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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."

Libya and Iraq: Two Ways of Opposing a Tyrant -- but One Stole the Nation's Pride

-Mark I. Pinsky

The U.S. invasion of Iraq toppled Saddam Hussein, but it may have robbed Iraqis of eventually pursuing a home-grown victory. With Libya, U.S. officials remember such pitfalls of intervention.

Obama, Jeb Bush to Join in Education Reform Event at Florida School

-Tom Diemer

Bush, the former Florida governor, didn't appreciate it when Obama blamed his brother for the nation's economic plight, but the two will share a stage, and their goals for education reform, Friday in the Sunshine State.

Gay Marriage Decision May Not Hurt Obama or Help the Religious Right

-David Gibson

Growing public acceptance of homosexuals -- even among some Republicans and conservative Christians -- is blunting the issue as a campaign weapon.

George W. Bush Takes Pass on Event Featuring WikiLeaks Founder Assange

-Tom Diemer

A Bush spokesman said the former president accepted the speaking invitation six months ago, but only learned this week that master leaker Julian Assange was on the agenda at the Denver event.

Maverick Days Long Gone, McCain Among Most Conservative in Senate

-Tom Diemer

National Journal said Arizona's McCain shared the most conservative title with seven other Republican senators, including John Thune of South Dakota and Jim DeMint of South Carolina.

From Mike Huckabee to Sarah Palin, the Republicans Offer Indecision 2012

-Walter Shapiro

The hardest decision in politics is to throw rationality overboard and give way to ego and ambition and run for president. No wonder the 2012 GOP crop is taking it slowly.

Third Federal Judge OKs Affordable Care Act

-Andrew Cohen

The Constitution doesn't stop Congress from preventing 'free rides' on health insurance for people who would opt not to buy it, a federal judge says.

Obama Administration Returns to Earlier Conscience Protections For Health Workers

-David Gibson

The changes announced Friday keep some Bush-era language on abortion but largely disappoint social conservatives.

Obama Budget Due Monday as Debate Nears on Raising Debt Ceiling

-Tom Diemer

A fiscal trifecta is taking shape in Washington: Republicans want to cut this year's budget, Obama is preparing to unveil his 2012 spending plan, and debate on the debt limit is on the horizon.

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