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White House Cheat Sheet: Geithner's Big Weekend

This weekend is a critical one for Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. Photo by Bill O'Leary of the Washington Post Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, under fire for his handling of the bonuses paid to AIG executives, faces a critical weekend...

By Chris Cillizza | March 20, 2009; 05:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

White House Cheat Sheet: Obama and Leno

Jay Leno will be at the center of the political world tonight. (Reuters/Danny Moloshok) President Obama's much anticipated appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" -- the first such visit by a sitting president -- comes at a...

By Chris Cillizza | March 19, 2009; 05:44 AM ET | Comments (194)

White House Cheat Sheet: Cleaning Up the AIG Mess

President Obama heads west amid growing controversy surrounding AIG. AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds President Obama heads to the West Coast for two days today even as his administration seeks to tamp down an increasing furor over the bonuses given...

By Chris Cillizza | March 18, 2009; 05:31 AM ET | Comments (70)

White House Cheat Sheet: Republicans' Vacuum Problem

Former vice president Dick Cheney's reemergence could hurt his party. Photo by KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images Former vice president Dick Cheney's controversial comments regarding President Obama's policies -- and the harsh response they drew from the White House -- highlight...

By Chris Cillizza | March 17, 2009; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (57)

White House Cheat Sheet: Organizing for America Ramps Up

The White House. Photo by Brendan Hoffman -- Getty Images Photo In today's paper, we report that President Obama and his allies at the Democratic National Committee are ramping up their efforts to convince wavering lawmakers to support his...

By Chris Cillizza | March 15, 2009; 12:21 PM ET | Comments (17)

White House Cheat Sheet: Five Reasons Why Steele Stays

RNC Chairman Michael Steele has taken heat of late from members of his own party. (AP Photo/ABC News, Lauren Victoria Burke) Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele made a bad situation worse on Thursday when comments he made during...

By Chris Cillizza | March 13, 2009; 05:40 AM ET | Comments (92)

White House Cheat Sheet: Michelle Obama Steps Out

First Lady Michelle Obama raises her profile. Pablo Martinez Monsivais -- AP Michelle Obama will travel to Fort Bragg (N.C.) military base to meet with military families and sit for her first network television interview with ABC's Robin Roberts...

By Chris Cillizza | March 12, 2009; 05:44 AM ET | Comments (36)

White House Cheat Sheet: Obama Names Drug Czar

President Obama will name the Seattle, Wash. chief of police as his choice to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) President Obama will name Gil Kerlikowske as the nation's drug czar today, ending a...

By Chris Cillizza | March 11, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (44)

White House Cheat Sheet: Rumblings on the Left?

Is the President Obama losing his grip on the base? White House photo by Pete Souza President Obama has enjoyed a honeymoon of epic proportions with the liberal base of the Democratic Party but that relationship is showing early...

By Chris Cillizza | March 10, 2009; 05:41 AM ET | Comments (23)

White House Cheat Sheet: The Politics of Stem Cells

President Obama moves to repeal the Bush administration's ban on stem cell research. AP Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais President Obama will overturn an eight-year old policy that placed restrictions on the use of federal funds for embryonic stem...

By Chris Cillizza | March 9, 2009; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (116)

White House Cheat Sheet: Democrats Ca$h in on Rush

Democrats are using Rush Limbaugh to raise money. AP Photo by Ron Edmonds A number of Democratic candidates and committees are using the controversial remarks made by conservative-talk radio host Rush Limbaugh about President Obama to raise money and...

By Chris Cillizza | March 6, 2009; 05:55 AM ET | Comments (130)

White House Cheat Sheet: Steele Antes Up

RNC Chair Michael Steele is seeking to bounce back from a rough first month in the job. Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais -- Associated Press The Republican National Committee is donating $1 million each to the party's House and...

By Chris Cillizza | March 5, 2009; 06:31 AM ET | Comments (67)

White House Cheat Sheet: Tick, Tick, Tick

President Obama is calling on the patience of an anxious public. AP Photo by Gerry Broome. President Obama continues to ride high in polls but his call for patience from the American public even as the economy continues to...

By Chris Cillizza | March 4, 2009; 06:04 AM ET | Comments (35)

White House Cheat Sheet: (Re)Defining Rush

Democrats are seeking to tie national Republicans to Rush Limbaugh. Photo by Saul Loeb of Getty/AFP Democrats are engaging in a concerted campaign to link the national Republican Party to conservative talk-radio show host Rush Limbaugh, an effort that...

By Chris Cillizza | March 3, 2009; 05:45 AM ET | Comments (242)

White House Cheat Sheet: A Cabinet In Full

The White House is now playing with a full Cabinet deck. Photo by Pete Souza -- White House Photo Update, 5:40 p.m.: We may have spoken too soon when we declared Obama's Cabinet entirely full. U.S. Trade Representative Ron...

By Chris Cillizza | March 2, 2009; 05:45 AM ET | Comments (68)

White House Cheat Sheet: Obama's Edge

President Obama has the public on his side as he prepares to address Congress tonight. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari) President Obama will face an divided Congress in his first prime-time address this evening but polling suggests he and his...

By Chris Cillizza | February 24, 2009; 05:17 AM ET | Comments (157)

White House Cheat Sheet: The Hard Part

President Obama faces a tough task in reforming entitlements, a march that begins today. AP Photo/Ron Edmonds President Obama convenes a fiscal responsibility summit today at the White House to start a conversation about solving Washington's thorniest political problem:...

By Chris Cillizza | February 23, 2009; 05:31 AM ET | Comments (96)

White House Cheat Sheet: Obama and the Govs

The president enters the White House. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak President Obama will use this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association to urge the chief executives to move quickly to utilize the federal money being doled out to the...

By Chris Cillizza | February 20, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (47)

White House Cheat Sheet: To Trade or Not To Trade?

President Obama heads to Canada today, his first trip outside the country since being sworn in to office. AP Photo by Charles Dharapak President Obama's trip to Ottawa, Canada -- his first time outside the country since being sworn...

By Chris Cillizza | February 19, 2009; 06:26 AM ET | Comments (88)

White House Cheat Sheet: Obama Moves to Foreign Affairs

President Obama leaves the White House. AP Photo/Ron Edmonds After a first month focused almost exclusively on domestic policy, President Obama is turning to foreign affairs this week, announcing yesterday that he would send more troops to Afghanistan and...

By Chris Cillizza | February 18, 2009; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (46)

White House Cheat Sheet: Searching for the GOP Alternative

The White House at dusk. AP Photo by Ron Edmonds Even as President Obama signs his $787 billion economic stimulus package into law today in Denver, Colo. a handful of prominent Republicans are positioning themselves as the leading opponents...

By Chris Cillizza | February 17, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (32)

White House Cheat Sheet: Next Steps

President Obama will sign the economic stimulus bill that passed Congress late Friday into law tomorrow in Colorado, the first -- and perhaps most easily accomplished -- of a series of ambitious initiatives the president is set to undertake in...

By Chris Cillizza | February 16, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (87)

White House Cheat Sheet: Bye Bye Bipartisanship

The withdrawal of Sen. Judd Gregg as President Obama's nominee for commerce secretary stunned the political world and provided yet more evidence of the challenges inherent in fulfilling the chief executive's pledge to fundamentally alter the capital's partisan calculus. In...

By Chris Cillizza | February 13, 2009; 06:15 AM ET | Comments (76)

White House Cheat Sheet: The Fight Is On

President Obama is now in a fight for what his stimulus package means to the American public. AP Photo/Steve Nesius President Obama's economic stimulus plan may now be on the glide path to passage in Congress but the fight...

By Chris Cillizza | February 12, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (42)

White House Cheat Sheet: A Second Bite At the Apple?

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak As House and Senate negotiators prepared for the potentially arduous process of working out the differences between the two economic stimulus plans passed over the past week, Vice President Biden voiced optimism that some Republicans will...

By Chris Cillizza | February 11, 2009; 05:50 AM ET | Comments (24)

White House Cheat Sheet: The Hard Math of the Senate Vote

The U.S. Capitol will be front and center in the economic stimulus debate today. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images The $827 billion economic stimulus package being pushed by President Obama is expected to be voted on and approved today by...

By Chris Cillizza | February 10, 2009; 05:55 AM ET | Comments (40)

White House Cheat Sheet: Sending an (Economic) Message

President Barack Obama heads to Indiana today to sell his economic plan. AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson President Obama will use today's trip to a city in the job-starved Midwest and tonight's prime-time press conference as the leading edge of the...

By Chris Cillizza | February 9, 2009; 05:50 AM ET | Comments (41)

White House Cheat Sheet: Battle Lines Are Drawn

President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are the lead salesmen of the economic stimulus package. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) The debate over President Obama's economic stimulus plan continues today in the Senate, but the partisan battle lines over...

By Chris Cillizza | February 6, 2009; 05:50 AM ET | Comments (68)

White House Cheat Sheet: Bypassing the Media Filter

President Barack Obama is using the grassroots machine built during the campaign to short-circuit the media. (Photo by Ron Charles of the Associated Press) During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama and his team learned a very important lesson that...

By Chris Cillizza | February 5, 2009; 05:42 AM ET | Comments (87)

White House Cheat Sheet: Polling the Stimulus

Photo by Mark Wilson -- Getty Images Photo Political polling is equal parts science and art. The numbers are the numbers but what they mean is almost always open to interpretation. Take a new survey conducted by Gallup for...

By Chris Cillizza | February 4, 2009; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (48)

White House Cheat Sheet: Daschle, Damaged

President Obama has Tom Daschle's back as tax revelations swirl around the Health and Human Services nominee. (AP Photo by Charles Dharapak) In politics as in life, context is everything. This is especially true when seeking to divine whether...

By Chris Cillizza | February 3, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (27)

White House Cheat Sheet: Picking Judd Gregg

Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), shown here in September 2008, seems to fit the bill at Commerce. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File) President Obama appears to have settled on New Hampshire Republican Sen. Judd Gregg as his pick to head...

By Chris Cillizza | February 2, 2009; 05:35 AM ET | Comments (35)

White House Cheat Sheet: The Bully Pulpit

President Obama has the benefit of the bully pulpit in selling his stimulus plan. (AP Photo) Is the economic stimulus plan passed by the Democratic-controlled House last night a much needed boost to a faltering economy or just the...

By Chris Cillizza | January 29, 2009; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (101)

White House Cheat Sheet: Between Barack and a Hard Vote

President Obama is hoping that wintry weather is the only obstacle he faces Wednesday as the House takes up his economic stimulus package. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) Rhetoric and political reality converge today for House Republicans as they weigh whether...

By Chris Cillizza | January 28, 2009; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (134)

White House Cheat Sheet: The Obama Mandate

President Obama is about to find out how far political capital will take him, as he tries to woo Hill Republicans. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) In the early days of his presidency, Barack Obama has shied away from shoving his...

By Chris Cillizza | January 27, 2009; 06:35 AM ET | Comments (38)

White House Cheat Sheet: Hard At Work

President Barack Obama. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak Movement doesn't always equal progress in politics but President Obama and his economic team are hoping that the image of them hard at work in seeking solutions to the ongoing financial instability will...

By Chris Cillizza | January 26, 2009; 06:15 AM ET | Comments (43)

White House Cheat Sheet: Obama's Best Friend in the Senate?

Obama signs a series of executive orders yesterday. Photo by Charles Dharapak/AP President Obama's executive order that ensures Guantanamo Bay prison will be shuttered within the year brought praise from many within the Democratic party who viewed the move...

By Chris Cillizza | January 23, 2009; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (24)

White House Cheat Sheet: Symbolism Matters

President Obama, speaking to his senior staff, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Jan. 21, 2009. (The Associated Press) The coverage of the first few days of Barack Obama's presidency is certain to be heavy on the various actions...

By Chris Cillizza | January 22, 2009; 06:05 AM ET | Comments (32)

White House Cheat Sheet: The Debut

Welcome to the newest Fix feature -- our daily rundown of the news you need to know about the White House of President Barack Obama. We started the cheat sheet during the party conventions over the summer and had so...

By Chris Cillizza | January 21, 2009; 06:31 AM ET | Comments (49)

 

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