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Keeping Promises
Saturday, February 28th, 2009 at 5:43 am

In the Weekly Address this morning, President Obama explains how the budget he sent to Congress will fulfill the promises he made as a candidate. .......more read

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Responsibly Ending the War in Iraq (Update: photos)
Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 1:28 pm

"Let me say this as plainly as I can: by August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end," the President said today at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina........more read

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Liveblog: The Task Force's first meeting
Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 11:26 am

The Vice President and his team are in Philadelphia this morning for the first meeting of the Middle Class Task Force, with a focus on a green jobs as a pathway to a strong middle class.......more read

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The case for green jobs
Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 8:50 am

Vice President Biden makes the case for Green Jobs as a pathway to a strong middle class in the following op-ed, which appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer this morning.......more read

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The world we leave our children
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

Along with thanks and congratulations, First Lady Michelle Obama today appealed to employees of the Environmental Protection Agency to strive for excellence for the sake of the next generation. ......more read

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Wonder at the White House
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 4:49 pm

On Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, President Obama presented Stevie Wonder with the Gershwin Award for Lifetime Achievement in a celebration in the East Room of the White House.......more read

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A new era of fiscal responsibility… and blogging
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 2:54 pm

To a lot of people, the budget can seem dry or wonky, and a lot of time it doesn’t get the attention that other major legislation does........more read

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Green job spotlight: Energy auditor
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Green jobs are going to be one of the primary ways the middle class benefits from the economic recovery. That’s why they’re the focus of the Middle Class Task Force’s first meeting tomorrow, in Philadelphia........more read

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The budget (Update: photos)
Thursday, February 26th, 2009 at 11:04 am

UDPATE: The President and his top economic advisers have spent weeks devising the outlines of this budget. White House photographer Pete Souza tells the story of that process in a slideshow of behind-the-scenes images.......more read

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Overhaul
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 7:18 pm

It's clear that a lot of factors led us into this economic crisis, but one of the biggest was that our economy was left exposed by regulations that were out of date and regulators who weren't minding the store.......more read

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Fighting foreclosure and homelessness
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 5:45 pm

The first dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are headed out the door today, as the federal government makes $15 billion available to help states shore up their Medicaid funds......more read

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A good week for green jobs
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 3:27 pm

One of the centerpieces of President Obama's agenda has been fulfilling the promise of green jobs -- creating opportunities for the broadest range of Americans to participate in creating a new energy economy, while building a career that will support healthy families and communities......more read

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Locke at Commerce
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

"Gary knows the American Dream. He's lived it. And that's why he shares my commitment to do whatever it takes to keep it alive in our time," President Obama said this morning in announcing former Washington governor Gary Locke as his choice to lead the Commerce Department......more read

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Don't mess with Joe (and others)
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

"They said last night don't mess with Joe," the Vice President said today (Ash Wednesday) at the first Recovery Plan Implementation meeting.....more read

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Making Strides, Improving Standards
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 1:45 pm

As the President’s environmental advisor, I help develop policies, set priorities, and coordinate the efforts of the many agencies and departments of the Federal Government.....more read

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The first meeting: Green jobs as a pathway to a strong middle class
Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 at 10:30 am

The $787 billion economic stimulus bill Obama signed last week includes billions to help create such jobs as installing solar panels and building wind turbines, which also is part of his goal to nudge the country away from dependence on foreign oil and toward reliance on renewable forms of energy....more read

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The President's address (Update: photos, video, full remarks, and excerpt translations)
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 at 7:20 pm

The President is gearing up to give his first address to a joint session of Congress tonight (it's not technically a State of the Union, since it's the first year of his administration)....more read

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Recovery in Action: Minnesota and Oregon
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 at 8:06 pm

The first dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are going out in just two days -- Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009 -- in the form of federal support for state medicaid payments....more read

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Owning up to what we owe
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 at 7:26 pm

This is big -- the President today promised that by the end of his first term, he will cut in half the massive federal deficit we've inherited. And we'll do it in a new way: honestly and candidly....more read

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Secretary Clinton: “We have to remain vigilant on behalf of women’s rights”
Monday, February 23rd, 2009 at 2:00 pm

Over at the State Department’s Dipnote blog, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Christopher R. Hill wraps up Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s trip to Asia discussing a town hall at Ewha University in Seoul.. ...more read

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The quickest and broadest tax cut ever
Saturday, February 21st, 2009 at 5:00 am

In his weekly address, President Obama announced that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will start having an impact as soon as a few weeks from now, in the form of the quickest and broadest tax cut in history.. ...more read

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Gibbs corrects the record on the President’s housing plan
Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Today Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked during the White House press briefing about criticism of President Obama’s housing plan from some talking heads and Wall Street pundits, who have claimed baselessly that the plan is geared towards helping irresponsible home buyers at the expense of others. ...more read

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New commitment to the Gulf Coast
Friday, February 20th, 2009 at 11:52 am

"We must ensure that the failures of the past are never repeated," President Obama said in a statement today, announcing the extension of the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding and his decision to send two cabinet members to the region....more read

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Liveblog: The President in Canada (Update: photos)
Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 9:20 am

President Obama is on his first foreign trip today -- to Ottawa, Canada's capital city. He'll meet with Governor General of Canada Michaelle Jean, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Leader of the Official Opposition Michael Ignatieff, as well as US Embassy employees and their families. ...more read

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Setting the bar high
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Just looking at Recovery.gov, it might not be immediately clear what an enormous undertaking it will be to ensure that the transparency and accountability that the President expects will be upheld. ...more read

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9 million +
Wednesday, Febraury 18, 1:11 PM

The housing plan President Obama unveiled today could directly help up to 9 million people -- but indirectly, it will help all of us. ...more read

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Help for homeowners
February 18th, 2009 at 9:36 am

The President’s strategy for economic recovery is a stool with several legs, as he’s said, and one of them is solving the foreclosure crisis. ...more read

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President Obama Signs Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee Major Disaster Declarations
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 at 4:28 am

The President today declared major disasters exist in the States of Oklahoma, Tennessee and Missouri and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas struck ...more read

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White House Releases State by State Numbers; American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to Save or Create 3.5 Million Jobs
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009 at 11:27 am

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House today released state-specific details on the local impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is a nationwide effort to create jobs, jumpstart growth and transform our economy to compete in the 21st century. ...more read

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The story of the economic recovery package (photos)
Monday, February 16th, 2009

As President Obama says, the economic recovery package is just one of three "legs of the stool" -- a milestone, but an early one, the very beginning of the long process of fixing the economic crisis we inherited. ....more read

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NBA All-Star Game message
Sunday, February 15th, 2009

"Those of us who grew up playing basketball, whether on a playground in the city or a farm in the heartland, are grateful to the game for the lessons it teaches us about life," President Obama says in a special message for the NBA All-Star Game. ....more read

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A major milestone
Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Today President Obama is celebrating the passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as a "major milestone on our road to recovery," while still emphasizing that we have many miles yet to go. ....more read

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Biden honors a movement at the Special Olympics
Friday, February 13th, 2009

To do so, he visited a premiere institution of that movement, the Special Olympics, being held this year in Boise, Idaho. ....more read

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Vice President Joe Biden Announces Kareem Dale As Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy
Thursday, February 12th, 2009

BOISE, ID – Vice President Joe Biden today announced Kareem Dale as Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy. ....more read

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Readout On the President’s Calls to Foreign Leaders
Wdnesday, February 11, 2009 

This afternoon, President Obama spoke to President Peres of Israel to extend his congratulations to the Israeli people on their general elections yesterday. The President remarked that the Israeli people should be very happy about the democratic example they have set for the world.....more read

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Press Conference by the President
Tuesday, February 10, 2009

THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, everybody. Please be seated.

Before I take your questions tonight, I'd like to speak briefly about the state of our economy and why I believe we need to put this recovery plan in motion as soon as possible......more read

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Compromise
Saturday, February 7th, 2009 at 5:00 am

There was bad news and then there was good news. Yesterday we learned that in January, the country suffered its largest one-month job loss in 34 years.......more read

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Working with faith
Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 5:30 pm

"Instead of driving us apart, our very beliefs can bring us together," President Obama ..more read

Update on Sunlight Before Signing
Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

As we've noted on the blog, the President has signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act..more read

Advice from "beyond the echo chamber"
Friday, February 6th, 2009 at 12:55 pm

We just learned the economy lost another 600,000 jobs last month. more read

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Obama asks Democrats to quickly pass stimulus plan

Febraury 05, 2009

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Pushing Congress to pass his economic plan by next week, President Barack Obama implored House Democrats on Thursday to reject delaying tactics and political gamesmanship that often stymies legislation and keep a promise to voters who booted Republicans from power.......Read

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Latest version of SCHIP legislation published for comment

Febraury 01, 2009

On January 29th, the U.S. Senate approved the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009, better known as the State Children's Health Insurance Program or SCHIP.......Read

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