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44: August 15, 2010 - August 21, 2010

Obama warns of hidden corporate money in midterm campaigns

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. -- President Obama warned voters Saturday about the hidden influence of corporate donations in midterm campaigns after a Supreme Court decision this year that allows companies, unions and other special interests to spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of candidates and causes for the first time.

By Scott Wilson  | August 21, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
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Palin endorsement poll: How many will win?

Sarah Palin has brought national attention to dozens of candidates around the country. But her track record is mixed, with nine of her picks she had endorsed losing their primary races (see our tracker).

By Rachel Weiner  | August 20, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Obama goes book shopping

VINEYARD HAVEN, Mass. -- The first trip out from Blue Heron Farm was to Bunch of Grapes, a book store tucked among the quaint shops on Main Street.

By Scott Wilson  | August 20, 2010; 12:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (40)
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Tom DeLay: Don't think I'm stupid

ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross spoke with former House Republican majority leader Tom DeLay...

By Emi Kolawole  | August 20, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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The NYC mosque: A view from abroad

The proposed mosque near Ground Zero has produced a fierce debate here in the United...

By Emi Kolawole  | August 19, 2010; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Sarah Palin defends Dr. Laura

Talk host Dr. Laura Schlessinger decided to quit radio on Tuesday, after coming under fire for using the N-word repeatedly in a broadcast. "The reason is, I want to regain my First Amendment rights. I want to be able to say what is on my mind," she told Larry King.

By Rachel Weiner  | August 19, 2010; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (294)
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Gravel stumps for 'I Like Mike'

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. Mike Gravel, a former presidential candidate and Democratic U.S. Senator...

By Emi Kolawole  | August 18, 2010; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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19th amendment anniversary: Politicians celebrate

Ninety years ago today, women got the right to vote. Here's the text of the 19th amendment, ratified on August 18, 1920 by the Tennessee General Assembly: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex." Tennessee was the thirty-sixth state to ratify; the amendment got by because 24 year-old legislator Harry Burn changed his vote, at the insistence of his elderly mother.

By Rachel Weiner  | August 18, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Nancy Pelosi: Who's funding the mosque opposition?

Credit: AP Photo/Louie Traub Update: 12:25p.m. ET The Post's Greg Sargent reports that Speaker Pelosi's...

By Emi Kolawole  | August 18, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (156)
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Obama calls on GOP to help small business

By Scott Wilson SEATTLE, Wash.-- Barnstorming on behalf of an ally, President Obama Tuesday...

By Scott Wilson  | August 17, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
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Powell: If I won, I'd be doing Rangel 'a favor'

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. New York Assemblyman and candidate for Congress Adam Clayton Powell...

By Emi Kolawole  | August 17, 2010; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Emily's List 'Mama Grizzlies' attack Sarah Palin

The abortion rights advocacy group Emily's List has released a video showcasing women dressed...

By Emi Kolawole  | August 17, 2010; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
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Fox parent News Corp. donates $1 million to Republican Governors' Association

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) this year, Bloomberg reported. The company owns Fox News and the New York Post. (You can see the full IRS filing here.)

By Rachel Weiner  | August 17, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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McCain denies flip-flopping, blames media

It's been often noted in recent months how Sen. John McCain's (R-Ariz.) positions on a host of issues, including climate change and immigration, hae moved considerably to the right in the face of a once-formidable primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.).

By Matt DeLong  | August 17, 2010; 11:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
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Paterson seeks to broker relocation of NYC mosque

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) plans to meet later this week with the Islamic prayer leader and the developer of a planned mosque near Ground Zero to discuss the possibility of moving it to an alternate site, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Tuesday. King said he was informed of Paterson's plan in a telephone conversation with the governor Tuesday morning.

By Jason Horowitz  | August 17, 2010; 11:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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In Hollywood, Obama plays pitchman

By Scott Wilson LOS ANGELES - Concluding a long day of fund raising before a...

By Scott Wilson  | August 17, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  | Tags:  Barbra Streisand, Chris van Hollen, Democrats, Hollywood, John Wells, Los Angeles, President Obama, Steven Spielberg, Wisconsin, fundraiser, president  
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Obama's new line -- courtesy of McConnell

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. --Yes, he told the one about the car and the ditch, the one where the "D" is for "Drive" (and Democrats) and the "R" is for "Reverse" (and Republicans.)

By Scott Wilson  | August 16, 2010; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Harry Reid weighs in on N.Y. mosque: It 'should be built someplace else'

Now that President Obama has addressed and amplified the issue, the political debate over the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero is being felt far from Lower Manhattan -- in the Nevada Senate race.

By Washington Post Editor  | August 16, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (362)
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Newt Gingrich compares 'Ground Zero mosque' backers to Nazis

Former House speaker and possible 2012 GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich went with a slightly different Holocaust metaphor when he compared the people behind the proposed mosque to "Nazis" during an appearance on Fox News.

By Matt DeLong  | August 16, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (251)
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Petraeus: Too soon to tell in Afghanistan; GOP strategist: Steele is 'a disaster'; Cornyn: NYC mosque issue 'not about religious freedom'

Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.

By Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez  | August 15, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Republican strategist: Michael Steele has 'obviously been a disaster'

A top Republican Party strategist had some harsh words for beleaguered Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele on Sunday.

By Felicia Sonmez  | August 15, 2010; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Obama's mosque comments ignite Sunday show debate

President Obama's remarks Friday and Saturday on a proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center near Ground Zero sparked some heated exchanges on the Sunday morning news shows.

By Felicia Sonmez and Matt DeLong  | August 15, 2010; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (295)
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