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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 Obama and Boehner are So Cautious About the Malaysian Jetliner

July 18, 2014 While the cable channels were exploding in speculation from one panel of experts after another Thursday following the Malaysian airliner tragedy, the most cautious public reactions came from President Obama and Speaker John Boehner. Both were low-key. The president spoke of finding out "what happened and why." The speaker called ...

Disgraced Congressman Randy 'Duke' Cunningham Is a Free Man Again

July 11, 2014 A federal judge says it is time to forgive Randy "Duke" Cunningham, the most corrupt member of Congress ever if measured by the amount of bribes he admitted accepting. U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns, in a ruling issued July 1 in San Diego, has granted Cunningham's request to have ...

Why Isn't Obama Going to the Border?

July 7, 2014 President Obama evidently has decided not to put a human face on the crisis unfolding at the U.S. southern border—not even his own. The White House said over and over again Monday that Obama will not travel to the border with Mexico despite flying to Texas this week to raise ...

Iraq Insurgency Turns Up Heat in White House War Room

June 13, 2014 Pressure on the White House to intervene in the crisis in Iraq intensified Thursday as President Obama's national security team was considering military options to counter the surging threat posed by an army of Sunni extremists marching toward Baghdad. Former members of both the Obama and Bush administrations warned that ...

Obama Heads to Europe

June 1, 2014 President Obama this week will travel to countries he didn't expect to visit, to talk to leaders he didn't plan to see, to discuss a topic he didn't want to talk about. It's a presidential overseas trip that looks nothing like what was planned only three months ago. But it's ...

Obama Puts Shinseki On Notice

May 21, 2014 President Obama has shown over the last six years that he is by nature reluctant to lop off heads and fire subordinates at the first sign of scandal in their agencies. But Eric Shinseki can take little encouragement from the president's comments Wednesday. Even while praising the embattled secretary of ...

Obama Leaves Door Open for Shinseki Departure

May 21, 2014 President Obama has shown over the last six years that he is by nature reluctant to lop off heads and fire subordinates at the first sign of scandal in their agencies. But Eric Shinseki can take little encouragement from the president's comments Wednesday. Even while praising the embattled secretary of ...

VA Scandal Could Be Worse for Democrats Than Benghazi

May 16, 2014 Democrats who believe they have emerged unscathed from the Republican focus on Benghazi and the IRS—which President Obama has described as a "sideshow"—are not quite as confident about the burgeoning scandal at the Veterans Administration. As Congress opens hearings on allegations of secret "waiting lists" and veterans dying because of ...

For Democrats, VA Problems Pose a Real Political Threat

May 16, 2014 Democrats who believe they have emerged unscathed from the Republican focus on Benghazi and the IRS—which President Obama has described as a "sideshow"—are not quite as confident about the burgeoning scandal at the Veterans Administration. As Congress opens hearings on allegations of secret "waiting lists" and veterans dying because of ...

Obama Heads to Asia as Ukraine Crisis Looms

April 22, 2014 President Obama never seems to get Asia trips to go the way they are planned. As he begins an ambitious weeklong visit to four Asian countries, the White House is hoping this one sticks to the agenda, which includes economic, trade, and security measures to demonstrate that his much-talked-about "pivot" ...