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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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Obama Almost Never Vetoes Bills. That's About to Change.

November 20, 2014 The failure of the Keystone XL pipeline bill to get the needed 60th vote Tuesday night kept the nation from getting a glimpse of what governing is going to look like in Washington for the next two years. But it's only a delay. President Obama didn't need to use his ...

Stung at Home, Obama Embarks on His Longest Foreign Trip

November 10, 2014 No one could blame President Obama if he wants to get as far away as he can from the bodies of defeated Democratic candidates strewn across the American landscape, far away from the gloating of Republicans and far away from the doubts he can be an effective leader over the ...

Stung at Home, Obama Embarks on His Longest Foreign Trip

November 9, 2014 No one could blame President Obama if he wants to get as far away as he can from the bodies of defeated Democratic candidates strewn across the American landscape, far away from the gloating of Republicans and far away from the doubts he can be an effective leader over the ...

Will Obama Fire Staff After Election Day? Probably Not.

October 24, 2014 Presidents facing disastrous midterm election results almost always respond by shaking up their staffs to meet changed congressional realities and signal to voters that their message has been heard. But every indication is that President Obama is going to be immune from the impulse that gripped Presidents Eisenhower, Reagan, George ...

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 ...