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Obama Jokes for His Supper at His First Gridiron Dinner Appearance as President

-Annie Groer

Bowing to precedent -- and perhaps the advice of his 2012 campaign staff -- President Obama finally attended the dinner that has been thrown by Washington journalists for 126 years.

The Gridiron Club's 2011 Political/Media Roast and Toast Lyrics

-Annie Groer

Here are the lyrics from every parody performed this weekend at the Gridiron dinner by nearly 100 journalists and a handful of vocally-blessed ringers with truly great voices.

'Feelings Thermometer': Michelle Obama Ranks 'Warmest' With Voters, Pelosi 'Coldest'

-Bruce Drake

Poll shows Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton top the list of those who get the "warmest" reactions while Sarah Palin and Nancy Pelosi get the "coldest."

Jobless Rate Dips Below 9 Percent but White House Holds the Applause

-Tom Diemer

The economy added 192,000 jobs in February, but an Obama administration spokesman cautioned that the country still has a long way to go in its recovery.

Senate Votes, 91-9, to Avoid Government Shutdown -- for Now

-Patricia Murphy

The House approved the same bill Tuesday, so the temporary spending plan now goes to President Obama for his signature. It will keep the lights on at federal agencies for the next two weeks.

Nevada GOP Senate Fight Brewing as John Ensign Challenger Emerges

-Tom Diemer

A poll show Rep. Dean Heller with a 15-point lead over Ensign, who is facing an ethics investigation on Capitol Hill in the aftermath of an affair he had with the wife of his former top aide.

Senate Republicans Move for Vote on Repealing Health Care Reform

-Politics Daily Staff

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says all 47 Republicans will support an amendment to an aviation bill that repeals the health care reform law. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised to turn aside the GOP effort.

Senators Police Each Other in Discouraging Gun Talk

-Tom Diemer

Sen. Rockefeller gently corrected Sen. Schumer when the New Yorker promised that senators would "get their shot" at amending an aviation bill. "Their chance," Rockefeller suggested as a better word.

Senate Leader Harry Reid Urging More Respect: 'I Intend to Do My Part'

-Tom Diemer

Words matter, Democrat Reid said, urging more civility, as the Senate convened in formal session for the first time since the deadly shooting spree in Tucson on Jan. 8

Democrats Boast of 'Top 10' List in Last Congress

-Tom Diemer

Whether voters didn't fully understand all of Congress' accomplishments or simply didn't agree with the Democratic priorities, the party took a shellacking in the mid-term election.

Freshman Republican Says Senate Shouldn't Filibuster Judicial Nominees

-Tom Diemer

In the short term at least, making it more difficult to filibuster a judicial nominee would be an advantage for Senate Democrats, who want speedy confirmation of President Obama's appointees.

Is the Senate 'Disrespecting' Christmas? Not According to Tradition

-David Gibson

Republicans say keeping Congress in session at the holiday is "sacrilegious," but Christmas has rarely been a solemn observance, and by and large still isn't.

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