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Obama Is Best Democratic President Since FDR

David Leonhardt makes his case

(Newser) - The bad news for supporters of President Obama is that Donald Trump's win means they're in for a tough fight to keep his achievements in place. But, writes David Leonhardt in the New York Times , "it's a testament to the last eight years that progressives have... More »

4 Books Obama Put on Malia's Kindle

President talks about his love of reading

(Newser) - President Obama managed to remain an avid reader even during his presidency, and New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani interviewed him about the role of books in his life. Fiction, explains Obama, was more than just a break from briefings and memos. It was "useful as a reminder... More »

Here's Where the Obamas Are Heading Post-Inauguration

Sunny Palm Springs

(Newser) - The Obamas are heading to Palm Springs after Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, sources tell TMZ . They'll take a helicopter (not Marine One since President Obama won't be President Obama anymore by that point) from the Capitol to Andrews Air Force Base, and from there, Special Air Mission... More »

5 Lines From Obama's Final Weekly Address

'You made me a better man'

(Newser) - President Obama delivered his final weekly address Saturday, telling the American people, "you made me a better president, and you made me a better man." More big lines:
  • "Over the course of these eight years, I have seen the goodness, the resilience, and the hope of the
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Biden: We Were Briefed on Trump Dossier

He says Obama asked: 'What does this have to do with anything?'

(Newser) - President Obama received a briefing last week on a dossier with allegations of compromising material being held by the Russians on his successor, Joe Biden has confirmed. Biden says intelligence chiefs also briefed him on the dossier, but neither his officer nor Obama's requested more information, CNN reports. Biden—... More »

On Obama's Commutation Shortlist: Chelsea Manning

Decision could come as soon as Wednesday: source

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning might just get her wish . The whistleblower, six years into a 35-year sentence in military prison for leaking classified documents, has made President Obama's "shortlist" for commutation, a Justice Department official tells NBC News . The outlet says a decision could come as soon as Wednesday. "... More »

Sasha Obama Misses Dad's Farewell, Internet Freaks

She's fine—she just had a test the next morning

(Newser) - President Obama gave his farewell speech to the nation Tuesday night, and it included an emotional tribute to his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha. "Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad," he told the girls—though... More »

Big Lines From Obama's Farewell Address

'You made me a better man'

(Newser) - President Obama delivered what was billed as his farewell speech to the nation Tuesday, one interrupted early with chants of "four more years" from the crowd in Chicago. "I can't do that," he responded. Some of the biggest applause lines, with the full text via the... More »

Obama: ObamaCare Will Survive My Term

President talks Trump, Russians, and Twitter as his term in office wanes

(Newser) - With less than two weeks on the clock, President Obama doesn't hesitate about whether ObamaCare will survive once he turns the keys over to Donald Trump: "I think it will," he tells ABC News' George Stephanopolous. "It may be called something else. If in fact the... More »

4 More Gitmo Inmates Released

'Final push' continues despite Trump plea

(Newser) - The Pentagon says four Guantanamo prisoners have been released and sent to Saudi Arabia, part of a final push by President Obama to reduce the population at the detention center in the final weeks of his administration. The four are from Yemen, and each had been held at Guantanamo for... More »

Obama Plans A-List Farewell Party for White House Friday

Beyonce and Jay Z are expected to be among the attendees

(Newser) - President Obama is weeks away from returning to civilian life, but he's going to party like it's 2009 one last time with a White House bash on Friday, sources tell the Washington Post . In contrast to the Donald Trump transition team's reported struggle to attract A-listers, the... More »

Obama Uses Twitter to Defend His Legacy

Trump spokesman says tweeting won't stop

(Newser) - President Obama isn't the most prolific Twitter user out there, but he's making some use of the @POTUS handle while he still can. In a series of seven tweets on Sunday, Obama defended his legacy and the "remarkable progress" made during his presidency in areas including job... More »

Obama, Democrats to Meet in Bid to Save ObamaCare

Strategy session Wednesday, as GOP promises quick repeal

(Newser) - President Obama looks genuinely worried about the fate of ObamaCare: He will meet Wednesday morning with House and Senate Democrats to plot strategy on how to prevent Republicans from killing it, reports Politico . The problem for Democrats is that there may not be much they can do in the near... More »

Putin's Surprise Move: He Won't Deport US Diplomats

Despite recommendation from Foreign Ministry head, Putin says he won't partake in 'irresponsible diplomacy'

(Newser) - Not many would be surprised if Moscow retaliated for fresh US sanctions over what it calls "groundless" accusations of election hacking, and one proposal seemed to point in that direction: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he wants to expel 35 American diplomats in return for the US expulsion of... More »

After Trump's 'Roadblocks' Tweet, Obama Picks Up Phone

President-elect says transition once more going 'very, very smoothly' after president's call

(Newser) - President Obama chose to communicate in a relatively old-fashioned way this week after Donald Trump used Twitter to indicate relations between the two men had gone south. "Doing my best to disregard the many inflammatory President O statements and roadblocks.Thought it was going to be a smooth transition... More »

Obama Protects 1.6M Acres With Controversial Move

Designates 2 monuments in Utah, Nevada

(Newser) - President Obama has delighted conservationists but angered conservatives with the creation of two more national monuments in the closing weeks of his presidency. The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada add huge stretches of desert areas known for sandstone formations and Native... More »

Hottest Science Article of 2016 Written by ... Obama

ObamaCare article tops annual list

(Newser) - Altimetric, which tracks scholarly analytics, has released its annual list of the 100 most widely-discussed scientific journal articles of the year—and sitting atop the list is an article written by President Barack Obama. Obama's "United States and Health Care Reform: Progress to Date and Next Steps" was... More »

And the Year's Most Admired Man Is...

President Obama beats out Donald Trump

(Newser) - The most admired men of 2016: the president and the president-elect. Gallup left the survey question open-ended, and 22% of respondents said they most admired President Obama, followed by 15% who named Donald Trump. Obama has topped the poll nine years running, but Gallup notes this year is his narrowest... More »

Israel: We've Got Proof Obama Set Up UN Resolution

Says it's ready to hand 'evidence' right over to President-elect Trump

(Newser) - Israel has been voicing its displeasure about the United States' abstention from a UN Security Council vote Friday that called for an end to illegal Israeli settlements. So has Donald Trump, who's vowed "things will be different after Jan. 20th." Now Israel is offering the president-elect what... More »

Trump Fires Back at Obama With 2 Words

'No way'

(Newser) - President Obama believes he could've won the 2016 election if he'd been able to run on "the notion of a one America that is tolerant and diverse and open and full of energy and dynamism." Donald Trump's reaction: "NO WAY!" In a tweet... More »

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