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44: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

Obama urges passage of financial regulatory reform

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama pushed Congress on Saturday to move ahead with financial...

By Anne E. Kornblut  | May 15, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Obama levitates a reporter

On Thursday, Barack Obama visited Upstate New York, got called a "hottie" and encouraged a New York Times reporter to try a hovercraft. Today, there is video.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | May 14, 2010; 5:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Sen. Robert Bennett contemplates his future

What's next for Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R-Utah), the first scalp of the "tea party" movement, who got crushed at his state's GOP convention last week? The senator tells "44" that while he hasn't made any decisions, he is seriously contemplating running as a write-in candidate.

By Mary Ann Akers  | May 14, 2010; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Obama criticizes oil executives for trying to pass blame

Saying "the system failed" in the Gulf Coast, President Obama on Friday assailed oil company executives for their congressional testimony earlier in the week.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | May 14, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
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Crist says his sister will manage his Senate campaign

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (I) has made a surprising choice for the manager of his newly independent Senate bid - his older sister, Margaret Wood. Crist's hire of his sister is the latest in a series of unconventional moves by the governor in recent weeks.

By Felicia Sonmez  | May 14, 2010; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Citizen to Obama: 'You're a hottie with a smokin' little body.'

Those words were spoken by Luann Haley, 45, to the president, during his unannounced visit to a local landmark in Cheektowaga, N.Y. He replied by giving her a big hug.

By Michael D. Shear  | May 14, 2010; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (99)
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Souter's bachelorhood sparked debate in '90

The last never-married justice nominated to the Supreme Court did not escape without at least some of the same speculative treatment as Elena Kagan is now receiving, a review of news articles surrounding David Souter's summer 1990 nomination to the bench shows.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | May 13, 2010; 7:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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MLB not boycotting Arizona

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig told reporters today that he is not moving the 2011All-Star Game from Phoenix because of Arizona's new immigration law.

By Krissah Thompson  | May 13, 2010; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Paterson snub?

It's chilly up here in Buffalo. Especially between President Obama and New York Gov. David Paterson. The state's Democratic governor is not here with Obama, who is speaking with employees at Industrial Support Inc.

By Kendra Nichols  | May 13, 2010; 2:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Goodwin Liu's controversial judicial nomination approved by Senate committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a controversial Obama nominee for a key appeals court post, but only after Republicans sharply attacked him and sought to liken him to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | May 13, 2010; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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'Landmark:' the juicy bits

Just published in late April from The Washington Post is Landmark: The Inside Story of America's New Health-Care Law and What It Means for Us All, which provides a behind-the-scenes look at how President Obama's health-care initiative came together.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | May 13, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Wash. Gov. Gregoire reportedly on short list for solicitor general

The Seattle Times reported Wednesday that Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (D) is among the leading candidates under consideration to replace Elena Kagan as solicitor general.

By Scott Butterworth  | May 12, 2010; 6:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Crist portrait sold on eBay for $7,700

The Florida GOP says it's sold an oil painting of Gov. Charlie Crist, who bolted the party to run for U.S. Senate as an independent.

By Rachel Weiner  | May 12, 2010; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Law professors vouch for Kagan on diversity

A growing number of prominent law professors are disputing the idea that Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan treated minorities unfairly while she was at dean of Harvard Law School.

By Krissah Thompson  | May 12, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Republicans want to see Kagan's memos for Bill Clinton

Senate Republicans pledged Tuesday to give Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan a tough grilling, and they expressed particular interest in her tenure as a domestic policy adviser to President Bill Clinton.

By Post Editor  | May 11, 2010; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Beau Biden suffers mild stroke, White House says

Beau Biden, the eldest son of Vice President Biden, suffered a stroke, the White House announced Tuesday.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | May 11, 2010; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Elena Kagan, Post lawyer

Elena Kagan worked on a couple cases for The Washington Post 20 years ago when she was at Williams & Connolly.

By Al Kamen  | May 11, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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White House health-care campaign begins

The Obama administration's campaign to sell the new health-care law to a skeptical public is beginning to take shape, with a focus on short-term changes that kick in before the November midterm elections.

By Shailagh Murray  | May 11, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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In ad, Blanche Lincoln showcases her vote for unpopular health-care overhaul

A new poll shows that Arkansas voters disapprove of Sen. Blanche Lincoln's support for health-care reform by nearly two to one. But the embattled Democrat is touting her "yes" vote in a new campaign ad.

By Washington Post Editor  | May 10, 2010; 5:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 Election, 44 The Obama Presidency, Ad Watch, Health Care  | Tags:  health-care reform; blanche lincoln; blanche lincoln health care; blanche lincoln election; blanche lincoln campaign; blanche lincoln campaign ad  
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Kagan has her first Senate opponent: Jim Inhofe

Just as with President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) on Monday became the first senator to formally oppose the nomination of Elena Kagan to the high court.

By Paul Kane  | May 10, 2010; 3:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Kagan nomination: Key senators, interest groups react

While Democratic senators predictably voiced support for President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, none of the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee came out swinging against the nominee, suggesting Kagan's road to the high court may be relatively smooth. Here's a selection of comments on the nomination from senators and their allies in Washington.

By Matt DeLong  | May 10, 2010; 1:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Kagan faces criticism from left and right online

President Obama's nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens was met with criticism from conservative bloggers over Kagan's lack of experience as a judge. What was more surprising -- at least to those who have not been following the debate over Kagan in the progressive blogosphere in recent weeks -- is that Kagan is facing opposition on the left as well.

By Matt DeLong  | May 10, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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Officials: Taliban behind Times Square attack; Durbin predicts broad support for Wall Street bill; Lieberman: 'a good shot' for a climate bill; Holder: Kagan 'would be a great justice'

ABC: THIS WEEK - Holder: Pakistani Taliban behind attempted Times Square attack Attorney General Eric Holder said the U.S. has now "developed evidence that shows that the Pakistani Taliban was behind" the attempted car bombing in New York's Times Square last weekend. "We know that they helped facilitate it," Holder said. "We know that they probably helped finance it and that [suspect Faisal Shahzad] was working at their direction."

By 44 Editor  | May 9, 2010; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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