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44: July 25, 2010 - July 31, 2010

Waters won't settle ethics charges, wants House trial

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has decided against settling potential House ethics charges for her role in helping to steer federal funds to a bank, choosing instead to proceed to a trial, a source familiar with the process said Friday night.

By Ben Pershing  | July 30, 2010; 10:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Ben Nelson first Democrat to declare 'no' on Kagan

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) announced his opposition Friday to the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan, becoming the first Democrat to declare a 'no' vote on President Obama's second nominee to the highest court in the nation.

By Paul Kane  | July 30, 2010; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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Michelle Obama's top communications aide to leave in August

By Nia-Malika Henderson The top communications staffer for first lady Michelle Obama will leave her...

By Nia-Malika Henderson  | July 30, 2010; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Obama drives a car, haltingly

President Obama got behind the wheel of a car Friday for the second time since he started receiving Secret Service protection in the spring of 2007 -- driving a black Chevy Volt for about 10 feet, haltingly and at a crawl.

By Michael D. Shear  | July 30, 2010; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (75)
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Rep. Anthony Weiner lights into GOP colleagues

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) literally lost it on the House...

By Emi Kolawole  | July 30, 2010; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (83)
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Charlie Rangel and the case of the idle Mercedes

A House ethics panel has accused Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) of violating a host of rules and regulations, but it appears to have let him off the hook in The Case of the Idle Mercedes.

By Ben Pershing  | July 29, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Capitol Briefing  | Tags:  charles rangel; charles rangel ethics; rangel mercedes  
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Judgment day for Charlie Rangel

(This item has been updated.) By Paul Kane and Ben Pershing Rep. Charles Rangel...

By Paul Kane  | July 29, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Paul McCartney at the White House (Video)

Paul McCartney was at the White House yesterday -- at least on television. McCartney actually made his appearance on Pennsylvania Avenue back in early June to receive the Gershwin Prize for popular song. But the event was finally broadcast on television last night by PBS.

By Justin Bank  | July 29, 2010; 9:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Obama on 'View' shares ups and downs (Video)

President Obama will appear on "The View" later today -- his third time on the show. "In the last month what has been the rose and what has been the thorn?" Barbara Walters asked him the pre-taped interview.

By Rachel Weiner  | July 29, 2010; 8:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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Obama to dine with Vogue editor Anna Wintour

Vogue editor Anna Wintour is hosting President Obama at her New York City home for a $30,000-a-plate fundraising dinner benefiting the Democratic National Committee.

By Emi Kolawole  | July 28, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Politicians' best musical moments, from Clinton to Condi

When Condoleezza Rice jammed with Aretha Franklin and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra last night in Philly, the former secretary of state joined a long line of politicos who have shared their passion for music with the public. A quick scan of YouTube shows that no political party has a monopoly on rocking out. Here's a sample of some of the all-time best political music performances.

By Matt DeLong  | July 28, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama, Boehner revisit the sunset provision on the Bush tax cuts

President Obama pointed out that Republicans wrote the Bush tax cuts in such a way to leave the next administration dealing with the thorny question of whether to extend them despite their impact on the deficit. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner responded: "I wasn't there. I didn't structure that deal."

By Lori Montgomery  | July 27, 2010; 7:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Economy  
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Mike Cox denies partying in mayor's mansion

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Cox's campaign is attacking new allegations that he attended a rumored 2002 party at former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's official residence.

By Associated Press  | July 27, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Brady Campaign slams Glenn Beck rally

Credit: National Rifle Association By Emi Kolawole The announcement that Glenn Beck would host...

By Emi Kolawole  | July 27, 2010; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (47)
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Disillusioned Obey to oppose Afghan funding bill

Retiring Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) will vote against a bill to fund operations in Afghanistan and Iraq Tuesday afternoon, an usual step for an Appropriations Committee chairman and a sign of how disillusioned Obey has become with the war effort and with the Obama administration's priorities.

By Ben Pershing  | July 27, 2010; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Capitol Briefing  | Tags:  afghanistan supplemental, david obey  
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Senior House Republican says everyone responsible for Wikileaks release should be investigated

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), co-author of a bipartisan bill to protect reporters and their confidential sources, said all parties responsible for gathering, distributing and publishing the WikiLeaks documents ought to be "thoroughly investigated."

By Washington Post Editor  | July 26, 2010; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, National Security  | Tags:  wikileaks; mike pence; afghan war leak; afghan war documents; afghanistan war; wikileaks investigation; congress reacts to wikileaks  
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Ken Buck insults tea party birthers

Colorado Senate hopeful Ken Buck, who last week told voters to support him "because I do not wear high heels," has again been caught on tape saying something uncouth.

By Rachel Weiner  | July 26, 2010; 8:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Storm destroys historic tree at U.S. Capitol

As if environmentalists hadn't already suffered enough on Capitol Hill this summer, now comes this symbolic setback: Sunday's violent thunderstorms in Washington ripped across the Capitol grounds and destroyed an 84-year-old white pine tree dedicated to the founder of Arbor Day.

By Paul Kane  | July 26, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Capitol Briefing, Climate Change, Issues  
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Geithner: Let Bush tax cuts for wealthy expire; Ex-CIA chief defends intelligence community; Dean: Fox News 'absolutely racist'

By Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez Sunday Rundown: A quick Sunday talk show roundup. ABC:...

By Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez  | July 25, 2010; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Howard Dean: Fox News 'absolutely racist' in Sherrod flap

In a heated discussion this morning on "Fox News Sunday," former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said that Fox's conduct during the Shirley Sherrod firestorm last week was "absolutely racist."

By Matt DeLong  | July 25, 2010; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (151)
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