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44: June 13, 2010 - June 19, 2010

Senators pledge to end secret holds

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Saturday that she has secured enough votes to end the Senate's longstanding practice of allowing the use of anonymous holds to block nominations.

By Dan Eggen  | June 19, 2010; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Obama devotes weekly address to criticism of Congress

A frustrated President Obama assailed congressional Republicans on Saturday for holding up legislation he said is important to the country's economic recovery, and he called for up-or-down votes on the measure and on scores of his nominees in the Senate as soon as possible.

By Scott Wilson  | June 19, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (111)
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Second Gulf Coast lawmaker calls for Barton to step aside

Another Gulf Coast lawmaker is calling for Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) to step down from his position as the top Republican on the House energy committee.

By Aaron Blake  | June 18, 2010; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Obama talking up stimulus -- again

President Obama traveled to swing state Ohio Friday to showcase the stimulus measure he pushed through Congress 16 months ago -- a sign the administration is fretting over enduring criticism that the $787 billion package has failed to generate enough jobs.

By Scott Wilson  | June 18, 2010; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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Congressional women can't stop the press in charity softball game

The congressional women member's softball team bested the press in the early innings at Guy Mason Field Wednesday night until the reporters rallied for a 13-7 win before a raucus crowd that included Justice Sonia Sotomayor, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, GOP leader Rep. John Boehner much of the House leadership on both sides.

By Al Kamen  | June 17, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Rachel Maddow gives fake Obama oil speech, lunches with Obama

A day after Rachel Maddow went on the air to give the speech she said President Obama should have given Tuesday about the Gulf oil spill, the MSNBC host sat down the with president for lunch at the White House along with a handful of other members of the press.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | June 17, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Joe Barton's BP 'shakedown' comments are nothing new

Barton's apology may have come as a surprise to anyone unfamiliar with Barton's positions on energy and climate change. But Barton has a long history of making colorful (not to mention energy industry-friendly) comments on these issues.

By Matt DeLong  | June 17, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
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Obama's Muslim outreach faltering

Muslims have lost confidence in Obama over the past year, the Pew Global Attitudes Survey finds.

By Scott Wilson  | June 17, 2010; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Barton retracts BP apology, regrets 'shakedown' comment

BP CEO Tony Hayward will be at the disposal of angry members of Congress today, when he testifies in front of a House subcommittee looking into the environmental disaster on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

By Aaron Blake  | June 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
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Liberal opposition to Van Hollen-NRA deal grows

More than three dozen liberal-leaning groups vowed Wednesday to oppose Democratic campaign-reform legislation if it includes a special deal exempting the National Rifle Association, casting further doubt on the legislation's prospects.

By Dan Eggen  | June 16, 2010; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
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N.C. GOP congressional candidate on oil spill: 'Maybe they wanted it to leak'

By Emily Kotecki A GOP candidate for the House in North Carolina said during a...

By washingtonpost.com  | June 16, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Baseball still paying dividends for Sen. Bunning

Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) may have had a rocky 2009 in some respects. But seen another way, Bunning had a championship year.

By Ben Pershing  | June 16, 2010; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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BP chairman says firm cares about 'the small people' [Updated]

"We care about the small people," BP Chairman of the Board Carl-Henric Svanberg said after meeting President Obama.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | June 16, 2010; 3:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
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Disgraced former Rep. Souder talks life after scandal

The evangelical magazine World goes Oprah over the question of how to keep a Congressional marriage healthy and gets former representative Mark Sounder of Indiana to talk about how he wound up having an affair.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 16, 2010; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Jet-set Dianne Feinstein gave colleagues a Christmas Eve lift

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is the Senate's ultimate car pooler. When two of her colleagues were having trouble finding flights home for the holidays, Feinstein gave them last-minute lifts to the West Coast on her family's private jet.

By Paul Kane  | June 16, 2010; 2:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Pelosi's husband paid up to $5 million for football team; Reid bummed $3,625 ride from Feinstein

An early review of federal financial disclosure forms reveals some interesting tidbits about the Democratic leaders.

By Paul Kane  | June 16, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lawmakers sold off BP shares

Some senior members of Congress have begun shedding their holdings in the oil and gas services companies at the heart of the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, according to newly released forms and a nonprofit advocacy group.

By Paul Kane  | June 16, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Jon Stewart: 'What happened to Barry from the block?' (video)

Jon Stewart ripped into President Obama for his expansive view of executive power and for failing to enact campaign promises to undo the policies of the Bush administration on the treatment of detainees.

By Web Politics Editor  | June 16, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Gulf Coast lawmakers to Obama: Drill, baby, drill

As the BP oil spill disaster waded into its eighth week with untold billions of dollars worth of ecological and economic damage and no end in sight, a group of Gulf Coast lawmakers on Capitol Hill made an urgent appeal for more offshore drilling.

By Mary Ann Akers  | June 15, 2010; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Michael Bromwich, a former Justice official, is tapped to head Minerals Management Service

President Obama has selected Michael Bromwich, a partner in the law firm Fried Frank's Washington D.C. and New York offices, to head the Minerals Management Service, the troubled agency that oversees offshore oil drilling, according to senior administration officials.

By Juliet Eilperin  | June 15, 2010; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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CREW files complaint over Alvin Greene

Watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethic filed formal complaints with the Federal Election Commissions Tuesday against Alvin Greene, who won the Democratic U.S. Senate primary in South Carolina, and three other African American South Carolina Democrats.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | June 15, 2010; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Presidential addresses from Oval Office since 1981

Presidential addresses from Oval Office since 1981

By The Associated Press  | June 15, 2010; 3:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Michelle Obama skips town

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama may be working late, but First Lady Michelle Obama...

By Anne E. Kornblut  | June 15, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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At oil hearing, Republican Cao notes dishonored executives in past faced 'harakiri'

Plenty of drama is expected today as Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-Calif.) Energy and Commerce Committee puts the oil industry in front of his subcommittee. 44 will be watching the hearings all day (so you don't have to) and picking out the key points.

By Aaron Blake  | June 15, 2010; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Obama eats in solidarity with Gulf Coast

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- President Obama has certainly put his mouth where his message is during this two-day swing along the Gulf Coast. He is tucking away enormous amounts of Gulf seafood, eating in solidarity with the fishermen, restaurant owners, and snack bar entrepreneurs who face a sharp decline in customers as a result of the oil spill.

By Scott Wilson  | June 15, 2010; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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UNESCO defers award named for African leader accused of human rights abuses

By Al Kamen Back in September 2008, the European Union, joined by the United...

By Al Kamen  | June 15, 2010; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Petraeus passes out briefly at hearing (video)

Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, fell ill at the witness table during a Senate hearing Tuesday and had to be escorted from the room.

By Karen DeYoung, Greg Jaffe and William Branigin  | June 15, 2010; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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White House fills out commission that will examine Gulf Coast oil spill

The White House on Monday announced more choices Monday for the bipartisan commission tasked with issuing a report within six months about the Deepwater Horizon spill and how to prevent and mitigate future oil spills.

By Mary Pat Flaherty  | June 14, 2010; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Deal would exempt NRA and others from campaign finance disclosures

House Democrats have reached a compromise that would exempt the National Rifle Association and other large organizations from stringent new campaign finance disclosure rules aimed primarily at large corporations, sources said Monday.

By Dan Eggen  | June 14, 2010; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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Defeated S.C. candidate Vic Rawl calls for investigation into Alvin Greene win

Retired judge Vic Rawl called for an investigation into the results of the South Carolina Democratic Senate primary and filed a formal protest of last week's election results with the South Carolina Democratic Party on Monday.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  | June 14, 2010; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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No apology from Fiorina for comment on Boxer's hairstyle

Apparently, Sen. Barbara Boxer's (D-Calif.) hair isn't the only thing that's "so yesterday."

By Felicia Sonmez  | June 13, 2010; 1:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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Sunday Roundup: Obama to address nation Tuesday night; Clyburn: 'I saw in the Democratic primary elephant dung all over the place;' Barbour calls for lifting offshore drilling moratorium

By Felicia Sonmez and Emily Kotecki CBS: FACE THE NATION - Barbour and Crist...

By washingtonpost.com  | June 13, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Obama to address the nation on BP oil spill

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama will give an address to the nation on the...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 13, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (117)
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Obama to address the nation on BP oil spill

By Anne E. Kornblut President Obama will give an address to the nation on the...

By Washington Post Editors  | June 13, 2010; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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