44: The Obama Presidency


Dan Balz's Take



Obama Stands by His Criticism

President Obama has no regrets about criticizing the Cambridge police department's arrest of Harvard University Prof. Henry Louis Gates Jr., White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters Thursday.

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 12:57 PM ET | Comments (353)

Scholars Urge Confirmation of Johnsen to OLC

A bipartisan coalition of scholars this afternoon pressed the Senate to move ahead with a vote on the nomination of Dawn Johnsen to lead a critical Justice Department unit that provided a rationale for waterboarding and other harsh interrogation practices during the Bush years.

Posted on April 27, 2009 at 03:41 PM ET | Comments (15)

For Holder, a Second - and Symbolic - Swearing In

Rolling out the pomp and circumstance before a crowd stocked with members of the city's legal elite, President Obama this morning welcomed "my friend, Eric Holder," as the 82nd attorney general of the United States.

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 11:50 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Announces Nominee for Appeals Court

President Obama today said he plans to nominate U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton to the federal appeals court, turning to a jurist widely viewed as a moderate for his first judicial appointment.

Posted on March 17, 2009 at 12:15 PM ET | Comments (38)

Justice Ginsburg, 'Alive and Well'

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is making it clear that she is not contemplating retirement, even though she recently was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Posted on March 6, 2009 at 11:28 AM ET | Comments (2)

Blagojevich: Impeachment Was Not Unexpected

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Friday that the Illinois House's decision to impeach him wasn't a surprise because he's been engaged in a struggle with lawmakers since his re-election in 2006. (Video by the Associated Press.)

Posted on January 9, 2009 at 04:33 PM ET | Comments (2)

Blagojevich Appoints Burris to Replace Obama

Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich today selected a former state attorney general to take the Senate seat previously held by President-elect Barack Obama over the objections Democratic leaders who vowed to refuse the appointment.

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 12:37 PM ET | Comments (181)

Obama Team Releases Report on Contacts with Blagojevich

The Obama transition team this afternoon released its review of Obama transition staff contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his office.

Posted on December 23, 2008 at 04:41 PM ET | Comments (136)

Ill. AG Files Motion to Oust Blagojevich

By Garance Franke-Ruta Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan today filed a motion with the Illinois...

Posted on December 12, 2008 at 12:42 PM ET | Comments (3)

Jackson Denies Involvement in Ill. Senate Seat Scheme

"I am not accused of any misconduct," Jackson said, denying any "involvement whatsoever" in a scheme to buy appointment to Obama's Senate seat.

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 04:56 PM ET | Comments (12)

A Well-Timed Arrest

Blagojevich was arrested on International Anti-Corruption Day.

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 12:41 PM ET | Comments (3)

Reid: 'Very Disappointed' by Blagojevich Arrest

By Paul Kane Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) spoke to the Illinois Gov....

Posted on December 9, 2008 at 11:32 AM ET | Comments (36)

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich Arrested

FBI agents this morning arrested Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich (D) and his chief of staff on conspiracy and bribery charges, including allegations that the governor was seeking to benefit financially from his appointment of a successor to the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

Posted on December 9, 2008 at 10:44 AM ET | Comments (13)

Court Orders Pa. to Provide Paper Ballots

A federal judge late Wednesday ordered the Pennsylvania's polling places to offer emergency paper ballots when half the voting machines at a polling location don't work.

Posted on October 29, 2008 at 09:54 PM ET | Comments (7)

Palin 'Unlikely' to Meet With Prosecutor

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is unlikely to meet with a special prosecutor looking into whether she or other state officials improperly pushed to punish a trooper, a spokesman for John McCain's presidential campaign announced Monday.

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 10:42 PM ET | Comments (302)

Obama, McCain Respond to Guantanamo Bay Ruling

The presidential candidates react to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to grant terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay access to the federal courts. --Michael D. Shear

Posted on June 12, 2008 at 03:54 PM ET | Comments (305)

Rezko Convicted of Influence Peddling

Antoin Rezko, a longtime backer of Sen. Barack Obama, was found guilty by a federal jury today in Chicago. --Peter Slevin

Posted on June 4, 2008 at 04:53 PM ET | Comments (88)

Rezko Trial Opens in Chicago

By Kari Lydersen CHICAGO -- An eighth grade teacher, a guitar-playing MBA student who doesnÂ’'t...

Posted on March 3, 2008 at 06:13 PM ET | Comments (0)


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