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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 »

Obama: Leaders Around the Globe 'Rattled' by Trump

'For good reason,' the president says

(Newser) - Now that President Obama has settled on his next home , he's moving on to how leaders all over the world feel about a possible President Trump, ABC News reports. "They are paying very close attention to this election," Obama said Wednesday from Japan after attending G7 summit... More »

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 »

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