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44: February 20, 2011 - February 26, 2011

Obama makes history with social secretary pick

Jeremy Bernard, left, with his partner. (Linda Davidson/Washington Post) Updated, 5:30 p.m. The White...

By Nia-Malika Henderson and Perry Bacon Jr.  | February 25, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
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Wisconsin Dems shout 'shame' after union vote

The Wisconsin assembly early Friday passed a controversial bill that would strip most public unions of most of their collective-bargaining rights. Apparently, the vote happened much to quickly for the assembly Democrats, who in the video below can be heardchanting: "Shame, shame, shame" afterward.

By Matt DeLong  | February 25, 2011; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
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Al Sharpton, John Powell talk about Obama

Two years into President Obama's tenure, the debate continues among African-American activists and scholars about...

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | February 25, 2011; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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U.S. Institute of Peace loses all federal funds under House spending plan

The U.S. Institute of Peace has been taking heavy incoming fire from the House...

By Al Kamen  | February 24, 2011; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
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The blogger behind the Scott Walker prank call

Ian Murphy said in an interview that he was stunned at how easily he was patched through to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R).

By Peter Wallsten  | February 23, 2011; 8:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (108)
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House GOP stopgap bill would cut $4 billion over two weeks

A stopgap government-funding measure being crafted by House Republicans would cut federal spending by $4 billion over two weeks in March, GOP aides said Wednesday.

By Felicia Sonmez and Paul Kane  | February 23, 2011; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (48)
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U.S. lawmakers step up criticism of Libya's Gaddafi

House and Senate lawmakers on Wednesday continued their criticism of Moammar Gaddafi as international pressure has mounted on the Libyan leader to end his government's violent crackdown that has left an estimated 300 civilians dead.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 23, 2011; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Handful of House members have missed 40 percent of votes

Eight weeks into the 112th Congress, several House members have missed as many as 40 percent of votes, according to a Washington Post analysis.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 23, 2011; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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World leaders, U.S. political heavyweights react to unrest in Libya

The violent uprising in Libya has produced more than a few reactions from current and former world leaders as well as political heavyweights, some of whom are openly considering a 2012 presidential bid. We'll be collecting reactions here as we get them.

By Emi Kolawole  | February 23, 2011; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Eric Cantor to deliver economic speech at Harvard Kennedy School

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) will deliver a speech at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government Thursday night.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 23, 2011; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sen. Robert Menendez unveils resolution condemning Gaddafi

New Jersey Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez unveiled a Senate resolution on Tuesday condemning Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 22, 2011; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Obama promotes his economic agenda in Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland really does rock, at least according to President Obama. Coming here for...

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | February 22, 2011; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Reid pushes for stop-gap plan to keep government funded at current level

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Tuesday that he will introduce a measure next week to keep the federal government running for 30 days at current funding levels.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 22, 2011; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Oregon congressman David Wu sought medical help after unusual behavior

Oregon Democratic Rep. David Wu said Tuesday that he had sought medical assistance in October and acknowledged sending "unprofessional" e-mails to his staff.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 22, 2011; 1:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Indiana Democrats flee state legislature to avoid anti-union vote -- like Wisconsin counterparts

Indiana Democrats are leaving the state legislature to avoid a vote on anti-union legislation.

By Emi Kolawole  | February 22, 2011; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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VOA Web site apparently hit by Iranian hackers

Updated 1:25 p.m. Iranian hackers apparently hit the Voice of America Web site on...

By Al Kamen and Tara Bahrampour  | February 22, 2011; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Unrest in Libya: Congressional reactions

The Senate and the House are both on recess this week, but lawmakers have been reacting to the developments in Libya, where top officials have resigned in the wake of government violence against protesters.

By Felicia Sonmez  | February 22, 2011; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Wisconsin state representative cited for sexual misconduct

State Rep. Gordon Hintz (D) was arrested Feb. 10, accused of touching or offering to touch sexual parts -- a violation of a City of Appleton ordinance.

By Emi Kolawole  | February 22, 2011; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Obama, cabinet members to talk about jobs in Ohio

CLEVELAND - President Obama is talking about jobs in a swing state again -- this...

By Perry Bacon Jr.  | February 22, 2011; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Rep. Paul Ryan: 'This president has punted' (Sunday talk shows)

Democratic and Republican lawmakers defended their proposed spending cuts, while Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice defended the president's approach to the continued uprisings in Egypt and around the Middle East.

By Aaron Blake and Emi Kolawole  | February 20, 2011; 11:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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Donald Rumsfeld: I wouldn't visit bin Laden in Gitmo, 'he's not my type'

Former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld joined CNN "State of the Union" host Candy Crowley to discuss his new book.

By Emi Kolawole  | February 20, 2011; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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Ex-aide slams Palin in leaked manuscript

A leaked, unfinished manuscript by a former aide to Sarah Palin claims the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate broke state election law during her 2006 gubernatorial campaign.

By Emi Kolawole  | February 20, 2011; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (126)
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