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White House Watch: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Obama to Europe: No More Excuses

Obama at town hall in Strasbourg, France, today. (Charles Dharapak/AP) Implicitly recognizing that many Europeans were disgusted with America's conduct during the Bush era, President Obama said today that now that the U.S. no longer tortures detainees, Europe has no...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 3, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Afghanistan  
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First Budget Round to Obama

President Obama's budget plan sailed through both houses of Congress yesterday. But it failed to garner a single Republican vote, and Democratic grumblings threaten to make the next steps considerably more challenging. Lori Montgomery writes in The Washington Post: "Congressional...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 3, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Quick Takes

Del Quentin Wilber and Karen DeYoung write in The Washington Post: "A federal judge ruled yesterday that three detainees at a U.S. military prison in Afghanistan may challenge their confinement before a U.S. court, handing the Obama administration one of...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 3, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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World Community Organizer

Obama arrives for his G-20 press conference yesterday. (Kirsty Wigglesworth - AP) Barack Obama showed the world a profoundly new style of American leadership yesterday. Obama emerged from the G-20 summit in London, where the leaders of the world's largest...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 3, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (36)
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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Late Night Humor

"For those of you who have criticized the national media for not providing the level of detail to inform and educate the public," Jon Stewart chronicles cable's obsession with Michelle Obama's clothes -- and touching the queen. The Daily Show...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 3, 2009; 10:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

Walt Handelsman and Pat Oliphant on the Obamas and the royals, Signe Wilkinson, Dave Granlund, and Ann Telnaes on Ipods, Nate Beeler and Dan Wasserman on the G-20, Dwane Powell on the new White House tour, Lee Judge and Chan...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 3, 2009; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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Scrutinizing Obama's Afghan Plan

President Obama's hawkish and open-ended plan for Afghanistan came under a little scrutiny yesterday at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. But even as Obama commits to sending 21,000 additional troops to the region -- with another 10,000 possibly to...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 2, 2009; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
Categories:  Afghanistan  
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Torture Watch

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Ali Frick writes for Thinkprogress about how former secretary of state Colin Powell ducked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's questions yesterday about his role in approving the torture of...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 2, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Looking Backward , Torture  
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Obama's Tax on the (Smoking) Non-Rich

Calvin Woodward writes for the Associated Press: "One of President Barack Obama's campaign pledges on taxes went up in puffs of smoke Wednesday. "The largest increase in tobacco taxes took effect despite Obama's promise not to raise taxes of any...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 2, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Quick Takes

Mark Mazzetti writes in the New York Times: "A withering internal report made public on Wednesday criticized the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for bureaucratic bloat, financial mismanagement and a failure to end the turf battles among America’s...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 2, 2009; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Orszag on the Daily Show

Peter Orszag, director of the White House's Office of Management and Budget, took his budget message to Jon Stewart's Daily Show last night. The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10cPeter Orszag Pt. 1comedycentral.com "The banking crisis...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 2, 2009; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Late Night Humor  
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Cartoon Watch

Jeff Darcy on Obama in Europe, Peter Brookes on Obama at 10 Downing Street, Dave Granlund on the G-20, Mark Streeter on Obama's secret weapon, Tom Toles, Daryl Cagle and Matt Wuerker on the dissimilar treatment of the banking and...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 2, 2009; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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Leaving the Cold War Behind

Obama and Medvedev meeting today. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev officially reset relations between their two countries today after eight years of increasing testiness and lack of cooperation. Top of the new agenda: An...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 1, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
 
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Obama Accuses Media of Exaggerating Conflict

President Obama this morning denied the widespread reports of major rifts between him and some key European allies about the best way to approach the global financial crisis. At a joint press availability with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, he...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 1, 2009; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Torture Watch

Scott Shane writes in the New York Times: "The Obama administration is intensely debating whether and when to release documents from the Bush administration related to harsh interrogation methods used on prisoners belonging to Al Qaeda, according to administration and...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 1, 2009; 12:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Torture  
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Quick Takes

Dan Eggen writes in The Washington Post about the unlikely alliance of groups objecting to stringent new White House rules that ban phone calls and meetings between lobbyists and administration officials about specific stimulus projects. Opponents argue that the ban...

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 1, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Cartoon Watch

Jim Morin, Mike Luckovich, Rob Rogers, Chan Lowe, John Cole, Stuart Carlson and Tony Auth on Obama, GM, and the bankers, Mike Keefe on Obama in Europe, Chip Bok on Obama's brackets, and Dan Wasserman with the day's headlines....

By Dan Froomkin  |  April 1, 2009; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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Assessing Obama's First Trip

The Obamas leaving the White House this morning. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) President Obama embarked today on the first major foreign trip of his young presidency. Over the next eight days, Obama will be the central figure in a panorama...

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 31, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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Obama Gets High Marks From Public

Despite all the grim news and the increasingly critical coverage, President Obama remains hugely popular with the American people. The latest Washington Post/ABC News poll finds Obama with a 66 percent approval rating, unchanged from a month ago, and a...

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 31, 2009; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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What's Good for General Motors?

It's becoming something of a pattern: President Obama is faced with an economic mess of epic proportions left over from the previous administration and acts with a firm hand. In doing so he accrues extraordinary power --- and takes on...

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 31, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Financial Crisis  
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The Krugman Test

Newsweek's cover story this week is about Paul Krugman, the New York Times opinion columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist who has also become a leading critic of the Obama administration's bank bailout plans. But the story arguably says more about...

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 31, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Obama v. D.C. , Press Watch  
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Quick Takes

Carl Hulse writes in the New York Times: "President Obama traveled to Capitol Hill on Monday evening to bolster House Democrats as Congress began a politically charged budget debate that will determine the president's ability to pursue his broad domestic...

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 31, 2009; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Cartoon Watch

Tom Toles on Obama's European tour, Jim Morin on Obama and the G19, Rex Babin on GM's new management, Steve Kelley on warrantees, and Mike Luckovich on Tim Geithner's new White House role....

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 31, 2009; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Cartoon Watch  
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Bush's Torture Rationale Debunked

President Bush in September 2006: "We knew that Zubaydah had more information that could save innocent lives, but he stopped talking.... so the CIA used an alternative set of procedures." (Rich Lipski -- The Washington Post) Abu Zubaida was the...

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 30, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (149)
Categories:  Looking Backward , Torture  
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Cartoon Watch

Tom Toles on Obama's persistence, Tony Auth on Republican advice, Jeff Danziger on Democratic teamwork, Mike Luckovich on failure, John Cole on escalation, and Jack Ohman on the first online news conference....

By Dan Froomkin  |  March 30, 2009; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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