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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 »

Trump Refuses to Say Obama Was Born in the US

His campaign blames Clinton for birtherism

(Newser) - Donald Trump covered a lot of ground—including his wife's immigration status—during a Washington Post interview published Thursday, but the part that made headlines was his refusal to admit that the president of the United States is an American. "I'll answer that question at the right... More »

Assange Offers to Trade Himself for Chelsea Manning

He says he'll surrender if Obama frees her

(Newser) - Julian Assange says he's willing to leave the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for an American prison cell—as long as President Obama frees Chelsea Manning first. "If Obama grants Manning clemency, Assange will agree to US prison in exchange—despite its clear unlawfulness," WikiLeaks tweeted on Thursday,... More »

Pardon Snowden So He Can Work for US Public

Human rights officials make the case in NYT

(Newser) - Edward Snowden put out a public plea earlier this week for a pardon from President Obama—and two human rights activists agree with his call for clemency. Making their case for the ex-NSA contractor in the New York Times , Kenneth Roth (director of Human Rights Watch) and Salil Shetty (secretary... More »

Obama Makes 'Epic' Environmental Move

President to designate nation's first Atlantic marine national monument

(Newser) - About 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., lies an ecosystem teeming with puffins, whales, underwater mountains, and fissures "deeper than the Grand Canyon," reports National Geographic . That 4,913-square-mile area—an "underwater Yellowstone," per NPR —will now be protected from commercial activity... More »

Obama Will Veto 9/11 Saudi Lawsuits Bill

White House says it could harm US interests

(Newser) - President Obama has used his veto 11 times without being overridden, but he may not be so lucky with No. 12. The White House says Obama plans to veto a bill that would allow 9/11 survivors and families to sue Saudi Arabia for damages, Reuters reports. The bill passed the... More »

Obama, Duterte Meet Face-to-Face

They exchanged 'pleasantries' before dinner

(Newser) - President Obama and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met informally on Wednesday in a holding room before attending a gala dinner at a regional summit, Philippine officials say. The brief meeting took a little sting out of the soured relations caused by Duterte's intemperate language in referring to Obama earlier... More »

Obama's Visit to Laos the First for Sitting President

He acknowledges secret war, pledges money to clear bombs

(Newser) - President Obama did something on Tuesday that no other US president has done: He visited the tiny nation of Laos. And while he did not explicitly apologize for America's secret bombing of the nation during the Vietnam War, he acknowledged it and said the US has a "moral... More »

Duterte Regrets His 'Strong Comments' on Obama

'I do not want to quarrel with the most powerful country on the planet'

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte expressed regret Tuesday over his "son of a bitch" remark while referring to President Obama, a move the AP calls "a rare display of contrition by a politician whose wide arc of profanities has unabashedly targeted world figures." In a statement, Duterte said... More »

After Insult, Obama Cancels Duterte Meeting

But would 'undoubtedly' talk human rights 'if and when' he does run into Philippine president

(Newser) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte apparently can't say anything nice, so President Obama has decided the pair won't say anything at all. Obama called off a planned meeting Tuesday with Duterte, reports the AP , seeking distance from a US ally's leader during a diplomatic tour that's put... More »

Obama on Kaepernick: 'Tough Thing' for Service Members

But president says he supports NFL player's 'active citizenry'

(Newser) - Everyone is weighing in on the Colin Kaepernick controversy , from the cops who say they may stop providing security at 49ers games to the female soccer player who took a knee in support of Kaepernick at her own game Sunday. Now a more high-profile defender is speaking up: President Obama,... More »

Duterte to Obama: Don't Question Me, 'Son of a B----'

POTUS may abandon their scheduled meeting

(Newser) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned President Obama on Monday not to question him about extrajudicial killings, or "son of a bitch I will swear at you" when they meet in Laos during a regional summit, reports the AP . More than 2,000 suspected drug pushers and users have been... More »

Obama Shrugs Off Friction Between US, Chinese Staffers

Arguments over access nearly got physical

(Newser) - President Obama's trip to China got off to an awkward start on Saturday after tensions between Chinese and American staffers all but turned physical. But on Sunday, President Obama didn't think much of the brouhaha. Don't "overcrank the significance," he said at a press conference,... More »

Thanks, Obama: Prez Gets Fish Named for Him

In recognition for his huge expansion of Hawaiian marine reserve

(Newser) - The latest thanks sent President Obama's way isn't the least bit ironic or snide: After he dramatically expanded the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument last week, scientists named a newly discovered fish for the commander in chief, reports National Geographic . The little guy dubbed Tosanoides Obama is maroon and... More »

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 »

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