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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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What Vietnam Means to Obama

12:10 PM ET When President Obama welcomes Vietnam's Communist Party leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, to the Oval Office on Tuesday, it will be the latest step in the president's nearly life-long attempt to come to grips with a war that he was too young to fully understand but which still casts a powerful...

Vietnam's Communist Party Leader to Meet With Obama in Washington

10:20 AM ET When President Obama welcomes Vietnam's Communist Party leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, to the Oval Office on Tuesday, it will be the latest step in the president's nearly life-long attempt to come to grips with a war that he was too young to fully understand but which still casts a powerful...

White House Now Allows Photos -- Including Selfies -- on Tours

July 1, 2015 There was clearly a demand for White House photos. After four decades of deprivation, White House tourists were allowed Wednesday to do that most cherished of touristy things—take pictures. Many even found themselves fulfilling a dream they may not have known they had and could take pictures of the pool...

Obama Delivers Strong Comeback to Netanyahu on Iran

May 22, 2015 It took the White House almost three months of wandering in the diplomatic wilderness before it could find the most effective way to respond to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's extraordinary frontal assault on administration policies. But Friday, 80 days after the prime minister's confrontational speech to Congress, President Obama...

Barack Obama’s Top Secret Plan to Make You Laugh

April 24, 2015 Nobody—outside a small group inside the White House—knows for sure what President Obama will say when he speaks at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday. In the half-century in which presidents have tried out their comedy chops at this dinner, there have been fewer leaks than just about any...

Iran Talks Could Win Kerry a Nobel Peace Prize

April 2, 2015 John Kerry did not start the negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. But nobody has thrown himself more into the talks and nobody's reputation has more riding on their outcome than the American secretary of State currently trying to hammer out a deal in Switzerland. The former Democratic senator...

The New Era in US-Afghanistan Relations

March 22, 2015 President Obama, buoyed at last by the presence of an Afghan leader he can work with, is expected to adjust the schedule of American troop withdrawals from Afghanistan when he meets this week with President Ashraf Ghani. And while the White House insists that no decisions have been made that...

Picking a Political Fight Over the Language of Terrorism

February 19, 2015 President Obama and the White House came out aggressively Wednesday against those who have attacked his often-careful use of words to describe the battle against terrorists. The defense came after a week of being battered—mostly by conservatives—for a reluctance to talk about "Islamic terrorism" and a hesitation to label victims...

White House Struggles with the Language of Terrorism

February 19, 2015 President Obama and the White House came out aggressively Wednesday against those who have attacked his often-careful use of words to describe the battle against terrorists. The defense came after a week of being battered—mostly by conservatives—for a reluctance to talk about "Islamic terrorism" and a hesitation to label victims...

What Would the Obama of 2007 Say About His War Powers Request?

February 11, 2015 It was a younger Barack Obama who stood in the bitter cold in Springfield, Ill., to declare that the American military must butt out of "someone else's civil war" in the Middle East and drew applause when he said it was time to let the Iraqis know "that we will...