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44: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

SEIU elects health-care organizer Henry as president

The Service Employees International Union elected Mary Kay Henry as its new leader. The veteran health-care organizer signaled that she would carry on the legacy of retiring leader Andrew L. Stern while also trying to repair some of the rifts that he created within the labor movement.

By Multiplatform Editor  | May 8, 2010; 5:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  | Tags:  Andy Stern, Mary Kay Henry, Service Employees International Union, Trade union  
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Obama talks health care in radio address

President Obama outlined elements of the health-care bill Saturday that are beginning to take effect, saying "this is what change looks like" six weeks after he signed the legislation.

By Multiplatform Editor  | May 8, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  | Tags:  Barack Obama, Health care, Politics, Small business  
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FEC: Redistricting battles not subject to spending limits

The Federal Election Commission held Friday that members of Congress may raise unlimited "soft money" to help wage legal battles over congressional redistricting.

By Dan Eggen  | May 7, 2010; 10:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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A presidential visit for Nashville?

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen said Thursday he would welcome a presidential visit his storm-devastated state soon but understands the commander in chief has had a lot on his plate this week. Weekend storms and flooding across Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky have killed at least 29 people and at least five people are still missing.

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 6, 2010; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Demon Sheep II: They're ba-a-a-ck

The strangest political ad of the year has spawned a successor: "Demon Sheep II: The Fleecing of California," a Web video produced by the Democratic Party of California and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | May 6, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama urges work on immigration bill 'to begin ... this year'

President Obama told a White House reception Wednesday that he wants "to begin work this year" on comprehensive immigration reform, warning the audience that securing the legislation will be difficult but possible.

By Scott Wilson  | May 5, 2010; 7:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Senate confirms first lady of Wyoming as federal judge

Wyoming first lady Nancy Freudenthal won Senate confirmation Wednesday as the first female federal judge in that state. The confirmation, on a 96 to 1 vote, also marked a return to the Senate's historic acceptance of family members of well connected politicians winning appointments to the federal bench and posts inside administrations.

By Paul Kane  | May 5, 2010; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama signs bill expanding health services for veterans

President Obama signed legislation Wednesday that significantly expands health services available to veterans, saying "there's always more we can do and more that we must do" for those fighting America's wars and those who help them when they return.

By Scott Wilson  | May 5, 2010; 3:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Family Research Council founder hires a Rentboy

George Alan Rekers, a prominent anti-gay activist and cofounder of the conservative Family Research Council, recently returned from a 10-day trip to Europe with a male escort who advertises on a Web site called Rentboy.com, according to a May Miami New Times article. On Wednesday, Rekers published a statement on his Web site decrying the New Times story as "slanderous."

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | May 5, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (95)
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Sarah Feinberg to Bloomberg

Sarah Feinberg, a longtime top adviser to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, is leaving to take a senior position at Bloomberg News, the company announced Wednesday.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | May 5, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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David Obey to retire at end of term

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wisc.), a liberal lion first elected at the height of the Vietnam War in 1969, announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in November -- a blow to Democratic chances of holding his northern Wisconsin seat.

By Paul Kane and Chris Cillizza  | May 5, 2010; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (96)
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Senators propose ending secret holds

If a bipartisan pair of senators get their way, secret holds -- a preferred technique for slowing down executive branch nominees in the Senate -- will become a thing of the past.

By Matt DeLong  | May 5, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Joe Lieberman introducing bill to strip suspected terrorists' citizenship

A day after suggesting that the law should be changed to strip terrorists of their citizenship, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has introduced legislation to do just that.

By Rachel Weiner  | May 5, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Obama sits down with Diane Wood in latest Supreme Court meeting

President Obama met with Judge Diane Wood on Tuesday, bringing to four the number of potential Supreme Court candidates he has met in recent weeks.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | May 4, 2010; 7:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Times Square bombing arrest allows GOP to revive 'Miranda' debate

By Paul Kane, Shailagh Murray and Matt DeLong After the news late Monday that federal...

By 44 Editor  | May 4, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (205)
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Florida GOP puts Charlie Crist painting on eBay

The Republican Party of Florida is looking to make a little profit off the defection of Charlie Crist -- by selling an official portrait of the governor on eBay. The oil painting was originally purchased for party headquarters in Tallahassee. Party officials say they paid $7,500 for the Crist portrait and a painting of former Republican Party of Florida Chairman James A. Greer.

By Rachel Weiner  | May 3, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Gibbs: 'We will keep a boot on the throat' of BP (Video)

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday the Obama administration will "keep a boot to the throat" of BP to make sure the company stops oil from a sunken rig from pouring into the Gulf of Mexico as soon as possible.

By Web Politics Editor  | May 3, 2010; 2:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Obama drone joke: Was it offensive?

Everyone agrees that President Obama was funnier -- and sharper -- than Jay Leno on Saturday night. But this joke is inspiring some backlash: "Jonas Brothers are here, they're out there somewhere. Sasha annd Malia are huge fans, but boys, don't get any ideas. Two words for you: predator drones. You will never see it coming. You think I'm joking?"

By Rachel Weiner  | May 3, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (392)
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Gulf spill could be worse than Exxon Valdez; Napolitano: Times Square car bomb 'a potential terrorist attack'; Crist: I'll support repealing the health-care bill

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described the explosive device found in an SUV parked in Times Square Saturday night as "an amateurish bomb" and said authorities were "considering it an act of terrorism."

By 44 Editor  | May 2, 2010; 3:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama visits the gulf: What they're saying on Twitter

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By 44 Editor  | May 2, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Napolitano: NYC car bomb is 'a potential terrorist attack'

"We're taking this very seriously," Napolitano said on CNN's "State of the Union." "We're treating it as if it could be a potential terrorist attack." She said that the FBI, New York Police Department and the Joint Terrorism Task Force are cooperating on the investigation. During an earlier appearance on "Fox News Sunday," Napolitano described the explosive device as "an amateurish type of bomb."

By 44 Editor  | May 2, 2010; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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