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8-Year-Old 'Little Miss Flint' Gets Obama to Visit

Amariyanna Copeny asked for a chance to meet him

(Newser) - An 8-year-old girl who says she's known as "Little Miss Flint" around her troubled Michigan hometown wrote to President Obama to tell him she's "one of the children that is effected" by the water, and the president is coming to see for himself. "I've... More »

Obama Sending 250 Troops to Syria to Fight ISIS

He wants Special Forces additions to keep up 'momentum'

(Newser) - Last week, President Obama announced the US is sending more than 200 additional troops to Iraq to help fight ISIS, and Monday he made a similar declaration regarding Syria, Reuters reports. "Given the success, I've approved the deployment of up to 250 additional US personnel in Syria, including... More »

Internet Swoons Over Prince George's $39 Robe

Squeeeeeeeee

(Newser) - If you show up in your pajamas to meet the leader of the free world, it doesn't usually go over very well. Unless you are the pint-sized toddler currently third in line to the British throne, in which case the entire segment of the population obsessed with all things... More »

London Mayor: 'Part-Kenyan' Obama Should Butt Out

US being 'hypocritical' about EU stance, says Boris Johnson

(Newser) - President Obama has a "Dear Friends" op-ed in the Telegraph Friday in which he makes his case that Britain should remain in the European Union. After stressing the long-held ties between the US and the UK—"the tens of thousands of Americans who rest in Europe’s cemeteries... More »

Obama in Saudi Arabia, and 9/11 Looms Large

Tensions are especially fraught with an old ally

(Newser) - President Obama landed in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday morning at a time when relations between the two countries are especially dicey. Here's a look:
  • USA Today digs into five big issues, most notably a bill in Congress that would allow families of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudis. Friction
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Journo Files FOIA Request—for Obama's GoT Screeners

Why should the president get all the advance fun?

(Newser) - Everyone's jealous that President Obama has already received advance screeners of the sixth season of Game of Thrones (the rest of us plebes have to wait till Sunday to start our viewing). But Vanessa Golembewski must really be champing at the bit to get her hands on the episodes,... More »

Obama Plan to Protect Immigrants May Be Doomed

Unless John Roberts is a wild card?

(Newser) - A sweeping plan by President Obama to protect immigrants from deportation might be in trouble. Arguments in the Supreme Court on Monday suggested justices were headed for a 4-4 split, reports the Los Angeles Times . If that proves true when the decision is announced in June, it's bad news... More »

US Sending Choppers, 200 Troops to ISIS Fight

American troops will now be closer to the front lines

(Newser) - The US will deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq—upping the number from 3,870 to 4,087—and send Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against ISIS in Iraq, the first major increase in US forces in nearly a year. The uptick in US... More »

N. Korea Uses Fake Lincoln to Chide Obama

Letter has Abe criticizing nuclear policy

(Newser) - North Korea has tried warnings of nuclear attack and racist diatribes to criticize President Obama. Now it's turning to Abraham Lincoln. A North Korean state media outlet has constructed an imaginary letter from the 16th US president that attacks Obama's "deception" over Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear... More »

Obama Says His Biggest Mistake Happened in 2011

He wishes there had been a better plan for Libya

(Newser) - President Obama is now about 90% of the way through his presidency and apparently feels he has little to lose by talking to Fox News about his mistakes. In a Fox News Sunday interview, the president said that a failure to plan for the aftermath of intervention in Libya was... More »

Obama: Clinton Won't Be Shielded in DOJ Probe

'No political influence'

(Newser) - President Obama is guaranteeing that evidence, not politics, will dictate the outcome of the FBI's investigation into Hillary Clinton's handling of emails as secretary of state. Obama's comments came on Fox News Sunday, his first appearance as president. Obama said he believes Clinton didn't jeopardize America'... More »

Feds' Crackdown on Tax Dodges Kills $160B Pfizer Merger

New Treasury rules on tax 'inversions' squashed deal with Allergan

(Newser) - Allergan and Pfizer are calling off a record $160 billion merger after the Treasury issued new rules to make tax "inversions" less lucrative, the AP reports. The aggressive changes to US tax laws announced this week helped kill the deal, handing what Reuters calls a "major victory" to... More »

Obama: Trump 'Doesn't Know Much' About the World

...or foreign policy, or nuclear policy, or Korea

(Newser) - At the end of the Nuclear Security Summit on Friday, President Obama took a question on the man the Economist deems a top global risk : Donald Trump. When asked about Trump's recent suggestion that Japan and South Korea get their own nuclear weapons to deal with any threat for... More »

Fidel Castro Tells Obama He Can Keep His 'Presents'

Ex-Cuban leader writes scathing letter that attacks US, Spaniards—even Obama's age

(Newser) - No one expected President Obama to meet with Fidel Castro during his historic visit to Cuba last week. But while Obama was chatting up and taking in a baseball game with brother Raul Castro, the 89-year-old former revolutionary was penning what the AP calls a "long, bristling letter."... More »

Castro Opens Up in Rare Cuba Presser

Cuban president answers question about political prisoners

(Newser) - President Obama made history in Cuba today by getting Cuban President Raul Castro to field questions from reporters—inspiring an exchange over democracy and human rights that apparently left Cubans stunned. The White House negotiated to the last minute to make the press conference happen, the AP reports. Among the... More »

Backdrop of Obama Photo Causes a Stir

Hello, Che

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a routine photo op as part of President Obama's trip to Cuba, but instead it lit up Twitter, reports the Washington Post . The reason? During a wreath-laying ceremony at the José Martí Memorial in Havana, Obama was positioned in front of a giant mural... More »

For Obama, Meeting With Fidel Off the Table

But Tuesday's baseball game should be a highlight in Cuba

(Newser) - President Obama meets with Raul Castro Monday as part of his historic trip to Cuba, though not with Castro's more famous brother. Some coverage:
  • Neither nation was interested in a meeting between Obama and Fidel Castro, as ABC News explains. The elder Castro still seems wary of the US.
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Obama, Michelle Land in Cuba

Dissidents are arrested just before Air Force One lands

(Newser) - President Obama made history today by landing in Cuba—the first visit there by a US president in almost 90 years. Obama arrived with first lady Michelle, their two daughters, his mother-in-law, and dozens of business executives seeking opportunities, but not everything went smoothly in the hours before Air Force... More »

Obama: 'I've Made My Decision' on SCOTUS Pick

List reportedly down to 3 names, announcement at 11am

(Newser) - President Obama will name his choice to succeed Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court Wednesday morning. Though Senate Republicans continue to insist that no nominee will pass the chamber in this election year, Obama has said all along that he will move forward. The list had been winnowed to three... More »

Obama Helps Hamilton Creator Freestyle-Rap at White House

'You think that's going viral? That's going viral'

(Newser) - The cast of Hamilton spent Monday at the White House, where they performed a selection of songs and attended a workshop for a group of schoolchildren hosted by Michelle Obama, the AP reports. "Hamilton, I'm pretty sure, is the only thing that Dick Cheney and I agree on,... More »

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