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Shinzo Abe Headed to Pearl Harbor to 'Comfort Souls'

It will be first time a Japanese leader has visited the site in Hawaii

(Newser) - Right after Christmas comes a first for the US: a Japanese leader will visit Pearl Harbor. The Straits Times reports that PM Shinzo Abe will be in Hawaii for two days at the end of December to meet with President Obama, and he'll make a stop at the site... More »

Hope of Exonerating Ethel Rosenberg May End With Trump

Sons are pressuring Obama to move now to clear mom executed in '50s spy case

(Newser) - With President Obama's term coming to an end, the sons of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are again calling on the president to clear their mother of the espionage charge for which they believe she was wrongly executed in 1953 in an intense Cold War case. Michael and Robert Meeropol... More »

Obama Marks Final Thanksgiving in White House

'We are still one people, part of something bigger than ourselves'

(Newser) - President Obama and his family are spending Thanksgiving with friends, family, turkey, and touchdowns, as he puts it, and reflecting "on what truly binds us as Americans." He says the country has just emerged from "a noisy, passionate and sometimes divisive campaign season." But he says... More »

Obama May Break With Convention Post-Presidency

To 'defend our ideals', he'll criticize his successor if he has to

(Newser) - Donald Trump promises to be an unconventional president—and President Obama might break with convention by speaking out against him. At a press conference in Peru on Sunday, Obama, describing himself as an "American citizen who cares deeply about our country," refused to rule out publicly criticizing his... More »

Obama Begins Final Foreign Visit

He promises 'significant continuity' on NATO

(Newser) - President Obama opened his final foreign trip as president Tuesday with reassuring words in Greece about the US commitment to NATO even as he prepares to hand off to a Donald Trump administration, saying Democratic and Republican administrations alike recognize the importance of the alliance to the trans-Atlantic relationship. Without... More »

Obama: I'll Urge Trump to Let DREAMers Stay

President gives first press conference since Trump election

(Newser) - President Barack Obama says he will encourage his successor to allow immigrants who came to the country as children to remain in the US, the AP reports. Those immigrants, known as DREAMers, were granted legal status under a 2012 executive order. Obama says that the majority of Americans would not... More »

Chelsea Manning Asks Obama for Mercy

WikiLeaks says he should free her before Trump does

(Newser) - Chelsea Manning isn't going to wait and see whether WikiLeaks tries to call in a favor when Donald Trump becomes president. She has asked President Obama to reduce her sentence for leaking classified files from 35 years to the more than six she has already spent behind bars, reports... More »

Obama: Meeting With Trump Was 'Excellent'

President-elect calls president a 'very good man'

(Newser) - President-elect Trump got a first-hand look at his future home Thursday during a visit to the White House, where he met with President Obama. Both had good things to say afterward in the presence of reporters. "Excellent conversation," said Obama. "We now are going to want to... More »

Obama: 'Presidency Is Bigger Than Any of Us'

President speaks on the election, Clinton, Trump, and the nation's future

(Newser) - President Obama called Donald Trump in the early morning hours after the president-elect claimed victory in Election 2016, extending an invite to visit the White House on Thursday to talk about the power transition. After Hillary Clinton delivered her concession speech Wednesday morning from Manhattan's New Yorker Hotel, Obama... More »

Obama Makes 'Cordial' Call to Trump, Issues Invite

President-elect may visit White House Thursday

(Newser) - President Obama called Donald Trump many unflattering things on the campaign trail. This week, he'll have to switch to "President-elect" in person. Obama called Trump overnight and invited him to the White House to talk about the presidential transition, reports the AP . The meeting could take place as... More »

Obama Fires Back at Trump's 'Mean Tweet'

'At least I will go down as a president'

(Newser) - President Obama handed it to haters, including Donald Trump, while reading mean tweets on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday. "President Obama will go down as perhaps the worst president in the history of the United States," Obama quoted Trump during the segment. His reply: "Really? Well, @realDonaldTrump,... More »

Clinton Throws Support Down-Ballot

President Obama, other top Dems work swing races in hopes of turning House, Senate

(Newser) - With Donald Trump's poll numbers sinking, and many analysts predicting a landslide will sweep the first major party female candidate into the Oval Office, Hillary Clinton has the luxury of being able to turn her attention down-ballot and on turning red and purple states blue, reports the Washington Post... More »

Obama 'Saved Best for Last' at Final State Dinner

He welcomes Italian PM, 400 guests

(Newser) - "Bittersweet" was the word of the night at President Obama's 13th and final state dinner. "We saved the best for last," he said Tuesday as he welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, to the White House. He wasn't joking. The... More »

Obama Tells Trump to Quit His Whining

The election isn't rigged, and claiming it is proves Trump's not the man for the job

(Newser) - During a White House Rose Garden appearance with the Italian prime minster Tuesday, President Obama was asked about Donald Trump's claims that the presidential election is rigged. Obama did not mince words: "There is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig... More »

Trump's Chance of Getting to 270 Is Shrinking

Polls suggest he's in trouble in crucial states

(Newser) - Friday morning brings another spate of Donald Trump stories. Some of the big ones generating headlines:
  • Trump's path to victory is in trouble based on the latest polls in North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, while the campaign seems to have given up entirely on Virginia. "It's hard
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Obama's 'Clear Goal' for Getting Americans on Mars

We'll send them by 2030s, per new White House, NASA initiative

(Newser) - President Obama has a Tuesday op-ed on CNN , but he's not writing about Election 2016—or even anything on Earth. Instead, the president announces America's plans for a "giant leap to Mars," with a "clear goal" to get humans to the red planet by the... More »

Obama Picks the Moments That Made His Legacy

President takes a long look back at the past 8 years

(Newser) - President Obama has less than four months before he becomes former President Obama, and with the 20/20 vision of hindsight aimed at the last eight years, he sits down with Jonathan Chait of New York to pick out the moments that will define his legacy.
  • Mitch McConnell's "one-term
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Feds Settle Old Disputes With 17 Indian Tribes

Leaders praise Obama after $492m settlement

(Newser) - President Obama's to-do list shrank this week with the announcement of a $492 million settlement with 17 Indian tribes, ending long-standing disputes that in some cases went back 100 years or more. Those affected by the latest settlement include tribes in Arizona, Oregon, and Minnesota that accused the Interior... More »

8 Big Lines From Obama's Farewell Speech to UN

He warns of a 'nation ringed by walls'

(Newser) - President Obama addressed the United Nations as president for the final time on Tuesday with a speech that urged world leaders make a "course correction" and be more open to refugees and less authoritarian. And he seemed to be take a shot, more than once, at Donald Trump's... More »

Obama Roars at Black Caucus: 'Personal Insult' If You Don't Vote

For Clinton; says Trump 'missed that whole civics lesson about slavery

(Newser) - Members of the Congressional Black Caucus, some of whom may have been having a hard time getting excited about voting for Hillary Clinton, got an angry warning Saturday night about a Trump presidency from the man preparing to pack up and leave the Oval Office in January. "You may... More »

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