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Obama’s Inauguration

News, multimedia and reader impressions related to Barack Obama’s historic Jan. 20 inauguration as president of the United States. Read our inauguration blog for impressions from Inland Northwest residents attending the event.

News >  Spokane

Obama urges Congress to show ‘courage’ on health care

Former President Barack Obama, in his first public comments about the ongoing debate over his signature health care plan, implored members of Congress on Sunday to demonstrate political courage even if it goes against their party’s positions.

News >  Nation/World

Fact Check: Trump’s messy case that he inherited a mess

President Donald Trump on Thursday made a messy case that he “inherited a mess” from former President Barack Obama. Economic stats and territorial losses of Islamic State insurgents don’t support his assertions about the problems handed to him on those fronts.
News >  Nation/World

Trump is crediting many of his policies to a surprising source: Obama

When he was criticized for his sweeping temporary ban on immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations, President Donald Trump quickly said that Barack Obama had selected the countries. When he reorganized the National Security Council to add his chief strategist, Trump said Obama had done the same thing.
News >  Nation/World

Trump sought Park Service proof of crowd claim

On the morning after Donald Trump’s inauguration, acting National Park Service director Michael Reynolds received an extraordinary summons: The new president wanted to talk to him. In a Saturday phone call, Trump personally ordered Reynolds to produce additional photographs of the previous day’s crowds on the National Mall, according to three individuals who have knowledge of the conversation. The president believed that they might prove that the media had lied in reporting that attendance had been no better than average.
News >  Nation/World

Trump takes first steps in a new era of conservatism

Freshly sworn in to office, President Donald Trump set about Friday trying to deliver the change he promised as he took the helm of the vast executive branch bureaucracy and began steering it toward a new conservative-dominated government.

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News >  Idaho

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia

Early last August, an envelope with extraordinary handling restrictions arrived at the White House. Sent by courier from the CIA, it carried “eyes only” instructions that its contents be shown to just four people: President Barack Obama and three senior aides. Inside was an intelligence bombshell--

News >  Spokane

Obama has Kansas at end of bracket

Following his long-standing tradition, President Barack Obama filled out the brackets for the NCAA basketball tournament. He picked Kansas to come out on top. See all the picks inside the blog.
Sports >  Outdoors

Obama signs Boulder-White Clouds Wilderness bill

PUBLIC LANDS -- Less than three days after the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bill approving the Boulder-White Cloud Mountains area for wilderness designation, President Barack Obama has signed the bill into law, ending a 40-year effort. Obama signed the Senates approval of H.R. 1138,...
News >  Idaho

Obama explains why Abedini wasn’t a bargaining chip in Iran nuke deal

At President Obama’s press conference today, he was pressed by a reporter, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, about why the nuclear deal with Iran didn’t secure the release of four Americans in Iran, three being held in jail, including Idaho Pastor Saeed...
News >  Idaho

President Obama to speak in Boise on Wednesday

President Barack Obama is coming to Boise, for the first time since he appeared here as a candidate in 2008; he’ll speak at Boise State University on Wednesday. His remarks are free and open to the public, but limited tickets are required. They’ll be distributed...
News >  Spokane

Today’s fun video: Obama plays Colbert

The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,The Colbert Report on Facebook,Video Archive President Obama pokes fun at almost everyone, including himself, in a mockup of The Word on The Colbert Report.
News >  Spokane

Today’s fun video: Schoolhouse Rock! revisited

You may have been subjected in Civics Class to the cartoon "I'm Just a Bill" from Schoolhouse Rock! with its earworm-catchy song. Recently Saturday Night Live revised it to account for President Obama's executive order on immigration.
News >  Spokane

Today’s fun video: Stewart on the mid-terms

The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook ​Originally aired on The Daily Show last week, but with the elections two months off, it's still good.
News >  Spokane

Obama signs emergency declaration for fires

President Barack Obama signed an emergency declaration this morning that offers federal aid to Central Washington areas hard hit by wildfires. It authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate relief efforts in Chelan and Okanogan counties and on the Colville Reservation. Obama had promised...
News >  Spokane

Today’s fun video: What would Reagan do about Ukraine shootdown?

The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook The Daily Show's Jon Stewart skewers talking head news types who compare Barack Obama to Ronald Reagan's response to the Soviet shoot-down of a jetliner without checking the facts.
News >  Spokane

Inslee to brief Obama on fires

Gov. Jay Inslee will brief President Obama on the fires in Central Washington as the two drive into Seattle this afternoon. Obama, Air Force One and the traveling White House press corps are due in to Boeing Field at mid-afternoon, and the president will motorcade...
News >  Spokane

Sunday Spin: Some advice for Obama on this trip to Seattle

President Obama’s campaign apparatus e-mails almost every day asking for money, but perhaps because I never give him any, he never calls to ask for advice. That’s OK. I have some for him anyway, unsolicited. Don’t pop in and out of Seattle this week like...
News >  Spokane

Obama coming next week. Will WA still be burning?

President Barack Obama is planning a fund-raising visit to Seattle on Tuesday. Quick in and out on the way to more fund-raising in California. As with previous visits, it's likely to tie up traffic in the Puget Sound during his coming and going to the...
News >  Spokane

Obama in Oso: Reports from the pool

Marine One flies over the site of the March 22 mudslide taking President Obama to Oso. AP PHOTO President Obama stopped in Washington state on his way to Asia, landing in Everett and traveling to Oso to see the devastation of last month's mudslide and...
News >  Spokane

Today’s fun video: Obama fills in brackets

In what has become an annual tradition, President Obama filled in his NCAA brackets for ESPN. The clip picks up when the president is at the Sweet 16 level, so you'll have to look at the ESPN website to realize that he dissed Gonzaga, expecting...
News >  Spokane

Ricin suspect ordered to obtain psychiatric evaluation

A federal judge has ordered a Spokane man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to government officials, including President Barack Obama, receive psychiatric evaluation to determine if he is competent to stand trial. Matthew Ryan Buquet has been in federal custody since May, when several letters...

Spokane Valley City Council takes Tuesday off

Now there's no excuse to miss the State of the Union address, nor the potentially Eastern Washington-centric GOP response. The Spokane Valley City Council has cancelled its Tuesday evening (Jan. 28) meeting, which otherwise would have been getting under way about the same time President...
News >  Spokane

In praise of compromise and civility

President Obama speaks at the memorial service for Tom Foley. WASHINGTON – In a service that contrasted the state of today’s Congress with the House Tom Foley left nearly two decades ago, past and current leaders extolled the former Spokane speaker’s ability to see another...
News >  Spokane

Obama to attend Foley service at Capitol

President Barack Obama will be among current and former leaders attending a memorial service for the late Tom Foley, former House speaker and U.S. ambassador, Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol. The White House announced this morning that Obama will attend the service in Statuary Hall....
News >  Spokane

McMorris Rodgers part of negotiating team on shutdown

Time Magazine is reporting Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, has been selected by House Speaker John Boehner to negotiate Thursday with President Barack Obama on the partial federal government shutdown. Obama originally invited all members of the House of Representatives to 1600 W. Pennsylvania Ave....
News >  Idaho

Risch Asking Right Q’s RE: Syria

Some of the best questions (re: Syria), so far, have come from Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho. Serving on the Foreign Relations Committee, Risch Wednesday joined the minority in opposing Obama's request for congressional authorization.Here's what Risch is saying: "I want to hear the analysis of...
News >  Idaho

Wallenberg Fam Wants Obama Help

The family of World War II hero Raoul Wallenberg will ask President Barack Obama for help in their quest to find out what happened to the Swedish diplomat who vanished after being arrested by Soviet forces in 1945. Wallenberg's niece, Marie Dupuy, told The Associated...
News >  Spokane

Court to Obama: Follow the law on waste repository

The federal government must resume work on the Yucca Mountain repository in Nevada that would store the high-level nuclear waste from Hanford and other sites around the country, a federal appeals court said today. In what amounts to a judicial smackdown of the Obama administration,...
News >  Idaho

Obama Refuses To Boycott Olympics

President Obama on Friday rejected calls for the United States to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. "I know that one question that's been raised is, how do we approach the Olympics? I want to just make very clear right now I do not...
News >  Idaho

Some Protesters Take To Overpasses

A Berry Picker who was on the Kootenai County portion of Interstate 90 reports on the planned national Overpasses for Obama Impeachment: "I saw a group of 8-10 people this morning on the NW Blvd/I90 overpass protesting Obama. One sign referenced Benghazi. Another sign said...
News >  Idaho

Obama Overpass Protest Hits Snag

Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment, a movement that is sweeping the nation, is in the planning stages of protests targeting the only interstate freeway in north Idaho, organizers Mike Towan and Don Nolan told Examiner.com in an exclusive interview on Tuesday. Towan, an IT security specialist...
News >  Idaho

Costello: Obama Fears Obamacare

Could it possibly be a coincidence that Barack Obama has illegally postponed the imposition of Obamacare until after the next round of congressional elections? Even though the execrable Nancy Pelosi tried to make the case that we should celebrate Obamacare on the Fourth of July...
News >  Idaho

Patriots To Man NIdaho Overpasses

Dunno if this is a joke or not. But an item was posted on the Kootenai County Reagan Republican Facebook wall promoting an event called "Overpasses for Obama's Impeachment -- North Idaho." Seems the "event" is part of a larger effort to (wo)man overpasses demanding...
News >  Idaho

Obama Visits ‘Door of No Return’

U.S. President Barack Obama stands facing out to see, at the 'Door of No Return,' at the slave house on Goree Island, in Dakar, Senegal, Thursday. Obama is calling his visit to a Senegalese island from which Africans were said to have been shipped across...
News >  Idaho

Costello: Wolves At Obama’s Door

A week ago, the Washington Post editorial board felt compelled to remind its readers that "the press must have the ability to ask questions." That editorial was in reaction to two known occasions when the Department of Justice accessed the phone records and emails of...
News >  Idaho

Costello: Media In Bed With Obama

What does it say about the mainstream news media culture when a multiple award-winning journalist like Sharyl Attkisson, who has spent the last seven months as a voice in the wilderness, finds herself in peril of losing her job? According to Politico, Attkisson's bosses at...
News >  Spokane

Today’s fun video: Stewart skewers Obama for IRS, AP scandals

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Indecision Political Humor,The Daily Show on Facebook The Daily Show makes fun of President Obama's "I didn't know about this until I heard it on the news" explanations for recent scandals.
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America’s next transportation secretary is…

When Ray LaHood announced early this year he would not return to serve a second term as the Department of Transportation Secretary, a door opened for Charlotte, N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx. President Obama nominated the second-term Democrat Monday to pick up where LaHood will leave...
News >  Idaho

Obama On Gun Vote: ‘Shameful Day’

An angry President Obama criticized a minority of the Senate on Wednesday who helped defeat a proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases. "It all came down to politics," Obama said in the Rose Garden. "All in all, this was a pretty shameful day...
News >  Idaho

Judge To Retire After Racist Prez Joke

Montana’s chief federal judge will retire following an investigation into an email he forwarded that included a racist joke involving President Barack Obama. U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull had previously announced he would step down as chief circuit judge and take a reduced caseload, but...
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Obama’s Beast breaks down in Israel

Well this is embarrassing. While topping off at an Israeli gas station today, President Barack Obama’s presidential limousine, known as the “Beast” was accidentally filled with diesel fuel instead of gasoline.
News >  Idaho

Cutline Contest — 3.19.13

An audience member holds up a "Flat Stanley" as President Barack Obama, rear, greets guests at a Women's History Month reception in the East Room at the White House in Washington Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Monday winner: Jen (w/4 likes): "Fido's...
News >  Idaho

Costello: 1 Boom Obama Can’t Stop

Our economy isn't entirely dead in the water. Sure, the last quarter for which we have data came in at essentially zero. But there are parts of the nation where the economy is clicking along and jobs are being created. But that economic activity is...
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Obama has tax protest license plate

Millions of people watched President Barack Obama’s motorcade cruise down Pennsylvania Avenue on the way to his inauguration this month. Anyone who looked closely may have noticed his limo, ‘The Beast’ featured a license plate that reads “Taxation Without Representation.” The plate is a rolling...
News >  Idaho

Regan: ‘I Am Not A Racist’

Coeur d'Alene School Trustee Brent Regan (pictured) has issued the following statement to a school district patron who criticized his anti-Obama joke at a legislative forum Saturday. The patron's criticism, Regan's response, and an editorial on racism by Regan are now online at the Coeur...
News >  Idaho

Trustee’s Anti-Obama Joke Falls Flat

Last fall, Brent Regan (middle) is interviewed by a Coeur d'Alene Press reporter during a demonstration by United Conservatives of North Idaho, near the Kootenai County Courthouse, against the proposed Unified Land Use Code. A forum involving 8 Kootenai County legislators Saturday in Post Falls...
News >  Idaho

Idaho firefighters to perform at Obama inauguration

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A collection of firefighters from around the state is getting ready to perform during President Obama's inauguration day parade in the nation's capital next week. A pipes and drums band made up of...
News >  Spokane

McMorris Rodgers not backing away from shutdown threat

WASHINGTON -- More tough talk from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers today. The House Republican Conference chairwoman disputed any suggestion the GOP was engaging in irresponsible threats by acknowledging its willingness to shut down the government over federal spending policies. Instead, she said it’s President Barack...
News >  Spokane

Obama asked ‘where ya been?’ on assault weapon ban

At a White House press conference today, President Barack Obama announced a group of high-level federal officials, headed by Vice President Joe Biden, will look at ways to reduce gun violence. The White House press corps mainly asked about negotiations on the "fiscal cliff", but...
News >  Spokane

News flash: Obama wins Washington

Rick Lloyd of Spokane Valley, center, and other members of Washington's Electoral College sign paperwork to cast the state's electoral votes for Barack Obama. OLYMPIA – Forget what the news media told you six weeks ago. Barack Obama was elected to his second term as...
News >  Spokane

It’s presidential election day. No, really. It is

OLYMPIA -- The next president of the United States will be elected today. Barring some real skullduggery so remote it can't be mapped out here, that will be Barack Obama. What? You thought Obama was re-elected more than a month ago? It was in all...
News >  Idaho

Romney Blames Loss On Obama Gifts

A week after losing the election to President Obama, Mitt Romney blamed his overwhelming electoral loss on what he said were big “gifts” that the president had bestowed on loyal Democratic constituencies, including young voters, African-Americans and Hispanics. In a conference call on Wednesday afternoon...
News >  Spokane

Today’s weird video: Really upset Obama won

An Arizona woman got so angry that President Obama won another term that she ran down her husband, who neglected to vote. Either she really took to heart the old saying that "Every Vote Counts" but skipped the class in Civics that explained the Electoral...
News >  Idaho

Secret Service Eyes Obama Display

Wayne McKay is letting his opinion of the president be known in his front yard - and raising some eyebrows and gaining the attention of the U.S. Secret Service as a result. The Coeur d'Alene man has a skeleton hanging with a noose with a...
News >  Idaho

Bloomberg Backs Obama, Luna Laws

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s endorsement of President Obama is prompting many to analyze the billionaire’s move. Is this a sign that business isn’t as anti-Obama as it seems? (Bloomberg is, after all, a highly successful entrepreneur—and business bible The Economist endorsed the president...
News >  Idaho

Did Obama’s Romney Strategy Bomb?

Months ago when they became convinced that Mitt Romney would be the eventual Republican presidential candidate, Barack Obama’s campaign brain trust made a critical strategic decision. They decide to attempt to define Romney as an ultra-rich, ultra-out-of-touch corporate raider, the kind of guy who just...
News >  Spokane

Obama backs Ref. 74

OLYMPIA -- President Obama gave a thumbs up to Referendum 74, the ballot measure in Washington that would legalize same-sex marriage, supporters said today. Not a huge surprise, considering Obama came out in support of same-sex marriage earlier this year, a few months after the...
News >  Idaho

Moscow High Schoolers Pick Obama

More than 600 high school students passed through the 1912 Center Wednesday for the ninth biannual Moscow League of Women Voters mock elections. This year Latah County high school students elected Barack Obama over Mitt Romney for president by 26 votes. The past eight times...
News >  Idaho

Obama Masks Outsell Romney’s

It's official. The presidential election is pretty much decided. Not because of savvy angles the candidates worked at the third debate. Not because of boosted campaign funding or icy TV ads. The Halloween mask sales have got this one. According to CNN Money, Halloween masks...
News >  Idaho

Trump Offers $5M For Obama Records

Donald Trump said on Wednesday that if President Obama releases his college records and his passport application, the mega-millionaire developer will give a $5 million check to charities of Obama’s choosing. Trump tweeted a video of himself in which he offers Obama a “deal that...
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Where Obama and Romney stand on energy policy

Whie I won't endorse a candidate on this blog, you can consider this a bit of an environmental voter guide to the Presidential race. But when it comes to energy policy, I'm not really excited about our prospects with either Obama or Romney - hey,...
News >  Idaho

SR Endorses Romney For President

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks while President Barack Obama listens during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP file photo) SR Sunday Editorial: (President Obama's) time for solving this crisis – and it is a crisis –...
News >  Idaho

Obama, Romney Pursue Women Vote

Mitt Romney and President Obama spent much of Wednesday battling for the support of women voters — a form of electoral hand-to-hand combat that is likely to persist all the way to Nov. 6. As Time Magazine's Michael Scherer put it, "there was no doubt...
News >  Idaho

Gallup: Romney Hits 50%

About half of all likely voters would pick Mitt Romney for president if the 2012 presidential election were held today, while a little less than half would reelect President Obama, according to Gallup's daily tracking poll. In a new poll released Tuesday, Gallup found 50...
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12 Green Questions For The Presidential Candidates

Round two of the Presidential debates goes down next Tuesday, October 16th at 5:30. If you watched the last one, I hope you shared my disappointment in the lack of environmental questions, especially given what's at stake this election in terms of energy policy and...
News >  Spokane

Today’s fun video: Debate in 120 seconds

If you missed Wednesday's presidential debate (and let's face it, some of us had other things to do last night) you can get enough of it to join in today's water cooler and coffee break discussions with a video from BuzzFeed. Sorry, but the embed...
News >  Idaho

Poll: Most Tune In To Debate

Wednesday Poll: Prior to the first 2012 presidential debate last night, 7f6 of 123 respondents (61.79%) said they planned to watch the event. Only 38 of 123 respondents (30.39%) said they wouldn't. 9 (7.32%) were undecided. Today's Question: Who do you think won the debate?
News >  Idaho

Obama, Romney Come Out Swinging

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk at the end of the first presidential debate in Denver Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) In a showdown at close quarters, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their...
News >  Idaho

Obama Slightly Ahead Before Debate

Five weeks before Election Day and two days before the first presidential debate, a set of new polls shows that President Obama has a slight two-point edge over Mitt Romney nationally. While both campaigns have tried to lower expectations for their respective candidate's debate performance,...
News >  Idaho

Jackson’s Pro-Obama Ad Uses F-Word

Boise area blogger Dennis Mansfield posts: Four years ago, Ron Howard produced a clever ad in favor of Candidate Obama. In it he portrayed some of his TV characters - all of who were in support of then-Senator Obama. It attracted millions of views. (Apparently...
News >  Idaho

H&W Office: Bouma? Obama? Scram!

Gresham Bouma, a Moscow GOP legislative candidate, was incorrectly told he needed to move a campaign rally this week because state regulations banned it, the Lewiston Tribune reports; Bouma was asked to move his rally, which his campaign was filming, from in front of a...
News >  Idaho

Dead Ambassador ‘Bump In Road’?

Obama has used “bump in the road” before, in reference to unemployment, which was the inspiration for one of Romney’s best ads. Obama’s “bumps” seems to be what other people would call “failure.” The “bumps” include four dead Americans and a disastrous loss of intelligence....
News >  Idaho

Scouts Spanked For Greeting Romney

Boy Scouts from Troop 315 stand in front Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's jet after he arrives in Salt Lake City. Local Boy Scout troop leaders have been reprimanded after allowing a group of scouts to greet GOP presidential nominee Mitt...
News >  Idaho

Idaho Among Obama Flyovers

It's easy to figure which five states would be most visited by Barack Obama since he took office as president in January 2009: New York, California, Florida, Virginia and Ohio. This, according to Fair Vote. Can you guess which 7 states besides Idaho haven't been...
News >  Idaho

GOP Senator Blasts ‘47%’ Comment

Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said he has a "very different view of the world" than the one Mitt Romney expressed at a private fundraiser, a sign of how dangerous the now-famous "47 percent" comment is to a swing-state senator facing reelection. "I have five brothers...
News >  Spokane

Obama on Letterman, Romney in USA Today

The pre-debate debate continues: President Obama on Letterman last night talked about Mitt Romney's "47 percent" comments. Romney, in a guest column in USA Today, criticized Obama's policies as creating dependency. Read the column here. Not sure what all this is about? See the original...
News >  Spokane

Today’s video: Romney’s 47% comment, and his response

In case you're wondering what exactly GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said at a fundraiser in May about Barack Obama's supporters, here is the video clip, courtesy of Mother Jones: Here is his explanation Monday night of how he could've used better words in his...
News >  Spokane

Big surprise: Obama endorses Inslee

Democrat Jay Inslee's gubernatorial campaign is all aglow today with President Barack Obama's endorsement of their guy. Wait a minute. Hasn't Obama been a fan of Inslee's all along. Didn't he wish him well last spring in marking Inslee's departure from Congress to campaign full-time?...
News >  Idaho

Clinton Fires Up Obama Supporters

Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday. (AP photo) From Teresa Welsh, U.S. News & World Report: Former President Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, making an impassioned case for President Barack Obama's re-election...
News >  Spokane

Democrats plan Obama watch

Loyal Washington Democrats who didn't get to go to Charlotte for their National Convention, but are dying to watch President Obama accept the nomination and make a speech Thursday, are planning parties around the state to make it a shared experience anyway. Some will have...
News >  Spokane

Judge’s ruling on Obama ballot challenge

OLYMPIA -- Here's Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee's ruling on the challenge to Barack Obama's eligibility to be on the ballot that's mentioned in Sunday's Spin Control column.
News >  Spokane

Judge dismisses birther challenge to Obama

OLYMPIA -- A trial judge quickly rejected an effort to keep President Barack Obama off Washington's general election ballot, saying such "birther" allegations have been around for years, and rejected for years as well. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee dismissed the challenge brought...
News >  Spokane

‘Birther’ claim challenges Obama spot on WA ballot

OLYMPIA -- Barack Obama makes jokes about people who question his birth certificate, and his campaign even is selling a coffee mug with the presidential face on one side and a reproduction of the certificate on the other. Mitt Romney tried to make a joke...
News >  Idaho

Johnson: Pen Pals w/Barack, Mitt

I have never met Mitt Romney – or Barack Obama for that matter – but you sure wouldn’t know that by looking in my mail box. Yesterday I received, I’ve lost count honestly, what must be my 13th or 14th piece of mail from Mitt....
News >  Idaho

Mayor Wants Message Removed

Photographer Joe Jaszewski of the Idaho Statesman gave HucksOnline permission to use his photo of the controversial electronic billboard in Caldwell. The mayor of Caldwell on Tuesday morning asked the foundation board in charge of an electronic billboard at one of the entrances to town...
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Edit: Picking On Idaho’s VanderSloot?

Prominent Idaho Falls businessman Frank VanderSloot (pictured) gave more than $1 million toward a Super PAC supporting Republican Mitt Romney. He is a national campaign finance co-chair for the GOP presidential hopeful. For that, Barack Obama's re-election campaign added VanderSloot to a list of eight...
News >  Idaho

You Can’t Defend Billboard Message

Even Maurice Clements says the message he posted on a Caldwell electronic billboard might have been “poorly done." That’s an understatement, albeit after the fact. But the billboard remained up Monday, showing President Barack Obama alongside Colorado movie theater mass murder suspect James Holmes —...
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Elections Good For Gun Sales

Some Kootenai County gun retailers and law enforcement are reporting a rise in gun ownership, though they say the trend started months before last week's shooting in Colorado. "It's an election year," explained Eric Johnson, trainer with Downtown Guns and Ammo. As rumors of policy...
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Caldwell Billboard Links Obama, Killer

"Offensive." "Abhorrent." "Pathetic." Words like that are being used to describe a billboard in Caldwell, Idaho, that compares President Barack Obama — unfavorably — to James Eagan Holmes, the suspect in the shooting deaths of 12 people in a Colorado movie theater last week. The...
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Poll: Only 49% Say Obama Christian

Forty-nine percent of voters identify President Obama as a Christian, a new poll says, and the others say that they don't know or that he is a Muslim. "Nearly four years into his presidency the view that Barack Obama is Muslim persists," says the survey...
News >  Spokane

Today’s fun video: Romney is his hero

This is a very unusual political video. It's pro-Romney, although not from the Romney campaign. In fact, the Obama campaign might send it out on their Twitter feed for a few grins. But the guy really likes Romney, and really doesn't like Obama. That, and...
News >  Idaho

Parting Shot — 7.19.12

I don't know why I'm so captivated by a couple of Lyndon LaRouchers from Seattle spending part of their day today in front of the Hayden post office, collecting signatures calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. Do you suppose that I miss the...
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LaRouche Backers Invade Hayden

Lyndon LaRouche people from out-of-stater were in front of the Hayden post office today collecting signatures in an attempt to impeach President Barack Obama. Remember that Scanner Traffic item re: loiterers on the sidewalk in front of the post office. Apparently, it was these guys....
News >  Spokane

Another big Seattle payday for Obama?

President Barack Obama is scheduled to stop in Seattle next week, the third time in seven months he will visit the state's largest city to raise money. His re-election campaign hasn't released many details of the trip yet. It’s a stop with two campaign fundraisers...
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GOP Removes Obama Punching Bag

This punching bag depicting President Barack Obama was on display at the Republican tent Wednesday at the Delaware County Fair in Muncie, Ind. The punching bag will not be displayed any longer after members of the public, including some there for Democrat Night at the...
News >  Spokane

Today’s fun Web site: Obama or Romney?

A poll purports to be able to tell whether you're likely to support Barack Obama or Mitt Romney by your preferences to things like movies, cars or pets. Of course, it could just ask who you plan to vote for. But that wouldn't be any...
News >  Idaho

Boise Tea Party: ‘Empeach’ Obama

Nearly 12 hours after the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark ruling, upholding much of what they call "Obamacare," members of the Boise Tea Party broke out their tri-corner hats and Don't Tread on Me flags to protest the decision Thursday evening on the...
News >  Idaho

Otter Denounces Obamacare Ruling

Gov. Butch Otter's statement re: Supreme Court approval of Obamacare: “Although five Supreme Court justices upheld Obamacare and the individual mandate under Congress’s power to tax, it does not mean it’s the right thing to do. Obamacare has been bad for America from the beginning....
News >  Spokane

Obama on the Obamacare decision

President Obama looked pretty happy when he took to the microphone earlier this morning to comment on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision that upheld the Affordable Care Act. For those who didn't see that, but wonder what he had to say, a transcript is...
News >  Idaho

Mitt Pledges To Repeal Obamacare

With the Capitol in the background, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling Thursday in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Question: Who will the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare help more in November -- President Barack Obama...
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Barbieri: ‘This Cannot Be Reality’

Outspoken Idaho Representative Vito Barbieri has pledged to continue his fight against President Barack Obama's health care reform despite the Supreme Court's final ruling on Thursday. Barbieri -- who sponsored a 2011 bill to nullify health care reform in Idaho, told KTVB he wants to...
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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare

The Supreme Court today upheld the vast majority of President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul, including the hotly debated core requirement that virtually all Americans have health insurance. The 5-4 decision means the huge overhaul, still taking effect, will proceed and pick up momentum...
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Idaho Priest Prays For Obama Defeat

The Roman Catholic Diocese had no official comment when Boise Weekly asked about Father Michael St. Marie's choice of words June 22. But St. Marie wasn't simply commenting on the presidential election; he was praying in a very public setting. "Dear Lord, I ask that...
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Labrador: Obama immigration move ‘blatantly political’

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador, an immigration attorney who touted his expertise on the issue as he ran for Idaho's 1st District congressional seat two years ago, blasted President Obama's announcement today of a major change in the nation's immigration law enforcement: Young illegal immigrants will...
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Johnson: Obama Not Doing Fine

Skillful politicians, it is often said, make their own luck. They have – or develop – the instincts to act, speak or hold their tongue at the right moment. The best of the best use language and symbols to connect over and over again with...
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Supremacist in terror plot sentenced

A man with ties to white supremacists who bragged about wanting to kill President Barack Obama received a 13-year sentence Thursday for a weapons charge, the latest conviction in what his lawyer called “a running battle with the government.” Wayde L. Kurt, 54, also told...
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Obama: Move forward, don’t go back

SEATTLE -- Barack Obama acknowledged he hasn't been a perfect president as he asked some , supporters to help him win another term and ask themselves a different question than the tradition standard an incument faces of "are you better off than you were four...
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Crowds gathering outside Paramount

McClain, left, and Brotski outside the Paramount Theater. SEATTLE -- President Obama's supporters are lining up outside the Paramount Theater and filling the blocked off street in advance of his second fund-raiser of the day in this city. Obama arrived shortly before noon at Boeing...
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Obama headed for Seattle

President Barack Obama is headed for Seattle today, to raise campaign money and tie up traffic. Make that tie up traffic even worse than normal in the city. He's due into Boeing Field about 11:45 a.m., has a high-ticket private fundraiser in the city ($17,900...
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Obama gay marriage support fuels state politicians

OLYMPIA -- In a state that recently went through a legislative battle over same-sex marriage and faces a potential ballot fight over the issue, President Barack Obama's comments supporting gay marriage drew quick response. He'll likely hear some of it in person Thursday, when he...
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Obama Visits Troops In Afghanistan

President Barack Obama greets troops at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Thoughts about President Barack Obama's surprise visit to U.S. troops in Afghanistan?
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Carter ‘Comfortable’ With Romney

Former President Jimmy Carter said he expects President Obama to win reelection, but Mitt Romney would be his top choice on the Republican side. "I think of all the Republican candidates who are prominent, I think Romney would be the one I would rather see...
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Today’s fun video: Dog days in the presidential campaign

OK, so the argument over whether Mitt Romney is less dog friendly for strapping a canine cage to his car roof than Barack Obama is for eating dog meat when he was a child in Indonesia is admittedly the stupidest conversation of the Presidential campaign...
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Santorum Suspends Prez Campaign

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum gets a hug from his wife Karen after announcing he is suspending his candidacy for the presidency today in Gettysburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, clearing a path for...
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Marine Faces Ouster For Obama Dis

Marine Sgt. Gary Stein, who is facing dismissal for posting critical comments about President Obama on Facebook, accused the review board that recommended he be discharged of basing its decision on "personal opinion" Tuesday. "I believe it was more based on personal opinion on the...
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Idaho Dems Optimistic This Year

House Democratic Leader John Rusche is euphoric about what he sees as a rare chance: his party winning seats in the Legislature with an incumbent Democratic president atop the ticket. Rusche concedes President Barack Obama’s unpopularity in Idaho but says the GOP’s effort to mandate...
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Obama, D’s Embrace ‘ObamaCare’

Holding a sign saying "We Love ObamaCare" supporters of health care reform rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, March 27, 2012, as the court continued hearing arguments on the health care law signed by President Barack Obama. Go ahead, call it...
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CMR: No Republican ‘War On Women’

For weeks, President Obama, Democratic activists and their friends in the media have relentlessly pushed the idea Republicans have launched a "War on Women." After weeks of this carefully orchestrated campaign, the consensus among administration officials and Beltway insiders is clear: Women are outraged by...
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Obama Defends Energy Policies

Vigorously defending his policies, President Barack Obama ridiculed critics of renewable energy sources Thursday, calling them naysayers and comparing them to the flat-earthers of yesteryear. Obama did not mention his detractors by name, merely referring to them as "professional politicians." But his targets were clear....
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British Invasion

President Barack Obama welcomes British Prime Minister David Cameron during an official arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington this morning. More here. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Question: Do you know much about England?
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Edit: Obama Basher Should Retire

Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull has failed to exhibit good behavior in communicating an ugly, offensive email message that is terribly disrespectful of President Barack Obama, the president’s deceased mother, women, black Americans and citizens who voted for Obama. Once the awful message was...
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Netanyahu Talks Tough With Obama

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier today in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Story here. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Question: Should President Obama and the United States interfere with a possible pre-emptive strike by Israel to...
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Arpaio Launches Birther Investigation

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio looks on as investigators announce the preliminary findings of his Cold Case investigation into the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate and other issues surrounding his eligibility to be President during a news conference on Thursday in Phoenix. Story...
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Judge Admits Anti-Obama Email

Montana’s chief federal judge apologized Wednesday for forwarding an email that contained a joke involving bestiality and President Barack Obama’s mother, saying he did so because he dislikes the president and not because he’s racist. Judge Richard Cebull, of Billings, forwarded the email from his...
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Poll: Obama Not Attacking Religion

Monday Poll: Almost a supermajority of Hucks Nation disagrees with GOPresidential candidate Rick Santorum's claim that President Barack Obama is hostile to religion. 128 of 201 respondents (63.68%) said Obama isn't hostile to religion. 68 of 201 respondents (33.83%) said the president is hostile to...
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Poll: Obama Wrong To Apologize

Weekend Poll: A solid majority of Hucks Nation believes President Barack Obama was wrong to apologize to Afghanistan for U.S. military burning of Qurans. 161 of 278 respondents (57.91%) said the president was wrong to apologize to President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan. 108 of 278...
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Chris, Barack K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire goes to kiss President Barack Obama upon his arrival at Paine Field, in Everett, Wash. , earlier today. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Question: Would you like to be kissed by a president?
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Luna Pans Obama Ed Proposal

On the editorial page of Wednesday’s USA Today, state schools superintendent Tom Luna argued against President Obama’s proposal requiring states to require students to stay in high school until age 18, or until they graduate. USA Today argued in favor of the proposal from Obama’s...
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Obama to visit Boeing on Friday

President Obama has added a stop at the Boeing factory in Everett as part of his Wasington state visit on Friday. Word from the Obama re-election campaign says it's part of the campaign theme of "an economy built to last based on American manufacturing and...
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Obama Backs Off Birth Control Policy

President Barack Obama declared today he’s found a solution to a birth-control uproar that will protect religious liberty but also ensure that women have access to free contraception, as he rushed to defuse an election-year issue that threatened to overtake his administration. Capping weeks of...
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Congressmen Rip Birth Control Policy

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier today to criticize President Barack Obama for insisting that employers must provide health insurance that includes birth control for women. House Speaker John Boehner said at the news conference that...
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Pumping Up

President Barack Obama pumps up a gun designed by Joey Hudy, left, of Phoenix, Ariz., left, to shoot a marshmallow in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington Tuesday, during the White House Science Fair. Obama hosted the second White House Science...
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Today’s fun video: Who is this ad really for?

If you weren't up getting another beer or more chips for the quacamole during half time Sunday, you might've seen this commercial featuring Clint Eastwood, who declared it was "half time in America." The ad is, on its face, a push for the cars made...
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Obama Order Angers Religious Groups

Item: Contraception mandate outrages religious groups: Religious groups that oppose the new contraception mandate say it forces people of faith to choose between upholding church doctrine and serving the broader society/Associated Press More Info: The Obama administration's decision requiring church-affiliated employers to cover birth control...
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2nd APhoto Of The Day — 2.2.12

OK, the first APhoto of the Day contest didn't go too well. Only one entry (but it was a good one, from Fort Boise). So how about this one: "President Barack Obama gives House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California a kiss at the National...
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Not Wanted: Obama Appointed Judge

The Idaho House has passed HJM 4, a non-binding memorial calling on Congress to add a third federal judge in Idaho, but only by a 47-21 vote and after objections on the floor to allowing a Democratic president to appoint another federal judge. Idaho's had...
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Arizona Governor Confronts Obama

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer points during an intense conversation with President Barack Obama after he arrived at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Wednesday in Mesa, Ariz. Asked moments later what the conversation was about, Brewer, a Republican, said: "He was a little disturbed about my book." Brewer...
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Obama: American Dream In Peril

Declaring the American dream under siege, President Barack Obama delivered a populist challenge Tuesday night to shrink the gap between rich and poor, promising to tax the wealthy more and help jobless Americans get work and hang onto their homes. Seeking re-election and needing results,...
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A Hug For A Courageous Woman

President Barack Obama greets retiring Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz. on Capiotl Hill in Washington, Tuesday, prior to delivering his State of the Union address. Story here. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Question: Have you been inspired by Gabby Giffords fight to overcome her grievous wound from...
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Delegation Reacts To Obama Speech

Tonight’s speech was different than President Obama’s previous three versions with him now clearly switching to campaign mode. He talked about the exceptionalism of the American people and how they are the key to our country’s greatness. I agree, and I also agree with many...
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Crapo To Sit With Dem For Speech

Sen. Mike Crapo is the only member of the Idaho delegation so far to sign on to an effort for members of Congress to sit with a lawmaker from the opposite party during the president’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night. There’s no word...
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Obama, Clinton Most Admired In ‘11

Pres. Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton top the list once again of the most admired men and women.Pres. Obama has topped the USA Today/Gallup poll for the last four years, and he is followed by Presidents Bush and Clinton in the second and third spots,...
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White House card not Christmas-y enough? Oh, please

The 2011 White House card. Inside message: "From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season." Former Gov. Sarah Palin is in a snit about the official White House Christmas card, saying that it just doesn't emphasize good American...
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President Obama Pardons Turkey

President Barack Obama, with daughters Sasha and Malia, pardons Liberty, a 19-week old, 45-pound turkey, on the occasion of Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011, on the North Portico of the White House in Washington. At left is National Turkey Federation Chairman Richard Huisinga. (AP Photo/Charles...
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Obama Makes New Hampshire Visit

President Barack Obama greets the audience after he spoke about jobs, Tuesday at Manchester High School Central in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Question: In the National Journal Monday, two former Democratic pollsters urged President Obama to abandon his run for re-election in favor of...
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APhoto Of The Day — 11.14.11

Lara Sutton places a kiss on a cut out poster of US President Barack Obama in Waikiki, Hawaii, Saturday, in Honolulu. The APEC Summit is being held in Oahu and Obama arrived Friday to attend the event. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/ Marco Garcia)...
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Gookin Conjures Obama Vs. Sayler

A Coeur d'Alene resident emails this to me (although I received it in the mail this weekend, too), with the observation: "I'm surprised Gookin felt he needed to do this officially from his campaign. Seems this would have been a better attack coming from his...
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Lewiston Teen Shakes Obama’s Hand

Not many 17-year-olds can say they've shook the hand of the president of the United States, but Lewiston High School senior Brian Perez (pictured) got to do just that. "He was pretty chill," Perez said of President Barack Obama. "And tall." When he wasn't rubbing...
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President Declares End Of Iraq War

President Obama announced Friday that the United States will withdraw nearly all troops from Iraq by the end of the year, effectively bringing the long war in Iraq to an end. "After nearly 9 years, America's war in Iraq will be over," said Mr. Obama,...
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Today’s fun video: Obama channeling Reagan

You can do almost anything with the right collection of video clips, including making Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan seem like they were philosophically separated at birth. At least that's what Think Progress, a liberal organization, did with this video.
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Hank Williams Apologize For Remark

Hank Williams Jr. apologized Tuesday for comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler, a remark that prompted controversy and resulted in "Monday Night Football" pulling his popular musical introduction from this week's game. "I have always been very passionate about politics and sports and this time...
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ESPN Cuts Ties With Hank Williams Jr.

ESPN has dropped Hank Williams Jr. from opening Monday Night Football tonight after Williams' controversial comments Monday about President Obama. Says ESPN, in a statement: "While Hank Williams Jr. is not an ESPN employee, we recognize he is closely linked to our company through the...
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McKenna stays in health care suit; Dems step up criticism

OLYMPIA – Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna won’t withdraw from a multi-state lawsuit against federal health care reform, even though the other states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to do something McKenna says he doesn’t want. Throw out the entire law. Washington Democrats contend...
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Michelle Obama Stumping For Hubby

In this 2008 AP file photo, Michelle Obama campaigns for her husband, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, at a rally in Rochester, Minn. She's mingled barefoot among Aspen's elite, stirred a Vermont utility executive to tears and bucked up disenchanted New Yorkers. The 2012...
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Crapo, Risch Rip Immigration Change

Recent immigration policies enacted by the Administration undermine the rule of law, say Idaho Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and a group of Republican senators in a letter to the President urging to remand the proposals. The directives in question call for the Department...
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WSU in NYT: The Anti-Christ in politics

Not sure how often this happens, but over the weekend, a guest column by a Washington State University professor was featured in the New York Times. Matthew Sutton, an associate professor of history at WSU, writes about the prospect that the apocalyptic beliefs of some...
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Obama in Seattle: Hard to spot without cash

OLYMPIA -- If you're coming to Seattle for the weekend and hoping to catch President Obama, who'll be there for just over three hours on Sunday, bring cash. Not much chance of seeing him in the flesh without it. Obama has two campaign stops on...
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Luna joins Obama at White House, praises new NCLB waiver process

Idaho state schools Superintendent Tom Luna was among more than a dozen state school chiefs invited to joint President Obama and his education secretary, Arne Duncan, at the White House this morning to unveil a new waiver process for states under the No Child Left...
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Dogwalk: Clinton Could Beat Obama

So Hillary Clinton is the most popular national figure in America. I've even heard there has been a movement for her to challenge Obama in a primary. She could, you know. And probably win because all her fans would come out in force. But I...
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Otter Will Take Obamacare Money

Gov. Butch Otter said Tuesday that he will allow the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and Idaho Department of Insurance to ask the federal government for $30.9 million of grant money to start a health insurance exchange for the state. The exchange will be...
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Yay! It’s Constitution Week

At least, that's what a proclamation signed by President Obama says. From last Saturday to this Friday, it's officially Constitution Week. This coincides with the 224th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17. That was Constitution Day, but a single day doesn't...
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Mansfield: Hillary In 2012?

I remember when I first blogged on the possibility of Hillary Clinton resigning her position as Sec of State in order to run against President Obama. Folks responded with a variety-on-the-same-theme: "What are you smokin'?" After years of working with ex-addicts and ex-inmates, I laughed...sort...
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Poll: McKenna ahead of Inslee; Obama ahead of Perry, Romney

OLYMPIA -- For those who are Jonesing for some campaign-style polling, a Seattle political consulting firm is trying to supply a fix. It has a new poll of 500 voters that suggest if the election were held today, Republican Rob McKenna would beat Democrat Jay...
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Crapo Balks At Obama Tax Hike Talk

President Barack Obama's engagement in job creation is "welcome," Sen. Mike Crapo said this week, and it's time for Congress and the White House to get past its "tired, back-and-forth political battles" and produce results. But in his weekly guest opinion to Idaho newspapers, the...
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Politics As Usual In Unusual Times

On Thursday evening, an unpopular president told an unpopular Congress to get to work and pass his jobs bill. Right away, as he said several times. President Barack Obama repeatedly tried to sweeten the deal by reminding his skeptics across the aisle that many of...
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Poll: Obama Worse Than Carter

Two new polls today find that just one third of the public feels President Obama deserves re-election while five times more Americans think Obama has done a worse job fixing the economy than Jimmy Carter, the modern era's Herbert Hoover. Washington Whispers contributor John Zogby...
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Obama Readies Major Jobs Speech

The pressure is on President Obama to deliver a blockbuster plan to revive the economy, as the White House hypes his upcoming jobs speech -- amid a bungled rollout -- as a potential turning point in his administration. When the White House first teased the...
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Obama Uncle Faces DUI Charge

President Barack Obama's uncle was stopped on suspicion of drunken driving in Massachusetts, told police he planned to arrange bail through the White House and is being held without bail by federal immigration officials, authorities said Monday. Onyango Obama, 67, was arrested last week in...
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APhoto Of the Day — 8.29.11

Wearing a dunce cap, Don Bahl attends the Tea Party Express tour kick-off in Napa, Calif. on Saturday. Bahl said he voted for President Barack Obama in the last election but didn't get the change he wanted. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) Top...
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Fuel Standards Sought For Big Rigs

Fire trucks and concrete mixers, semis, heavy-duty pickups and all trucks in between will, for the first time, have to trim fuel consumption and emissions of heat-trapping gases under new efficiency standards announced Tuesday by President Barack Obama. The White House said the standards will...
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Idaho Gives Obama Lowest Rating

President Barack Obama is least popular in Idaho than any other state in the nation a new Gallup poll shows. Only 27 percent of Idahoans approve of the job Obama’s doing. In Wyoming, Oklahoma and Utah 32 percent approve and in West Virginia and Arkansas...
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Obama: US ‘Always AAA Country’

The decision by Standard & Poor's to downgrade U.S. debt underscores the need for a major agreement on deficit reduction, President Obama said Monday. The president said U.S. debt remains world-class in the eyes of the markets despite S&P's downward revision — from Aaa to...
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Geithner Slams S&P’s Poor Judgment

The credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s showed “terrible judgment” in lowering the U.S. government’s credit rating, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (pictured w/President Obama) said Sunday. “They’ve handled themselves very poorly. And they’ve shown a stunning lack of knowledge about the basic U.S. fiscal budget...
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Disappoint Mints Pulled From Shelves

A box of satirical breath mints poking fun at President Obama is seen at the office of University of Tennessee Vice Chancellor of Communication Margie Nichols in Knoxville, Tenn., Wednesday. The mints were pulled from the shelves at the University of Tennessee bookstore after local...
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Dogwalk: Obama’s Mirror On The Wall

The debt ceiling has been raised. What that means is the government is now able to spend more money. Yet the country's unemployment rate still hovers just under 10%. Future prospects remain dismal. So what does the President do to empathize with the people he...
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Bruce Reed Lunches w/President

President Barack Obama, flanked by Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs Rob Nabors, left, and Chief of Staff to the Vice President Bruce Reed, eats lunch at the Good Stuff Eatery in Washington, Wednesday. Reed, of course, is a Coeur d'Alene High...
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Obama Turns 50 On Thursday

In this Jan. 20, 2009, file photo, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Western Inaugural Ball in Washington. Turning 50 is hard enough. But it's got to be even harder when you're president, because the whole world knows about it....
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Risch Lashes Obama Debt Rhetoric

Idaho's junior U.S. senator lashed out Saturday against President Barack Obama's handling of the current national debt crisis, saying nothing should be off the table when it comes to spending cuts. Sen. Jim Risch's comments came during a lunchtime speech to fellow Republicans attending a...
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Poll: Military Suicide Condolences? Yes

Thursday Poll: Overwhelmingly, Hucks Nation supports President Barack Obama's plans to send condolences to families whose loved ones commit suicide while serving in the U.S. military. 107 of 127 respondents (84.25%) supported that position. Only 18 of 127 (14.17%) opposed that position. 2 voters (1.57%)...
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Condolences For Military Suicides?

President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a reversal of the policy of not sending condolence letters to military families whose loved ones commit suicide. In a written statement, Obama said, in part, "This decision was made after a difficult and exhaustive review of the former...
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Tweeters ask Obama about jobs, taxes, economy

President Barack Obama answered questions about jobs, the economy, taxes, welfare and space programs in the first Twitter Town Hall meeting. But nothing about marijuana, which was among the most "retweeted" topics before the session started. The session allowed people around the country to send...
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Tweeting With The President

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Twitter co-founder and Executive Chairman Jack Dorsey, left, answers a question posted by House Speaker of the House John Boehner of Ohio, seen on the screen, during the first ever Twitter Town Hall today in the East Room of the...
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Tweets to prez: How about legal pot?

President Obama is holding the first Twitter Town Hall today. Whatever you may think about the confluence of social media and democracy, there may be some signs that there are shortcomings. For example, what do you think the most frequently aske question is? Hey, Mr....
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INW: Obama Cancels Montana Vacay

Toby Moore (right), 4, watches while his brother Kai, 1, gets a drink from a water fountain at Reaney Park in Pullman on Tuesday. The boys are the sons of Mae and Alex Moore of Pullman. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News photo: Geoff Crimmins) Cartoon: We've got...
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Labrador: Obama Should Be Like Bill

Idaho 1st District GOP Rep. Raúl Labrador is urging President Barack Obama to emulate his fellow Democratic President Bill Clinton in striking a budget deal with Republicans. In a three-page letter Wednesday, Labrador hails Clinton's leadership and suggests Obama follow his example. "Today the political...
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Tom Rice nominated for federal judgeship

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tom Rice was nominated today by President Barack Obama for a federal judgeship in Spokane. Rice, a 1986 magna cum laude graduate of Gonzaga School of Law, was among two judicial nominees announced by the White House Wednesday. The other is David...
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Obama has Seattle Storm over to White House

President Barack Obama, fulfilling the number one presidential duty of congratulator-in-chief, had the WNBA champion Seattle Storm over to the White House this afternoon for some high fives and kind words. He introduced the coach, joked around with the players and talked about how he...
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APhoto Of The Day — 6.24.11

President Barrack Obama stands in front of a robot as he makes remarks during a visit to Carnegie Mellon University's National Robotics Engineering Center in Pittsburgh this morning. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Top Cutlines: 1. Rep. Cantor’s new remote-controlled NREC Sensabot...
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Marc: GOPer Obama Should Fear

Nothing, ever – nothing – is certain in politics. A candidate or officeholder can literally go from hero to zero in the length of time it takes to send a tweet or jackknife a trailer behind the SUV you have apparently just stolen. There are...
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Dear Obama: When will we see solar panels on the White House?

Back in the fall, I was excited when President Obama said he would install solar panels on the most famouse residence in America. Energy Secretary Steven Chu made an official announement solar panels would be installed by spring 2011 on top of the White House...
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Examiner: Chinese To Annex Idaho

Here's a weird one from Bill Turner of the Boise Conservative Examiner, who contends that there's some sort of deal between Gov. Butch Otter and "B. Hussein Obama" to transform Idaho into the first Chinese state in the union. Turner writes: "Otter and company have...
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Obama Retreats From Wilderness Plan

The Obama administration is backing away from a plan to make millions of acres of undeveloped land in the West eligible for federal wilderness protection, the Associated Press reports. In a memo today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said his agency will not designate any of...
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Parliament Welcomes Obama Warmly

President Barack Obama makes his way through members of parliament after his speech in Westminster Hall in London, England, Wednesday. Obama was granted the honor of being the first U.S. president to speak from the grand setting of Westminster Hall, and he received a deeply...
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Tea Party Rips Obama Mideast Stand

Writing in the new Tea Party Boise newsletter John Anderson says President Obama's speech on Middle East peace talks last week "was profoundly un-American, and overtly anti-Jewish in it's potential consequence." "In the speech Obama stated that America supported, and in fact, mandated that any...
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Marc: O’Bama Returns To Irish Roots

I love Ireland – the people, the landscape, the literature, the history, well some of the history, anyway. But most of all, as I have enjoyed the coverage of Obama and Michelle sipping a Guinness in a pub in Moneygall, I like the notion that...
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Obama Declares Idaho Flood Disaster

President Barack Obama has issued a major disaster declaration for Idaho and made federal funding available to counties with flooding damage. Earlier this month, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter requested more than $5 million in federal money for six northern Idaho counties to pay for fixing...
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Idaho Woman: Dad Delivered Obama

The Idaho Mountain Express reports Wednesday that a Blaine County woman says her father was the physician who delivered Barack Obama in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961. Kathy Sinclair-McClatchy of Gannett and her mother, Ivalee Sinclair of Hawaii, spoke with the paper. The family provided...
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P.S. Obamas Celebrate Poetry, Prose

President Barack Obama speaks as he and first lady Michelle Obama, not seen, host a celebration of American poetry and prose at the White House earlier today in Washington (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Question: Which poem is your favorite?
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Billy Graham Hospitalized

President Barack Obama meets with Billy Graham at his mountainside home in Montreat, N.C., on April 25, 2010. Obama concluded his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting of the ailing evangelist, who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower. Graham was admitted to...
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INW: Bridgeport Loses Obamastakes

Tamra Jacksond, right, principal of Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, Wash., and five students eagerly await a call from the White House earlier. The school was one of three finalists vying for a commencement speech by President Barack Obama, but a school in Tennessee won...
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Bin Laden Watched Obama On TV

In this image from video seized from the compound of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, a man whom the U.S. government identifies as bin Laden watches Barack Obama on television. This and other videos released Saturday show bin Laden watching TV and...
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Fake Bin Laden Photos Hit Internet

The images are bloody, grotesque and convincing: Osama bin Laden lies dead, the left side of his head blasted away. But the pictures are fakes. Doctored photos purporting to show bin Laden's corpse rocketed around the world on television, online via social media and in...
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Special Session Day 9: Senate lauds troops, Obama

OLYMPIA -- With American flags sprouting from every desk, senators seemed to swell with patriotic pride and honored members of the armed forces and their commander-in-chief after Sunday's mission that killed Osama bin Laden. Senate Resolution 8661honors President Obama for "strong, thoughtful leadership"; the military...
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Obama Won’t Air Bin Laden Photos

A Pakistani child seen in front of the compound of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, Wednesday. The residents of Abbottabad, Pakistan, were still confused and suspicious on Wednesday about the killing of Osama bin Laden, which took place in their midst before...
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Today’s fun video: Jon Stewart on bin Laden’s death

The Daily Show - Big DeadyTags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook Jon Stewart continues to deliver some of the best political commentary anywhere, marking Osama bin Laden's death with well-directed satire and just the right amount of celebration.
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Hucks Poll: World Not Safer

Monday Poll: A majority of Hucks Nation disagrees with President Barack Obama's contention that the world is safer now that the U.S. has killed terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. 112 of 223 respondents (50.22%) disagree with Obama. 90 of 223 respondents (40.36%) agree that the...
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Some Pakistanis Upset At Obama

People rally to condemn the killing of Osama bin Laden in Karachi, Pakistan on Tuesday. Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil) Question:...
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Getting Briefed On Bin Laden Raid

In this image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to diffuse the paper in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive...
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Obama could give commencement speech at WA high school

Bridgeport High School was selected as one of three finalists in a national competition to have President Obama give the commencement speech. The White House has a competition for what it calls the Race to the Top School Commencement Challenge, and schools from all over...
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U.S. Forces Kill Osama Bin Laden

In this Oct. 7, 2001, file photo, Osama bin Laden is seen at an undisclosed location in this television image broadcast. A person familiar with developments said this evening that bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body. (AP Photo/Al Jazeera) Originally posted...
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Obama: ‘Significant Achievement’

"Today, at my direction, the United States launched a targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. A small team of Americans carried out the operation with extraordinary courage and capability. No Americans were harmed. They took care to avoid civilian casualties. After a firefight,...
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Bin Laden’s Death Brings Closure

The hijacked jet planes that roared out of a clear blue sky one sunny September morning 10 years ago killed nearly 3,000 people, but the hurt they did spread far beyond the immediate death and destruction at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The...
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Obama To Visit Tornado Hit South

Rescuers in the tornado-ravaged South searched through debris for survivors and bodies on Friday ahead of a visit by President Barack Obama to the state worst hit by the disaster that killed 310 people. Obama will view the destruction in Alabama, the hardest hit of...
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High Noon: Barack Obama & Oprah

Santa Fe: Why is the leader of this country and wife on Oprah in the first place? Didn’t he state yesterday regarding him producing the long form of his birth certificate that “there are more important things that need to be done”? Guess the appearance...
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Kevin: I’d Rather Death w/Oathers

The hyped-up wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton is a diversion. The histrionics over President Obama’s place of birth is a distraction. Oather-mania is harmless, and yeah, kind of charming. Birther-blather is malevolent. Cynical. Corrosive. The hubbub about the royal wedding is rooted not...
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Oprah Hosts The Obamas

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are pictured with Oprah Winfrey during a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show at Harpo Studios in Chicago earlier today. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Question: I must confess that I've never watch an Oprah Winfrey show, from beginning...
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Is the ‘birther’ issue laid to rest?

It was with some regret that I heard Wednesday morning that President Obama has released his birth certificate. There is no issue that is better for generating comments for this website than whether Obama was born in the USA, and I am sad to see...
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Dennis: Will Birthers Be Satisfied?

This handout image provided by the White House shows a short-form copy of President Barack Obama's birth certificate from Hawaii. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Dennis Mansfield writes: Mother's Race: Caucasion ... Father's Race: African. Say what? That's what Mr. Obama, Senior was listed as -...
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Obama Releases Live Birth Certificate

President Obama released his original birth certificate Wednesday, saying the controversy surrounding the issue had become a "sideshow." Obama's birth certificate. “We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do," said Obama. The surprise release follows recent and...
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Obama Appeals To Facebook Crowd

Hoping to rekindle excitement among younger voters, President Barack Obama spoke at a town hall-style meeting hosted by Facebook on Wednesday and asked for help in beating back “radical” Republican budget proposals. He sat on a stage next to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who served...
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Obama Birth Info: Enough Already?

In this April 20, 2011 photo, microfilm reveals the Aug. 14, 1961, birth announcement in the Honolulu Star Bulletin that a son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Barack H. Obama on Aug. 4, 1961, at the Hawaii State Library in Honolulu. Lost in the...
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U.S. Credit Rating In Jeopardy

Item: America’s credit rating in jeopardy: Standard & Poor’s issues warning on U.S. debt/AP, Spokesman-Review More Info: An unexpected warning by a major credit agency on America’s soaring debt shocked global investors and threatened still wider consequences for the U.S. economy, even as a new...
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Simpson Unhappy w/Deficit Plan

Americans need to have an serious conversation about the federal budget deficit, says Rep. Mike Simpson, without resorting to "politically divisive and patently false claims." But in defending a deficit-cutting blueprint crafted by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan and passed by a GOP House,...
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Biden Nods Off During Obama Speech

For the millions of Americans who find talk of deficit reduction to be one of the less rousing political subjects, Vice President Joe Biden feels your pain. At a Wednesday press conference where Obama presented his ‘framework‘ for reducing the budget deficit, Biden was caught...
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Government Shutdown Looms Today

With hours to go before a threatened U.S. government shutdown, Republican and Democratic leaders remained deadlocked over federal support for Planned Parenthood and other spending as they narrowed their differences over the size of proposed budget cuts. President Barack Obama called on lawmakers to reach...
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Solon: Libya Can Have Our ‘Muslim’

Legislators have made more than their share of bad policy this year. Now they're just making stuff up. Consider this little joke that appeared recently on Rep. Marv Hagedorn's Facebook page. "The Islamic coalition supporting the UN efforts in Libya is having a tough time...
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Montanan To Run Obama Campaign

Four years ago, Barack Obama was an upstart in the midst of becoming a phenomenon. Now, he's an established juggernaut with the power of the presidency at his back. But his re-election bid, formally announced Monday, seeks to re-create the grassroots effort - the armies...
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Obama’s bracket: Are you doing better than the prez?

In keeping with tradition for the start of the NCAA basketball tournaments, President Obama filled out his bracket and the White House released it. Something new was added to the mix this year, however. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich criticized Obama for spending too much attention...
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Writer: Don’t Allow More Idahos

In an article titled, "Mr. President: Use the damn bully pulpit!" Sasha Abramsky writes in Salon that Barack Obama should stand up for working people. Otherwise, Abramsky argues, other states will become "reliably hyper-conservative" like Idaho. "We are sleepwalking toward the abyss," says Abramsky, who...
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APhoto Of The Day — 2.24.11

A float depicting United States President Barack Obama with his hat topped off by a man masked as al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden, and entitled 'Barack-Adabra' and the Great Circus of the Fleas' is shown at the traditional Viareggio Carnival parade in Viareggio, Italy, Sunday....
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White House Grill Sign Causes Stir

Raci, at the popular White House Grill, 712 Spokane St./Post Falls, has caused jaws to flap with this sign that he recently posted to advertise that his business is now open Sundays. Kerri Thoreson posted this photo on her Facebook wall ... and now has...
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Crapo: Obama Budget ‘Unsustainable’

President Obama's 2011-12 budget proposal continues down an "unsustainable path" of spending too much, taxing too much and borrowing too much, Idaho senior Sen. Mike Crapo said this morning. "This budget simply moves the money around, with no measurable reduction in the overall size of...
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Armed ‘Obama robber’ hits Austria banks

VIENNA (AP) — Say, isn't that the president with a gun in his hand? Actually, no, but it sure looks like it. Austrian authorities are searching for a bank robber who uses an unusual disguise: He wears a Barack Obama mask during his holdups. Police...
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School Reform: Obama, Idaho Style

President Obama has challenged the nation to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the next decade. Idaho schools superintendent Tom Luna’s education reform plan hinges upon cutting 770 teaching jobs over two years. I was struck by the contrast. And as the Legislature prepares for a...
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Time: Obama Charts Path Forward

For two years, Barack Obama has been talking about lifting the U.S. out of a financial hole. In his second State of the Union, buoyed by recent legislative successes, his successful speech in Tucson and a brightening economic forecast, he began charting a path forward....
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P.S. State Of The Union Speech @ 6 PM

President Barack Obama strides from the Oval Office along the Colonnade at the White House in Washington earlier today, after being prepped for his State of the Union speech, which will begin at 6 p.m. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) DFO: Feel free to use this...
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Enviros Disappointed In Obama

Item: Enviro Group: Obama’s no George W. Bush, but he’s no Teddy Roosevelt, either: Report card on the president's first two years in office gives Obama a C-minus/New West editor More Info: In a report card released today, the Center for Biological Diversity gave President...
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Obama Welcomes China’s Hu

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome China's President Hu Jintao to the North Portico of the White House in Washington earlier today for the State Dinner. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Question: Should we be honoring a top official of the nation of China,...
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Gregoire at Hu’s dinner

At the risk of sounding like an old Abbott and Costello routine, Hu's coming to dinner at the White House, and Gov. Chris Gregoire is invited too. Who's coming to dinner? Hu's the president of China. I don't know who's the president of China but...
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Semanko: Idaho D’s Left Of Obama

In a statement issued in defense of Superintendent Tom Luna's reform plan for public education, state GOP chairman Norm Semanko wrote, in part: "On Friday, the Idaho Democratic Party came out against Governor Otter and Superintendent Luna’s plan asking, “why should any parent, student or...
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ICB: Obama Led Us Thursday Night

As you know I have never been much of an Obama fan. I disagree with him on just about everything and I have been quite critical of him and his policies on these pages over the years but, yes believe it or not there is...
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Obama: Quit Pointing Fingers

"But what we can't do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on one another. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let us use...
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Simpson Gavels Down ‘Birther’

House Republicans' reading of the Constitution was interrupted Thursday by a woman who shouted "except Obama, except Obama" to the venerable document's words on a U.S. citizen's eligibility to be president. Just as Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., was reading "no person, except a natural-born citizen,...
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APhoto Of The Day — 1.4.11

After having a shave ice with family and friends President Barack Obama greets people waiting outside Island Snow at Kailua Beach Center while on vacation with the first family in Kailua, Hawaii, Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Top Cutlines: 1. Moments after...
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Obama most admired: Palin top religious newsmaker

It was a tough year to be Barack Obama in many respects--but he's ending it on a strong note. Not only did the president rack up a number of key legislative wins in the lame-duck 111th Congress, but he also won the honor of being...
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Obama calls Eagle’s owner re: Michael Vick

Michael Vick has been getting support from all sides during his road to redemption. He's now getting it from the leader of the free world. NBC's Peter King reports that Barack Obama called Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie earlier this week to congratulate him for...
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Zogby: Bush, Palin Win People Polls

An ABC cameraman tapes as Robin Roberts, far right, rides a snowmobile with Sarah Palin (in orange helmet) and her daughter Piper during an interview with Sarah Palin for ABC's Good Morning America at the Palin home in Wasilla, Alaska. In a Zogby International Poll,...
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Judge: Health Care Reform Illegal

Item: Virginia health-care ruling strikes down key provision of Obama's plan/Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington PostMore Info: A federal judge in Virginia ruled Monday that a key provision of the nation's sweeping health-care overhaul is unconstitutional, the most significant legal setback so far for President Obama's...
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Clinton Backs Obama-GOP Tax Deal

President Barack Obama joins former President Bill Clinton as he speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington on Friday. Clinton implored Democrats to back the tax-cut deal that President Barack Obama negotiated with Republicans. MSNBC story here. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Question:...
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Senate Dems Upset w/Tax Deal

Several Senate Democrats on Tuesday morning criticized the White House and Republican tax deal, saying that President Barack Obama gave up too much to a recalcitrant opposition party. The initial pushback suggests that the White House will have to woo a handful of reluctant Senate...
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Obama Statement On Pearl Harbor

Nearly 70 years ago, on December 7, 1941, our service members and civilians awoke on a quiet Sunday to a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor by Japanese forces. Employing whatever weapons were at hand, those who defended Hawaii that fateful morning stand as examples of...
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Obama Rallies Troops In Afghanistan

President Barack Obama greets members of the military at a rally during an unannounced visit at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan today. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)I thought it was good of Obama to make a surprise visit to Afghanistan today. He gave a nice talk...
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Scarborough Takes On Sarah Palin

What man or mouse with a fully functioning human brain and a résumé as thin as Palin’s would flirt with a presidential run? It makes the political biography of Barack Obama look more like Winston Churchill’s, despite the fact that the 44th president breezed into...
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Obama pardons turkey and other T-Day readings

One of the great American Thanksgiving traditions occurred this morning, as President Obama pardoned a turkey presented to him from the turkey growers association.Actually, he pardoned two. The winner of a national turkey competition, Apple, and understudy Cider. They're off to Mount Vernon to live...
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Obama Pardons Thanksgiving Turkey

Apple, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, walks around the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington this morning before being pardoned by President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)Otis G: "Just to stir things up, Obama should have come out with a shotgun and wasted that...
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Barack & Hillary At NATO Summit

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton stand during a remembrance ceremony for fallen comrades, at a round table meeting of the North Atlantic Council, during a NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, Friday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Question: In her latest post, Dogwalk...
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CNN: Palin Mulling 2012 Prez Run

In a yet to be aired interview, Sarah Palin said she believes it would be possible for her to beat President Obama if she ran for President. During an interview for an upcoming Barbara Walters special, Palin said "I believe so," when Walters asked Palin...
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The Face Of A True Hero

President Obama hailed the first living soldier to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War Tuesday as a modern Audie Murphy for heroically storming a Taliban ambush to save his trapped rifle team. Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, 25, of Iowa, is the first...
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Today’s fun video: Obama remix

President Obama hasn't had much call to dance in the last week, but during a stop in Mumbai, India, earlier today he was invited to join a troupe of children dancers. So he did, and the video was very quickly cut and remixed with "In...
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Johnson: Obama’s Model Found In ‘48

The seeds of Obama's resurrection from the shellacking of the 2010 mid-terms may reside in Truman's response 64 years ago. Truman doubled down on the Republicans, challenged them to enact their plans; plans strikingly similar to today - spending reductions, dismantling various social programs and...
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Chastened Obama Talks Compromise

President Barack Obama answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington Wednesday. A chastened President Barack Obama signaled a new willingness to yield to Republican demands on tax cuts and jettisoned a key energy priority on Wednesday,...
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To avoid any questions, next time Obama should come to Spokane

After President Barack Obama stopped in a Seattle neighborhood for a “backyard conversation”, the Washington State Republican Party complained that this was nothing but a political event for which Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election campaign should be charged.Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. The 35 or...
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Obama-Minnick Sign Joins Westboro

FishinJay: Driving by Lake City High School this morning I saw the Westboro crazies out there, and the counter protesters across the street. Then right next to the Westboro crowd was a man with the “Support Obama, Vote Minnick” sign. If the point of the...
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Obama: Ask them what they’d cut

SEATTLE -- President Barack Obama said skeptical voters should challenge Republican candidates who are calling for smaller budgets, demanding that they explain how they'd shrink the government.Appearing in a northeast Seattle neighborhood for a "backyard conversation" with about 35 local residents, Obama defended policies his...
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Obama: Women made strides, still at disadvantage

SEATTLE--Women have made great strides, so they make up half the workforce, but still face problems with lower wages, President Obama told participants in a "back yard discussion."Women, like men, have trouble getting loans, he said. They know that the middle class has been under...
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Obama heading for Seattle neighborhood

SEATTLE -- The streets of the Wedgewood neighborhood in northeast Seattle are lined with people hoping to catch a glimpse or a photo of President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to hold a backyard discussion here shortly after 10 a.m.Parents have children in patio chairs...
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Minnick Ad Rips Obama, Pelosi

Sisyphus asked Monday about a pro-Walt Minnick ad he thought he'd seen at the tail-end of the Sunday night football game in which President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were criticized. I think this one is it (courtesy of YouTube and Idaho Reporter)....
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111th Congress Draws To Close

President Barack Obama signs the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, during a ceremony at Northern Virginia Community College in Alexandria, Va., in March. The public panned it. Republicans obstructed it. Many Democrats fled from it. Even so, the session of Congress now...
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Palin & Obama: Cousins?

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin gestures while addressing the National Quartet Convention in Louisville, Ky. According to the genealogists at Ancestry.com, President Barack Obama is apparently related to Palin, a discovery they made when looking for connections between political foes. Story here. (AP...
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Obama Billboard Attracts Scorn

A billboard along an Interstate 70 business loop in Grand Junction, Colo., is shown that uses caricatures to depict President Barack Obama as a terrorist, gangster, Mexican bandit and a gay man. The billboard has drawn bipartisan scorn from political officials. Story here and here....
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Obama Lifts Oil Drilling Moratorium

In this June 24 file photo, oil workers from the Gulf Island Fabrication Yard listen to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal during a speech in Houma, La., where he spoke out against the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, saying it would kill thousands of Louisiana jobs....
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APhoto Of The Day — 10.11.10

A woman reacts as a nude person is escorted from the audience as President Barack Obama speaks at a rally in Philadelphia Sunday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Top Cutlines:1. Earl Grey, local Tea Bag Party Grand Wizard, is escorted away from the podium...
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Obama making return trip for Murray

President Obama will return to Washington next week to campaign for Sen. Patty Murray’s re-election. The two will appear at a rally at the University of Washington’s Hec Edmundson Pavilion on Oct. 21.Obama was in Seattle on Aug. 17 to talk about small business assistance...
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Today’s fun video: No seal of approval

For presidential speeches, one would think there'd be scrupulous attention to the small things...like securing the presidential seal on the podium.But apparently, one would not always be correct in that assumption.
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Rahm Emanuel Leaving White House

President Barack Obama and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel walk to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington for a short flight to Andrews Air Force Base as they travel to Chicago. Obama has made official what has been...
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Obama jabs Clinton on wives

Barack Obama got a few quick laughs at Bill Clinton's expense recently by noting that both of them more or less "married up."
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Jon to Bill: I thought Obama would do a better job

Jon Stewart made his much-anticipated return to 'The O'Reilly Factor' on Wednesday and went head to head with Bill O'Reilly, who dug into Stewart's opinions on President Barack Obama. "Do you, Jon Stewart, have Obama remorse?" O'Reilly wondered. Stewart reiterated the seemingly anti-Obama sentiment he's...
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Obama Tea Party Float Miffs Viewers

Naches (Wash., near Yakima) community members are outraged at a Tea Party parade float in the Sportsmans’ Days Parade last weekend which featured a man dressed as President Barack Obama whipping a teenager with a riding crop.Last weekend was the Naches Lions Club’s annual Sportsmans’...
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Obama Tackles Quran Burning Threat

President Barack Obama is exhorting a Florida minister to "listen to those better angels" and call off his plan to engage in a Quran-burning protest this weekend. Obama told ABC's "Good Morning America" in an interview aired Thursday that he hopes the Rev. Terry Jones...
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Press Poll: Obama’s Muslim, Not Citizen

I draw attention to the current Coeur d'Alene Press poll with fear and trembling because I chastised individuals this morning for the ongoing "birther" argument in some of the threads at Hucks Online. However, I can't ignore the question or the answers so far: "What...
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P.S. Obama Marks End Of Iraq Combat

President Barack Obama reads his speech for photographers after delivering a primetime televised address marking the the end of combat mission in Iraq from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday. Los Angeles Times story here. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Question: Was Iraq...
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KBOI Poll: 60% Say Obama Muslim

Sixty percent of listeners who responded to an online survey by the Boise radio station say President Barack Obama is a Muslim, more than twice the figure in a recent national poll. Fifty-five percent of respondents to the non-scientific poll said Obama is a foreign-born...
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Muslims (Heart) Obama, Mormons Don’t

A Gallup survey indicates that in the first half of this year, 78 percent of Muslims approved of the job the president's doing in the White House, while just 24 percent of Mormons give Obama a thumbs up. According to the poll, the president's approval...
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Poll: Palin-Obama Gap Melts To 1 Point

Obama's new Gallup Poll job approval number is 47%. Last month it was 53%. Regular Ticket readers will recall how in this space in late November we pointed out that Obama's closely watched job approval slide was coinciding with Palin's little-noticed rise in favorability. And...
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On the Obama menu

President Obama considers his lunch choices Tuesday at the Grand Central Bakery in Pioneer Square.SEATTLE -- President Barack Obama arrived in Pioneer Square hungry ... and not just for some political talk and economic discussions.He was looking for lunch. Fortunately, the first stop was at...
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Obama lauds Murray, takes shot at Rossi

President Obama and Sen. Patty Murray talk with small business owners Tuesday morning at a Pioneer Square cafe. SEATTLE – President Barack Obama accused Republicans of driving the economy “into the ditch” then asking for the keys back now that Democrats have pulled it out...
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Obama Visit Shakes Up Seattle

President Barack Obama and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., left, take part in a roundtable discussion with small business owners at Grand Central Bakery in Seattle earlier today. Story here. Also: Seattle was hit by sonic booms when fighter jets scrambled to intercept a pilot who'd...
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Obama: Pass jobs bill

SEATTLE -- President Obama called for Senate Republicans to stop "playing politics" and pass a jobs bill when they return to work in September that would cut taxes and waive fees for small businesses.After meeting with three Western Washington business owners who have managed to...
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Obama talking job growth at bakery

SEATTLE -- After ordering a sandwich because "I'm on East Coast time" President Barack Obama sat down with three Western Washington business owners, Sen. Patty Murray and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke late this morning at a bakery on Pioneer Square.Obama arrived with a gaggle of...
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Crowds gathering for Obama visit

SEATTLE -- City police have blocked off one corner at First and Main while awaiting the arrival of President Barack Obama at the Grand Central Bakery.Crowds are gathering across the street, cell phones and cameras in hand, waiting for Obama, who is due to arrive...
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Obama in Pioneer Square, downtown Seattle today

SEATTLE -- President Barack Obama will make a stop today in Pioneer Square to talk about adding jobs in the tough economy, then head up the hill to the Westin Hotel to talk about not subtracting Patty Murray from the state's congressional delegation.Obama has a...
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APhoto Of The Day — 8.16.10

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama react as their daughter Sasha gets a hole in oneas they play miniature golf in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Saturday. You write the cutline.Top Cutlines:1. Sasha was asked by reporters after the game, “What is your handicap?” Sasha's...
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Koot-Con: Sarah Won’t Run In 2012

Kootenai Conservative: My (maybe wacky) predictions for 2012: Palin is going to keep everybody guessing about her intentions well into 2011, and then sometime around October she is going to decline to run and endorse one of the non front-runners (maybe Jeb Bush!) who will...
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North Iowa Tea Party, Barack Obama

A billboard ordered and paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party shows President Barack Obama, Adolph Hitler, left and Vladimir Lenin, on South Federal Avenue in Mason City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Globe Gazette, Deb Nicklay)Question: How would a sign like this go over in North...
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Semanko Blasts Obama, Minnick

Idaho Republican Party Chairman Norm Semanko had harsh words for President Barack Obama for the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to sue Arizona over new laws designed to stop illegal immigration. He also levied criticism at Democratic Rep. Walt Minnick, who also opposes...
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Obama Stumps For Reid In Nevada

President Barack Obama, left, waves to the crowd with Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., right, at a Reid campaign rally at the Aria Resort at CityCenter Las Vegas on Thursday. (AP Photo/Mark Damon)Question: Who do you think has a better record for endorsing candidates who go...
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APhoto Of The Day — 6.23.10

Gen. Stanley McChrystal arrives at the White House in Washington this morning for a meeting with President Barack Obama. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Top Cutlines:1. Apparently, McChrystal didn't listen to his mama when she said, “Always tell the truth. Just not to Rolling...
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Obama Boots McChrystal To Curb

A source tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama has decided to oust Afghanistan commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal over inflammatory remarks he made about Obama and other high administration officials.Question: Did Obama have any other choice in this situation, other than to relieve McChrystal...
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Update: McChrystal Tenders Resignation

President Barack Obama, joined by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at right, tells reporters during a Cabinet meeting that he thinks Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of Western forces in Afghanistan, used "poor judgement" in speaking candidly during an interview with Rolling Stone magazine,...
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Rumor Squelching Dept: Obama ain’t coming

It was such a nice rumor while it lasted: President Barack Obama, on his way back from campaigning in Seattle for Patty Murray, would stop in Spokane on Sunday to pay tribute to the founder of Father's Day on the centennial celebration of the holiday,...
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Bill Hall: Why Obama Is Slow To Honk

Speaking for myself and for our oddly serene president, we kids who were brought up by Midwesterners tend, when outraged, to smolder deep underneath rather than to erupt publicly in loud, snarling hissy fits. We aren't like some Easterners, who erupt in transparent anger at...
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HBO Poll: Obama Fails In Spill Response

Monday Poll: By two-to-one, you Merry Hucksters gave the Obama administration more F's than A's and B's combined for its response to the BP oil spill. 104 of 229 respondents (45%) gave the president an F for his response to the oil spill, compared to...
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AP: Obama To Send Troops To Border

President Barack Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment. Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities, according...
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Bill: Obama No Stranger To F-Bomb

I wasn't surprised while reading a book on the last presidential election to learn that the three leading contenders - Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain - resorted in moments of anger and frustration to the use of the F-bomb. Politicians can be hot-headed...
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The Political Sandbox — 5.10.10

President Barack Obama gives Solicitor General and Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan a kiss as Vice President Joe Biden stands at left, during an announcement in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)The daily Political wild card is...
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Obama Picks Non-Judge For High Court

It's Kagan! Why is President Obama choosing his solicitor general, Elena Kagan, as his second nominee to the U.S Supreme Court? By all accounts, Obama wants someone who can serve as a counterweight to the intellectual heft of Chief Justice John Roberts. Regardless of how...
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The Political Sandbox — 5.4.10

President Barack Obama shakes hands with the U.S. Naval Academy's 2009 football team as they are honored with the Commander In Chief Trophy for victories over academies, in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday. The Midshipmen have won a record...
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Itron CEO and workers meet with Obama in White House ceremony

Itron CEO Malcolm Unsworth, along with other representatives of U.S. energy companies, met with President Barack Obama today (April 30) at the White House. (Associated Press photo found on www.whitehouse.gov)Unsworth, who became CEO last year of metering-system powerhouse Itron last year, stands to the left...
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The Political Sandbox

President Barack Obama meets with Billy Graham, 91, at his mountainside home in Montreat, N.C., Sunday. Obama concluded his North Carolina vacation with his first meeting of the ailing evangelist, who has counseled commanders in chief since Dwight Eisenhower. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)Wild...
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Arizona Birthers Seek Certificates

Arizona Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, left, and Warde Nichols, R-Gilbert, confer during a special session at the Capitol in Phoenix. Arizona lawmakers who still aren't convinced President Barack Obama was born in the U.S. are pushing a bill through the Legislature that would require the...
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Obama To Limit USA Nuclear Use

Item: Obama limits when U.S. would use nuclear arms/New York TimesMore Info: Under the new plan, the U.S. promises not to use nuclear weapons against countries that don't have them. The policy would not apply to states like North Korea and Iran, however, because of...
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Obama: Zags will lose in first round

President Obama is predicting that Florida State will beat Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA tournament.Obama released his NCAA picks today. He also expects Michigan State and Texas A & M to make it out of Spokane into the Sweet Sixteen.He says Kansas...
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More fun video: Stewart does the Health Care summit

The Daily Show had its take on the Health Care Summit last night. It's worth watching, particularly for those who OD'd on C-Span Thursday.The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cBipartisan Health Care Reform Summit 2010www.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorVancouverage 2010
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Fun videos: Views of Obama’s first year

If you think Obama is the greatest thing since sliced bread or sign that the Apocalyps is near, theres's a video for you.Think it's a disaster? You'll like this clip:Think he's great? This one's for you.
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In case you’re wondering about health care claims

With the president and leaders of both house of Congress from both parties at the Summit on Health Care, you had to know there would be filibustering with claims being made.So how to determine who's telling the truth? PolitiFact has an ongoing tally of claims...
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The State Of The Union

President Obama’s first State Of The Union address was a reminder that he is such a gifted speaker. Thoughtful, deliberate and persuasive, and at times acknowledging the partisan rancor that has distorted issues, he focused primarily on jobs. He defensively said change wasn’t easy. He...
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Another Green Monday

It was only a few Another Green Mondays ago when we heavily criticized President Obama for his lackadaisical approach to Copenhagen. He wouldn’t show up, in effect sending a xenophobic message to world leaders who understand the urgency of climate change. Next, we heard Obama...
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Obama speech reax: Bipartisan support for now

A generation after serving in Vietnam, Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president their lives could be sacrificed in another Asian country.“It was an honor to be...
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Tuesday Video Double Bill: Now & Then

Bill McKibben sat down with Grist TV for a quick interview, saying the Obama administration “punted” when it was time for Copenhagen. McKibben believes the best hope for the climate talks from December 7th to the 18th will be a planetary education session since a...
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A Letter To The President

This could be interpreted as a freebie for skeptics, like throwing chum to the sharks, or a wake-up call to those discontent with climate change policy. Too strong or not strong enough? Dear President Obama,cc: Sen. Kerry, Rep. MarkeyOur nation faces the gravest threat to...
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Trick or treat at Glenn Beck’s house…

Good morning, Netizens... David Horsey takes a close look at what would happen if Barak Obama and some friends were to go trick-or-treating at Glenn Beck's house with what some might observe to be predictable results. Of course this is only a cartoon. Can you...
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Another Green Monday: The Climate Change Edition

Climate change: True or false?Tis’ the question of the season and one we stake our lives on. A disturbing new survey said the number of American citizens who believe climate change is related to human caused pollution is at its lowest in three years, 57...
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Email of the day

The dubious honor goes to the Bush Administration for suppressing science and public health interests. A two year old email surfaced yesterday after it was sent but never opened. We hate it when that happens. It shouldn’t come as a surprise considering the prior evidence...
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Another Green Monday

Oh, back to school. Back to school, to prove to Dad that I'm not a fool. I got my...lunch packed up, my boots tied tight, I hope I don't get in a fight. Excuse us if this feels like old news to you, but as...
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On the Web: Heckling’s Top 10

Rep. Joe Wilson may be having his 15 minutes of fame for yelling "You Lie" during President Obama's speech, but he's not the first person to heckle a president during a speech. (And based on the direction political discourse is headed in America, he won't...
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Obama reax from WA & ID delegations

When a president talks, congresspersons listen...and then they talk, too.Such was the case Wednesday night when Barack Obama talked about health care reform, and members of Congress talked about Obama's talk.Go inside the blog to see what the honorables who represent the Inland Northwest had...
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Watching with a crowd

Democrats apparently like to watch President Obama in groups. The Democratic National Committee, through the Organizing for America campaign operation, is organizing "watch parties" around the country to view Obama's address tonight to a joint session of Congress tonight, including one in Spokane.It's at Toad...
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Luna: Obama back-to-school speech was ‘appropriate and timely’

Idaho state Superintendent of Schools Tom Luna watched President Barack Obama's back-to-school speech today with a classroom full of 8th graders at Fairmont Junior High School, and afterward Luna called the president's speech "appropriate and timely." He said, "I thought the message was very similar...
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DC: Rammell’s One Sorry Guy

There was a time back in my naive younger days of journalism when the imbecilic behavior of politicians would confound me. “How can these so-called leaders be such embarrassing clods?” I would ask myself. As I grew older and wiser I realized the truth. Silly...
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The question of Obama’s citizenship…

Good morning, Netizens... I am certain few would argue with me when I say our country has a diversity of opinion nearly unequalled anywhere in the World. That is probably because we are a sum of the mixing pot, that undefined melange of races, creeds...
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Because MySpace is now the Detroit of the internet…

...join the lively discussion on Twitter. We’ve been pumping it up lately but entries shift from serious---hebalYODA@BarackObama-STOP THE MISSION REPOSITORY- silvervalleyaction.com--- to informative recycling tips for lids on bottles. And yes, the Beaver Solution is a dam good idea. Check us out: http://twitter.com/DTE_Spokane.
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Thurs. fun video: Stewart on birth cert. story

The Obama Birth Certificate "controversy" is getting more and more attention from the news media this summer. Apparently they have run out of stories telling people that Michael Jackson is still dead.So much attention, in fact, that Jon Stewart weighed in last nigh, with clips...
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Palin: I Can Outrun Obama

This May 2009 photo provided by Runner's World magazine shows Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in a yoga pose near her home in Wasilla, Alaska. Palin says she'd come out ahead if she went one-on-one with fellow jogger President Barack Obama in a long run, according...
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Tues. fun video: Turn off the phone

When they tell you to turn your phone off, or at least put it on vibrate, it may be a good idea to listen...especially if you're listening to the president.
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Another Green Monday

Oh Hoopfest. This year DTE regrettably decided to watch from the sidelines as Spokane hosted the preeminent three on three basketball tournament in the world. All we could do is talk trash and make sure players decided to shoot for the recycle bins. Yes, we...
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Obama Gets Personal w/Fathers

In this Aug. 12, 2008, file photo, then Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. walks down Kailua Beach in Kailua, Hawaii, with his daughters Malia, 10, left, and Sasha, 7, during their vacation in Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)Item: Obama to fathers: Be involved...
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Obama cast in stone?

When President Obama was in Egypt last week, he came across this hieroglyphic that looked like, well, like him.Uh oh. If the folks trying to prove Obama can't be president because isn't a U.S. citizen because he doesn't have a real birth certificate find out...
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Happy Fist Bump Day

Today has been declared National Fist Bump Day by, well, by people who apparently don't have very much to do.It commemorates the day one year ago when Barack and Michelle Obama knocked knuckles after he locked up the Democratic nomination. Some TV talking heads later...
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Friday’s fun video: Stewart rips Obama flip

In case you fell asleep last night before The Daily Show, Jon Stewart took on the the president's shifting positions on releasing photos of torture and Don't Ask, Don't Tell.The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10cMoral Kombatthedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesEconomic CrisisPolitical...
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Obama Invite Divides Catholics

Item: Notre Dame president catches heat for Obama invite/APMore Info: The Rev. John Jenkins ... is getting plenty of criticism from Catholic leaders, students and alumni because of the university's decision to invite President Barack Obama to deliver its commencement address and receive an honorary...
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Barack @ 100 — Prez Hits Milestone

In this Sept. 1, 2008, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., speaks at a rally at the Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee. Today, he reaches an important milestone date for presidents -- 100 days in office. Story here. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, FILE)DFO: Comments...
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Counting down to 100

President Barack Obama's first 100 days in office are up on Wednesday. Prepare for more reports like the one above from the national media.Because of that milestone, The Spokesman-Review is collecting comments from readers on what they think of his presidency so far: Specifically, whether...
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Today’s fun video: Goofing on dictators

Jon Stewart makes fun of dictators and demagogues. But can this really be a regular feature.The Daily Show With Jon StewartM - Th 11p / 10cThis Week in Demagogues - Ahmadinejad & Chavezthedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesEconomic CrisisPolitical Humor
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And we’re back, with video

This has kicked around for a week, but it seems to have legs: Did President Obama do right or wrong in greeting the king of Saudi Arabia.Embedded video from <a href="http://www.cnn.com/video" mce_href="http://www.cnn.com/video" mce_href="http://www.cnn.com/video">CNN Video</a>
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How are Obama’s picks holding up?

Wondering about the president's picks?No, not his picks for cabinet or subcabinet posts, but the really important ones. His picks in the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament.President Obama currently has picked 16 correct, as of Friday afternoon. Respectable, to be sure, but that puts him tied...
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Today’s Video: Obama does Leno

For those who forgot to set the DVR, then fell asleep with the TV on and didn't wake up until Jimmy Fallon was on, here's President Obama's appearance on the Tonight Show.They talk about a range of topics, from AIG to puppies.Question for discussion: Would...
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OMG: Obama did what?

Conservative media are abuzz with the fact that President Obama has filled out his bracket for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Some are talking heads and members of Congress are even aghast.Aghast, you say, because he filled out a Men's bracket and not a women's...
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Calling all volunteers: Clean Energy Corps

The House voted to create Clean Energy Corps, part of a larger bill to dramatically expand volunteer national service with 175,000 new positions. President Obama issued a statement on the bill which he pushed for: "We know that government alone is not the answer to...
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Obama To Pull Troops In 18 Months

Item: Obama to pull troops out of Iraq by end of August 2010/ReutersMore Info: President Barack Obama said on Friday he would pull U.S. combat troops out of Iraq in 18 months as he unveiled a new strategy that stressed diplomacy and engagement with foes...
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Video: Day after the speeches

News shows are giving Barack Obama high marks for Tuesday's speech.Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response? Not so much.
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Obama Picks Locke For Commerce

Item: Obama offers third pick at Commerce Department/APMore Info: President Barack Obama introduced former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as his nominee for Commerce secretary Wednesday, trying a third time to fill a key Cabinet post for a country in recession. ... The president's two top...
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Poll: Obama’s Speech To Congress

What did you think of Obama’s speech to the joint houses of Congress?/Idaho Statesman. Text of speechLoved itHated itLiked some parts of it, not othersDidn't watch
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Obama @ 6

President Obama's speech starts at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, or as close to that as possible after he gets in the door, walks down the aisle and gets to the podium.Members of Congress have been told the speech will take about 50 minutes, allowing...
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Today’s fun video: For those missing the debates

President Obama and Sen. John McCain must be pining for the debates from last fall.Obama gave McCain the first question at the economic summit. What are you going to do about those pricey helicopters, McCain asked.
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Not to say ‘Toldya so’ but…

As reported by rumor last week in Spin Control, former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is apparently President Obama's pick to head the Commerce Secretary.The Associated Press is quoting an anonymous source as saying the announcement hasn't been made yet but that's the way it's shaping...
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Rumor: Commerce job for Locke?

Barack Obama may reach into Washington state one more time for spots in the administration. A Washington, D.C., source says former Washington Gov. Gary Locke is being considered for the Commerce Secretary's job.That's been a tough one for Obama to fill. New Mexico Gov. Bill...
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Obama Visits Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper looks on as President Barack Obama waves to the media after signing the guest book upon his arrival on Parliament Hill in Ottawa Thursday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Tom Hanson)Question: What do you know about Canada?
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Obama Unveils Mortgage Relief Plan

Item: Obama unveils mortgage relief plan to good media reviews/U.S. News & World ReportMore Info: To extensive and largely favorable media coverage, President Obama yesterday outlined his housing relief plan at a high school in Mesa, Arizona. The story led all three network newscasts last...
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Canada vs. America

Obama will make his first international visit as president to Canada, a critical moment for the future of clean energy as Prime Minister Stephen Harper plans to discuss the controversial tar sands oil development. Alberta alone represents the second-largest oil reserve in the world, after...
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Obama Unapologetic re: Stimulus

Item: Crisis needs swift action, Obama says: He’s unapologetic in stimulus push/Washington PostMore Info: President Barack Obama declared in his first prime-time news conference Monday night that the task of saving and creating jobs is more important than cultivating the bipartisan cooperation he promised to...
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Reed: Obama Off To A Good Start

The morning after Inauguration Day, Maureen Dowd marveled at "the patience that America is extending to Mr. Obama." The day after President Obama lost two appointees to tax problems, she chastised him in a column titled, "Well, That Certainly Didn't Take Long." No matter how...
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Fisher: Obama Admits Error? Cool

National news anchors and reporters said President Obama had a bad day Tuesday, when his nomination of Republican New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg as commerce secretary was overshadowed by the collapse of two troubled nominations. But how many Americans agree that hearing a president admit...
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“Too Fit to be President”

A year ago, Barack Obama reassured the crowd that he wouldn't give in to Republican tactics to throw his then-candidacy off track."Listen, I'm skinny but I'm tough," Sen. Obama said, to a nation where 66% of the voting-age population is overweight and 32% is obese....
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First, be healthy and safe

Mr. President, May you, your family, Congress, and all Americans be healthy and safe, first of all. My wishes for your presidency, as a mother, grandmother, citizen, volunteer and activist, are: respect for and inclusion of all at the table; nonviolent communication in all circles...
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Remember Lincoln’s words

Mr. President, Congratulations on your historic accomplishment. With the ties you have made between yourself and President Lincoln, please remember his words. "You cannot --help the poor by destroying the rich --strengthen the weak by weakening the strong --bring prosperity by discouraging thrift --let the...
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People need work

Dear Obama, I just would like to wish you luck in your next four years in office. One thing I would like to see improve is the rate of unemployment, I believe people need to work. I know that you are working on this, which...
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Don’t let anyone bring you down

Dear President Obama,I have no idea what kind of overwhelming stress is filling your mind, but I do know that I will support you through every decision you make. I do not have the same opinions as you have on certain issues, but you are...
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Reporter’s Question Angers Obama

Item: Obama flashes irritation in press room/PoliticoMore Info: President Obama made a surprise visit to the White House press corps Thursday night, but got agitated when he was faced with a substantive question. Asked how he could reconcile a strict ban on lobbyists in his...
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The Full Text of President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address

Text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address on Tuesday, as delivered. Written by Jon Favreau. I just read this after hearing it yesterday morning. I thought it to be an excellent speech that was appropriately unifying if not as outlandishly extravagant and historical as anticipated....
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Inauguration: How it played

Wonder how newspapers in other parts of the country -- and world -- reported the inauguration today?Here's a Web site that will show you hundreds of front pages. Click on the image below to go to the site and all the front pages.
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2009 Inaugurations sets video-streaming record

According to Akami technologies, Obama's inauguration yesterday failed to surpass all-time internet traffic records, what it did do was mark the most simultaneous streaming-video viewers in the Web's history.About 7.7 million video streams, primarily live, were being viewed at peak time on Tuesday. Demand was...
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About last night…

Yesterday felt like the Day The Earth Stood Still--- a collective phenomenon best defined by various conversations with all walks of life as to what the moment meant to them. The conclusion was unanimous: There is hope. Of course, we’re referring to Daily Tip #...
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Inauguration Day Wild Card — 1/20/09

It has been quite a day. A historic day. A day of new beginnings. Barack H. Obama's inauguration, of course, dominated the news. But there were other things going on, too. U.S. Sens. Ted Kennedy was forced by illness to leave inaugural luncheon here. The...
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Mustangs get press

The U.S. Border Patrol's Mustang Unit was far back in the Inaugural Parade -- in the fifth of six groups -- but it did get a plug in Tuesday's The Wall Street Journal.The eight mustangs from the Inland Northwest, chosen from horses assigned to patrol...
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Difficult, but worth it

Willis Anderton of Spokane thought Barack Obama's inauguration was "great." As an African-American man who grew up in the South, and saw crosses being burned as a youngster, seeing Obama sworn in as president is a sign the nation is moving towards equality."The country's turning...
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Anger and disappointment

Peggy and James Troutt came to Washington, D.C., to witness the historic inauguration, but spent the morning going in circles and being misdirected to the wrong entry points for their tickets.Peggy Troutt said they were on a Metro subway line that was closed after an...
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Into a Bradbury novel?

James Spung, a Whitworth University student in Washington, D.C., for a Jan Term program on the news media, filed his impressions of the capital city and the inaugural:We arrived in Washington, D.C., more than two days before the Inauguration of new President Barack Obama, and...
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Amazing fever pitch

Derek Casanovas, a Whitworth University student in Washington, D.C., for a Jan Term program on the news media, filed this report of his experiences on Inauguration Day:3:30 a.m. was an early start. But after arriving at the 7th Street entrance with crowds bottlenecked back to...
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Parsing the speech

It didn't take long...less than five hours, for people to start critiquing Obama's speech.Click here to read what Slate has to say about it.
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Warren invocation

Here is the text of the Rev. Rick Warren's invocation, as supplied by The Associated Press:Let us pray.Almighty God, our father, everything we see and everything we can’t see exists because of you alone. It all comes from you, it all belongs to you. It...
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Day of anticipation

Jasmine Linabary, one of about a dozen Whitworth University students in Washington, D.C., for a Jan Term program on the media, sent this report from attending the swearing-in ceremony: Inauguration Day was a day of anticipation - whether it was people's desires to witness a...
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The Inaugural Poem

Following is the complete text of "Praise Song for the Day, A Poem for Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration" as provided by the publisher.Each day we go about our business,walking past each other, catching each other’seyes or not, about to speak or speaking.All about us is...
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Benediction text

Text of the benediction by Rev. Joseph Lowery during President Barack Obama’s inauguration, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions, and supplied by The Associated Press:———God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou, who has brought us thus far along the way, thou, who...
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We All Love A Parade — Right?

President Barack Obama walks down Pennsylvania Avenue with his wife Michelle Obama on their way to the White House in Washington this afternoon. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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Around Spokane

Brian Birren didn't vote for Barack Obama in November, but he was so happy the 44th president was being sworn in Tuesday that he handed out small American flags in the doorway of the Lincoln Barber Shop in the downtown Spokane Skywalk where he works.Birren,...
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Obama’s inauguration address

Update: Listen to the inaugural address with NPR's audio player. Read the full text of Obama's address. For an alternate view, check out this word cloud featuring the words Obama repeated most. The image is courtesy of www.wordle.net.
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Dispatches from the Vox crowd and other notes

Students who work on the Vox, the Spokesman-Review's high school newspaper project, are in D.C. for the inauguration. Read their dispatches at the Vox Box.To see all our inauguration stories, blog posts and photos in one spot, check out our special section.And look for the...
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A great experience

Gene Fitzpatrick of Spokane is on his way back to his RV from the inauguration ceremony, hoping to put his feet up and watch some of the parade. Here's what he had to say about the ceremony."The ceremony was short. I was really kind of...
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Rael waves good bye…

Another update from Rael..."George W. Bush's helicopter circled the National Mall before departingfor Andrews Air Force Base, and as I watched news footage of hisdeparture, I asked myself, "Could I make it?"As luck (and geography) would have it, the rooftop deck of myapartment has views...
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CDA Residents Attend Inauguration

At the inauguration (courtesy of Justin StormoGipson), Coeur d Alene residents in attendance include (from left): Steve and Bev Moss, Maj and Justin StormoGipson, and Susan and Charlie Nipp. Charlie, of course, is the local boy who helped develop our Ironwood medical center and recently...
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Commemorative flags for sale

Want a souvenir of the Obama inauguration from this Washington?The secretary of state's office has a deal for you. This just in from Sam Reed's office;The Secretary of State’s Office is making available U.S. flags that are being flown over the state Capitol today in...
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Libertarians to Obama: Congrats…sort of

The Libertarian Party, which bills itself as the nation's third largest political party, sent a congratulatory message to President Barack Obama. But Party Chairman William Redpath sort of doubt that the things he and other Libertarians may have liked most in the speech will be...
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Kos: Roberts Goofed, Not Obama

Chief Justice John Roberts is a man who has made very few public missteps in his life -- but he appears to have made one when swearing in Barack Obama. Roberts slightly flubbed the oath, which then tripped up Obama. The oath is contained in...
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Gregoire: Extraordinary time in history

Gov. Chris Gregoire echoed President Barack Obama's call for the nation to come together. Here's her statement from this morning:“This is truly a historic day, and one that I am so honored and proud to be a part of. I congratulate President Obama, and look...
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Sam Reed: Day of promise

Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, a Republican, issued a statement this morning in support of President Barack Obama's call to sacrifice.“We join all Washingtonians in honoring our new 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and concur with his call for national renewal,...
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Idaho Democrats before the inauguration

Thom George, a Coeur d'Alene resident, is attending the inauguration with his wife and teenage daughters and sent in some pictures Monday. He took the photo above of Idaho Democrats at the U.S. Capitol.Click here to see another photo he took of the Capitol building.
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City’s abuzz

Gene Fitzpatrick, of Spokane, said he did get in to U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' office and got his tickets for the swearing-in ceremony. They came out of the congressional office buildings in one of the few periods of sunshine, he reports."It's just a sea...
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Murray has a blog

Sen. Patty Murray, D- Wash., has an Inauguration Week blog, where she's offering her thoughts and collecting impressions from other Washington residents.You can find it at http://murray.senate.gov/inauguration2009/
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APhoto of the Day — 1/20/09

Billy Johnson, far left, of Charlotte, N.C., photographs General Mealer, right, with his grandsons Daryll Mealer, 7, second from left, and Jason Mealer, 6, with a cardboard cutout of President-elect Barack Obama on the National Mall in Washington Monday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Carolyn...
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KREM2 Poll: Obama ‘Overhyped’

Early results in a KREM.com survey indicate nearly 60 percent of readers and viewers believe President elect Barack Obama is 'overhyped.' Those respondents - 62.07% - indicated they are not excited about Obama as president. After that 20.69% respondents said they are excited about Obama...
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Texting from the scene

From the Whitworthian's Jasmine Linabary: 1:09 P.M. - Exiting is a nightmare. Several million people, no exit signs, open exits or direction.
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Why we’re excited

Bev Moss, of Coeur d'Alene, explains in an e-mail Tuesday morning why she and husband Steve are excited about being in Washington.Both my husband and I have worked hard over the past two years trying to get Democrats elected in Kootenai County which continues to...
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MichelleO Styles In Isabel Toledo

First lady Michelle Obama wore a sparkling yellow-gold sheath dress with matching coat by Cuban-born American designer Isabel Toledo for the inauguration of her husband, a choice many applauded as a cheerful message of hope and a vote for the American fashion industry. She paired...
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Ticket to the inauguration

Erin Fitzpatrick, a student at American University in Washington, D.C., sent this photograph of the ticket she received to today's inauguration.
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The White House has updated their website

The White House has officially updated its site. Remember: It's www.whitehouse.GOV... QUESTION: How do you feel about the president's "change" slogan?
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Use of the word “I”

The commentators have begun. They are noting Obama used the word "I" only three times in his acceptance speech--An acceptance speech record.QUESTION: Does this matter to you? Why?
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Texting from the scene

From Derek Casanovas of the Whitworthian: 8:36 A.M. - Jim, just got to the mall. There was no security checkpoints for us to pass through. People are sprawled across the grass, positioning themselves near monitors.10:32 A.M. - People are packed in here, gazing at the...
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Party with a Cost…

Record-breaking, (wallet-breaking), monumental, (exponential): All describing the cost of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration gala."Unemployment is up. The stock market is down. Let's party," describes Associated Press. The cost of the even is expected to break records, some estimating it's price to reach as high as...
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More musings from Rael…

"Interested in public service? Study Obama's inaugural address. Listento it on Youtube. Read a transcript on LexusNexus. Ignore your political preferences and your biases and just listen to how he addresses uncertainly and foreshadows pending policies in his own voice and with what I believe...
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Obama is the 44th president

From the Associated Press: WASHINGTON (AP) — Barack Hussein Obama is now the nation’s 44th president — and first black chief executive.Even before he took the oath of office, Obama assumed the country’s highest office by mandate of the U.S. Constitution.The 20th Amendment specifies that...
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Got Facebook? Check the updates…

From Rael:The musical composition of John Williams is incredibly beautiful, andsums up the occasion in ways better than a blog post or news reportever could. Fabulous with a capitol F in my book.If you want an interesting take on the inauguration, check out yourFacebook profile...
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Texting from the scene

Text messages received from Jasmine Linabary, who is in Washington D.C. for the inauguration4:52 A.M. - Line for 7th street security entrance stretches to 5th.6:43 A.M. - Officers have all been giving conflicting information on getting in. Some people who have been out since 10...
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Live video from MSNBC

Open this post in a new window to watch the inauguration live from MSNBC on your computer. Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy
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And two million people laughed…

From Casey: "They just asked everyone to please be seated. The elites at the capital and two million people laughed!" Casey also reports seeing Oprah, Dustin Hoffman, Beyonce, P Diddy and Barry Bonds.
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Here we go…

From Rael as things begin... "Keep your eyes peeled for news coverage of the Swearing-In: VIPs saidto attend include Steven Speilberg, John Cusack and the "Governator"himself.You may have seen coverage of a star studded concert on the LincolnMemorial this weekend that featured Beyonce, Bruce Springstein,...
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Another update, this time from Casey

Nothing deep, but amusing: "It's so fricking cold and everyone is cheering and booing when people come on the megatron--politicians and celebrities."
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It’s awfully sunny-looking in D.C… Awfully grey, here.

Another update from Rael:"Barrack Obama is stepping into the White House. They show it live on TV and, I believe, on the National Mall as I write. I have the good fortune of working two blocks from the White House, and over the past three...
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We are an awful long way from the festivities here in Spokane…

I just saw Dustin Hoffman at the big event... But here is more from Rael:"The city of Alexandria, Virginia, a suburb located southwest of the District, will simulcast today's inauguration and Swearing-In from picturesque Market Square on a large outdoor screen. The Square is located...
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Cheney has a boo-boo

From Rael:"NBC News 4 reports Vice President Dick Cheney strained his back moving boxes recently and will appear at today's inauguration in a wheel chair."
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Let the inauguration begin… Live with Rael from Wash DC

I'll be writing updates from two former students of mine today--Rael and Casey--who are in Washington DC. Casey is there to watch, Rael lives and works there. This morning from Rael:s not even five in the morning. Nestled under a down blanket, I mindlessly turn...
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Finally made it

Gene Fitzpatrick of Spokane reports:We finally made it through the silver gate areal. It took us about two-plus hours to go a block and a h alv between the first gauntlet of police and funnel down the street.Now we're in the silver ticket area, behind...
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Moving slow

Gene Fitzpatrick of Spokane reports:It's about 8:35 and we've just taken about an hour to move about a block. There's the sing that says silver gate (up ahead, where their tickets are for.)Folks are in good spirits. It's very cold. Hopefully we'll get in in...
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President’s Park

“As I stood in the foyer and let my eyes wander down the corridors, it was impossible to forget the history that had been made there—John and Bobby Kennedy huddling over the Cuban missile crisis... Lincoln alone, pacing the halls and shouldering the weight of...
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Out of the Metro

Gene Fitzpatrick of Spokane reports:We got out of the Metro and it took us about an houir to go four blocks.It's just a huge crowd. It's just a sea of people. We're going to the silver area (where the tickets from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers'...
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Arriving in DC

Gene Fitzpatrick of Spokane reports on getting out of the Metro Subway in Washington DC:It's a quarter to 7 in the morning I've been in a transit mood since 4:30. The place is packed with people. It's taken about 20 minutes just to get out...
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Mustangs’ parade spot

Danielle Suarez, public affairs officer for the U.S. Border Patrol, said the mustangs and the local riders in the agency's equestrian unit have been given their place in the Inaugural Parade."The Border Patrol contingent is #8 in the fifth division. There are six divisions in...
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Minnick visit

Justin StormoGipson of Coeur d'Alene said his group got a tour of the Capitol Saturday from the district's new Congressman, Walt Minnick.Go inside the blog to read his daughter Kenna's thoughts about Sunday's services on the Mall.
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Pride, anticipation palpable

Nora Carpenter, an Idaho native and U of I Alum who works in the DC area and lives in Boise, said she's so excited to be in the nation's capital. . "The sense of pride and anticipation is palpable. Everywhere you go people from all...
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Picking up tickets

Dustin Major, an 11 year old sixth grader at Roosevelt Elementary School in Spokane, WA, picks up his pass to the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, from Senator Maria Cantwell and surveys the site at the U.S. Capitol on...
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“Quite the Scene”

Gene Fitzpatrick of Spokane, who is staying in an RV just outside of Washington, D.C., and attending the swearing-in ceremony with his daughter, reports Monday afternoon:"We're on Capitol Hill. There are hundreds of thousands of us trying to get our tickets. It's a two-hour wait...

The aging of the presidents…

There's a certain Baby New Year element to most presidential inaugurations: a vibrant, rested and ready candidate takes the oath of office, settles in at the White House and then, judging from the way they look, the weight of the world quickly settles on them....
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Obama’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan”

Full of bipartisan rhetoric, Obama’s latest address, titled the “American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan," contains a key line: “To put people back to work today and reduce our dependence on foreign oil tomorrow, we will double renewable energy production and renovate public buildings to make...
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Best of 2008: Features

Thank you for joining us in 2008 - it's been a wild ride. No year in retrospect is complete without acknowledging the phenomenal victory of Barack Obama as 44th President of the United States America – for with that victory it sure seems that anything...
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Uh-oh: Year-end lists

The wild year that was 2008 is coming to its uncertain conclusion, and now is the time media publications let loose a flood of year-end lists. (Presumably so some journalists can take vacations.) Time Magazine has one such list: 10 Green Stories. While we don’t...
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Tuesday Video— Transition talk update

Perhaps readers were unsure of what we were talking about in yesterday's edition of Another Green Monday with the “new New Deal.” In his weekly address at Change.gov, President-elect Obama promised the first part of his plan would “launch a massive effort to make public...
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Obama gets to know Hanford

It was what some consider a rare gaffe during a campaign stop in Pendleton months ago but at least he was honest about the unfamiliarity: Barack Obama didn’t know what Hanford was. (Watch Q and A clip here.) The Tri-City Herald reports---in an unusually subjective...
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Obama talks climate change, says he won’t attend climate talks in Poland

President-elect Barack Obama submitted a nearly four-minute video message to the Governors’ Global Climate Summit yesterday, in which he vowed to make greenhouse gas emission reduction a priority. The summit, hosted by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, was graced by Obama via the YouTube. In his...
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The opinionated moustache strikes back

He uses words like Chuck Norris uses fists. Sometimes skillfully. Sometimes clumsily. Always dangerously. It could only be New York Times columnist and “Hot, Flat and Crowded” author Thomas Friedman. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Friedman sat down with their Green section editor,...
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Friday Quote

"Obama has not only been very clear in emphasizing the need for the U.S. to engage in global solutions to meet the challenge of climate change but also in respect of bringing about a major shift in U.S. energy policy ... The U.S. now has...
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Thank you, Barack Obama

Photo by Peter Souza President-Elect Barack Obama’s speech on election night, Tuesday, November 4th, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois: If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our...
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Barack Obama and John McCain

You can almost hear the clankity, clank, clank of the finish line - starting as a small clamor and erupting into a deafening roar, “And down the stretch they come!” In two weeks the mud will cease, exit polls will explode with speculative news and...
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Another Tuesday Video

We just can’t help ourselves---a double bill is always exciting. Tonight, be sure to check your local listings and watch Heat, a PBS Frontline two-hour documentary about the politics of climate change. And it’s tougher than the De Niro/Pacino thriller of the same name, taking...