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Obama makes news on surprising front

With all the issues on President Obama's plate recently -- implementing the health-care bill, passing financial regulatory reform, filling a Supreme Court seat and changing the nation's nuclear policy -- gay rights seemed an unlikely subject to lead the news coming from the White House Thursday. But that's what happened.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 16, 2010; 8:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Obama's foreign policy a work in progress

Since President Obama was elected, only a fraction of the ink expended writing about his tenure has focused on foreign policy, with a much larger share going to health-care reform and Obama's efforts to pull the economy out of recession.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 14, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Obama juggles summit and short lists

As the president wheels and deals on nuclear policy with dozens of world leaders at the Washington convention center, administration aides are back at the White House leaking a "short list" of Supreme Court candidates that may or may not accurately reflect the real universe of potential candidates.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 13, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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No surprises yet ahead of Supreme Court fight

It's been close to 72 hours since John Paul Stevens announced his plans to retire from the Supreme Court. What have we learned? That a partisan fight is likely, but a filibuster isn't, and that President Obama's shortlist doesn't so far contain any surprises.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 12, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Divided GOP unites in New Orleans against Obama

Divided over Michael Steele and undecided on a 2012 frontrunner, Republicans are nonetheless united this week in New Orleans on the failings of President Obama and the importance of ousting him in two years.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 9, 2010; 8:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Obama returns to Prague with narrower goals

A year ago, President Obama vowed in Prague "to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons." On Thursday, a president who has grown accustomed to settling for compromises returned to the Central European capital to ink an arms control agreement that would move the world only a small step toward his stated goal.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 8, 2010; 8:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Democrats' happy Monday, Ben Pershing , February 23, 2010
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Obama's budget illustrates dire fiscal straits, Ben Pershing , February 2, 2010
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Obama's lengthy to-do list, Ben Pershing , January 27, 2010
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Change comes to embattled White House, Ben Pershing , January 25, 2010
Options narrowing for reform, Ben Pershing , January 22, 2010
White House sends muddled message on reform, Ben Pershing , January 21, 2010
Democrats look to regroup, cast blame, Ben Pershing , January 20, 2010
On eve of anniversary, Obama's agenda at stake, Ben Pershing , January 19, 2010
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Obama finally plunges into health-care talks, Ben Pershing , January 14, 2010
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Harry Reid's worrisome weekend, Ben Pershing , January 11, 2010
Dust still settling from Democrats' departures, Ben Pershing , January 7, 2010
Democratic retirements point to GOP momentum, Ben Pershing , January 6, 2010
Obama looks for 'do-over' on terror response, Ben Pershing , January 5, 2010
Reform passage likely 24 hours away, Ben Pershing , December 23, 2009
Senate inching closer to reform passage, Ben Pershing , December 22, 2009
Reform takes 'a giant step' forward, Ben Pershing , December 21, 2009
Obama turns up heat at climate talks, Ben Pershing , December 18, 2009
For reform, Christmas Eve or bust?, Ben Pershing , December 17, 2009
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Reform debate reaches crucial stage, Ben Pershing , December 14, 2009
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War and peace in Oslo, Ben Pershing , December 10, 2009
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Trial of the century heads to N.Y., Ben Pershing , November 13, 2009
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Obama weighs in on abortion -- carefully, Ben Pershing , November 10, 2009
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Texas attack reverberates in D.C., Ben Pershing , November 6, 2009
Tuesday's message to incumbents, Ben Pershing , November 5, 2009
Does two make a trend?, Ben Pershing , November 4, 2009
Election predictions rolling in, Ben Pershing , November 3, 2009
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Health reform inches closer to endgame, Ben Pershing , October 30, 2009
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Reading Harry Reid, Ben Pershing , October 27, 2009
Obama's 'trigger' stance irks the Hill, Ben Pershing , October 26, 2009
Public option: Back from the dead?, Ben Pershing , October 23, 2009
Obama vs. the powerful forces, Ben Pershing , October 22, 2009
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Courting Seniors, Cont'd, Ben Pershing , October 15, 2009
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On Every Major Issue, D.C. Divided, Ben Pershing , October 5, 2009
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At Long Last, Baucus Bill Due Wednesday, Ben Pershing , September 16, 2009
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Democrats Happy to See August End, Ben Pershing , August 31, 2009
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Reform Debate Looks Stuck Until Sept., Ben Pershing , August 21, 2009
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Reform Debate Shifts to Protesters' Tactics, Ben Pershing , August 5, 2009
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Sanford Hopes to Wait Out Critics, Media, Ben Pershing , June 26, 2009
The Morning After, More Questions for Sanford, Ben Pershing , June 25, 2009
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Obama Defends Iran Stance -- Quietly, Ben Pershing , June 22, 2009
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WH: Financial Overhaul Plan Is Cautious, Ben Pershing , June 17, 2009
Health Care Consensus Elusive So Far, Ben Pershing , June 16, 2009
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Health Care Fight Divides Democrats, Ben Pershing , June 11, 2009
Obama's Recovery Plans Hit Hurdles, Ben Pershing , June 9, 2009
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Is Sotomayor Fight Over Before it Begins?, Ben Pershing , May 27, 2009
N. Korea Gives Obama a Holiday Test, Ben Pershing , May 26, 2009
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The Politics of Humor, Washington Post editors , May 11, 2009
Do Republicans Really Need a Leader?, Ben Pershing , May 8, 2009
Bank Stress Tests: Good News for Obama?, Ben Pershing , May 7, 2009
Lots of Court Speculation, but No Pick Yet, Ben Pershing , May 6, 2009
The Return of Hillary Clinton?, Ben Pershing , April 23, 2009
As 100-Day Mark Nears, Comparisons Begin, Ben Pershing , April 21, 2009
Managing the Obama Family Message, Ben Pershing , April 20, 2009
Obama, Congress Return to Funding Fights, Ben Pershing , April 20, 2009
Obama's Cuba Shift Shows Confidence, Ben Pershing , April 14, 2009
On Pirates, Puppies and the Presidency, Ben Pershing , April 13, 2009
On Economy, Obama Walks a Fine Line, Ben Pershing , April 10, 2009
Obama Returns Home to a Full Plate, Ben Pershing , April 9, 2009
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What We Learned on Obama's Spring Break, Ben Pershing , April 7, 2009
Obama's Task Tougher at Second Summit, Ben Pershing , April 3, 2009
Obama Courts G-20 With Star Power, iPod, Ben Pershing , April 2, 2009
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Auto Plan a Balancing Act for Obama, Ben Pershing , March 30, 2009
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Battle Lines Blurred in Budget Fight, Ben Pershing , March 26, 2009
Presser Yields Little News, Mixed Reviews, Ben Pershing , March 25, 2009
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A New Week, A New Economic Plan to Sell, Ben Pershing , March 23, 2009
AIG Bonuses Light a Fire Under Congress, Paul Volpe , March 19, 2009
AIG Ruins Obama's St. Patrick's Day, Ben Pershing , March 17, 2009
What's Not Happening Today, Ben Pershing , March 13, 2009
How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Ben Pershing , March 12, 2009
Fifty Days In, Obama Jury Still Out, Ben Pershing , March 10, 2009
Partisan Fights Ahead on Stem Cells, Omnibus, Ben Pershing , March 9, 2009
Obama, Pelosi Still Finding Their Way, Ben Pershing , March 3, 2009
A Cloudy Forecast for Health Care Reform, Ben Pershing , March 2, 2009
Budget Plan Adds to Avalanche of News, Ben Pershing , February 26, 2009
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On Budget, a Split Personality for Obama, Ben Pershing , February 23, 2009
Obama's Foreign Entanglements, Ben Pershing , February 20, 2009
With Problems Piling up, Obama Heads North, Ben Pershing , February 19, 2009
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Obama's Inheritance From Bush -- Headaches, Ben Pershing , February 17, 2009
Obama's No Good, Very Bad Day, Ben Pershing , February 13, 2009
Axelrod Admits 'Bumpy' Start for Bailout, Ben Pershing , February 12, 2009
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Neither Side Budging on Stimulus, Ben Pershing , February 10, 2009
The (New) Committee to Save the World, Ben Pershing , February 9, 2009
Obama Sharpens Tone on Stimulus, Ben Pershing , February 6, 2009
Obama Fights for Stimulus on Multiple Fronts, Ben Pershing , February 5, 2009
Obama and the 'Hypocrisy' Charge, Ben Pershing , February 4, 2009
Plouffe's List and Selling the Stimulus, Ben Pershing , February 3, 2009
Cabinet Game Gets Interesting at the End, Ben Pershing , February 2, 2009
Obama, the Stimulus and the Permanent Campaign, Ben Pershing , January 30, 2009
Obama, Hill Democrats Diverge on Stimulus, Ben Pershing , January 29, 2009
Why Obama Didn't Win Over the GOP, Ben Pershing , January 28, 2009
Biden's Role Still Unclear, Ben Pershing , January 27, 2009
An End to Senate Appointments?, Ben Pershing , January 26, 2009
The Curious Case of Caroline and Kirsten, Ben Pershing , January 23, 2009
GOP Still Finding Its Way, Ben Pershing , January 22, 2009
That Was Fun. What's Next?, Ben Pershing , January 21, 2009
Reading Inauguration Day, Paul Volpe , January 20, 2009
Obama Looks Ahead, Paul Volpe , January 19, 2009
It's Never Too Early To Name a Commission, Ben Pershing , January 16, 2009
Obama's Balancing Act, Ben Pershing , January 15, 2009
More Bumps on the Cabinet Road, Ben Pershing , January 14, 2009
GOP Sees Opportunity in Bailout Bill, Ben Pershing , January 13, 2009
Rocky Week Ahead for Holder, Ben Pershing , January 12, 2009
Predictable Fault Lines Appear on Stimulus, Ben Pershing , January 9, 2009
A Warning From Obama, and Hope for Burris, Ben Pershing , January 8, 2009
Obama's Message of Gloom, Ben Pershing , January 7, 2009
Obama's Cabinet: Careful or Careless?, Ben Pershing , January 6, 2009
The Obamas' First Day of School, Ben Pershing , January 5, 2009
A (Strange) New Year Begins, Ben Pershing , January 2, 2009
Stimulus Will Test Remaining GOP Clout, Ben Pershing , December 30, 2008
At Home and Abroad, a Tough Road Ahead for Obama, Ben Pershing , December 29, 2008
Obama Gets Benefit of the Doubt (for Now), Ben Pershing , December 24, 2008
All Clintons, All the Time, Ben Pershing , December 23, 2008
Nothing to See Here, Move Along, Ben Pershing , December 22, 2008
'Catastrophes' for Past and Future Presidents, Ben Pershing , December 19, 2008
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Cabinet Guessing Game Nearing an End, Ben Pershing , December 17, 2008
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Trading Blame After Bailout Collapses, Ben Pershing , December 12, 2008
Illinois-Style Political Corruption, Eric Pianin , December 10, 2008
An Auto Industry Czar in the Offing, Eric Pianin , December 9, 2008
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An Auto Industry Stalemate, Courtesy of The Decider, Web Politics Editor , December 5, 2008
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Democratic Senate Supermajority Stays Out of Reach, Web Politics Editor , December 3, 2008
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Obama's Transition Defying Expectations, Web Politics Editor , November 20, 2008
Clinton Weighing Her Options, Web Politics Editor , November 19, 2008
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Republican Governors Head South, Web Politics Editor , November 12, 2008
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