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December 18, 2014

#TBT: What Barack Obama Looked Like 10 Years Ago

Digging through our photo archives, we found pictures of Barack Obama from Jan. 5, 2005, holding court as he moved into his temporary Senate digs as a newly minted senator nearly a decade ago.

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(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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(Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The 114th: CQ Roll Call’s Guide to the New Congress

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December 11, 2014

Obama Opposes D.C. Marijuana Rider, But Will Sign Bill

President Barack Obama opposes a rider on the “cromnibus” prohibiting the District of Columbia from implementing a voter referendum legalizing marijuana but will sign the bill anyway.

That’s according to Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who said the president doesn’t believe Congress should assert its authority to undo the will of the District’s voters.

He didn’t appear to say the word “marijuana,” but was asked about the rider by a reporter.

You can read the full Statement of Administrative Policy backing the cromnibus at this link.

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By Steven Dennis Posted at 2:09 p.m.
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December 9, 2014

Obama: Back Immigration Action Because of Christmas, Bible

President Barack Obama implied Tuesday that the Christmas spirit should have people backing his executive action on immigration.

During his immigration question-and-answer session in Tennessee, a member of the clergy wished him a “joyful and blessed Christmas.”

Obama thanked him.

“I appreciate that, Father. It’s worth considering the Good Book when you’re thinking about immigration. This Christmas season there’s a whole story about a young, soon-to-be-mother and her husband of modest means looking for a place to house themselves for the night, and there’s no room at the inn.

“And as I said the day that I announced these executive actions, we were once strangers too. And part of what my faith teaches me is to look upon the stranger as part of myself. And during this Christmas season, that’s a good place to start.

“So thank you for your generous comment. But if we’re serious about the Christmas season, now is a good time to reflect on those who are strangers in our midst, and remember what it was like to be a stranger.”

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December 5, 2014

Ashton Carter Has Tall Order at Defense (Video)

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Ashton Carter is set to be the next secretary of Defense. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Ashton Carter will be nominated by President Barack Obama this morning and will almost certainly be confirmed by the Senate. But he will face a very full plate on a job with only two years to do it.

Among the many missions Carter will have to embark on:

* Managing a White House that has churned through previous defense secretaries. Full story

December 4, 2014

Rahm Emanuel Doesn’t Miss Washington

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Rahm Emanuel (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rahm Emanuel isn’t longing for a return to Washington anytime soon.

CQ Roll Call spotted the Chicago mayor and former chief of staff to President Barack Obama after he cleared security at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Thursday. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 4:07 p.m.
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December 3, 2014

Obama Talks Eric Garner: ‘This Is an American Problem’ (Updated)

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Benjamin Carr, father of Eric Garner, speaks to the media outside the beauty salon where his son was killed. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images News)

Updated 6:18 p.m. | Another grand jury and another decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of an unarmed black man — this time in the choking of Eric Garner — had President Barack Obama back at the podium Wednesday afternoon lamenting relations between minorities and law enforcement and vowing action.

“It’s incumbent on all of us as Americans …that we recognize that this is an American problem,” Obama said. “And it’s my job as president to help solve it.” Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 5:05 p.m.
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November 10, 2014

Report: U.S. Wealth Grows By $31.5 Trillion During Obama Presidency

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President Barack Obama’s tenure hasn’t done much for the Democratic Party given the shellacking at the polls last week, but it’s coincided with a huge surge in wealth.

According to Credit Suisse’s annual report on wealth, the net worth of United States households has soared $31.5 trillion since the 2008 economic collapse to $83.7 trillion.

The average net worth for the United States is $348,000 per adult, according to the report — a new all-time high.

There are now 14 million millionaires in the United States out of 35 million worldwide.

But the median net worth is just $53,000 per adult, suggesting most people aren’t seeing the benefits in their own pocketbooks. Full story

November 7, 2014

Will Loretta Lynch Be the Next Attorney General? (Updated)

Updated 12:22 p.m. | While CNN is reporting that President Barack Obama is expected to pick Loretta E. Lynch — a U.S. attorney in New York — to succeed Eric H. Holder Jr. as attorney general, the White House is denying that President Barack Obama has made a decision.

“The president has not made a decision,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Friday.

“We don’t have any personnel updates for you, and I’m certainly not going to speculate on any decisions before the President announces them,” Eric Schultz, deputy White House press secretary, said earlier in an email when asked about the CNN report. The New York Times called Lynch a “leading candidate” for the job.

Full story

November 6, 2014

White House Dismisses David Krone’s Criticism

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David Krone, Harry Reid’s chief of staff, blamed much of the party’s poor performance on the White House. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama’s relationship with Harry Reid is just fine, and “if” they need to work to repair anything, they’ll do it out of the public eye, Obama’s spokesman said Thursday.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest dismissed acid criticism of the White House from Reid’s hard-charging chief of staff, David Krone, about the administration’s handling of a number of issues, including fundraising, in The Washington Post.

“I don’t think they actually reflect the true nature of the relationship that exists between President Obama and Senator Reid, that Senator Obama when he served in the United States Senate, and Senator Reid struck up a genuine friendship when the two men served together in the United States Senate,” Earnest said. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 4:20 p.m.
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October 28, 2014

Terrorism Threat Prompts Jeh Johnson to Order Security Upgrade at Federal Buildings

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Johnson wants security tightened. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is ordering a security upgrade against the threat of terrorism for federal buildings across the country, he announced Tuesday.

Johnson declined to detail the upgrades that will be put in place by the Federal Protective Service.

Johnson cited the recent attack in Canada as well as the ongoing global terrorism threat faced by the United States.

“Given world events, prudence dictates a heightened vigilance in the protection of U.S. government installations and our personnel,” he said in the statement. Full story

By Steven Dennis Posted at 5:41 p.m.
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