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Obama Creates the Largest Protected Zone on Earth

Welcome to Papahanaumokuakea, off Hawaii

(Newser) - A decade ago, President Bush created the biggest marine preserve in the world off the coast of Hawaii. On Friday, President Obama is quadrupling its size to cover 583,000 square miles and thus turning it into what the Washington Post reports will be the largest protected zone on Earth.... More »

As Schools Restart, Obama's Transgender Rule Is Blocked

Federal judge bars order on bathrooms

(Newser) - President Obama's push to allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice hit a last-minute roadblock Sunday just as schools across the US are reopening. A federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked the White House directive that came out in May ordering schools to let kids use... More »

Family Seeks Pardon for 'Back to Africa' Founder

Marcus Garvey was convicted of mail fraud

(Newser) - The family of Marcus Garvey is asking President Obama to pardon the black nationalist, founder of the early 20th century “Back to Africa” movement, NBC News reports. Dr. Julius Garvey, 82, used what would have been his father’s 129th birthday on Wednesday to launch a campaign to clear... More »

Young Girl Knows What America Needs Now: Spunk

Obama can help by wearing a tie-dye shirt

(Newser) - Wars, attacks, and Zika are bringing Lily down, according to a letter sent by the 8-year-old to President Obama and posted on Twitter . "You do no know how many politics worries I have," Lily writes. But ABC News reports Lily has a unique solution: "I think the... More »

Trump Twice Calls Obama 'Founder of ISIS'

Says he and Hillary Clinton are both MVPs of the group

(Newser) - Last week, Donald Trump declared Hillary Clinton to be the founder of the Islamic State. On Wednesday, he downgraded her to co-founder with some particularly harsh language aimed at President Obama. "ISIS is honoring President Obama,” he said at campaign rally in Florida, per the Guardian . “He... More »

Obama: It's Great Malia and Sasha Have a Feminist Dad

President makes plea for equal rights in 'Glamour' essay

(Newser) - President Obama wants you to know: He is a feminist and you should be, too. In an essay in Glamour magazine, Obama makes an impassioned appeal for women’s rights and calls on men to join the fight against sexism because “when everybody is equal, we are all more... More »

In One Day, Obama Shortens Life Sentences of 67 Prisoners

In all, he cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates

(Newser) - President Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 serving life sentences, the AP reports. The White House says it's the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century. Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent drug... More »

Another Day of Harsh Words on Campaign Trail

Obama suggests GOP should withdraw support of Trump

(Newser) - It's been another volatile day on the campaign trail, with attacks and counter-attacks aplenty. Some of the headline-makers so far:
  • President Obama again called Donald Trump "unfit to serve as president" and suggested that Republicans withdraw their support of him. "The notion that he would attack a
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Trump Jr.'s Plagiarism Tweet Causes a Ruckus

Later suggests accusation against Obama was tongue-in-cheek

(Newser) - There's a new plagiarism kerfuffle making the rounds in political circles, but this one is a little strange. It begins with this tweet from Donald Trump Jr.: "I'm honored that POTUS would plagiarize a line from my speech last week. Where's the outrage?" He was referring... More »

Obama's 5 Best Lines

'I ask you to carry her the same way you carried me'

(Newser) - Amid shouts of "Yes we can" and even a few of "Four more years," President Obama addressed the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, delivering a message of optimism as he looked back at the last eight years and endorsed Hillary Clinton—and the American people—to... More »

DNC Day 3: America Meets Tim Kaine

Obama, Biden will also speak in Philadelphia

(Newser) - President Obama and VP Joe Biden will attempt to top Bill Clinton's " prosaic love letter " to Hillary Clinton on the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday. Other big names scheduled to speak, per the Los Angeles Times , include Harry Reid, Gabby Giffords, Jesse Jackson,... More »

Obama on Hillary: 'There Are Better Speech-Makers'

'But she knows her stuff,' is 'tough as nails' and ready for the presidency, he says

(Newser) - "You know, we don't go vacationing together. I think that I've got a pretty clear-eyed sense of both her strengths and her weaknesses." Thus begins President Obama's assessment of his former secretary of state and potential successor, given in an interview with CBS News . Clinton... More »

Obama's SCOTUS Pick Is About to Make History

Merrick Garland will have waited the longest without being confirmed

(Newser) - Merrick Garland is about to break a century-old record without breaking a sweat. As of Wednesday, President Obama's nominee to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court will have gone 126 days without being confirmed, besting the 125-day record America's first Jewish justice, Louis Brandeis, set in 1916,... More »

Dallas Chief's Stevie Wonder Speech Resonates

Chief David Brown delivered soulful tribute at memorial service

(Newser) - President Obama delivered a stirring call for unity at Tuesday's memorial service for five slain Dallas police officers, but the city's top cop's soulful tribute is the one getting the most attention. Dallas Police Chief David Brown recited lyrics from Stevie Wonder's "As," explaining... More »

Obama Travels With Ted Cruz to Speak at Dallas Service

Calls for national unity, solidarity

(Newser) - At a memorial for the five slain Dallas police officers, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that a week of deeply troubling violence has seemed to expose "the deepest fault lines of our democracy." But he insisted the nation is not as divided as it seems and called on... More »

Obama Alters Plan, Will Keep More Troops in Afghanistan

8.4K troops is a compromise amid a Taliban resurgence

(Newser) - President Obama is slowing the drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan, leaving 8,400 troops there into next year, he announced Wednesday. Originally he had planned to drop troop levels from 9,800 to 5,500 by the end of 2016. The numbers reflect a compromise between Obama's original... More »

Obama Immigration Defeat Could Help Dems Win

Democrats plan to mobilize Hispanic vote

(Newser) - The Supreme Court's tie vote on President Obama's immigration pla n yesterday killed off that part of his legacy—but it may have made it more likely that Hillary Clinton will be his successor. Democrats say the ruling, which blocks a plan to shield more than 4 million... More »

Sanders Tells Obama He'll Work With Clinton, Won't Drop Out

He says a President Trump would be a 'disaster'

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders left a meeting with President Obama on Thursday vowing to "work together" with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump, ABC News reports. And while he says he'll continue his campaign at least through the final primary—next Tuesday in DC—the Wall Street Journal notes he... More »

Coming Soon: an Official Obama Endorsement

White House says announcement could come within days

(Newser) - President Barack Obama is ready to make it official. With Hillary Clinton close to securing the Democratic nomination for president, Obama is on the verge of formally endorsing his former secretary of state and starting to aggressively make the case against Republican Donald Trump, the AP reports. White House officials... More »

Obama Makes History at Hiroshima

'We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past'

(Newser) - President Obama made history Friday by becoming the first sitting US president to visit the site of history's first atomic strike. "We come to ponder the terrible force unleashed in a not-so-distant past," he said. "We come to mourn the dead." Accompanied by Japanese Prime... More »

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