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Stephen Dinan

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Obama: Inauguration a new start for U.S.

President-elect Barack Obama said Saturday his inauguration holds "the promise of a new beginning" for America and offers the nation a chance to reaffirm its fundamental values. Published January 17, 2009

By the stats: Measuring Bush against Clinton elusive

Two wars, soaring deficits and a stock market collapse have left many Americans nostalgic for the Clinton years, but judging by President Clinton's own international yardsticks, President Bush measures up pretty well. Published January 17, 2009

Treasury pick Geithner owed IRS $35,000

President-elect Barack Obama's Treasury Secretary nominee, who would oversee the Internal Revenue Service, failed to pay nearly $35,000 in federal taxes from 2001 to 2004 and has a history of mistakes and late-filing, senators preparing to vote on the pick said Tuesday. Published January 14, 2009

Bush stakes U.S. claim in Arctic

Facing growing competition for the Arctic, President Bush on Monday issued a directive staking the U.S. claim to be an Arctic nation with rights to its resources and travel lanes. Published January 13, 2009

Obama climate czar has socialist ties

Carol M. Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's pick as global warming czar, was listed as a leader of a socialist group's Commission for a Sustainable World Society. Published January 12, 2009

Obama sees 4 million jobs in plan

With Congress moving more slowly than he'd hoped, President-elect Barack Obama upped the ante on his economic recovery package Saturday, saying his plan could save or create up to 4 million jobs - 1 million more than he had projected earlier. Published January 11, 2009

Obama: Recovery plan to net 4M jobs

With Congress moving slower than he'd hoped, President-elect Barack Obama upped the ante on his economic recovery package Saturday, saying he now believes his plan can save or create up to 4 million jobs. Published January 10, 2009

Obama: U.S. to weaken without stimulus

President-elect Barack Obama sought to move the economic stimulus debate past broad agreement on the outlines, pushing Congress to overcome squabbles or risk a long recession that threatens America's standing. Published January 9, 2009

Obama: Economy needs dramatic jolt

UPDATED: Warning of a recession that could last for years, President-elect Barack Obama on Thursday demanded "dramatic action" from Congress to prevent double-digit unemployment and preserve America's world leadership. Published January 8, 2009

Obama fights the security bubble

President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday he's already butting up against the restrictions on his personal life as president, including everyday things like using a Blackberry or going body surfing on his Hawaii vacation. Published January 8, 2009

Obama bans bill pork, warns of deficits

Warning of $1 trillion deficits "for years to come," President-elect Barack Obama and congressional Democrats on Tuesday vowed to eschew pork-barrel spending in the giant economic stimulus bill. Published January 7, 2009

Bush tells military cause is 'just and right'

President Bush on Tuesday said that when it comes to the military, his time in office will be remembered as the early years of a generational struggle against terrorism and of "a global coalition led by the United States" to fight for others' freedom. Published January 7, 2009

Jeb Bush won't run for Senate

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he will not run for the state's open Senate seat next year and instead will work from outside elected office to build the Republican Party. Published January 7, 2009

Hackers post link on Obama's Twitter

President-elect Barack Obama's account with the social networking site Twitter was hacked Monday along with those of Britney Spears and other celebrities. Published January 6, 2009

Price dip adjusts Bush's gas legacy

A once-popular bumper sticker says simply, "When Bush took office, gas was $1.46." It was meant to be a slam, but as the end of his eight years approaches, President Bush is seeing gas prices that, adjusted for inflation, are lower than when he was inaugurated. Published January 6, 2009

Obama's Justice pick draws fire of pro-lifers

Social conservatives and pro-life activists are mobilizing against President-elect Barack Obama's pick Monday for the No. 3 Justice Department job, a lawyer who aided the effort to remove Terry Schiavo's feeding tube during the landmark right-to-die case four years ago. Published January 6, 2009

Jeb Bush nixes Senate run

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday he will not run for the state's open Senate seat next year, saying he will instead work to build the Republican Party from outside elected office. Published January 6, 2009

Richardson withdraws Cabinet post

UPDATED: President-elect Barack Obama said Sunday that he would withdraw Gov. Bill Richardson's nomination to be commerce secretary. Published January 5, 2009

Richarson withdraws name for Commerce Secretary

UPDATED: Bill Richardson has asked President-elect Barack Obama to withdraw his nomination to be Commerce secretary because of an ongoing federal corruption investigation. Published January 4, 2009