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Now There's a Backlash Defending Obama's Big Payday

Trevor Noah is among those in the former president's camp

(Newser) - News that President Obama pulled in $400,000 for a Wall Street speech triggered an initial wave of criticism , but now a backlash appears to be surfacing in his defense. Trevor Noah is among those stepping up to back the former president, even as a new report suggests he picked... More »

Politico: Obama White House Didn't Tell Full Story on Iran

Report alleges US gave Tehran more than it admitted

(Newser) - Politico is out with a damning report about the Obama administration's dealings with Iran last year in the lead-up to a nuclear arms accord. The story by Josh Meyer alleges that former President Obama gave up more than he acknowledged publicly, particularly in regard to a prisoner swap... More »

Trump Son-in-Law Gets New White House Role

Jared Kushner to run Office for Innovation

(Newser) - Presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner has long been seen as a crucial adviser, and now his role is being clarified: He will run a newly created office whose goal is to tap the best minds from the private sector to make the government run more efficiently. President Trump is expected to... More »

Feds Seek More Time to Prove Trump Wiretap Claim

'Wiretapping' means lots of things, Spicer says

(Newser) - The Justice Department has asked for more time to grant the House Intelligence Committee's request for proof of President Trump's extraordinary claim that he was wiretapped by his predecessor . A department spokeswoman says they need time "to review the request in compliance with the governing legal authorities... More »

GOP Leaders Want Trump to Undo National Monuments

They're not happy about designations in Utah, Maine

(Newser) - Republican leaders in Maine and Utah are asking President Trump to step into uncharted territory and rescind national monument designations made by his predecessor. The Antiquities Act of 1906 doesn't give the president power to undo a designation, and no president has ever taken such a step. But Trump... More »

Ex-DNI Clapper on Trump's Wiretap Claim: 'I Can Deny It'

James Clapper says he would have known if FISA had authorized such a move

(Newser) - The man who was the director of national intelligence until January 20 wasted little time in shooting down President Trump's claim that former President Obama's administration wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election, reports the AP . "There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the... More »

Trump Doubles Down, Tells Congress to Investigate Obama

Wants to know 'whether executive branch powers were abused' during election

(Newser) - The White House demanded on Sunday that Congress investigate whether former President Obama abused his executive powers in connection with the 2016 presidential election, reports the AP . President Trump leveled that claim Saturday when he accused his predecessor of tapping telephones at Trump Tower. But Trump offered no supporting evidence,... More »

Trump: Obama Wiretapped Me Nixon-Style

'Bad (or sick) guy!' he tweets

(Newser) - President Trump started his Saturday with a series of extraordinary allegations against his predecessor. In a series of early-morning tweets , Trump accused Barack Obama of having his "wires tapped" in Trump Tower during the election campaign, the Guardian reports. "Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!" Trump tweeted . In... More »

Utah Rep Wants This to Be Trump's 20th Executive Action

Rep. Rob Bishop wants the Bears Ears decision reversed

(Newser) - President Trump has taken 19 executive actions since taking office, the AP reports. Rep. Rob Bishop has a No. 20 in mind. NPR reports on the Utah Republican's push to undo the Bears Ears National Monument created by Barack Obama during his last days in office. It was a... More »

Trump: US Isn't 'So Innocent'

In Fox interview, he reiterates his respect for Putin

(Newser) - President Trump tells Fox News that he does indeed respect Vladimir Putin, even though he agreed with Bill O'Reilly's assessment that the Russian leader is a "killer." Said Trump: "There are a lot of killers. We’ve got a lot of killers. What, do you... More »

Obscure Act, Used Only Once, Could Undo Obama Rules

House Republicans voted to repeal 2 regulations

(Newser) - Moving to dismantle Barack Obama's legacy on the environment and other issues, House Republicans approved a measure 228-194 Wednesday that scuttles a regulation aimed at preventing coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Lawmakers also voted 235-187 to rescind a separate rule requiring companies to disclose payments... More »

Trump Slams 'Hostile' Media on Hannity

Also calls Madonna 'disgusting,' says he thinks Obama likes him

(Newser) - One night after sitting down for his first one-on-one interview as president with ABC News, Donald Trump granted Sean Hannity the same privilege at the White House Thursday evening, and he offered as many ear-perking nuggets as he had the day before. Still on his radar, per Deadline : the "... More »

Obama's Goodbye in 11 Photos

'This is not a period. This is a comma'

(Newser) - As Donald and Melania Trump head to the White House, Barack and Michelle Obama head to Palm Springs for a post-presidential vacation. Obama bid his formal farewell to Washington after Trump's inauguration Friday, then addressed staffers at Andrews Air Force Base before taking off for good. “This is... More »

10 Numbers About the America Trump Will Lead

What Obama just handed over to No. 45

(Newser) - President Trump is now officially so , as the mantle was passed from President Obama Friday in Washington. NPR takes a look at a slew of stats that show the America Trump has been handed from his predecessor, which NPR notes is "far more solid in some ways (economics) and... More »

How Obama Will Spend His Morning

There will be goodbyes and tea

(Newser) - President Obama has only a few hours left in office, but there's still plenty to do. At 8:30am, the Obamas will say goodbye to the few remaining White House staffers—some of whom are departing for New York or California, per Time —before Barack and Michelle join... More »

Obama Is Best Democratic President Since FDR

David Leonhardt makes his case

(Newser) - The bad news for supporters of President Obama is that Donald Trump's win means they're in for a tough fight to keep his achievements in place. But, writes David Leonhardt in the New York Times , "it's a testament to the last eight years that progressives have... More »

4 Books Obama Put on Malia's Kindle

President talks about his love of reading

(Newser) - President Obama managed to remain an avid reader even during his presidency, and New York Times book critic Michiko Kakutani interviewed him about the role of books in his life. Fiction, explains Obama, was more than just a break from briefings and memos. It was "useful as a reminder... More »

Here's Where the Obamas Are Heading Post-Inauguration

Sunny Palm Springs

(Newser) - The Obamas are heading to Palm Springs after Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, sources tell TMZ . They'll take a helicopter (not Marine One since President Obama won't be President Obama anymore by that point) from the Capitol to Andrews Air Force Base, and from there, Special Air Mission... More »

5 Lines From Obama's Final Weekly Address

'You made me a better man'

(Newser) - President Obama delivered his final weekly address Saturday, telling the American people, "you made me a better president, and you made me a better man." More big lines:
  • "Over the course of these eight years, I have seen the goodness, the resilience, and the hope of the
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Biden: We Were Briefed on Trump Dossier

He says Obama asked: 'What does this have to do with anything?'

(Newser) - President Obama received a briefing last week on a dossier with allegations of compromising material being held by the Russians on his successor, Joe Biden has confirmed. Biden says intelligence chiefs also briefed him on the dossier, but neither his officer nor Obama's requested more information, CNN reports. Biden—... More »

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