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44: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

Obama pays short visit to House Democratic retreat

CAMBRIDGE, Md. -- Lawmakers who gathered here for the annual House Democratic retreat may have been disappointed to get no preview of the State of the Union address from President Obama when he paid a quick visit tonight. They were, however, treated to a display of the president's dance moves.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 21, 2011; 9:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Michele Bachmann to deliver her own State of the Union rebuttal

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) is delivering the official rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union next week. But, thanks to technology and the tea party movement, it won't be the only Republican response. In concert with Tea Party Express, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is delivering her own post-speech message.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 21, 2011; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (165)
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Biden to House Democrats: 'Words matter'

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Addressing the more than 130 House Democrats gathered at a resort here for their annual issues retreat, Vice President Joe Biden urged lawmakers to treat each other with civility in the wake of the mass shooting in Tucson that killed six and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 21, 2011; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Paul Ryan to deliver State of the Union response

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address next week, congressional GOP leaders announced Friday.

By Felicia Sonmez and Amy Goldstein  | January 21, 2011; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Houston doctor discusses Giffords's rehabilitation (video)

Dr. Gerard Francisco of TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston spoke with reporters Thursday about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's (D-Ariz.) future rehabilitation treatment.

By David Nakamura  | January 21, 2011; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sixty lawmakers back bipartisan State of the Union seating plan

A plan for bipartisan seating at President Obama's State of the Union address is gaining traction among lawmakers, with 60 members of Congress officially declaring their support.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 21, 2011; 4:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (56)
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Top House Democrats bullish on 2012 outlook

CAMBRIDGE, Md. - As they kicked off their party's annual issues conference Thursday evening here on the Eastern Shore, House Democratic leaders were optimistic that their party would rebound quickly from the shellacking it took at the polls two-and-a-half months ago.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 20, 2011; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Boehner gets emotional at JFK tribute

Members of Congress recognized the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's inauguration during an event at the Capitol on Thursday, and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) once again found himself getting a little misty-eyed.

By Matt DeLong  | January 20, 2011; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Rick Santorum invokes Obama's race on abortion (video)

Potential Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum has once again demonstrated his willingness to push the envelope when it comes to social issues. In an interview with the conservative CNS News, he linked President Obama's race to his position on abortion.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 20, 2011; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (281)
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Democratic Rep. Cohen 'regrets' Nazi comments were 'taken out of context'

Just one day after standing firm on his remarks comparing Republican rhetoric against the health-care overhaul to "blood libel" and the work of Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) now says he regrets "that anyone in the Jewish Community, my Republican colleagues or anyone else was offended by the portrayal of my comments."

By Matt DeLong  | January 20, 2011; 12:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Three Democratic senators push for 1099 reform

A trio of Democratic senators has penned a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pushing for a vote on repealing an unpopular provision of the national health care overhaul regarding tax-reporting requirements for businesses.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 20, 2011; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Michelle Obama, Bo surprise White House visitors

Visitors touring the White House at got more than they bargained for Thursday when first lady Michelle Obama and the family dog, Bo, dropped in to welcome them on the second anniversary of President Obama's inauguration.

By Matt DeLong  | January 20, 2011; 11:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Gabrielle Giffords could be released from hospital Friday

TUCSON -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, wounded in the Tucson shooting on Jan. 8, could be...

By Dana Hedgpeth and David Nakamura  | January 19, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
 
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Sheriff Dupnik: Rush Limbaugh call-out nearly crashed our system (video)

Among the breakout figures - astronaut Mark Kelly, intern Daniel Hernandez, doctor Peter Rhee -- to gain national acclaim in the wake of the Tucson shooting tragedy, none has developed the controversial, love-hate appeal of Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik.

By David Nakamura  | January 19, 2011; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (157)
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Campaign committees return to fundraising ahead of health care repeal vote

After a week of holding off on politics in the wake of the shooting in Tucson, the national campaign committees are back in full swing, with both the Republican and Democratic House campaign arms sending out fundraising emails Tuesday and Wednesday tied to the debate over repealing the national health care overhaul.

By Felicia Sonmez and Paul Kane  | January 19, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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At Howard U., Michelle Obama urges students to study abroad, form bonds outside U.S.

While President Obama met with Chinese leader Hu Jintao at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama took America's efforts to strengthen ties to the country to students at Howard University for a forum on studying abroad, urging students to get out of their comfort zones, and help to "develop that habit of cooperation."

By Nia-Malika Henderson  | January 19, 2011; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Hillary Clinton reaffirms: I won't commit to a second term (video)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared NBC's The Today Show Wednesday morning to discuss Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit -- and her future.

By Emi Kolawole  | January 19, 2011; 11:08 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Sen. Harry Reid calls Hu Jintao a 'dictator'

In an interview in Nevada Tuesday night, Senate Majority Leader waded into dicey diplomatic territory by referring to Chinese President Hu Jintao as a "dictator." Asked about the tax-cut compromise at the end of last year, Reid said our system requires compromise. "I am going to go back to Washington tomorrow and meet with the President of China," Reid told reporter Jon Ralston. "He is a dictator. He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have."

By Rachel Weiner  | January 19, 2011; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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House Democrats try to strike positive tone ahead of health care repeal vote

Hours ahead of a planned vote on a bill that would repeal the national health care overhaul, House Democratic leaders and administration officials struck a positive tone, seeking to depict health care reform as a nonpartisan issue and largely avoiding the heated rhetoric that has animated the debate thus far.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 19, 2011; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Liberal groups start attacks on expected deficit-reduction focus in State of Union (West Wing Breifing)

Call it the pre-prebuttal.Anticipating a heavy focus on reducing the deficit in President Obama's State of the Union address next week, liberal groups are already attacking the idea, arguing that deficit reduction should not come before further stimulus to help the economy.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | January 19, 2011; 7:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Some House rivals spar -- cautiously -- on eve of health care repeal vote

As House members took to the floor Tuesday to begin debate on a bill that would repeal the national health care overhaul, the tenor of several repeal-oriented events throughout the Capitol suggested that lawmakers are treading somewhat more carefully in the wake of the shooting in Tucson.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 18, 2011; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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House kicks off debate over health-care repeal

The House meets Tuesday for its first day of debate on a measure that would repeal the national health care overhaul, following a week during which legislative action came to a standstill in the wake of the Tucson shooting tragedy.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 18, 2011; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (103)
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White House: House health-care law repeal attempt not 'serious'

The Obama administration Tuesday dismissed the House's plans to vote on a repeal of the new health care law, with White House press secretary Robert Gibbs saying, "It isn't a serious legislative effort."

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | January 18, 2011; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
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Hoyer: Democrats didn't "do a good enough job" in selling health care overhaul

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) acknowledged Tuesday that his party has not succeeded in selling the public on the benefits of the national health care overhaul, noting that polls indicate that public opinion remains divided on the law.

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 18, 2011; 12:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (135)
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Anonymous Obama novel about 'immediate future'

In a press release, Simon & Schuster's Jonathan Karp offered a few more hints about their forthcoming anonymous Obama novel.

By Rachel Weiner  | January 18, 2011; 12:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Dick Cheney on 'Today': I may need a heart transplant (VIDEO)

During a wide-ranging interview that aired Tuesday on NBC's "Today", former Vice President Dick Cheney said he may need to make a decision on whether to undergo a heart a transplant.

By Matt DeLong  | January 18, 2011; 10:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (163)
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First family continues tradition of service on King holiday

President Obama and the first family spent part of the King holiday painting images of fresh fruit on the cafeteria pillars of the Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Northeast Washington to remind the country that King's legacy went far beyond calling for social justice.

By Hamil R. Harris  | January 17, 2011; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama family attends church services at Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in D.C.

President Obama and the first family joined D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) to worship at the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church in Northwest during a service that will reflect on the spiritual fervor of Martin Luther King Jr.

By Hamil Harris  | January 16, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Rep. Napolitano: 'If you're scared then you shouldn't be in politics' (Sunday talk shows)

Lawmakers discussed the shooting in Tucson, Arizona and the 2012 presidential election, while Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius discussed the implementation of the health care law.

By Aaron Blake and Emi Kolawole  | January 16, 2011; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Secretary Kathleen Sebelius: Health care law implementation 'is absolutely on schedule'

"Implementation [of the health care law] is absolutely on schedule," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, calling the effort "a daunting task."

By Emi Kolawole  | January 16, 2011; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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