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Obama Today || Thursday, February 24, 2011

1:45 pm || Holds a meeting with the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness 3:00 pm || Meets with Treasury Secretary Geithner 7:15 pm || With the first lady, hosts music legends and contemporary major artists for “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House;” East Room All times Eastern Live Stream of Carney briefing at 1:00 pm

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Obama Starts Sounding Tough on Libya

Obama just spoke at the White House on Libya. The words are good. We’ll see if they mean anything. I’ve also asked my administration to prepare the full range of options that we have to respond to this crisis. This includes those actions we may take and those we will coordinate with our allies and partners, or those that we’ll carry out through multilateral institutions

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Labor Chief at the White House 2-3 Times a Week

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka visits the White House two to three times a week and is on the phone with someone at the White House or in the administration daily, he says. That’s pretty sweet access. The video was originally posted on The Blaze, which also added in old footage about Obama not having spoken privately to a half dozen of his Cabinet members. A

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Obama Starting to Get Serious on Libya

President Obama will make a statement on the situation in Lybia – his first in person and just on Lybia – at 5:15 at the White House. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today the White House is considering sanctions and other options as the regime shoots its citizens. There are many options Obama can and should take to prevent the incipient genocide that

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Obama to Press Corps: Kiss My Ass

Not sure what it means, but this is the actual pool report sent out just a few minutes ago by Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News. Pool report #2 National Naval Medical Center The pool caught a brief glimpse of the president’s backside as he boarded Marine One at 2:30pm. We had just pulled up beside the guardhouse at the entrance to Bethesda Naval,

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White House Won’t Defend Defense of Marriage Act

The Obama administration will no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, Attorney General Eric Holder announced today. Holder said he and President Obama had decided the law does unconstitutional and does not merit a legal defense. The decision by the president not to defend a statute passed by Congress is sure to create concern about unilateral action by an administration to

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President Rahm Emanuel

It could happen. Several years ago, when Rahm Emanuel was still in Congress, I covered as a reporter a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee, on which he sat. The witness was droning on about some matter I forget, while the seats on the rostrum where the committee members sat were about half filled with sober and maybe bored looking lawmakers. Some were

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Obama Grassroots Operation Cranking Up

Organizing for America, the Obama campaign’s vast army of foot soldiers, wants your children. OFA is basically the endless email list of activists and supporters compiled by Obama operatives during the 2008 campaign. Below is is a copy of an email sent out by OFA Deputy Director Jeremy Bird to its members. The message, titled “Know any good organizers?” proposes a kind of summer camp devoted to

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