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George E. Condon Jr.

George Condon Jr. George E. Condon Jr. is White House correspondent for National Journal. He joined National Journal at the beginning of the Obama administration, covering the White House for CongressDaily. Prior to that, he covered the White House and national politics as Washington bureau chief for Copley News Service and the San Diego Union-Tribune. Condon has interviewed eight presidents and reported from 88 countries. He led the team that won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of the corruption of Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham. Condon is a past president of the White House Correspondents Association and the Gridiron Club and past chairman of the National Press Foundation.
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Why the White House Won't Admit Obama Is a Drag for Democrats

October 14, 2014 Another week of presidential travel and fundraising. Another round of bad polls. Another day closer to the realization by Democrats that there really is nothing President Obama can do to alter a campaign dynamic that all year has been gloomy for his party. You won't hear that acknowledgement, of course, ...

Panetta's Book Could Not Have Come At a Worse Time for Obama

October 8, 2014 Two men told the truth in Washington this week. Both caused problems for President Obama. But one already has been forgiven, while the other has sparked enough anger inside the White House that official absolution could be a long time coming. The two men are Vice President Joe Biden and ...

Secret Service Head Faces Steep Climb to Regain Trust

September 30, 2014 This is not how it was supposed to be. This is not what anyone could have anticipated just 554 days ago when President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden beamed as Julia Pierson was sworn in as the first woman to head the Secret Service. There were lots of smiles ...

The Evolution of a War President in Six Speeches

September 24, 2014 There may be no better way to track the evolution of Barack Obama's presidency than his annual address to the United Nations General Assembly, and no better way to assess where his foreign policy stands today than to watch Obama speak in New York Wednesday morning. Both the man and ...

Friday's White House Intruder Was Far From the First

September 23, 2014 Omar Gonzalez, the troubled Iraq War veteran who is under arrest for scaling the fence of and entering the White House, is not the first intruder to breach the building's security. Nor is President Obama the first president to express concern about his family's safety and await the results of ...

Obama's 'Counterterrorism Campaign' Is a Declaration of War

September 11, 2014 Never has a declaration of war been so cautious. Never has an American president spent so much time talking about what the declaration doesn't mean and left so many questions about what it does mean. But what President Obama put forth in his nationally televised address Wednesday night still was ...

Will Russia Compel NATO to Spend More on Defense?

September 3, 2014 For two decades, American officials have been nagging allies to stop cutting their defense budgets and despairing that European leaders would ever again pay their share of NATO costs. President Obama is taking the same message to the NATO summit that opens Thursday in Wales. But this time—thanks to Russia—the ...

White House Hopes NATO Allies Will Boost Defense Spending

September 3, 2014 For two decades, American officials have been nagging allies to stop cutting their defense budgets and despairing that European leaders would ever again pay their share of NATO costs. President Obama is taking the same message to the NATO summit that opens Thursday in Wales. But this time—thanks to Russia—the ...

Obama to Push NATO's Renewed Purpose

September 2, 2014 NATO summits in the post-Cold War era have been notoriously tedious, with President Obama making little effort to hide his restlessness in Chicago in 2012 and Defense Secretary Robert Gates demanding that his staff supply him with crossword puzzles in Strasbourg, France, in 2009. But when the president arrives in ...

Behind Obama's Hesitation on Syria

August 29, 2014 The immediate focus after President Obama's press conference Thursday was his unartful declaration that he doesn't yet have a strategy for the terrorist group sweeping through Iraq and controlling parts of Syria. But the main message he conveyed was much larger than any semantic squabble: This is a president who ...