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Margaret Talev

covers the White House for Bloomberg News and covered the White House for McClatchy Newspapers. She has covered California and Florida politics.

President Barack Obama walks with Governor Jerry Brown, left, and Joe and Maria Del Bosque, right of Empresas Del Bosque farm, on Feb. 14, 2014 in Los Banos, California.

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President Barack Obama walks with Governor Jerry Brown, left, and Joe and Maria Del Bosque, right of Empresas Del Bosque farm, on Feb. 14, 2014 in Los Banos, California.

Obama Finds Republican Critics Haven’t Softened on Stimulus

President Barack Obama marked the five-year anniversary of the roughly $800 billion stimulus as he wound down a three-day California golf weekend and rekindled a long-running debate. The administration released a report that says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Obama...

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President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Feb. 14, 2014, before boarding the Marine One helicopter to travel to the Democratic House members retreat in Cambridge, Md.

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President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Feb. 14, 2014, before boarding the Marine One helicopter to travel to the Democratic House members retreat in Cambridge, Md.

Obama: Government ‘Hostage’ No Longer

President Barack Obama is taking a victory lap with the debt deal approved by Congress this week — suspending the ceiling on the federal debt until March 2015. Obama heralded “the fact that we are no longer going to see,...

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Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union protest outside of a Burger King Worldwide Inc. restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

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Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union protest outside of a Burger King Worldwide Inc. restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

Obama to Press Minimum Wage — 2014 Income Agenda Unfolding

President Barack Obama will make a case for raising the federal minimum wage in his State of the Union address, the White House says. During his two-week Hawaiian vacation, the president made phone calls to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid...

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President Barack Obama walks with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to the second green as they golf at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay on Jan. 2, 2014.

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President Barack Obama walks with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to the second green as they golf at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay on Jan. 2, 2014.

Obama’s Hawaiian Putt Sputters, New Zealand PM’s Son High-Fived

Nearly two weeks into his Hawaiian vacation on the island of Oahu in which he’s mostly steered clear of politics, President Barack Obama golfed today with New Zealand’s prime minister at the Kaneohe Bay golf course. While the foursome with...

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 23, 2013 to leave for New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 23, 2013 to leave for New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

Obama: ‘Scared of My Wife’

It’s those open mics at international assemblies that often deliver the most memorable lines. President Barack Obama was talking about quitting smoking Monday at an open microphone at the U.N. General Assembly in New York. “I hope you quit smoking,”...

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White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he answers questions on Syria during the daily news briefing, on Sept. 12, 2013, at the White House in Washington.

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White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he answers questions on Syria during the daily news briefing, on Sept. 12, 2013, at the White House in Washington.

White House Takes Exception to Putin’s Exception

The White House takes exception to Vladimir Putin’s remark about U.S. exceptionalism. “Russia offers a stark contrast that demonstrates why America is exceptional,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said today when asked for the administration’s reaction to Putin’s op-ed...

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President Barack Obama orders food at Nancy's restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on August 13, 2013, during the Obama family vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

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President Barack Obama orders food at Nancy's restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on August 13, 2013, during the Obama family vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

Obama Delivers Friend’s Fried Feast

President Barack Obama may not be doing dishes these days, but he does deliver. Here is further proof of Obama’s devotion to his friend and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett: He ventured out in a rainstorm on Martha’s Vineyard on his...

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Najiyyah Aleem, 65 of Wilson, gets off the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America Gotta Vote Bus as it arrives at a polling precinct for the first day of early voting on October 18, 2012 in Wilson, North Carolina.

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Najiyyah Aleem, 65 of Wilson, gets off the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America Gotta Vote Bus as it arrives at a polling precinct for the first day of early voting on October 18, 2012 in Wilson, North Carolina.

Obama’s Bus Tour: On Road Again

The president’s vacation has barely begun, and already the White House is making plans for hitting the road again. By bus. On Aug. 22 and 23, President Barack Obama will travel through New York and Pennsylvania on a two-day bus...

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President Barack Obama reacts to a missed putt on the first green at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on August 11, 2013 during the Obama family vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

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President Barack Obama reacts to a missed putt on the first green at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on August 11, 2013 during the Obama family vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

Obama: Vineyard ‘Sweet Life’ and Golf – and Keystone Protesters

“Sticker shock” has been reported in the Sweet Life Cafe, the restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard where President Barack Obama dined on the first full day of his vacation. Zagat calls the Oak Bluffs restaurant with an American-French fare in a...

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The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

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The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

Keystone Attack Ad Parodies TransCanada’s Girling

Is that really TransCanada Corp. chief executive officer Russ Girling sliding through an oil pipeline and saying he misled the U.S. about the Keystone XL pipeline’s ability to create jobs? Of course not. It’s a character actor in an ad...

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