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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 creates debt panel

February 18, 2010 President Obama said on Thursday that the debt commission he created by executive order will be charged with "taking on the impossible" and charting a path away from record federal budget deficits. As he signed the order, Obama was flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and the men he chose...

Obama is forced to adjust State of the Union goals

January 27, 2010 President Obama's first State of the Union address Wednesday night, to a nation increasingly concerned about his priorities and a Congress increasingly looking toward the midterm elections, will not be the speech the president and his team once envisioned him delivering. The White House had once hoped this speech would...

Senator: Obama favors panel on deficit

January 19, 2010 President Obama will likely create a commission by executive order to make recommendations to Congress on ways to reduce the deficit if a similar proposal to be considered by the Senate as early as this week fails, Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, said Tuesday after meeting with Obama. "The concern [Obama]...

Obama says Afghan surge will cost $30 billion in fiscal 2010

December 2, 2009 President Obama, declaring the war in Afghanistan vital to American security, appealed Tuesday night for public and congressional support for a 30,000-troop surge that will cost $30 billion this fiscal year. Addressing cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., the president said he made his decision after...

Obama contacts Hill about Afghan decision

November 30, 2009 With many members of his own party balking at paying for more troops and the prospect of years of more war in Afghanistan, President Obama has launched a major effort to rally support on Capitol Hill for the war policies he will unveil in an address to the nation on...

Obama is unlikely to trim his aggressive agenda

October 6, 2009 White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has one thing he really wants, something that would make his job just a little bit easier. "I told the president last week I hoped to wake up one day for a boring day in his administration," he confessed to reporters who were pummeling...

Obama: Border bill is on table for 2010

August 10, 2009 President Obama on Monday made his strongest commitment yet to pushing comprehensive immigration legislation through Congress after healthcare, climate change and financial regulation bills are approved. In remarks in Guadalajara, Mexico, at the conclusion of the annual summit of leaders from the United States, Mexico and Canada, Obama said talks...

Obama seeks restoration of pay/go provision

June 9, 2009 President Obama Tuesday called on Congress to act quickly to restore pay/go spending constraints that he credited with the surpluses of the late 1990s. While defending the record spending he pushed through to battle the recession, he said it is time to reintroduce the pay/go discipline that was pushed aside...

Obama selects Sotomayor for high court vacancy

May 26, 2009 President Obama on Tuesday chose federal appellate Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, hoping to make her the first Hispanic and only the third woman ever to join the nation's highest bench. He immediately called on the Senate to act in "a bipartisan fashion" and confirm her in time...

Obama stands by decision to close Guantanamo

May 21, 2009 President Obama delivered a strong defense of his approach to fighting terrorism Thursday, insisting he is right to ban torture and close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and flatly pledging that "we can and will defeat al-Qaida." In a 50-minute address at the National Archives, the president lamented...