44: The Obama Presidency


Dan Balz's Take


On the Issues

Palin Takes on Obama Over Will to Win Wars

By Juliet Eilperin CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin loves making...

Posted on October 30, 2008 at 03:46 PM ET | Comments (49)

Candidates React: Remembering 9/11

Candidates makes statements on the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

Posted on September 11, 2008 at 09:48 AM ET | Comments (33)

Congress and New Political Minefields

Lawmakers return to the Capitol next week for a quick session in which they and presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain will face political traps and minefields.

Posted on September 5, 2008 at 03:55 PM ET | Comments (13)

Obama Rounds Out His Tax Plan

Obama said he would set the tax rates paid on most dividends and capital gains at 20 percent, substantially below where they stood during most of President Clinton's presidency and lower than most Republicans expected.

Posted on August 14, 2008 at 03:22 PM ET | Comments (48)

Conservative Dems Hail Party Platform's New Abortion Plank

By Alec MacGillis Barack Obama, meet Ellen Page. Left-leaning opponents of abortion rights are hailing...

Posted on August 13, 2008 at 12:27 AM ET | Comments (66)

Obama Opens the Door to Offshore Drilling

Obama suggested he could accept, under certain conditions, an expansion of offshore oil drilling.

Posted on August 1, 2008 at 07:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Opens the Door on Social Security, Again

While Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pledged Wednesday morning that he would not raise taxes as president, by Wednesday afternoon he left open a little wiggle room.

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 08:37 PM ET | Comments (27)

What Obama Electricity Tax?

Both McCain and Obama would make electricity derived from fossil fuels more expensive.

Posted on July 30, 2008 at 06:32 PM ET | Comments (41)

McCain: 'I Know How to Win Wars'

Arizona senator slams Obama's judgment over Iraq and Afghanistan wars in N.M. speech.

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 12:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Delivers Address on Iraq War

Obama laid out his vision for disengaging U.S. forces from the war in Iraq.

Posted on July 15, 2008 at 10:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obama: McCain Helped Create Current Energy Woes During Washington Tenure

Obama says that McCain's energy ideas, such as a gas tax holiday and more offshore oil drilling, would do little to reduce prices at the pump.

Posted on July 11, 2008 at 02:47 PM ET | Comments (100)

Obama Assails McCain on Immigration Before Latino Audience

By Perry Bacon Jr. Sen. Barack Obama repeated his charge that his opponent Sen. John...

Posted on July 8, 2008 at 05:53 PM ET | Comments (46)

Gorbachev Decries Presidential Candidates' 'Cold War'-Style Military Spending Plans

The former Soviet leader called on U.S. presidential candidates to develop alternatives to the use of military power.

Posted on July 8, 2008 at 02:32 PM ET | Comments (63)

McCain Responds to Maliki's Call for an Iraq Withdrawal Timetable

By Michael D. Shear Sen. John McCain, who has repeatedly derided anyone who advocated a...

Posted on July 8, 2008 at 01:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

McCain Renews Balanced Budget Pledge

Sen. John McCain pledged today to balance the federal budget by 2013.

Posted on July 7, 2008 at 03:10 PM ET | Comments (43)

Obama Softens on Iraq Withdrawal Timeline

Obama says military commanders, Iraq stability and troop safety will guide pace of withdrawal.

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 02:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Opposes Gay Marriage Ban

Barack Obama is opposing a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in California, taking a liberal stand on an issue in the midst of moving to the middle on several others in recent weeks.

Posted on July 2, 2008 at 03:49 PM ET | Comments (94)

McCain Touts 'Clean' Coal and Nuclear Power

By Perry Bacon Jr. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Continuing his emphasis on energy issues, Sen. John...

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 06:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Convenes National Security Working Group

By Anne E. Kornblut As Sen. Barack Obama convened the first meeting of his new...

Posted on June 18, 2008 at 02:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Terrorism Takes Center Stage as Obama Responds to McCain Camp's Charges

Obama campaign clashes with McCain on how to handle terrorism. --Alec MacGillis

Posted on June 17, 2008 at 02:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama Highlights Rising Energy Costs

Updated 2:00 p.m. By Glenn Kessler WAYNE, Penn. -- Sen. Barack Obama today highlighted the...

Posted on June 14, 2008 at 12:51 PM ET | Comments (45)

Obama Defines Social Security 'Doughnut' Plan

Sen. Barack Obama today plans to discuss his plan for a Social Security tax hike on people making more than $250,000 a year. --Glenn Kessler

Posted on June 13, 2008 at 11:14 AM ET | Comments (291)

McCain's Tax Plan Aids Wealthy, Says Group

A detailed analysis of the candidates' tax plans confirms one of Barack Obama's top arguments against John McCain: the Arizona senator's proposals would offer substantial benefits to wealthy Americans. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on June 12, 2008 at 11:10 AM ET | Comments (17)

Obama Returns to a More Traditional Mode of Campaigning

Obama has returned to a more traditional campaigning style as he drills down on policy issues. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on June 11, 2008 at 01:23 PM ET | Comments (42)

Obama Launches National Tour

Sen. Barack Obama touted his proposals to improve the economy and blasted his rival's ideas in a speech touting his core message for November. --Perry Bacon Jr.

Posted on June 9, 2008 at 02:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Next Year in Jerusalem

By Glenn Kessler On the day when Sen. Barack Obama pledged -- like most presidential...

Posted on June 4, 2008 at 06:44 PM ET | Comments (7)

Obama's Coal Stance, in Kentucky and Beyond

The Four Corners Power Plant near Fruitland, N.M., is seen on March 10, 2008. Four...

Posted on May 20, 2008 at 08:10 PM ET | Comments (13)

Debate Probed Policy, Too

A review of the issues covered at the 21st -- and likely final -- Democratic presidential primary debate. --Perry bacon Jr.

Posted on April 18, 2008 at 08:08 PM ET | Comments (49)


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