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Newspaper Apologizes for Obama Execution Letter

Writer advocated 'regime change' in the US

(Newser) - A paper in Sunbury, Pennsylvania, printed a letter to the editor over the holiday weekend that blamed President Obama's policies for the loss of Ramadi in Iraq. That might not seem so unusual, except for the letter's last few paragraphs, which advocate "regime change" here in the... More »

Obama's Immigration Reform Takes a Big Hit in Court

Federal appeals panel won't lift court ruling blocking executive actions

(Newser) - It was supposed to be one of the signature elements of his second term, but a court ruling today raises the possibility that President Obama's sweeping immigration reform won't begin until after he leaves the White House—if it begins at all, reports the Washington Post . The setback... More »

Obama, McConnell Get Big Win on Fast-Track Deal

Now comes a tougher battle in the House

(Newser) - The Republican-led Senate has handed President Obama a major victory by approving his request for enhanced trade-negotiating authority. The Hill notes that it's also a big win for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had declared it a high priority. The bill now faces a tough battle in the... More »

Secret Service Visits Obama Twitter Troll

As racist tweets welcome president to Twitter

(Newser) - The White House says it's "pleased with the early response" to President Obama's new Twitter account , which has crushed a record and received plenty of adoring messages. But it's the hateful, racist posts that are getting attention, including from the Secret Service. New York Times reports... More »

White House Pops Up on Google Maps in N-Word Search

Company says it's trying to fix system so it won't be inundated with racial slurs

(Newser) - Just last month Google Maps had to scramble to eliminate an image that showed an Android robot peeing on the Apple logo . Now it's got an even worse problem: remedying an issue that brings up the White House when certain racial slurs are punched in, the Washington Post reports.... More »

Obama Breaks a Twitter Record

He amassed 1M followers in 5 hours

(Newser) - President Obama has set a Guinness World Record as the fastest user to reach 1 million followers on Twitter. After joining the platform with a personal @POTUS account on Monday, he managed to crush Robert Downey Jr.'s record of 23 hours and 22 minutes set last April in... More »

Obama Burns Bill Clinton on Twitter

Obama sends first tweet from personal account—Clinton has to respond

(Newser) - "Two presidents walk into a Twitter feed" is just like it sounds, and it happened yesterday online, MarketWatch reports. Even though President Obama has been occasionally tweeting from the @BarackObama handle run by Organizing for Action, @POTUS is all his own , and yesterday saw that account's very first... More »

The President Has Arrived on Twitter

Obama started tweeting from @POTUS today

(Newser) - President Obama has officially entered the 21st century: He has his very own Twitter account, @POTUS . As of this writing, there's only one tweet on it: "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account." As for the bio... More »

Saudis Say They'll Keep Up With Iran in Nuke War

Obama meeting with Arab leaders today to assure them of Middle East security

(Newser) - President Obama is convening with six Arab leaders today at Camp David, hoping to assure them that a deal between the West and Iran to contain the latter country's nuclear efforts won't compromise the security of the Middle East. But the Saudis already seem to be balking, announcing... More »

Obama Accepts Science, Chooses to Ignore It

His decision on Shell in the Arctic is a joke, writes Bill McKibben

(Newser) - President Obama's decision to give Shell the green light to drill in the Arctic is an environmental abomination, writes Bill McKibben in the New York Times . Shell and the entire fossil fuel industry have been ignoring warnings for years about the Arctic, and yet now that it's clearly... More »

Senate Dems Strike Blow to Obama in Trade Vote

President doesn't get votes needed to move forward on Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Newser) - Senate Democrats have struck down a measure that would have helped President Obama settle a trade pact with Asian countries, the New York Times reports. Sixty votes were needed to pass a measure to launch debate on Obama's "trade promotion authority"—but it was blocked thanks to... More »

Obama on Chicago Library Pick: It's Where I 'Became a Man'

Site will indeed be on the city's South Side

(Newser) - It's Chicago, as expected : President Obama has decided to build his presidential library on the South Side of the city, where his political career began. The Barack Obama Foundation announced early today that the library would be erected on park land that was proposed for the site by the... More »

Saudi King Skipping Summit at Camp David

Because it coincides with Yemen ceasefire, minister says

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman will not attend a Camp David summit of US and allied Arab leaders, his foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said today. In a statement, al-Jubeir says the summit Thursday coincides with a humanitarian cease-fire in the conflict in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Shiite... More »

Obama: Urban Mentoring Will Be My Life's Mission

'Opportunity gaps' lead to unfairness, unrest, he says

(Newser) - President Obama launched a new phase of his My Brother's Keeper initiative to aid and mentor disadvantaged minority youth yesterday, promising to make it a mission not just for the rest of his presidency, but for the rest of his life. "We see ourselves in these young men,... More »

Obama Picks New Chairman of Joint Chiefs

Joseph Dunford Jr will get nod tomorrow, officials say

(Newser) - President Obama will nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, choosing a widely respected, combat-hardened commander who led the Afghanistan war coalition during a key transitional period during 2013-14, US officials said today. The move cuts short Dunford's service as... More »

Emergency Room Visits Rising Under ObamaCare: Poll

Three-quarters of emergency doctors cite increase

(Newser) - Backers of ObamaCare have said it would reduce the number of visits to emergency rooms, the Wall Street Journal notes, but in fact, a poll of ER doctors finds that number has been climbing. "Visits are going up despite the (Affordable Care Act), and in a lot of cases... More »

Obama Settles on Library City

It's Chicago, but there may be prizes for NYC, Honolulu as well

(Newser) - Tough luck, Honolulu and New York: Chicago, the city where President Obama started his political career, has been chosen as the site of his presidential library and museum, sources tell the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune . Hawaii, where Obama grew up, and his alma mater Columbia University in... More »

Obama on Riots: Let's Not 'Feign Concern,' Move On

'Slow-rolling crisis' much larger than a police issue, says president

(Newser) - President Obama took a question on the Baltimore riots today during a news conference with Japan's Shinzo Abe and ended up talking for nearly 15 minutes about what he termed the "slow-rolling crisis" enveloping America, reports the New York Times . "This isn't new, and we shouldn'... More »

Obama Gets His Own China

White House breaks out the new plates just in time for state dinner tomorrow

(Newser) - Six years into his administration, President Obama finally has his own plates: The White House today unveiled Obama's official state china service, an 11-piece setting trimmed in a hue of blue that was inspired by the waters of his native state of Hawaii. The china will immediately be put... More »

Obama: I Can't Wait 'to See Who Koch Bros. Pick'

It's 'nerd prom' time again

(Newser) - Washington feted itself last night with the annual exercise known alternately as the White House Correspondents Dinner or "Nerd Prom," with Saturday Night Live's Cecily Strong getting in some of the strongest zingers. "Your hair is so white now," she told President Obama, "it... More »

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