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44: June 6, 2010 - June 12, 2010

Obama on the spill: 'I can't suck it up with a straw'

President Obama outlined the limits of his power to handle the oil spill in the latest episode of "West Wing Week," the casual weekly White House online show.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | June 11, 2010; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Biden recalls first visit to S. Africa and apartheid

In remarks before South African political and business leaders at the U.S. Consulate in Johannesburg on Friday Morning, Joe Biden described the moment he first arrived in this country with a group of African American congressmen. It was the 1970s, and apartheid ruled.

By Sudarsan Raghavan in Johannesburg, South Africa  | June 11, 2010; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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FEC: Citizens United conservative group doesn't have to disclose donors

By Carol D. Leonnig The conservative political group Citizens United has won a ruling from...

By Carol D. Leonnig  | June 10, 2010; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Clyburn: Alvin Greene is 'someone's plant' in South Carolina

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) articulated the suspicion of many South Carolina Democrats this morning and suggested that the state's Democratic U.S. Senate primary victor Alvin Greene might have been a "plant."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | June 10, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (76)
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Conservative group targets Perriello for health vote

A conservative group is launching a new campaign against Rep. Tom Perriello, hitting the freshman...

By Ben Pershing  | June 10, 2010; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Gibbs: Obama hasn't talked to Hayward because BP board calls the shots

Updated 5:46 p.m. By Michael D. Shear When President Obama was asked by NBC's Matt...

By Michael D. Shear  | June 9, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (42)
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DeMint opponent Alvin Greene asked to withdraw following felony obscenity charge revelation

The head of the South Carolina Democratic Party has asked Alvin Greene, the party's new...

By Matt DeLong  | June 9, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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'Whoomp! (There it is)' and Obama -- the anatomy of a meme

Was Barack Obama an extra in the 1993 rap video hit "Whoomp! (There it is)"?

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | June 9, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Stephen Strasburg gets kudos on the Senate floor

Stephen Strasburg gets kudos from Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell on the Senate floor.

By Shailagh Murray  | June 9, 2010; 1:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Bill Clinton gets the good election news in Colombia

One of the biggest winners in Tuesday night's primary battles wasn't even in the country when he got the news. Former President Bill Clinton--whose vigorous support was a major factor in Sen. Blanche Lincoln's victory in their shared home state of Arkansas--was in Colombia on election night.

By Karen Tumulty  | June 9, 2010; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Nevada Senate: Reid still has a fight on his hands

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) has been dealing a good game of political blackjack of late, but he remains very much in danger of busting in the fight for his electoral life. Even before the polls closed in Nevada Tuesday, national Republicans tried to refocus the race away from the conservative views of the about-to-be nominee -- Sharron Angle, the former state assemblywoman - and back onto Reid. Here are five reasons why Harry Reid is still very much in the political woods.

By by Paul Kane  | June 9, 2010; 5:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (146)
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In California, Whitman celebrates GOP nomination for governor while attacking Brown

By Sandhya Somashekhar Former eBay chief Meg Whitman on Tuesday won a swift and decisive...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | June 9, 2010; 2:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
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Whitman will face challenge on immigration issue in California general election

By Sandhya Somashekhar BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Now that Meg Whitman has won Tuesday's Republican primary...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | June 8, 2010; 11:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Nikki Haley: 10 things you didn't know about the S.C. Republican

If the 38-year-old South Carolinian becomes the Republican nominee for governor, she also instantly becomes one of the national GOP's most promising rising stars.

By Philip Rucker  | June 8, 2010; 8:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Looking ahead: Fiorina vs. Boxer

UPDATED 2:30 a.m., June 9 By Perry Bacon Jr. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- U.S. Sen. Barbara...

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | June 8, 2010; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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In Arkansas, Lincoln may have studied the wrong Clinton

No other national political figure so dominated Blanche Lincoln's election campaign as that of former president and fellow Arkansan Bill Clinton, whose centrist politics she emulated and who campaigned as her most prominent defender.

By Karen Tumulty  | June 8, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Don't forget Utah!

Lest we forget: Today is also the first day of early voting in Utah's Republican Senate primary.

By Amy Gardner  | June 8, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Five ways Harry Reid might go after Sharron Angle

Assuming she wins the nomination, here are five things certain to start arriving in reporters' e-mail in-boxes in the days ahead:

By Paul Kane  | June 8, 2010; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Obama to return to the Gulf of Mexico - again

President Obama will make his most extensive trip yet to the gulf coast next week, visiting Mississippi, Alabama and Florida on Monday and Tuesday, the White House announced late Tuesday.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | June 8, 2010; 5:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Schwarzenegger botches primary ballot

After urging Californians this morning to support the state's "top two" ballot initiative, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) perhaps took his own advice a bit too literally.

By Felicia Sonmez  | June 8, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Can Carly win the general election?

Three weeks ago, a Republican U.S Senate candidate repeatedly entreated members of his party not to nominate his opponent, who he would warned would be a potential problem in the general election. Are Republican voters in California about to make a similarly risky choice?

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | June 8, 2010; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Nikki Haley surged before Palin endorsement, GOP says

S.C. GOP: Nikki Haley's lead more a result of "tea party" supporters and reform message rather than Palin endorsement.

By Philip Rucker  | June 8, 2010; 3:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Many California voters more worried about state economy than national issues

By Sandhya Somashekhar Newport Beach, Ca. -- Washington feels very far away from this upscale...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | June 8, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
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In Nevada, Harry Reid loses out to... Bryce Harper?

It may be primary day, but a quick glance at Nevada's major newspaper makes clear what folks in this political battleground care most deeply about: Bryce Harper, the 17-year-old Las Vegas native selected by the Washington Nationals Monday night in the first pick of the Major League Baseball draft.

By Paul Kane  | June 8, 2010; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Arkansas: Halter floods the zone in Lincoln territory

With a cooler of water to beat the 90-degree heat and a cellphone to keep her entertained, Britnee Farmer was doing her part Tuesday to push Lt. Gov. Bill Halter past Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the Democratic runoff here.

By Peter Slevin  | June 8, 2010; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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California turnout could reach record low

The California gubernatorial race is one of today's closely-watched contests -- at least, outside of California.

By Felicia Sonmez  | June 8, 2010; 12:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Nev. Senate: Lowden reflects on campaign missteps

This was supposed to be coronation day for Sue Lowden, collecting her first crown since winning the Miss New Jersey beauty pageant in 1973. As a former state senator and state Republican Party chairwoman, Lowden entered the GOP primary for the right to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) as a prohibitive favorite. Less than four months ago Lowden had a lead of 18 percentage points over her next closest competitor, businessman Danny Tarkanian, and almost 40 points ahead of former state legislator Sharron Angle. She was even above the magic 50-percent threshold in a head-to-head match-up against Reid, defeating him by 13 percentage points.

By Paul Kane  | June 8, 2010; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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One Arkansas voter, many reasons

Jeffery Speak warmed the heart of a weary candidate when he told Lt. Gov. Bill Halter that he had voted for him in last month's U.S. Senate primary and would do so again in Tuesday's runoff.

By Peter Slevin  | June 8, 2010; 11:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Supreme Court steps into Arizona's public financing law

The Supreme Court granted a stay request from opponents of a decade-old Arizona law that subsidizes state candidates who agree to spend only public money on their campaigns.

By Robert Barnes  | June 8, 2010; 11:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Fiorina campaigning on her record at HP

By Perry Bacon Jr. SAN DIEGO-Carly Fiorina was dumped as the chief executive officer of...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 8, 2010; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Just how safe are those beaches?

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour was in full tourism director in chief mode on Fox News Sunday this week, urging people not to let the worst oil spill in American history interfere with their summer vacation plans.

By Karen Tumulty  | June 8, 2010; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Obama weighs in on Helen Thomas controversy

With Helen Thomas's seat conspicuously empty at the Monday briefing, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs assailed the veteran reporter for her remark that Jews should return to Germany and Poland.

By Anne E. Kornblut  | June 8, 2010; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (670)
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Video: Pelosi heckled at progressive conference

Update: Here's an article on Pelosi's speech, with additional video. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.)...

By 44 Editor  | June 8, 2010; 10:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (170)
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Arkansas Senate race a close call

It's election day in Arkansas, where Democrats will choose between Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter to defend a Senate seat that a Republican last occupied in 1879. Who will win? Prognosticators admit they're just guessing.

By Peter Slevin  | June 8, 2010; 7:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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California ballot is full of interesting characters, initiatives

By Sandhya Somashekhar Voters in California head to the polls Tuesday to choose their nominees...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | June 8, 2010; 7:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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On eve of Calif. election, Whitman begins shifting gears

Meg Whitman played it safe on Monday afternoon when she dropped by a phone-bank operation on the eve of the Republican primary for governor. But there were signs that she had already shifted her strategy to a general-election approach.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | June 7, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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In Nevada, the GOP primary heads north

The last day of the Nevada Senate primary has taken an odd twist, with the three leading Republican candidates chasing votes in the sparsely populated northern tier of the Silver State.

By Washington Post Editor  | June 7, 2010; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Lincoln, Halter ask who is more Arkansan

As Democrats prepare to end a tense and expensive Senate primary battle with Tuesday's runoff election, Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter are spending their final dollars trying to out-Arkansas one another

By Washington Post staff  | June 7, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Move over Hollywood: The California Republican races are all about Silicon Valley

By Sandhya Somashekhar Move over, Hollywood heartthrob. Tuesday's primary is all about the Silicon Valley...

By By Sandhya Somashekhar  | June 7, 2010; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Whitman, Poizner make final push for Ca. GOP gubernatorial nomination

By Sandhya Somashekhar LOS ANGELES - On the last day of campaigning before Republicans choose...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | June 7, 2010; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Allen: Oil will be out there for months to come; Crist praises administration's response; Israeli ambassador: No apologies

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, commander of the Obama administration's response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, described the "bottom kill" procedure that he said will ultimately stop the flow of oil after the relief wells are drilled. "This will only end when we intercept the well bore, pump mud down it to overcome the pressure of the oil coming up from the reservoir and put a cement plug in," Allen said. "That's what I would call bottom kill rather than top kill." Allen said the region will be dealing with the environmental impacts long after the leak is plugged. "There will be oil out there for months to come ... this will be well into the fall," Allen said. The admiral said it was "absolutely not the case" that the administration had placed limits on what he is allowed to say publicly.

By 44 Editor  | June 6, 2010; 2:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Liz Cheney: Turkey is siding with our enemies

The former deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bush Administration, who has made a name for herself with her outspoken and often controversial soundbites, said Sunday that Turkey has joined Iran and Syria in an effort to destroy Israel.

By Aaron Blake  | June 6, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (200)
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