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  • White House questions viability of GM, Chrysler

    President Barack Obama refused further long-term federal bailouts for General Motors and Chrysler, saying more concessions were needed from unions, creditors and others before they could be approved.


  • Obama: Buildup doesn’t portend another Vietnam

    WASHINGTON – Invoking what he described as a lesson of Vietnam, President Barack Obama said Sunday that his commitment to step up military operations in Afghanistan was not open-ended and …


  • Obama talks up his budget plan at Web event

    President Barack Obama kicked off a first-of-its-kind Internet-era town hall at the White House on Thursday, pushing hard for public support of his $3.6 trillion budget and asking people to …


  • David S. Broder: Remain calm, study the stats

    I took a one-week vacation from this column and the stock market went crazy. The letters AIG were translated into SOS, and the House of Representatives, responding to an outburst …


  • White House seeks to heighten oversight of financial system

    WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner plans to propose today an expansion of federal authority over the financial system, breaking from an era in which the government stood back from …


  • Democrats prune Obama’s budget

    WASHINGTON – Key Democratic leaders were performing major surgery Tuesday on President Barack Obama’s first budget plan in an effort to bring skyrocketing annual deficits under control, while preserving the …


  • Citing progress, Obama pleads for patience

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama sought to reassure Americans on Tuesday that his administration has made progress in reviving the economy and said his $3.6 trillion budget is “inseparable from …


  • Presidential visit spurs furor at Notre Dame

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. – President Barack Obama’s planned visit to the University of Notre Dame later this spring has triggered a national debate over whether such a prominent supporter of …


  • Obama portrays his budget as inseperable from recovery

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama moderated his rhetoric about bonuses to executives at bailed out AIG Tuesday night, saying he was as angry as anyone at the payments but adding, …


  • Senate approves Locke for Commerce

    WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed former Washington Gov. Gary Locke as commerce secretary Tuesday, handing President Barack Obama an easy victory after his first two nominees for the post withdrew.


  • Text of President Obama’s address

    Text of President Barack Obama’s news conference Tuesday at the White House, as transcribed by CQ.


  • Sims leaving legal bill for public-records fight

    OLYMPIA – The man President Barack Obama selected to be his top deputy at the Department of Housing and Urban Development is leaving his last public job with a huge …


  • Obama averse to taxing bonuses

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama wagered significant political capital Sunday, signaling opposition to a highly popular congressional drive to slap a punitive 90 percent tax on bonuses to big earners …


  • Bank plan shares risks

    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s latest attempt to tackle the banking crisis and get loans flowing to families and businesses will create a new government entity, the Public-Private Investment Program, …


  • Justice’s visit revives case of Citizen Obama

    Anyone who thought questions about Barack Obama’s citizenship were laid to rest by the election – or a series of court decisions tossing out lawsuits trying to challenge the election …


  • Iran’s Khamenei rebuffs Obama’s New Year gesture

    TEHRAN, Iran – Iran’s most powerful figure dismissed President Barack Obama’s extraordinary Persian New Year gesture, insisting Saturday that the U.S. administration’s actions must match its rhetoric before Iran would …


  • Kathleen Parker: Take charge already, Obama

    What a relief to hear Barack Obama tell a California audience the other day: “I am the president of the United States of America.” Who knew?!


  • Biden jokes about his boss

    WASHINGTON – Vice President Joe Biden poked fun at Barack Obama’s do-no-wrong reputation as he spoke at an annual white-tie gathering of journalists and top administration officials Saturday night. Obama, …


  • Obama apologizes for Special Olympics gaffe

    President Barack Obama has apologized to the chairman of the Special Olympics for his late-night talk show quip equating his bowling skills to those of athletes with disabilities.


  • Former Gov. Locke reports 7-figure income

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s nominee for Commerce secretary will take a pay cut should he get the job. Gary Locke’s income topped $1 million over the past year, according …


  • Senate panel backs Locke for Commerce

    WASHINGTON — The Senate Commerce Committee has approved President Barack Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary.


  • Vote could come today on Locke’s nomination

    WASHINGTON – Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke appeared headed for easy confirmation as commerce secretary after sailing through a Senate hearing Wednesday. Locke sought to quell Republican concerns that the …


  • Obama campaigns for budget

    COSTA MESA, Calif. – Striking a sharp populist tone, President Barack Obama used a town hall meeting here Wednesday to argue that he is “trying to bring balance back to …


  • Locke says nation needs new jobs strategy

    Former Washington Gov. Gary Locke told senators considering his nomination for commerce secretary Wednesday that the nation must “rebuild, retool and reinvent” its strategies for job creation amid the economic …


  • Bush says he wishes success for Obama

    CALGARY, Alberta – Former President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that he won’t criticize Barack Obama because the new U.S. president “deserves my silence,” and said he plans to …


  • Billions for Main Street

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama freed billions of dollars to help the nation’s small businesses on Monday, hoping to get credit flowing again to Main Street, not just Wall Street. …


  • Obama: Europe, U.S. not at odds

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Saturday downplayed divisions between the U.S. and Europe over how to tackle the world’s financial crisis and said China should have “absolute confidence” that …


  • Obama taps outsider for revamp of FDA

    WASHINGTON – The nation’s food safety system is a “hazard to public health” and overdue for an overhaul, President Barack Obama said Saturday as he filled the top job at …


  • New drug czar to focus on treatment, borders

    WASHINGTON – The White House on Wednesday said that it will push for treatment, rather than incarceration, of people arrested for drug-related crimes as it announced the nomination of Seattle …


  • Obama signs bill despite earmarks

    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama railed against pork-barrel projects Wednesday. Then he signed a massive spending bill stuffed with them. Still, Obama pledged to reform the process by which so-called …

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