee is a 78-year-old Californian with his own recent ethics battles, a representative who has a history of calling his Republican colleagues "wimps" and "whores", and who has missed more than 250 roll-call votes while battling an illness he has not publicly disclosed.

By Paul Kane  | March 3, 2010; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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SNL stars unite behind Consumer Financial Protection Agency

The nearly-six minute "Presidential Reunion" skit, released Wednesday, features "Saturday Night Live" star Fred Armisen as Barack Obama and SNL alumna Maya Rudolph as Michelle Obama. The stars are visited in a dream sequence by a slew of comedic heavy-weights acting the part of former presidents: Will Ferrell (George W. Bush), Jim Carrey (Ronald Reagan), Dana Carvey (George H. W. Bush), Darrell Hammond (Bill Clinton), Chevy Chase (Gerald Ford) and Dan Aykroyd (Jimmy Carter).

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 3, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Lawmaker pushes to cut congressional pay

On Monday, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.) introduced the Taking Responsibility for Congressional Pay Act, which would cut the pay of all House members and senators by 5 percent in 2011.

By Ben Pershing  | March 3, 2010; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Sarah Palin sits down with Jay Leno on 'The Tonight Show' (Video)

Sarah Palin appeared on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Tuesday night, where they discussed her new career in media and her opinionated nature.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 3, 2010; 8:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Bunning, Rangel bring spotlight to Capitol

The Capitol was a hotbed of activity Tuesday, as the next steps on health-care reform were upstaged by a retiring 79-year-old in the Senate and a 78-year-old in the House whose career in the chamber may also be nearing its climax.

By Ben Pershing  | March 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Ron Paul easily fends off primary challenges

By Ben Pershing It looks like Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) -- the grassroots hero former...

By Ben Pershing  | March 3, 2010; 7:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Senate approves extension of jobless benefits after Bunning ends blockade

Senate leaders reached an agreement with Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) Tuesday to end his blockade of a bill extending unemployment benefits, highway funding and other federal programs.

By Ben Pershing  | March 2, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
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Rangel: I'm staying as Ways and Means chairman

Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) sounded defiant Tuesday night in the face of renewed calls for him to give up his chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. He emerged from a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to tell reporters that he's staying as chairman. "You bet your life," he said.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | March 2, 2010; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Newer House Dems under pressure on Rangel

House Democrats elected in 2006 and 2008 are under more pressure than many of their colleagues to side with Republicans as the GOP seeks to strip Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) of his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | March 2, 2010; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Jerry Brown announces he will run for Calif. governor's seat

Former California governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday announced that he will run as a Democrat for governor of California in 2010.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 2, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Defiant Jim Bunning again waves off questions about blocking jobs bill (Video)

After angrily brushing aside questions from ABC reporters Monday, Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning (R) again waved off questions about his decision to "single-handedly block... the Senate from extending unemployment benefits, highway funds and other programs" when confronted by CNN's Dana Bash and camera crew.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 2, 2010; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Health-care fight centers on message

In one corner, we have "government takeover" and "arcane parliamentary procedure." In the other corner, "skyrocketing insurance costs" and "simple up-or-down vote." With the substance of the health-care bill and the process for moving it largely determined, the battle over reform now turns largely on message.

By Ben Pershing  | March 2, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Obama to announce details of 'cash for caulkers' program during visit to Savannah

President Obama is expected to unveil details of a planned home retrofitting program Tuesday that will offer government rebates for homeowners who install new windows, doors, insulation and other materials to make their homes more energy efficient.

By Michael A. Fletcher  | March 2, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Ford decides not to run for N.Y. Senate seat, source says

Former congressman Harold Ford has decided against challenging incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a source close to Ford said Monday.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | March 1, 2010; 7:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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Reid, Baucus unveil new $150B jobs bill

Even as a short-term package of aid to the unemployed remains stalled in the Senate, Democratic leaders unveiled the latest piece of their jobs agenda Monday -- $150 billion worth of extensions to expiring federal programs and tax breaks.

By Ben Pershing  | March 1, 2010; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Today in photos

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By Rachel Weiner  | March 1, 2010; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ron Paul faces primary challenge, but little threat

Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), the man whose insurgent 2008 presidential campaign helped unleash a wave of anti-Washington sentiment, now faces a GOP primary challenge of his own -- from candidates who claim he's gone Washington.

By Ben Pershing  | March 1, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Angry Jim Bunning blows off ABC News (Video)

Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) is suddenly in the media spotlight, as his block on a jobs bill means roughly 2,000 Transportation Department employees were forced to be furloughed without pay Monday. He doesn't seem to happy about the extra attention. When ABC News tried to get him to comment on the block, he ignored them, yelling, "Excuse me! This is a senators-only elevator!" and "I've got to go to the floor!"

By Rachel Weiner  | March 1, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Tea Party groups staying out of McCain/Hayworth primary

Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth has aligned himself with the Tea Party movement in his primary challenge to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). But he won't have the backing of the state's Tea Party groups.

By Rachel Weiner  | March 1, 2010; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Blanche Lincoln under fire

If it's not enough that Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) now has a primary opponent in the form of Arkansas' Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, she's also facing a new political campaign against her over whether the Environmental Protection Agency should be able to regulate greenhouse gases on its own.

By Web Politics Editor  | March 1, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Former Senate parliamentarian: Biden could play big role in reconciliation process

Former Senate parliamentarian Robert Dove discussed the history of reconciliation on MSNBC Monday morning. "Reconciliation has been used a lot, and I would never use the term illegitimate with regard to reconciliation," he said of the maneuver, which was created in 1974.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | March 1, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Democrats have a health-care plan, but do they have the votes?

For the last several months, Democrats have been arguing amongst themselves over not just the substance of health-care reform but also the process. For better or worse, the latter argument is over.

By Ben Pershing  | March 1, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama bets beers on U.S.-Canada hockey final

Cases of beer at stake as President and Canadian Prime Minister go for the gold.

By Post Editor  | February 28, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Despite differences, Pelosi sees 'positive result' from reform

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she is confident that once priorities are hashed out and the Senate has acted on health care reform, the House will move forward with a "very positive result" in final passage.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | February 28, 2010; 12:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
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Pelosi: Democrats will keep majority in House

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted Sunday that the Democratic Party will retain a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections. She said past swings in power during midterms have been the result of unpreparedness, and the Democrats are aware of challenges and are ready to contest every race.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | February 28, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
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