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44: April 18, 2010 - April 24, 2010

Obama touts success of auto industry bailout

President Obama on Saturday touted the success of his bailouts of the auto industry in his weekly radio and Internet address, saying the public's investment in the once-shaky companies is returning positive dividends.

By Michael D. Shear  | April 24, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Biden predicts economy will create up to 500,000 jobs a month soon

Vice President Biden predicted Friday at a Pennsylvania fundraiser that the U.S. economy would be adding up to 500,000 jobs each month "some time in the next couple of months."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | April 23, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Deficit commission has a name, a phone number and a few dates

Some information about the panel assigned to balance the federal budget is finally beginning to trickle out as its first meeting draws close.

By Lori A. Montgomery  | April 23, 2010; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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To get away from it all, Obamas take a hike

Wearing sunglasses, slacks and a polo shirt, President Obama set out Friday afternoon for a hike through the Blue Ridge Mountains, moments after arriving at a local hotel for his weekend vacation.

By Michael D. Shear  | April 23, 2010; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Vacationing Obamas order up a heaping helping of Carolina barbecue

They waited in line, like everyone else. But President Obama and the first lady were hardly everyone else Friday at the 12 Bones Smokehouse in Asheville, N.C.

By Michael D. Shear  | April 23, 2010; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Obamas head for romantic getaway in N.C.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are heading out of town Friday for the mother of all date nights -- a weekend getaway in picturesque Asheville, N.C. (pop. 73,000). The first daughters, 8-year-old Sasha and 11-year-old Malia, are staying home, according to the East Wing.

By Michael D. Shear  | April 23, 2010; 5:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  | Tags:  Blue Ridge Mountains, Grove Park Inn, Jimmy Carter, Michelle Obama, North Carolina, President of the United States, West Virginia, White House  
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Democrats propose bill to put political limits on foreign-owned companies

New legislation to be introduced next week would sharply limit the ability of foreign-connected companies to participate in U.S. politics and would require sweeping disclosures by corporations, unions and nonprofit groups who pay for political advertising, according to an official summary of the bill.

By Dan Eggen  | April 22, 2010; 7:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Cheney: Cursing at Leahy 'sort of the best thing I ever did'

On the same day that Vice President Joe Biden was telling the women of "The View" that he was a little embarrassed about cursing over health-care reform, former VP Dick Cheney was gloating about his own infamous f-word moment.

By Rachel Weiner  | April 22, 2010; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (74)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  | Tags:  Dick Cheney, Joe Biden, Patrick Leahy  
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Former special counsel Bloch plans guilty plea to federal charge

Scott Bloch, the former director of a federal office in charge of helping shield government whistleblowers from unfair treatment, plans to plead guilty to withholding information from congressional investigators after he had his office computer files professionally deleted in 2006.

By Carol D. Leonnig  | April 22, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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A dearth of protesters makes for a quieter financial regulation debate

One of the big differences between the current financial regulatory reform debate on Capitol Hill and the months long fight over health-care reform is what's missing: angry conservatives holding rallies outside of the Capitol and flooding lawmakers with phone calls.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | April 22, 2010; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Atomic Fireball threat contained on the Hill

The Capitol Police send a warning about a mailing of Atomic Fireball candy to Senate staffers.

By Al Kamen  | April 22, 2010; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, In the Loop  | Tags:  Hard Candy, Nuclear weapon, U.S. Capitol Police, United States Capitol Police, United States Senate, Warfare and Conflict, Weapons  
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Notable guests at Obama's financial regulation speech

Those attending President Obama's financial regulation speech Thursday included a number of corporate executives, nonprofit leaders and lawmakers.

By Post Editor  | April 22, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Biden on The View: Obama laughed 'like the devil' at F-bomb

President Obama was "laughing like the devil" when Vice President Biden was caught calling health-care reform a "big f--ing deal" last month. "I was just thankful my mother couldn't hear it. It was a little embarrassing," Biden said. "I realized there was a microphone, I just had no idea it was that sensitive."

By Rachel Weiner  | April 22, 2010; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Obama: SEC did not discuss Goldman charges with White House beforehand Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.

The SEC "categorically" did not discuss its pending fraud charges against Wall Street megabank Goldman Sachs and one of its executives with the White House before they were announced, President Obama said in a CNBC interview moments ago.

By Web Politics Editor  | April 21, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Massa coverup investigation opened by House ethics committee

The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct is establishing an investigative subcommittee to look into the alleged misconduct by former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.).

By Rachel Weiner  | April 21, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Feds launch probes of Florida GOP, Rubio's credit card use

By Matt DeLong Hot on the heels of the Republican National Committee's embarrassing expense scandal,...

By 44 Editor  | April 21, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama marks Stevens' 90th birthday with congratulatory letter

Justice John Paul Stevens wore a bright red bowtie Tuesday and celebrated his 90th birthday in a way only one other American ever has: as a member of the Supreme Court. President Obama took note of the occasion, as Stevens joined Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. as the only men who started their 10th decades on the court.

By Post Editor  | April 20, 2010; 6:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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McConnell softens tone on finance regulation bill

A Democratic Wall Street overhaul bill may be gaining an unlikely champion: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

By Shailagh Murray  | April 20, 2010; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (114)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Economy  | Tags:  Democratic, Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Party leaders of the United States Senate, Republican, Senate, United States Senate, Wall Street  
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Pew study showing bleak mood should be a warning to politicians

The Pew Research Center has produced a report about the mood in America that states the obvious in such a powerful and unambiguous way that no one should ignore its implications. That the mood is bleak has been clear for months. That it will fall heaviest on the Democrats in November is almost a certainty. That all politicians, no matter their party, are now on notice is the real force of the findings in the Pew study.

By Dan Balz  | April 20, 2010; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (134)
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Hoyer: D.C. voting rights bill won't come up this session

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said a D.C. voting rights bill will not come up this session, in part because of opposition to an amendment that would have eliminated most of the District's gun-control laws.

By Ben Pershing  | April 20, 2010; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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How Obama keeps busy on Air Force One

What, exactly, does the president do on Air Force One during long, boring flights across the country?

By Web Politics Editor  | April 20, 2010; 7:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Administration eyeing defense lawyer Cole as deputy AG

The Obama administration is preparing to nominate Washington white-collar defense lawyer James A. Cole as its next deputy attorney general, sources are telling the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica.

By Al Kamen  | April 19, 2010; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Obama will go to W.Va. to eulogize miners killed in explosion

President Obama will deliver a eulogy for the West Virginia miners who died in the nation's worst mining accident during a memorial service on Sunday, the White House announced.

By Michael D. Shear  | April 19, 2010; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Obama to open first meeting of deficit commission

By Lori Montgomery President Obama will address the 18 members of his bipartisan deficit commission...

By Post Editor  | April 19, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Commenters sound off on the armed protesters

Ann Gerhart's story today about armed protesters staging a pair of pro-gun rallies in the...

By 44 Editor  | April 19, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Obama speech will castigate some of his biggest financial backers

President Obama heads to New York this week for another round of Wall Street finger-wagging, the latest evidence of a two-year transformation in his relations with some of the nation's biggest financial institutions.

By Post Editor  | April 19, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (112)
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Obama using Cooper Union speech in New York to push for bank reform

President Obama plans a high-profile speech in New York Thursday to campaign for financial regulatory reform, part of an aggressive campaign to pass the legislation in despite Republican claims that the bill amounts to a permanent bailout of big banks.

By by Michael D. Shear  | April 19, 2010; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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West Wing Briefing: Monday morning edition

By Michael D. Shear UPDATED: The president will make a fresh push for what the...

By Post Editor  | April 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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