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Five Unforgettable Moments from the Obama-Boehner Golf Game

All eyes were on President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner's "golf summit" today, where the two of them teamed up against Vice President Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in a highly anticipated golf outing at Andrews Air Force Base golf course. Though the press pool was only permitted to observe the action on the first green, it didn't stop massive analysis of each painstaking detail. We combed through various political blogs to come up with the five most exciting moments. It was tough to choose.

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 7:40pm

Perry Road-Tests A Stump Speech

NEW ORLEANS, La.--Republican activists have waited all week to see a front-running presidential candidate. When Texas Gov. Rick Perry took the stage Saturday, they may have finally gotten their glimpse.

(PICTURES: GOP Presidential Hopefuls)

(RELATED: Paul Wins Straw Poll; Absent Huntsman is 2nd)

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 5:40pm

The End Of The Cattle Call?

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Mitt Romney is not here. Tim Pawlenty is otherwise engaged, in San Francisco and Minneapolis. Jon Huntsman is under the weather; his surrogate, his wife, canceled her speech.

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 5:40pm

Amodei Wins GOP Nomination in Nevada Special

At a meeting of the Nevada Republican state central committee Saturday, former state Republican Party Chair Mark Amodei cruised to an easy victory in the race for the party's nomination in the state's 2nd District special election, winning by a wide margin over his two closest competitors. But a still uncertain state Supreme Court decision will determine whether the state party central committees will choose nominees for the race, or whether all qualifying candidates will be allowed entry.

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Obama Impersonator Gets The Hook

NEW ORLEANS, La.--An actor impersonating President Obama delivered racially tinged jokes to a crowd of more than a thousand Republican activists here Saturday, taking aim at the incumbent president, the Republican presidential field and prominent politicians in both parties.

The actor, Reggie Brown, is a well-known Obama impersonator who has appeared on Fox News several times. Some jokes made in front of the Republican Leadership Conference Saturday drew big laughs, while others groaned at jokes that appeared over the line.

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Paul Wins Big In GOP Straw Poll

NEW ORLEANS, La.--Rep. Ron Paul rode a wave of support from young activists to win a straw poll at the Republican Leadership Conference here, his latest title fueled by a group of rabidly loyal fans who have little use for the rest of the GOP field.

Paul took 612 votes out of the 1,542 ballots cast. Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman finished in second place with 382 ballots, while Rep. Michele Bachmann finished third with 191.

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 4:40pm

Washington Week Round Table: GOP Debate Analysis, Progress of Biden's Group, Post-Gates DoD

This week from Washington Week: Analysis of the second GOP presidential debate, and a new fact check feature “Just the Facts.”  Plus, details of Vice President Joe Biden’s negotiations on raising the debt ceiling.  Also, the Pentagon and Defense Deparment after Robert Gates and the controversy over the U.S. involvement in Libya. Joining Gwen Ifill: Michael Duffy, Time; Nancy Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers; Dan Balz, Washington Post; and Jim Barnes, National Journal.

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 12:40pm

PICTURES: Obama, Boehner, Biden, Kasich Golf at Andrews

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, both avid golfers, took to the links at Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday along with Vice President Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. In the background of the game is the debate over the debt ceiling limit, which the U.S. will reach on Aug. 2.

Below, take a look through photos of the game.


Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 12:40pm

Five Best Saturday Columns

Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch on the Archaic Two-Party System. "Nothing in American life today seems as archaic, ubiquitous and immovable as the Republican and Democratic parties," write Gillespie and Welch, citing the fact that our "two 19th-century political groupings divide up the spoils of a combined $6.4 trillion." While "rhetorically and theoretically," the two parties are at odds with each other," they have "managed to create a mostly unbroken set of po

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 12:40pm

Political Games: Obama, Boehner Take to Golf Course

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner teed off on Saturday, hitting the golf course together for the first time with more in play than just bragging rights.

(RELATED: Pictures from Saturday's Golf Outing)

(RELATED: Golf Gives Insights Into Presidential Character)

Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 12:40pm