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44: April 11, 2010 - April 17, 2010

Obama urges action on financial regulatory overhaul

President Obama on Saturday culminated a week of lobbying for new Wall Street rules by sharply criticizing the financial sector for damaging the economy and Republican lawmakers for opposing legislation to more closely regulate the financial system.

By Scott Wilson  | April 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Democrats, GOP face off over Goodwin Liu nomination

High-profile Obama administration judicial nominee Goodwin Liu faces a grilling from Senate Republicans Friday in a session that both parties see as a warm-up for the coming fight to replace Justice John Paul Stevens on the Supreme Court.

By Ben Pershing  | April 16, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
Categories:  Capitol Briefing  | Tags:  Goodwin Liu, John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court, United States, United States - Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, University of California Berkeley  
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Obama makes news on surprising front

With all the issues on President Obama's plate recently -- implementing the health-care bill, passing financial regulatory reform, filling a Supreme Court seat and changing the nation's nuclear policy -- gay rights seemed an unlikely subject to lead the news coming from the White House Thursday. But that's what happened.

By Ben Pershing  | April 16, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Senate approves extension of unemployment benefits

By Shailagh Murray The Senate voted to restore jobless benefits through early June on Thursday,...

By Post Editor  | April 15, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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White House: Obamas earned $5.5 million in 2009

The White House says President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle made $5.5 million last year and paid nearly $1.8 million in federal income tax.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 15, 2010; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Obama to release taxes; speak on mine safety, NASA

Some somber news about mine safety, a bit of personal revelation and a (theoretical) trip to outer space will fill up the president's day today. Check back on our site throughout the day for complete White House coverage, but here's an early morning look at the news -- that we know of -- that's likely to emerge from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

By By Michael D. Shear  | April 15, 2010; 5:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  44 Native, 44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama  | Tags:  Gloria Estefan, Kennedy Space Center, NASA, Neil Armstrong, Obama, West Virginia, White House  
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Palin PAC spent little on candidates in first quarter

Sarah Palin's says she's planning an aggressive fundraising push for her political action committee -- but this quarter they spent more on staff and expenses than actual candidates.

By Rachel Weiner  | April 14, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Blagojevich's wife received tens of thousands from Antoin Rezko, prosecutors allege

Illinois businessman and Democratic fundraiser Antoin Rezko was so anxious to help his friend, then-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), that he funneled tens of thousands of dollars in payments to Blagojevich's wife, federal prosecutors contend in a document unsealed Wednesday.

By Peter Slevin  | April 14, 2010; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Palin rallies Boston 'tea party'

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin says tax day should be a reminder that the government works for the people, not the other way around. At a "tea party" rally in Boston, Palin said Obama administration initiatives can only be paid with higher taxes and more debt.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 14, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (180)
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Michelle Obama visits Mexico

First Lady Michelle Obama visited Mexico's presidential compound and the national anthropological museum Wednesday morning as part of a two-day trip to the United States's southern neighbor.

By by Robin Givhan and Debbi Wilgoren  | April 14, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  44 Native, 44 The Obama Presidency, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, The First Lady  | Tags:  High school, MEXICO CITY, Margarita Zavala, Mexico, Michelle Obama, President, United States, White House  
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McCain surveys supporters on SCOTUS process

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is surveying his supporters about how to replace retiring Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens. The questions are, well, a bit skewed. Will McCain publish the results?

By By Michael D. Shear  | April 14, 2010; 8:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  44 Native, 44 The Obama Presidency, Supreme Court, The Courts, The GOP  | Tags:  Barack Obama, John McCain, President, Republican, Supreme Court, Supreme Court of the United States, United States, United States Senate  
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Obama's foreign policy a work in progress

Since President Obama was elected, only a fraction of the ink expended writing about his tenure has focused on foreign policy, with a much larger share going to health-care reform and Obama's efforts to pull the economy out of recession.

By Ben Pershing  | April 14, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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At nuclear summit, Obama says progress toward Middle East peace will be "halting"

President Obama said progress toward Middle East peace will be "halting" and measured "not in days, not in weeks." But he promised that the United States will be "constantly present, and constantly engaged" in the peace effort.

By Eric Rich  | April 13, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Obama to attend funeral for Polish president Sunday in Krakow

President Obama will travel to Krakow, Poland, to attend the state funeral of Polish president Lech Kaczynski and first lady Maria Kaczynska this Sunday, departing from Washington Saturday night.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 13, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Obama and senators to confer about court opening

President Obama will invite Democratic and Republican Senate leaders to the White House next week to discuss the Supreme Court opening created by Justice John Paul Stevens' retirement.

By Robert Barnes  | April 13, 2010; 1:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Michelle Obama makes unannounced visit to Haiti

MEXICO CITY -- First lady Michelle Obama has arrived in Haiti on an unannounced humanitarian mission.

By Robin Givhan  | April 13, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (57)
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Hoyer slams 'deniers' of racial incidents at Capitol

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) issued a plea for civility Tuesday, calling on his colleagues not to "incite the public" and criticizing Republicans who doubt whether much-discussed racially charged incidents during last month's health-care debate ever took place.

By Ben Pershing  | April 13, 2010; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (77)
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Judiciary chair Leahy to miss Holder hearing

Chairman Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) will miss the showdown Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday in which Republicans plan to challenge Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.'s handling of terrorism policies, committee aides said Tuesday morning.

By Spencer S. Hsu  | April 13, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama juggles summit and short lists

As the president wheels and deals on nuclear policy with dozens of world leaders at the Washington convention center, administration aides are back at the White House leaking a "short list" of Supreme Court candidates that may or may not accurately reflect the real universe of potential candidates.

By Ben Pershing  | April 13, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Andrew Stern set to resign as head of major union, SEIU official says

Andrew Stern, the most politically influential and controversial union official in the country, is on the verge of resigning his position as head of the powerful Service Employees International Union, according to an e-mail from a Pacific Northwest union official.

By Alec MacGillis  | April 12, 2010; 11:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Senate moves closer to extending jobless benefits

The Senate moved closer Monday to extending jobless benefits that expired a week ago, clearing a procedural hurdle over the objections of deficit-conscious Republicans.

By Ben Pershing  | April 12, 2010; 6:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Huckabee compares same-sex marriage to incest, polygamy

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee drew attention Monday for comparing the push for same sex marriage to an effort to accommodate drug abuse, polygamy and incest, and for dismissing adoption by gay couples saying, "Children are not puppies."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | April 12, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (294)
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Hillary Clinton not a candidate for Supreme Court

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not under consideration as a Supreme Court nominee, the White House said Monday.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | April 12, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Biden thanks Quayle for the pool

Vice President Biden said Monday that he'd never have anything bad to say about Dan Quayle, his often-mocked predecessor, because Quayle was responsible for the pool at the vice presidential residence.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | April 12, 2010; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Nuclear Security Summit on Twitter

By 44 Editor  | April 12, 2010; 10:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama's Nuclear Security Summit Schedule

Obama schedule at the Nuclear Security Summit.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 12, 2010; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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No surprises yet ahead of Supreme Court fight

It's been close to 72 hours since John Paul Stevens announced his plans to retire from the Supreme Court. What have we learned? That a partisan fight is likely, but a filibuster isn't, and that President Obama's shortlist doesn't so far contain any surprises.

By Ben Pershing  | April 12, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Fey returns to SNL for launch of 'Sarah Palin Network'

By Matt DeLong Saturday Night Live alum Tina Fey returned to host the program last...

By 44 Editor  | April 11, 2010; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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GOP Senators: Filibuster of Supreme Court nominee 'unlikely'

By Matt DeLong To the surprise of no one, the announced retirement of Justice John...

By 44 Editor  | April 11, 2010; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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