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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 requests $1.5 billion for swine flu in supplemental

April 28, 2009 President Obama Tuesday submitted a request for $1.5 billion in funds to address the swine flu outbreak, trumping his administration's previous assurances that it had enough money to deal with the problem. In a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations committees, Obama said that, after "carefully monitoring" the situation,...

Obama wins respect from the military

April 21, 2009 A crisp salute, a first lady's campaign, a generous budget and some familiar appointments have allowed President Obama to take great strides toward reassuring the group that was perhaps the most wary of his election -- the military. While past and present military leaders aren't about to change their largely...

Obama administration and states target mortgage scammers

April 6, 2009 Alarmed by the proliferation of con artists taking advantage of Americans trying to keep their homes out of foreclosure, the Obama administration Monday announced federal and state agencies would work together to crack down on scams. The effort was announced by Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and...

Obama adds online town hall to communications plan

March 26, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama added a wrinkle to his communications strategy today -- a town hall meeting mixing online and in-person questions -- that gave him another soapbox for pushing his budget proposal. The White House boasted that 92,925 people had submitted 104,127 questions and cast 3.6 million votes on those questions,...

Obama: Budget and fixing the economy are 'inseparable'

March 25, 2009 President Obama upped the pressure on Congress to approve his fiscal 2010 budget, saying Tuesday night that his spending plan and the prospects for economic recovery are inextricably linked. "This budget is inseparable from this economy, because it is what lays the foundation for a secure and lasting prosperity," Obama...

Obama pushes for quick movement on fiscal 2010 spending plan

March 17, 2009 President Obama Tuesday urged Congress to pass a budget resolution that would let lawmakers move forward on overhauling the healthcare system, capping emissions of greenhouse gases and improving education. "I see it as an economic blueprint for our future -- a foundation on which to build a recovery that lasts,"...

Obama calls for earmark overhaul but will sign omnibus

March 11, 2009 President Obama called for fundamental earmark reform Wednesday even as he prepared to sign a fiscal 2009 omnibus spending bill packed with thousands of earmarks the White House did not want. The president was expected to sign that $410 billion spending bill Wednesday, away from cameras and questions. Obama offered...

Obama taps Sebelius, DeParle to oversee health reform

March 2, 2009 Girding for a titanic struggle to overhaul the nation's healthcare system, President Obama Monday morning officially named the two women he expects to lead the effort he has called critical to reducing the deficit and righting the economy. As expected, he asked Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be secretary of...

Obama calls summit a good first step

February 24, 2009 President Obama concluded his fiscal responsibility summit on Monday with some good-natured jabs at Republicans, a serious appeal to Democrats and a somber assessment of budget problems awaiting a country already facing a $1.3 trillion deficit and future entitlement bills. His remarks came after more than 130 lawmakers, administration officials,...

Obama promises a gimmick-free spending plan

February 23, 2009 Pledging to end "the casual dishonesty" of the budget process and warning of the dire consequences of inaction, President Obama Monday pledged an assault on soaring budget deficits and promised to cut the current shortfall in half in four years. The president's remarks came at the opening of a fiscal...