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Another controversial trip for Obama

By Ben Pershing Though his term in the White House has been relatively short, President...

Posted on November 16, 2009 at 08:31 AM ET | Comments (4)

Trial of the century heads to N.Y.

By Ben Pershing We're only 10 years into the 21st century, so it's safe to...

Posted on November 13, 2009 at 08:28 AM ET | Comments (5)

Troop decision remains stuck in neutral

By Ben Pershing Just as it appeared President Obama might be on the verge of...

Posted on November 12, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Is America 'in a funk'?

By Ben Pershing The unemployment rate remains over 10 percent, the way forward in Afghanistan...

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 08:28 AM ET | Comments (10)

Obama weighs in on abortion -- carefully

By Ben Pershing Liberals spent a good portion of the health-care debate complaining that President...

Posted on November 10, 2009 at 08:12 AM ET | Comments (4)

With timing uncertain, focus shifts to Senate

By Ben Pershing Believe it or not, that was the easy part. Proponents of health-care...

Posted on November 9, 2009 at 08:39 AM ET | Comments (13)

Texas attack reverberates in D.C.

By Ben Pershing The major political debates of the moment suddenly appeared small Thursday, after...

Posted on November 6, 2009 at 08:39 AM ET | Comments (5)

Tuesday's message to incumbents

By Ben Pershing It's the morning after the morning after, and already the conventional wisdom...

Posted on November 5, 2009 at 08:29 AM ET | Comments (4)

Does two make a trend?

By Ben Pershing When reporters look for patterns worthy of coverage, they usually follow a...

Posted on November 4, 2009 at 08:27 AM ET | Comments (10)

Election predictions rolling in

By Ben Pershing The polls are open this morning in upstate New York, New Jersey,...

Posted on November 3, 2009 at 08:31 AM ET | Comments (3)

Anniversary week brings key tests for Obama

By Ben Pershing A week that will include the one-year anniversary of President Obama's election...

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 08:34 AM ET | Comments (7)

Health reform inches closer to endgame

By Ben Pershing President Obama and congressional Democrats moved closer to the end of a...

Posted on October 30, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (11)

House health bill ready for its closeup

By Ben Pershing After months of closed-door negotiations and irritated lawmakers parading in and out...

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 08:26 AM ET | Comments (9)

Dangers increase as Afpak decision nears

By Ben Pershing As President Obama's decision nears on how to proceed in Afghanistan, the...

Posted on October 28, 2009 at 08:26 AM ET | Comments (2)

Reading Harry Reid

By Ben Pershing What is Harry Reid thinking? Even in normal times, it's a common...

Posted on October 27, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (9)

Obama's 'trigger' stance irks the Hill

By Ben Pershing House and Senate Democrats are, for the moment, moving in different directions...

Posted on October 26, 2009 at 08:27 AM ET | Comments (17)

Public option: Back from the dead?

By Ben Pershing Everyone loves a good comeback story. The public insurance option, the inclusion...

Posted on October 23, 2009 at 08:18 AM ET | Comments (6)

Obama vs. the powerful forces

By Ben Pershing In his 2000 campaign, Al Gore famously railed against "powerful forces and...

Posted on October 22, 2009 at 08:28 AM ET | Comments (6)

In DC and Kabul, uncertainty reigns

By Ben Pershing The Afghanistan war has become plagued by uncertainty both on the ground...

Posted on October 21, 2009 at 08:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Is the Worst Over for Obama?

By Ben Pershing It's increasingly possible that we will look back and see that August...

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (13)

Bonuses Return as Political Issue

By Ben Pershing Remember those innocent days of spring -- before the health-care reform debate...

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 08:14 AM ET | Comments (5)

Reform Backers Get Good News

By Ben Pershing Two of the drivers of health-care reform in the House and Senate...

Posted on October 16, 2009 at 08:27 AM ET | Comments (5)

Courting Seniors, Cont'd

By Ben Pershing For all the change President Obama said he would bring to Washington,...

Posted on October 15, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (3)

After Finance Vote, 'Now Comes the Hard Part'

By Ben Pershing In a health-care debate that has often been as fast-paced and only...

Posted on October 14, 2009 at 08:22 AM ET | Comments (4)

Long Fight Ahead After Finance Vote

By Ben Pershing The Senate Finance Committee's stint in the driver's seat of the health-care...

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 08:23 AM ET | Comments (8)

Insurance Industry Opens Fire on Reform

By Ben Pershing President Obama's efforts to bring various stakeholders on board the health-care reform...

Posted on October 12, 2009 at 08:31 AM ET | Comments (11)

Obama Gets a Sur-Prize

By Ben Pershing A surprise of historic proportions happened overnight, even more unexpected than the...

Posted on October 9, 2009 at 10:08 AM ET | Comments (17)

CBO Score Gives Reform a Boost

By Ben Pershing Wednesday brought a reminder that wonks bearing calculators can be hugely important...

Posted on October 8, 2009 at 08:28 AM ET | Comments (8)

Obama Eyes Middle Ground on Afghanistan

By Ben Pershing Fairly or not, President Obama has in the past been dubbed the...

Posted on October 7, 2009 at 08:27 AM ET | Comments (8)

On Afghanistan, No Good Options for Obama

By Ben Pershing Does President Obama have a good option in Afghanistan? In a week...

Posted on October 6, 2009 at 08:00 AM ET | Comments (5)

On Every Major Issue, D.C. Divided

By Ben Pershing Can't we all just agree on something? The first full week of...

Posted on October 5, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

A Good Friday for Obama?

By Ben Pershing Oct. 2 could end up being one of the Obama administration's better...

Posted on October 2, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (8)

On Afghanistan, Both Parties Wary of Obama

By Ben Pershing Just as President Obama is seeking to unify Democrats behind his health-care...

Posted on October 1, 2009 at 08:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Liberals Regroup After Public Option Defeat

By Ben Pershing An outcome that had been expected for weeks still generated a good...

Posted on September 30, 2009 at 08:27 AM ET | Comments (15)

Public Option Debate Moves to Forefront

By Ben Pershing Congress will bear down this week on two of the most vexing...

Posted on September 29, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (16)

Iran, Afghanistan Crises Test Obama

By Ben Pershing Thorny problems in Iran and Afghanistan are testing President Obama's ability to...

Posted on September 28, 2009 at 08:34 AM ET | Comments (6)

At Summit, Iran Overshadows Economic Plans

By Ben Pershing Friday's storyline in Pittsburgh was supposed to be all about the economy,...

Posted on September 25, 2009 at 08:18 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Gets Mixed Reviews on World Stage

By Ben Pershing President Obama has now crossed the midpoint of a week dominated by...

Posted on September 24, 2009 at 08:31 AM ET | Comments (9)

A Rebound for Obama?

By Ben Pershing Is President Obama on the rebound? Events from the last 24 hours...

Posted on September 23, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (7)

Prognosis for Reform Improves

By Ben Pershing The Senate Finance Committee begins its slog through the chairman's health-care bill...

Posted on September 22, 2009 at 11:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

For Obama, Five Appearances and Two Pressing Challenges

By Ben Pershing President Obama spent the bulk of his five television appearances Sunday parrying...

Posted on September 21, 2009 at 08:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Reignites 25-Year-Old Debate

By Ben Pershing President Obama won decisively in November by promising a firm break from...

Posted on September 18, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (8)

A True Compromise, for Better or Worse

By Ben Pershing At some point in the last few months, Max Baucus apparently decided...

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 08:27 AM ET | Comments (7)

At Long Last, Baucus Bill Due Wednesday

By Ben Pershing If Budget Day on Capitol Hill is like Christmas for policy wonks,...

Posted on September 16, 2009 at 08:13 AM ET | Comments (8)

Baucus Plan Draws Fire From all Sides

By Ben Pershing Speaking on 60 Minutes Sunday night, President Obama recalled an adviser telling...

Posted on September 15, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (11)

For a Day, Obama Shifts Focus to Wall Street

By Ben Pershing Amid the current intense focus on the need for health-care reform, it's...

Posted on September 14, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Reform Effort Still Bedeviled by Details

By Ben Pershing For one night, speaking Wednesday before a rapt and (mostly) captive audience,...

Posted on September 11, 2009 at 08:48 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Earns Praise, but Debate Unchanged

By Ben Pershing The biggest day so far of President Obama's tenure is over, giving...

Posted on September 10, 2009 at 10:12 AM ET | Comments (1)

On Obama's Big Day, Advice Abounds

By Ben Pershing Is the 233rd day of Barack Obama's presidency the most important one...

Posted on September 9, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

Can Health Address Cure What Ails Obama?

By Ben Pershing The president who essentially made his political career with a few well-delivered...

Posted on September 8, 2009 at 08:18 AM ET | Comments (4)

Economy, Stimulus Drive 2010 Outlook

By Ben Pershing For all the current focus on health-care reform, it may just be...

Posted on September 4, 2009 at 08:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

Health-Care Speech Set, Details to Come

By Ben Pershing What was only theoretical yesterday morning is reality today, as President Obama...

Posted on September 3, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (9)

Obama's 'New' Strategy on Health Care

By Ben Pershing Before this year's health-care debate began, President Obama made an important decision...

Posted on September 2, 2009 at 10:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

New Month Brings New Focus on Afghanistan

By Ben Pershing The calendar this morning brings a new month, and a renewed focus...

Posted on September 1, 2009 at 08:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

Democrats Happy to See August End

By Ben Pershing Today begins the final week before Congress returns to session, but the...

Posted on August 31, 2009 at 09:06 AM ET | Comments (2)

Mourning Process and Succession Debate Move Forward

By Ben Pershing The mourning of Edward Kennedy continues today, as official remembrances mix with...

Posted on August 28, 2009 at 11:38 AM ET | Comments (3)

After Mourning, Debates on Succession and Health Care

By Ben Pershing Having been awakened by the news of Edward Kennedy's death Tuesday night,...

Posted on August 27, 2009 at 08:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

In Life and Politics, Kennedy Played Multiple Roles

By Ben Pershing With Afghanistan deteriorating, the deficit growing, the CIA under fire and a...

Posted on August 26, 2009 at 09:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

'Newsless' Vacation Yields Controversies

By Ben Pershing As President Obama's "vacation" began Sunday, his spokesman reassured the traveling press...

Posted on August 25, 2009 at 08:14 AM ET | Comments (4)

Bush-Era Controversies Follow Obama

By Ben Pershing President Obama may be on vacation this week but he'll get no...

Posted on August 24, 2009 at 08:03 AM ET | Comments (8)

Reform Debate Looks Stuck Until Sept.

By Ben Pershing As an unusually eventful August inches toward its end, a health-care debate...

Posted on August 21, 2009 at 08:38 AM ET | Comments (8)

How Reform Bill(s) Could Become Law

By Ben Pershing If yesterday's health-care narrative was all about message, today's is focused on...

Posted on August 20, 2009 at 08:36 AM ET | Comments (4)

Fixing Obama's Message Problem

By Ben Pershing How bad is President Obama's health-care message problem, and can it be...

Posted on August 19, 2009 at 08:33 AM ET | Comments (9)

Path to Reform Passage Looks Clearer

By Ben Pershing The White House continued to insist Monday that "nothing has changed" in...

Posted on August 18, 2009 at 08:35 AM ET | Comments (22)

Shift on Public Option Changes Terms of Health Debate

By Ben Pershing So far in August, coverage of the health-care fight has focused mostly...

Posted on August 17, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (9)

After 200 Days, a Mixed Record for Obama

By Ben Pershing Barack Obama has now been president for 200 days, which means --...

Posted on August 7, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (17)

Obama Looks for Pre-Recess Win on Health Care

By Ben Pershing Will President Obama get an important symbolic victory before the Senate leaves...

Posted on August 6, 2009 at 08:32 AM ET | Comments (22)

Reform Debate Shifts to Protesters' Tactics

By Ben Pershing Just as the White House is increasing its focus on Web-based grass-roots...

Posted on August 5, 2009 at 08:24 AM ET | Comments (9)

With N. Korea Trip, Bill Clinton's Role Evolves

Updated 10:05 a.m. By Ben Pershing Remember when Bill Clinton was seen as a potential...

Posted on August 4, 2009 at 08:22 AM ET | Comments (6)

Battle Lines Drawn for Recess Fight

By Ben Pershing The Senate doesn't leave town until Friday, but the battle lines for...

Posted on August 3, 2009 at 08:32 AM ET | Comments (3)

Health Care Slows in the Senate, Inches Forward in the House

By Ben Pershing When it comes to health-care reform, the world's greatest deliberative body is...

Posted on July 31, 2009 at 08:31 AM ET | Comments (12)

For Obama, Progress on the Hill and Slippage in the Polls

By Ben Pershing In the remaining days before Congress leaves town, what would constitute victory...

Posted on July 30, 2009 at 08:24 AM ET | Comments (3)

Liberal Discontent Grows on Health Care

By Ben Pershing For President Obama and his most liberal supporters, this week's health-care debate...

Posted on July 29, 2009 at 08:33 AM ET | Comments (34)

With Sotomayor Vote, Parties Position for 2010

By Ben Pershing The largely newsless confirmation saga of Sonia Sotomayor will make news today,...

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

House Now Ground Zero in Health-Care Fight

By Ben Pershing Most times, regardless of which party is in control of Congress, the...

Posted on July 27, 2009 at 08:28 AM ET | Comments (12)

Why Delay May Help Health-Care Reform

By Ben Pershing A big setback for President Obama. That's how Thursday's lead story --...

Posted on July 24, 2009 at 08:24 AM ET | Comments (8)

On Health Care, Obama Tries to Make Policies Personal

By Ben Pershing At President Obama's fourth primetime press conference Wednesday night, Tom Shales writes,...

Posted on July 23, 2009 at 08:35 AM ET | Comments (5)

Health-Care Deadline a Double-Edged Sword for Obama

The White House's insistence on a health-care deadline has helped fuel the current, widespread storyline that the reform effort is struggling.

Posted on July 22, 2009 at 08:23 AM ET | Comments (16)

Health Care Fight Marks the Start of 2010 Campaign

By Ben Pershing The 2010 campaign began in earnest Monday, and with it the fight...

Posted on July 21, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (16)

Reform Effort Puts Obama Back on the Trail

By Ben Pershing President Obama's poll numbers have been dropping almost since the day he...

Posted on July 20, 2009 at 08:24 AM ET | Comments (4)

Sotomayor Hearings End With Few Lessons Learned

By Ben Pershing The confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination are over, and...

Posted on July 17, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Social Issues Dominate Sotomayor Hearings

By Ben Pershing During the 2008 presidential campaign, so-called "social issues" were mostly overshadowed by...

Posted on July 16, 2009 at 08:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

Quietly, Health Care Debate Enters Crucial New Phase

By Ben Pershing Quick quiz, what was the most important thing that happened in Washington...

Posted on July 15, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (7)

Sotomayor and the Search for Bipartisanship

By Ben Pershing Nineteen members of the Senate Judiciary Committee spoke on the first day...

Posted on July 14, 2009 at 08:16 AM ET | Comments (8)

Little Drama Expected at Sotomayor Hearings

By Ben Pershing The final weekend before the start of today's Senate Judiciary Committee session...

Posted on July 13, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (2)

Is Health-Care Reform Inevitable?

By Ben Pershing Is health-care reform inevitable? That question has come to the fore in...

Posted on July 10, 2009 at 08:37 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama's Honeymoon Is Over, Cont'd

By Ben Pershing Since the day President Obama was sworn into office riding a wave...

Posted on July 9, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Helps Aides With Damage Control

By Ben Pershing In the midst of a major international trip, with the economy still...

Posted on July 8, 2009 at 08:31 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Continues Cautious Rebuilding of U.S.-Russia Relations

By Ben Pershing If you can tear yourself away from "The Michael Jackson Memorial Orgy...

Posted on July 7, 2009 at 08:41 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama Launches New Afghanistan Strategy

By Ben Pershing For all the recent focus on the troop pullback in Iraq and...

Posted on July 2, 2009 at 08:26 AM ET | Comments (3)

What Franken's Win Does and Doesn't Mean

By Ben Pershing The 2008 election began 545 days ago with the Iowa caucus, and...

Posted on July 1, 2009 at 08:28 AM ET | Comments (12)

On Foreign Policy, Obama Treads Carefully

By Ben Pershing President Obama came to office promising bold change on a variety of...

Posted on June 30, 2009 at 09:07 AM ET | Comments (4)

Five Months in, Clinton's Role Mostly a Mystery

By Ben Pershing President Obama's selection of Hillary Clinton to serve as his Secretary of...

Posted on June 29, 2009 at 08:35 AM ET | Comments (3)

Sanford Hopes to Wait Out Critics, Media

By Ben Pershing The first and best strategy for any politician seeking to survive a...

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 08:33 AM ET | Comments (3)

The Morning After, More Questions for Sanford

By Ben Pershing We are all witnesses now. What began as a relatively routine Wednesday...

Posted on June 25, 2009 at 08:38 AM ET | Comments (6)

On Iran, Obama Changes Tone, Not Strategy

By Ben Pershing President Obama called his press conference yesterday for a reason, and the...

Posted on June 24, 2009 at 08:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

Is Rahm Emanuel a Micromanager?

By Ben Pershing Is Rahm Emanuel a micromanager? For your consideration, three stories: Story No....

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 04:11 PM ET | Comments (7)

With Presser, Obama Looks to Play Offense

By Ben Pershing President Obama is in unfamiliar territory. The headlines are mostly bad and...

Posted on June 23, 2009 at 08:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Defends Iran Stance -- Quietly

By Ben Pershing President Obama has already made clear that his strategy in dealing with...

Posted on June 22, 2009 at 08:35 AM ET | Comments (15)

As Obstacles Abound, Obama Dismisses 'Cynicism'

By Ben Pershing President Obama's collision with reality continues apace today, as his signature initiatives...

Posted on June 19, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (7)

Is 'Smooth Sailing' Over for Obama?

By Ben Pershing President Obama's No. 1 priority for his first term, health care reform,...

Posted on June 18, 2009 at 08:31 AM ET | Comments (20)

WH: Financial Overhaul Plan Is Cautious

By Ben Pershing President Obama this afternoon will lay out a proposal for an ambitious,...

Posted on June 17, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (8)

Health Care Consensus Elusive So Far

By Ben Pershing There are only 47 days left until Congress' August recess is scheduled...

Posted on June 16, 2009 at 08:26 AM ET | Comments (5)

Will the Deficit Matter in 2010?

By Ben Pershing Politicians have lost elections for raising taxes. They've lost for slashing spending....

Posted on June 15, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Problems Obama Inherited Now Becoming His Own

Checking in with the news of the day: Stories from the New York Times, Washington Post, Gallup, Politico and the Associated Press.

Posted on June 12, 2009 at 08:27 AM ET | Comments (26)

Health Care Fight Divides Democrats

By Ben Pershing The traditional narrative for any big Washington policy fight is typically Democrats...

Posted on June 11, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

In Va. Primary, Message and Momentum Trumped Money

By Ben Pershing Well that wasn't close at all, was it? After a grueling but...

Posted on June 10, 2009 at 08:27 AM ET | Comments (10)

Obama's Recovery Plans Hit Hurdles

By Ben Pershing Two key tenets of President Obama's economic recovery plan have hit obstacles...

Posted on June 9, 2009 at 08:23 AM ET | Comments (11)

At Home and Abroad, Obama Pledges a More Active Problem-Solving Role

By Ben Pershing Having already laid out a historically large first-year agenda that calls for...

Posted on June 8, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Trip Offers Audacity and 'Hope,' But Will It Bring Action?

By Ben Pershing Yesterday around this time, President Obama was delivering an historic speech to...

Posted on June 5, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (6)

After 'Sweeping' Speech in Cairo, Reactions All Over the Map

By Ben Pershing Before much of Washington was even awake this morning, President Obama had...

Posted on June 4, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

As Obama Begins Mideast Trip, Focus Is on Israel

By Ben Pershing President Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia minutes ago, and as he begins...

Posted on June 3, 2009 at 08:21 AM ET | Comments (11)

Early Reviews of Obama's GM 'Gamble' Don't Look Good

By Ben Pershing Scan the coverage today of GM's bankruptcy and you'll see a wide...

Posted on June 2, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (12)

Jarrett: Sotomayor's Background Made Her 'Perfect Choice' for Court

By Ben Pershing How much did President Obama take Sonia Sotomayor's background into account before...

Posted on June 1, 2009 at 08:16 AM ET | Comments (3)

In Supreme Court Fight, Code Words Abound

By Ben Pershing Supreme Court campaigns are unlike most others in politics, in that nominees...

Posted on May 29, 2009 at 08:10 AM ET | Comments (9)

Sotomayor's Views on Abortion, Gun Rights Come Under the Microscope

By Ben Pershing The main storyline of Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination -- whether she'll...

Posted on May 28, 2009 at 08:16 AM ET | Comments (9)

Is Sotomayor Fight Over Before it Begins?

By Ben Pershing Is Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the Supreme Court a foregone conclusion? Consider:...

Posted on May 27, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (10)

N. Korea Gives Obama a Holiday Test

By Ben Pershing We'll never know whether North Korea consulted the American holiday calendar before...

Posted on May 26, 2009 at 08:21 AM ET | Comments (6)

What Crist Means

By Chris Cillizza Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is set to announce his Senate candidacy today,...

Posted on May 12, 2009 at 09:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Politics of Humor

By Chris Cillizza In politics, as in life, there is a fine line between stupid...

Posted on May 11, 2009 at 10:58 AM ET | Comments (7)

Do Republicans Really Need a Leader?

By Ben Pershing Six months after Republicans lost control of the White House and slipped...

Posted on May 8, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (16)

Bank Stress Tests: Good News for Obama?

By Ben Pershing Raise your hand if you understand the meaning of the bank stress...

Posted on May 7, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Lots of Court Speculation, but No Pick Yet

By Ben Pershing Attention, Supreme Court junkies: President Obama is not expected to name a...

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (2)

At White House and on the Hill, a Growing Focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Ben Pershing Two weeks ago, David Obey warned that the war in Afghanistan might...

Posted on May 5, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

After Swine Flu, Specter and Souter, What's Next?

By Ben Pershing President Obama's ability to multitask will again be on display this week,...

Posted on May 4, 2009 at 08:31 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama, Washington Gear Up for a Fresh Supreme Court Fight

By Ben Pershing On the 100th day of his term, President Obama averred that he...

Posted on May 1, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (6)

Lots of Headlines, Little News at Obama Presser

By Ben Pershing What was the headline from President Obama's 100th-day press conference? Depends on...

Posted on April 30, 2009 at 08:34 AM ET | Comments (1)

At 100-Day Mark, Obama Report Cards Mostly Positive

By Ben Pershing On the 98th day of President Obama's term, it looked as though...

Posted on April 29, 2009 at 08:35 AM ET | Comments (6)

For Obama so far, Swine Flu a Health Crisis, Not a Political Crisis

By Ben Pershing Often, anything a president touches immediately turns to politics. So far, that...

Posted on April 28, 2009 at 08:31 AM ET | Comments (11)

Swine Flu Crisis May Overshadow 100-Day Milestone

By Ben Pershing Even for presidents, the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry. So as...

Posted on April 27, 2009 at 08:22 AM ET | Comments (12)

On Interrogation Policies, Republicans Winning the Message Fight

By Ben Pershing It's too early to know how history will judge the Bush administration's...

Posted on April 24, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (17)

The Return of Hillary Clinton?

By Ben Pershing For the first time in recent memory, Hillary Clinton was a prominent...

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 08:27 AM ET | Comments (22)

On Interrogation Policies, Obama Stuck Looking 'Backwards'

By Ben Pershing In an interview last week before his trip to Latin America, President...

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (33)

As 100-Day Mark Nears, Comparisons Begin

By Ben Pershing This afternoon, President Obama will meet with one former president and the...

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (5)

Managing the Obama Family Message

By Ben Pershing Does President Obama use news and images of his family for political...

Posted on April 20, 2009 at 04:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama, Congress Return to Funding Fights

By Ben Pershing President Obama is back in town from globetrotting, and Congress returns today...

Posted on April 20, 2009 at 08:36 AM ET | Comments (3)

On Interrogation Policies, Another Delicate Compromise From Obama

By Ben Pershing When it comes to dealing with the perceived sins or flaws in...

Posted on April 17, 2009 at 08:37 AM ET | Comments (55)

No Spring Break for Obama South of the Border

By Ben Pershing On occasion, politicians jetting overseas are accused of going on cushy "junkets."...

Posted on April 16, 2009 at 07:50 AM ET | Comments (6)

On Tax Day, Tea Parties, Free Food and Calls for Reform

By Ben Pershing It's Tax Day, and aside from the traditional "wait in line at...

Posted on April 15, 2009 at 08:21 AM ET | Comments (25)

Obama's Cuba Shift Shows Confidence

By Ben Pershing Twenty-three weeks ago today, Barack Obama won Florida, marking the first time...

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

On Pirates, Puppies and the Presidency

By Ben Pershing In the last 48 hours, the crucial story of President Obama's new...

Posted on April 13, 2009 at 08:24 AM ET | Comments (2)

On Economy, Obama Walks a Fine Line

By Ben Pershing President Obama said Thursday that he saw "good news" in the housing...

Posted on April 10, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Returns Home to a Full Plate

By Ben Pershing After President Obama's much-publicized international trip and his weeks-long focus on the...

Posted on April 9, 2009 at 08:24 AM ET | Comments (11)

President Obama's Wanderlust?

By Ben Pershing If he's smart, President Obama is sleeping in this morning, having touched...

Posted on April 8, 2009 at 07:57 AM ET | Comments (17)

What We Learned on Obama's Spring Break

By Ben Pershing It's a travel day for President Obama, and unlike normal people, he...

Posted on April 7, 2009 at 08:26 AM ET | Comments (1)

At Home and Abroad, Obama's Power Has Its Limits

By Ben Pershing If the first 11 weeks of President Obama's tenure have taught us...

Posted on April 6, 2009 at 08:18 AM ET | Comments (8)

Obama's Task Tougher at Second Summit

By Ben Pershing Thursday was brought to you by the letter "B," as the budget,...

Posted on April 3, 2009 at 08:18 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Courts G-20 With Star Power, iPod

By Ben Pershing Hours before Washingtonians even woke up this morning, President Obama had already...

Posted on April 2, 2009 at 08:21 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama Looks for 'Consensus' in a Turbulent World

By Ben Pershing President Obama has already begun trying to save the U.S. financial system...

Posted on April 1, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (3)

Who's Next on Obama's Chopping Block?

By Ben Pershing Is President Obama turning into Donald Trump? Who's he going to fire...

Posted on March 31, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (10)

Auto Plan a Balancing Act for Obama

By Ben Pershing Give the White House credit for one thing this morning -- at...

Posted on March 30, 2009 at 08:22 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama Shifts Focus to Afghanistan

By Ben Pershing After a week focused almost entirely on domestic matters -- including a...

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Battle Lines Blurred in Budget Fight

By Ben Pershing When the budget fight comes to an end in the next few...

Posted on March 26, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (6)

Presser Yields Little News, Mixed Reviews

By Ben Pershing With so much going on at home and abroad, with the public...

Posted on March 25, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (5)

On Economy, Obama is Salesman in Chief

By Ben Pershing Twelve hours from now, President Obama will walk to the podium in...

Posted on March 24, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (6)

A New Week, A New Economic Plan to Sell

By Ben Pershing It's the start of a new week, and that means it's time...

Posted on March 23, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (3)

From Leno to Lettuce, Distractions Abound for Obama

By Ben Pershing Is the White House doing its level best to distract people from...

Posted on March 20, 2009 at 08:35 AM ET | Comments (30)

AIG Bonuses Light a Fire Under Congress

By Ben Pershing The AIG bonus controversy showed no signs of abating Wednesday, providing a...

Posted on March 19, 2009 at 08:14 AM ET | Comments (20)

With Obama's Plate Already Full, Is There Room for Immigration Reform?

By Ben Pershing Amid a withering attack on his administration's handling of the AIG bonus...

Posted on March 18, 2009 at 08:30 AM ET | Comments (9)

AIG Ruins Obama's St. Patrick's Day

By Ben Pershing If President Obama doesn't appear to be enjoying his green beer at...

Posted on March 17, 2009 at 08:24 AM ET | Comments (17)

As Obama Launches New Budget Campaign, Who's the Opponent?

By Ben Pershing Like an aging rocker who misses the road, President Obama is getting...

Posted on March 16, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (30)

What's Not Happening Today

By Ben Pershing So much time and energy in Washington is expended trying to guess...

Posted on March 13, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People

By Ben Pershing You can't please everyone, particularly in politics, but it's also not easy...

Posted on March 12, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (26)

Obama to Unveil Earmark Reform, Sign Earmark-Filled Omnibus

By Ben Pershing President Obama will make "an announcement about earmark reform" later this morning,...

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (25)

Fifty Days In, Obama Jury Still Out

By Ben Pershing Today is the 50th day of Barack Obama's presidency -- halfway to...

Posted on March 10, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (15)

Partisan Fights Ahead on Stem Cells, Omnibus

By Ben Pershing President Obama will please his party and anger much of the opposition...

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 08:10 AM ET | Comments (9)

On the Agenda: Health, Housing, Stock Slumps and Swing Sets

By Ben Pershing President Obama's next steps on what may be his top two domestic...

Posted on March 5, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

Foreign Policy Problems Bubbling to the Surface

By Ben Pershing After spending the first six weeks of his term focused primarily on...

Posted on March 4, 2009 at 08:05 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama, Pelosi Still Finding Their Way

By Ben Pershing On Friday, President Obama will be in Columbus, Ohio, to tout the...

Posted on March 3, 2009 at 08:10 AM ET | Comments (5)

A Cloudy Forecast for Health Care Reform

By Ben Pershing The weather outside is frightful, so it's the perfect morning to curl...

Posted on March 2, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (10)

As Obama Stands Down in Iraq, Other Problems Stand Up

By Ben Pershing President Obama will unveil today his plan to draw down troops in...

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 08:16 AM ET | Comments (0)

Budget Plan Adds to Avalanche of News

By Ben Pershing Another day, another massive, agenda-setting announcement from President Obama. Look back at...

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Earns Positive Reviews; Jindal, Not So Much

By Ben Pershing In the hours leading up to President Obama's address to a joint...

Posted on February 25, 2009 at 08:18 AM ET | Comments (30)

Is Bipartisanship Overrated?

By Ben Pershing Thirteen hours from now, President Obama will stand before a joint session...

Posted on February 24, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (7)

On Budget, a Split Personality for Obama

By Ben Pershing Is President Obama suffering from an acute case of political schizophrenia? A...

Posted on February 23, 2009 at 08:18 AM ET | Comments (4)

Obama's Foreign Entanglements

By Ben Pershing In his inaugural address, President Obama approvingly quoted George Washington. But exactly...

Posted on February 20, 2009 at 08:21 AM ET | Comments (2)

With Problems Piling up, Obama Heads North

Obama heads to Canada this morning, supposedly for meetings with government officials and not, in fact, so he can change his identity and disappear, à la Jason Bourne.

Posted on February 19, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (10)

For Obama, Stimulus May Have Been the Easy Part

By Ben Pershing President Obama signed the economic stimulus bill into law yesterday, and now...

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (7)

Obama's Inheritance From Bush -- Headaches

By Ben Pershing For all of President Obama's desire to change Washington and blaze a...

Posted on February 17, 2009 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (15)

Obama's No Good, Very Bad Day

By Ben Pershing Say this for being president -- at least it's never boring. Just...

Posted on February 13, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (16)

Axelrod Admits 'Bumpy' Start for Bailout

By Ben Pershing One (almost) down, one to go. That's President Obama's current scorecard on...

Posted on February 12, 2009 at 08:28 AM ET | Comments (7)

Markets Are Down, but Obama's Stock Is Still Up

By Ben Pershing The markets were not a fan of the bank rescue plan unveiled...

Posted on February 11, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (21)

Neither Side Budging on Stimulus

By Ben Pershing The economic stimulus bill moved forward in the Senate yesterday evening, and...

Posted on February 10, 2009 at 08:05 AM ET | Comments (4)

The (New) Committee to Save the World

By Ben Pershing Ten years ago this month, Time magazine ran an iconic cover photo...

Posted on February 9, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama Sharpens Tone on Stimulus

By Ben Pershing Since he was sworn in, President Obama has tried to walk a...

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 08:19 AM ET | Comments (17)

Obama Fights for Stimulus on Multiple Fronts

By Ben Pershing Another day, another round of calls from President Obama for bipartisan support...

Posted on February 5, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama and the 'Hypocrisy' Charge

By Ben Pershing After a convincing election win, a much-praised transition and an inauguration that...

Posted on February 4, 2009 at 08:26 AM ET | Comments (10)

Plouffe's List and Selling the Stimulus

By Ben Pershing We're now two weeks into the Obama administration, and two major storylines...

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 08:16 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cabinet Game Gets Interesting at the End

By Ben Pershing The results are in and history has been made: President Obama's Pittsburgh...

Posted on February 2, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama, the Stimulus and the Permanent Campaign

By Ben Pershing President Obama has surrounded himself with veterans of the trail and is...

Posted on January 30, 2009 at 08:22 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama, Hill Democrats Diverge on Stimulus

By Ben Pershing For all the talk of how one party controls all the levers...

Posted on January 29, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (25)

Why Obama Didn't Win Over the GOP

By Ben Pershing Let the betting begin -- how many votes will the stimulus package...

Posted on January 28, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (20)

Biden's Role Still Unclear

By Ben Pershing President Obama heads to the Hill today to talk about the economy....

Posted on January 27, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (15)

An End to Senate Appointments?

By Ben Pershing It's a bit strange to wake up on a Monday morning and...

Posted on January 26, 2009 at 08:14 AM ET | Comments (11)

The Curious Case of Caroline and Kirsten

By Ben Pershing Torture. Detainees. Gaza. Bank bailouts. These are the topics that have consumed...

Posted on January 23, 2009 at 08:11 AM ET | Comments (6)

GOP Still Finding Its Way

By Ben Pershing When you're on the tracks and a train is bearing down, there...

Posted on January 22, 2009 at 08:11 AM ET | Comments (11)

That Was Fun. What's Next?

By Ben Pershing The people came, the new president spoke, everyone cheered (though Wall Street...

Posted on January 21, 2009 at 08:21 AM ET | Comments (8)

Reading Inauguration Day

By Ben Pershing Three hundred eighty-three days after he won the Iowa Democratic Caucus, 146...

Posted on January 20, 2009 at 08:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Looks Ahead

By Ben Pershing 8 a.m. ET: The countdown to Barack Obama's Inauguration, once measured in...

Posted on January 19, 2009 at 08:02 AM ET | Comments (7)

It's Never Too Early To Name a Commission

By Ben Pershing Barack Obama has been in Washington as president-elect for only a few...

Posted on January 16, 2009 at 08:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama's Balancing Act

By Ben Pershing Which Barack Obama will predominate for the next four years? The one...

Posted on January 15, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (6)

More Bumps on the Cabinet Road

By Ben Pershing Last week, we wondered whether Barack Obama might have been a bit...

Posted on January 14, 2009 at 08:35 AM ET | Comments (2)

GOP Sees Opportunity in Bailout Bill

By Ben Pershing Ten weeks after suffering the loss of the White House and their...

Posted on January 13, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

Rocky Week Ahead for Holder

By Ben Pershing For all the talk last week of Congress standing up to Barack...

Posted on January 12, 2009 at 09:15 AM ET | Comments (15)

Predictable Fault Lines Appear on Stimulus

By Ben Pershing Is the dream dead? Just as many Washingtonians' hopes to clear a...

Posted on January 9, 2009 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Warning From Obama, and Hope for Burris

By Ben Pershing Another day, another sobering take on the future from Barack Obama. Mr....

Posted on January 8, 2009 at 08:10 AM ET | Comments (3)

Obama's Message of Gloom

By Ben Pershing For a man who got elected on a message of hope, Barack...

Posted on January 7, 2009 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama's Cabinet: Careful or Careless?

By Ben Pershing President Bush has often bragged of his disregard for polls and his...

Posted on January 6, 2009 at 09:15 AM ET | Comments (15)

The Obamas' First Day of School

By Ben Pershing Sasha and Malia Obama are joining their new classmates at Sidwell Friends...

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 08:05 AM ET | Comments (4)

A (Strange) New Year Begins

By Ben Pershing If you thought 2008 featured some strange and unexpected news stories, how...

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 09:10 AM ET | Comments (5)

Stimulus Will Test Remaining GOP Clout

By Ben Pershing How much clout do Republicans have left in this town? The first...

Posted on December 30, 2008 at 08:16 AM ET | Comments (11)

At Home and Abroad, a Tough Road Ahead for Obama

By Ben Pershing While you and yours were enjoying holiday presents, cookies and the end...

Posted on December 29, 2008 at 08:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obama Gets Benefit of the Doubt (for Now)

By Ben Pershing It's called "the benefit of the doubt" and Barack Obama gets it...

Posted on December 24, 2008 at 08:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

All Clintons, All the Time

By Ben Pershing Just two shopping days left until Christmas, and it looks like Chelsea...

Posted on December 23, 2008 at 08:05 AM ET | Comments (4)

Nothing to See Here, Move Along

By Ben Pershing Barack Obama and his team haven't reached the White House yet, but...

Posted on December 22, 2008 at 08:25 AM ET | Comments (12)

'Catastrophes' for Past and Future Presidents

By Ben Pershing Orderly transitions of power being the American way, President Bush has been...

Posted on December 19, 2008 at 08:15 AM ET | Comments (17)

It's Still the Economy, Stupid

By Ben Pershing Amid the focus on a trio of interesting political subplots -- Rod...

Posted on December 18, 2008 at 08:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cabinet Guessing Game Nearing an End

By Ben Pershing The parlor game of guessing Barack Obama's Cabinet picks is sadly nearing...

Posted on December 17, 2008 at 08:05 AM ET | Comments (6)

This Week on 'Dynasty': Kennedys, Clintons and More

By Ben Pershing Remember how hard it was in high school history class to remember...

Posted on December 16, 2008 at 08:20 AM ET | Comments (10)

Decision Time for Bush and Obama, As Congress Calls It Quits

By Ben Pershing "The Decider" gets to decide the fate of the U.S. auto industry...

Posted on December 15, 2008 at 08:12 AM ET | Comments (13)

Trading Blame After Bailout Collapses

By Ben Pershing The 110th Congress came to an ignominious end late last night, as...

Posted on December 12, 2008 at 08:05 AM ET | Comments (25)

Gridlock for the Auto Bailout; Trouble for 'Candidate 5'

By Ben Pershing On top of all the ills currently plaguing Detroit and the auto...

Posted on December 11, 2008 at 10:20 AM ET | Comments (4)

Illinois-Style Political Corruption

By Ben Pershing The sun will rise over Chicago a few minutes from now, and...

Posted on December 10, 2008 at 08:51 AM ET | Comments (9)

An Auto Industry Czar in the Offing

By Ben Pershing Are we about to nationalize the auto industry? The question doesn't seem...

Posted on December 9, 2008 at 08:11 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama Again Leads in Pixel Generation

By Ben Pershing It's not often that a politician gets so much attention for making...

Posted on December 8, 2008 at 08:49 AM ET | Comments (6)

An Auto Industry Stalemate, Courtesy of The Decider

By Ben Pershing Amid the constant focus on the Obama transition effort and speculation about...

Posted on December 5, 2008 at 08:49 AM ET | Comments (6)

Bailouts Back on the Agenda

By Ben Pershing A spirited game of chicken over the fates of some of the...

Posted on December 4, 2008 at 08:10 AM ET | Comments (7)

Democratic Senate Supermajority Stays Out of Reach

By Ben Pershing Today's front pages look less like a series of news dispatches and...

Posted on December 3, 2008 at 08:43 AM ET | Comments (10)

The Morning After

By Ben Pershing It's now The Morning After, and we are being treated to one...

Posted on December 2, 2008 at 09:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Newsy Day For Transition

By Ben Pershing What kind of news day will this be? A bit later this...

Posted on December 1, 2008 at 08:36 AM ET | Comments (10)

Big Economic Questions and Small Donors

By John Amick At a news conference yesterday, President-elect Barack Obama introduced his core group...

Posted on November 25, 2008 at 08:56 AM ET | Comments (2)

It's the Economy...

By John Amick The Obama camp, once famous for its discipline and ability to keep...

Posted on November 24, 2008 at 08:27 AM ET | Comments (7)

Hillarywatch, Interrupted

Breaking away briefly from Hillarywatch to keep an eye on Mukasey's health, Wall Street's health and Michigan's continued decline.

Posted on November 21, 2008 at 09:14 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obama's Transition Defying Expectations

By Ben Pershing When Barack Obama's transition began two short weeks ago, we thought we...

Posted on November 20, 2008 at 08:08 AM ET | Comments (9)

Clinton Weighing Her Options

By Ben Pershing Like the moon blotting out the sun, the Clintons and their attendant...

Posted on November 19, 2008 at 08:32 AM ET | Comments (5)

HRC Chatter Continues to Dominate

By Ben Pershing Will he or won't he? That question -- whether Barack Obama will...

Posted on November 18, 2008 at 08:13 AM ET | Comments (7)

McCain and Clinton, Still on the Obama Agenda

By Ben Pershing Much of what has been mostly talk since Election Day will turn...

Posted on November 17, 2008 at 08:09 AM ET | Comments (16)

The No-News Transition Gets a Dose of Buzz

By Ben Pershing As the "No Drama Obama" campaign has turned into the "No News...

Posted on November 14, 2008 at 08:28 AM ET | Comments (10)

High Expectations for Obama; Biden Gets a Chief of Staff

By Ben Pershing With less than 10 weeks to go until Inauguration Day, are expectations...

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 08:29 AM ET | Comments (8)

Republican Governors Head South

By Ben Pershing Much of the political press heads south today to Miami and its...

Posted on November 12, 2008 at 08:07 AM ET | Comments (9)

All Quiet on the White House Front

By Ben Pershing A meeting between the two most powerful men in the world produced...

Posted on November 11, 2008 at 08:17 AM ET | Comments (2)

A Meeting of the President and President-Elect

By Ben Pershing The once and future kings, better known as 43 and 44, will...

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 08:14 AM ET | Comments (2)

 

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