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Hans Nichols

covers the White House for Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Television.

The Black Congressional Caucus and Congressional Tri-Caucus at a news conference on the Supreme Court's decision to strike down parts of the Voting Rights Act, June 25, 2013

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The Black Congressional Caucus and Congressional Tri-Caucus at a news conference on the Supreme Court's decision to strike down parts of the Voting Rights Act, June 25, 2013

Obama’s Black Caucus Meeting: First Since May 2011

Written with Joi Preciphs President Barack Obama plans to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus at the White House tomorrow to discuss jobs and the economy, according to people familiar with the matter. The morning meeting will mark the first...

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President Barack Obama, center, introduces Heather Higginbottom, left, as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Gene Sperling, second left, as the new director of the Council of Economic Advisors, Katharine Abraham, second right, as a member of the council, and Jason Furman as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in Landover, Maryland.

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President Barack Obama, center, introduces Heather Higginbottom, left, as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Gene Sperling, second left, as the new director of the Council of Economic Advisors, Katharine Abraham, second right, as a member of the council, and Jason Furman as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in Landover, Maryland.

Obama Tapping Furman for CEA Chair

President Barack Obama plans to nominate Jason Furman, a White House official well-versed in staff rivalries and relationships, to replace Alan Krueger as the head of the Council of Economic Advisers, according to two people familiar with the matter. Krueger plans to return to...

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A young Barack Obama in this undated photo made available to the media on Feb. 12, 2008.

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A young Barack Obama in this undated photo made available to the media on Feb. 12, 2008.

Young Obama Gave Ladies His Digits

In high school, a young Barack Obama was promiscuous with the Kellis. At least with his phone number. With Time magazine’s publication of Obama’s prom pictures and a flirty note he wrote to his best friend’s date, we now have...

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American Airlines passengers wait in line for a flight at Miami International Airport on April 16, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

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American Airlines passengers wait in line for a flight at Miami International Airport on April 16, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

Free Airport Parking: Lawmakers Enjoy D.C. Perk

The Obama administration has warned that sequestration will lead to long delays for air travelers, but Congressional fliers still have one program that’s under the radar: Free airport parking. “It’s about the only thing we got left,” said Sen. Saxby...

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Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, on April 15, 2013.

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Medical workers aid injured people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon following an explosion in Boston, on April 15, 2013.

White House Watches Boston, Promises ‘Full Weight of Justice’

Updated at 6:20 pm EDT President Barack Obama has directed federal officials to provide whatever assistance is needed by authorities in Boston as they respond to the deadly explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. “We still do not know who did...

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Kamala Harris, attorney general of California, waves before speaking during day two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 5, 2012.

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Kamala Harris, attorney general of California, waves before speaking during day two of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 5, 2012.

Obama: California’s AG ‘Best Looking’ — and Beau Biden?

President Barack Obama, in California for some party fundraising, caught his audience’s attention with his notice of the state attorney general: Obama just riffed in how hot Cali AG Kamela Harris is. “By far, the best looking attorney general…(audience: “oh’s”)…C’mon,...

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the wharf near the PortMiami tunnel project in Miami, Florida on March 29, 2013.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the wharf near the PortMiami tunnel project in Miami, Florida on March 29, 2013.

Obama’s Post-Election Fundraising: Replenishing a Party

With a quartet of California fundraisers, President Barack Obama will test his ability to replenish his party’s campaign accounts without the threat of his defeat to motivate Democratic donors. Obama leaves Washington today for a Western trip that is four...

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Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx, right, and others chant for Mitch Stewart during the grand opening of President Obama's regional campaign office on Jan. 5, 2012 in Charlotte.

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Charlotte mayor Anthony Foxx, right, and others chant for Mitch Stewart during the grand opening of President Obama's regional campaign office on Jan. 5, 2012 in Charlotte.

Charlotte’s Foxx Eyed for DOT

President Barack Obama is considering Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx for secretary of transportation, according to two people familiar with the matter. Foxx, 41, has been a proponent of street car and light-rail projects as mayor of the city,...

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President Barack Obama waits for a heavy rain to pass before crossing West Executive Avenue from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the West Wing of the White House, March 12, 2013.

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President Barack Obama waits for a heavy rain to pass before crossing West Executive Avenue from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to the West Wing of the White House, March 12, 2013.

Obama Slips Below 50% — White House: ‘Everyone Looks Bad’

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has dropped below 50 percent in a new survey, as the public sours on Washington’s handling of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that went into effect at the beginning of the month. The...

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President Barack Obama, center, arrives to deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 12, 2013.

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President Barack Obama, center, arrives to deliver the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 12, 2013.

Trillion-Dollar Math Quiz: Does Obama Pass?

President Bill Clinton sang the praises of “arithmetic” in his 2012 convention speech. President Barack Obama relied on “math” in his debates with Mitt Romney to argue for his deficit reduction package. But Obama has used some contradictory numbers himself....

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