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Here's the Obamas' Next Home

They'll be renting in one of DC's poshest neighborhoods

(Newser) - President Obama is going to be the first president since Woodrow Wilson to stay in Washington after leaving office—and he'll be living in the same neighborhood. The president, who plans to remain in the capital at least until 14-year-old Sasha finishes high school, has found a new home... More »

Obama Has $6 Dinner With Anthony Bourdain

The president has soup and a beer in Vietnam restaurant

(Newser) - President Obama chowed down with Anthony Bourdain in a Vietnam restaurant on Monday and let the CNN personality pick up the check—which was only $6, Eater reports. Twitter photos have emerged of Obama walking into Bún cha Huong Liên restaurant, chatting with the Parts Unknown host (while... More »

41 Years Later, Vietnam Arms Embargo Is History

Obama announces end of 'Cold War vestige'

(Newser) - American guns—and the US Peace Corps—may soon be making their way to Vietnam. President Obama, who's making his first visit to the country, announced on Monday that the decades-old US embargo will be completely lifted to give Vietnam "access to the equipment it needs to defend... More »

Oklahoma: Impeach Obama for Transgender Mandate

State's GOP lawmakers say bathroom directive in schools is unconstitutional

(Newser) - President Obama issued a mandate last week that transgender students must be allowed to use whichever bathroom and locker room they wish in any US public school—and now Oklahoma's GOP-heavy legislature wants him impeached for it, the Hill reports. A measure was filed Thursday night directing Oklahoma members... More »

'Huge' Win for House GOP in ObamaCare Lawsuit

Federal judge says administration spending on health care subsidies is unconstitutional

(Newser) - In what Politico labels a "huge win" for the House GOP, a federal judge ruled Thursday that the Obama administration is making unconstitutional federal expenditures to maintain the president's ObamaCare law, the AP reports. At issue: $175 billion in so-called "cost-sharing" reimbursements that the government doles out... More »

Obama to Be First Sitting US President to Visit Hiroshima

He'll visit during Asia trip later this month

(Newser) - It's been more than 70 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, and no serving US president has been to visit the Japanese city since that event, which killed 140,000 people—but President Obama plans to change that during his trip to Asia this month, the... More »

Obama's Howard Speech Hailed as 'One for the Ages'

Activism is more than hashtags, he told graduates

(Newser) - President Obama's commencement address at Howard University on Saturday is still reverberating, with some ranking it among the best speeches he has ever delivered. Black Lives Matter activists are among those praising Obama, who spoke about being "comfortable in your blackness" and of the importance of compromise and... More »

Obama to Trump: This Is Not a Reality Show

'This is a really serious job,' he warns

(Newser) - Being president of the United States isn't like hosting Celebrity Apprentice, President Obama warned in his first remarks on Donald Trump since the Republican became his party's presumptive nominee. "We are in serious times and this is a really serious job. This is not entertainment," the... More »

White House Commutes 18 Life Sentences

Plus 40 more sentences

(Newser) - The Obama administration on Thursday commuted the prison sentences of 58 federal convicts, including 18 who were given life sentences, the AP reports. The action is part of a broader effort to overhaul the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug offenders. Most whose sentences were cut short... More »

Obama to Flint: 'I've Got Your Back'

He drank the water during visit to city

(Newser) - Sipping filtered city water to show it's again drinkable, President Obama promised Wednesday to ride herd on leaders at all levels of government until every drop of water flowing into homes in Flint, Mich., is safe to use. He also promised that the aging pipes that contaminated the water... More »

Army Captain Sues Obama for Fighting ISIS

Nathan Michael Smith says he needs to honor his own oath

(Newser) - It's not that Army Capt. Nathan Michael Smith doesn't want to take out the Islamic State. It's just that he doesn't think President Obama has the authority to wage war against ISIS without Congress' OK. That's the crux of the 28-year-old intelligence officer's lawsuit... More »

White House: Obama Hasn't Read 9/11 '28 Pages'

Saudis deny planning to pull $750B in US investments

(Newser) - President Obama not only hasn't released the still-classified 28 pages from a congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks, he hasn't read them. White House press secretary Josh Earnest, who previously dodged questions on whether Obama had read the pages believed to detail Saudi links to the attacks, told... More »

Obama's 10 Most Biting Jokes at Annual Dinner

Of course he talked Trump

(Newser) - It was President Obama's final turn at the mic Saturday night in what was his last White House Correspondents' Dinner, and the jokes were rolling. Ten standouts from the president, who spoke to a crowd that included a slew of politicians and plenty of Hollywood's finest: Bryan Cranston,... More »

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 »

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