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44: August 1, 2010 - August 7, 2010

Obama takes credit for healthier Medicare

President Obama on Saturday took credit for placing Medicare on a more certain fiscal path and pledged to American seniors that they would see more help soon paying for drug costs in a direct appeal to an important segment of the midterm electorate.

By Scott Wilson  | August 7, 2010; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
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Democrats bring back, bash Bush

You may have seen the billboard featuring former President George W. Bush and the tagline...

By Emi Kolawole  | August 6, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Steele unveils 'fire Pelosi' bus tour as RNC gathers

Donning a red hat emblazoned with the logo "Fire Pelosi," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | August 6, 2010; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (38)
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'Birther' gets his day in court

CNN reports that decorated Army doctor and 18-year veteran Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin is scheduled for a court hearing in Virginia. Lakin faces court martial for refusing to deploy to Iraq because, he believes, President Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible to be Commander in Chief.

By Emi Kolawole  | August 6, 2010; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (123)
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McConnell gives Franken a piece of his mind

By Paul Kane Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) gave freshman Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.)...

By washingtonpost.com Editor  | August 5, 2010; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (188)
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RNC looks to new party pledge to avoid candidate defections

Candidates seeking a Republican nomination for office may soon have to sign a pledge promising...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | August 5, 2010; 6:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Scott Brown: I'll vote against Kagan

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), one of the last Republicans to declare his vote, says he will vote against General Elena Kagan for the Supreme Court.

By Associated Press  | August 5, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Obama lauds auto industry comeback as he ends tour of Big Three plants

By Nia-Malika Henderson Chicago -- President Obama on Thursday continued his push to highlight what...

By Nia-Malika Henderson  | August 5, 2010; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Obama dines with Oprah & Gayle

Credit: AFP/Getty Images By Emi Kolawole Much has been made of Obama's birthday being a...

By Emi Kolawole  | August 5, 2010; 10:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Barney Frank talks 'bundling' on Colbert Report

On the "Colbert Report," last night, Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) made the case for a Consumer Financial Protection Agency. "If the Founding Fathers were really worried about mortgage bundling or ATM fees wouldn't they have said so in the Constitution?" asked "Colbert Report" host Stephen Colbert asked.

By Rachel Weiner  | August 4, 2010; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Obama freezes bonuses to federal appointees

By Scott Wilson President Obama ordered a freeze Tuesday on all bonuses and other monetary...

By Emi Kolawole  | August 3, 2010; 7:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Angle attacks Reid over 'coked-up stimulus monkeys'

A press release from Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle today goes after Senate Majority...

By Emi Kolawole  | August 3, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Bristol and Levi break up again

People magazine reports that, just a few weeks after the young couple announced their reunion, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have split again.

By Amy Argetsinger  | August 3, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Obama signs Fair Sentencing Act

By Scott Wilson President Obama signed into law Tuesday the Fair Sentencing Act, which...

By Scott Wilson  | August 3, 2010; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Whither the 14th Amendment?

Chalk it up perhaps to election-year bizarreness, but suddenly the capital is debating whether the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution ought to be repealed, refined or left alone. Specifically, the back-and-forth, which started among Senate Republicans and was joined Tuesday by the White House, focuses on the amendment's citizenship clause.

By Scott Wilson  | August 3, 2010; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (185)
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Senate poised to confirm Kagan this week

By Paul Kane The Senate, tied in knots on almost every other legislative issue, is...

By Paul Kane  | August 3, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Obama to GOP: 'You can't have the keys back!'

After his speech on Iraq Monday, President Obama attended a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the same Atlanta hotel. Obama delivered a revved-up version of the stump speech that you will no doubt be hearing throughout the fall.

By Matt DeLong  | August 3, 2010; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
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Sharron Angle: Press should 'ask the questions we want to answer'

Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle gave a revealing interview Monday to Fox News' Carl Cameron, in which she said that her campaign wanted the press "to be our friend."

By Matt DeLong  | August 3, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (104)
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Presidential birthdays: A retrospective

Presidential birthdays have rarely gone by without some form of fanfare. President John F. Kennedy...

By Emi Kolawole  | August 2, 2010; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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House ethics panel announces Waters trial

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) will face a trial for her role in steering federal funds to a bank to which she is personally connected, the House ethics committee announced Monday, setting the stage for a September that will be dominated by news of House Democrats' legal travails.

By Ben Pershing  | August 2, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (177)
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Lady Gaga steps into Ariz. law debate

Pop singer Lady Gaga weighed in on the debate surrounding the Arizona immigration law during a concert in Phoenix on Sunday night. The Arizona Republic reported that roughly midway through the show Gaga explained why she agreed to perform even after being asked by "a couple really big rock-and-rollers, big pop stars, big rap artists" if she would boycott the state as others had done.

By Emi Kolawole  | August 2, 2010; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (61)
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Rand Paul: Government should not regulate mine industry

In a new profile in Details magazine, Kentucky GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul is quoted arguing that the coal mining industry should be allowed to self-regulate without interference from the federal government.

By Matt DeLong  | August 2, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (87)
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RNC to re-invite Breitbart to fundraiser

The Republican National Committee will re-invite controversial conservative activist Andrew Breitbart to a rescheduled big-donor fundraiser next month, The Washington Times reports.

By Matt DeLong  | August 2, 2010; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (52)
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Pelosi 'not nervous' about November; Palin: Obama lacks 'cojones' to tackle immigration; Mullen: Afghan leaks put lives at risk

Sunday Rundown: A quick roundup of the Sunday talk shows.

By Matt DeLong and Tim Smith  | August 1, 2010; 3:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Dick Cheney still in hospital after heart surgery

Former State Department official Liz Cheney mades some news Sunday when she told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace that her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney," remains hospitalized after undergoing heart surgery in early July.

By Matt DeLong  | August 1, 2010; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Palin: Obama lacks 'the cojones' to tackle immigration

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Sunday that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has "the cojones" that President Obama "does not have" to take on illegal immigration. Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Palin blasted Obama for suing Arizona to block the state's controversial new Arizona law without addressing "sanctuary cities" -- in which local law enforcement are prohibited from asking people about their immigration status.

By Matt DeLong  | August 1, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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