44: The Obama Presidency


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Hill Transition

Specter To Switch Parties

Updated By Chris Cillizza Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter will switch his party affiliation from Republican...

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 12:01 PM ET | Comments (9)

Clyburn Pooh-Poohs Bipartisanship

Already facing strong GOP opposition to some of his policy ideas, President Obama may face another challenge to bringing about a new era of bipartisanship in Washington: Congressional Democrats.

Posted on January 23, 2009 at 03:49 PM ET | Comments (75)

Clinton Nomination Vote Delayed

The Senate delayed a vote on Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's nomination to become secretary of state after a Republican lawmaker objected to a planned voice vote today.

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 03:09 PM ET | Comments (11)

Obama to Address House Republican Conference

House Republicans have invited President-elect Barack Obama to speak before the entire GOP conference, hoping to set a different tone to the partisan wars of the last two years in which congressional Democrats battled President Bush.

Posted on January 12, 2009 at 12:07 PM ET | Comments (40)

Obama Softens Stance on Burris

By Anne E. Kornblut President-elect Barack Obama said on Wednesday he would accept Roland Burris...

Posted on January 7, 2009 at 11:22 AM ET | Comments (17)

Battle for Rahm's Seat Heats Up as Geoghegan Tosses Hat in the Ring

Geoghegan joins a crowded, colorful and well-connected field of up to 20 potential candidates with only eight weeks to go until the March 3 special election primary.

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 07:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

Biden: Not Notifying Top Sens. on Panetta Choice a 'Mistake'

Vice-president-elect Joseph Biden admitted today the Obama transition team made a "mistake" in not notifying top Senate officials of the selection of Leon Panetta as director of the Central Intelligence Agency, defending the former Clinton White House chief of staff as a nominee would take the CIA on "new path."

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 02:11 PM ET | Comments (76)

Senate Rejects Burris in Spectacle at Capitol

Senate officials this morning rejected Roland Burris's effort to be seated as the successor to President-elect Barack Obama, telling the former Illinois attorney general that he lacked the requisite approval of state officials to be sworn in with the rest of the class of 2008 in today's launch of the 111th Congress.

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 11:34 AM ET | Comments (96)

Obama Heads to Capitol Hill

Late Monday morning, President-elect Barack Obama left the Hay Adams Hotel and headed to Capitol Hill. Tess Skinner, a veteran federal worker, was excited while Brenda Williams praised Jesus as the motorcade passed by. (Video by Hamil Harris.)

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 01:13 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Launches Stimulus Campaign on Hill

President-elect Barack Obama today kicked off his campaign to win approval of his economic stimulus plan, launching a series of face-to-face meetings on Capitol Hill to sell a plan that will now likely include $300 billion in tax cuts and another $500 billion, or more, in spending.

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM ET | Comments (62)

Reports: Bennet to Senate in Colorado

By Garance Franke-Ruta Colo. Gov. Bill Ritter has scheduled a news conference for Saturday afternoon...

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 05:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

Governor's Office: 'No Front-runner' for N.Y. Senate Appointment

N.Y. Gov. David Paterson hasn't made up his mind about the New York Senate seat, says an aide.

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 03:36 PM ET | Comments (7)

Obama to Meet with Congressional Leaders Monday

By Michael D. Shear President-elect Barack Obama will meet with the bipartisan leadership of Congress...

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 03:23 PM ET | Comments (8)

Senate to Open with Succession Dramas Still on Stage

With just six days till the start of the 111th Congress, the Illinois corruption scandal has complicated what was already shaping up to be an oddly dramatic start for the United States Senate.

Posted on December 31, 2008 at 04:19 PM ET | Comments (15)

Obama and McCain Hold Photo Op and Issue Joint Statement on Meeting

President-elect Barack Obama and Sen John McCain (R-Ariz.) smile during their meeting at Obama's transition...

Posted on November 17, 2008 at 02:41 PM ET | Comments (20)


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