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Obama's First US Mosque Visit Not a Presidential 1st

That honor is thought to go to Dwight Eisenhower

(Newser) - For Muslim advocates, President Obama's first visit to a US mosque on Wednesday was a long-awaited gesture to a community that has warned of escalating vitriol against them. Although Obama has visited mosques overseas in the past, he waited until his final year in office to make such a... More »

Obama Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

Move covers only those in federal prison

(Newser) - President Obama thinks solitary confinement does far more harm than good when it comes to juvenile offenders, and he's now banning the punishment outright in federal prisons. The president laid out his reasoning in a Washington Post op-ed, declaring that "the United States is a nation of second... More »

'Neutral' Obama Sounds Like He Favors Clinton

Opinion: President just 'undercut' Sanders in an interview

(Newser) - President Obama has promised to remain neutral during the Democratic primary, but a number of stories are suggesting that his public comments reveal him to be squarely in camp Clinton. In an interview with Politico , for instance, Obama downplayed the suggestion that Bernie Sanders is tapping into the same kind... More »

Axelrod: Trump's Run Is Like Obama's

'It's so obvious, I'm embarrassed I missed it'

(Newser) - David Axelrod has been among those dismissing Donald Trump's candidacy as a joke all these months—until now. In a New York Times op-ed, Axelrod writes that it's dawned on him that Trump's run is very much like Barack Obama's 2008 campaign in one vital respect.... More »

10 Most Popular Leaders, According to Facebook

President Obama is the easy winner, but Queen Rania is in the top 10

(Newser) - Well, it's one way to measure world leaders: The PR firm Burson-Marsteller has taken a look at the Facebook pages of global bigwigs and provided a ranking based on their number of likes. Personal pages are counted separately from institutional pages, which is why President Obama's page and... More »

SCOTUS: We'll Review Key Obama Immigration Case

Critical issue during an election year

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has agreed to an election-year review of President Barack Obama's executive orders to allow up to 5 million immigrants to "come out of the shadows" and work legally in the United States. Justices said Tuesday they will consider undoing lower court rulings that blocked the... More »

Obama Takes Iran Victory Lap: 'Today Is a Good Day'

President heralds Americans' release, nuke deal, rolls out new sanctions

(Newser) - President Obama on Sunday heralded the release of Americans held in Iran and the full implementation of a historic nuclear accord, holding both up as victories for "smart" diplomacy and his pledge to deal directly with enemies of the United States. "This is a good day," Obama... More »

Obama Puts New Obstacle in Coal Industry's Way

President to announce stop to new coal-mining leases on federal land

(Newser) - During his SOTU address Tuesday, President Obama forewarned he'd "push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources." Today, part of that blueprint is set to become more clear, with an expected announcement by the president to stop all new coal-mining leases on public... More »

4 Takes on Obama's Final SOTU

Inspirational for some, exasperating for others

(Newser) - President Obama delivered the final State of the Union address of his presidency on Tuesday night, looking back at the last seven years and offering his vision of America's future. Here's what the pundits are saying:
  • The word "Trump" wasn't spoken, but the speech, with its
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Obama Tossed Out One 'Curveball'

Wage insurance...

(Newser) - Though "vision" is the buzzword when it comes to describing President Obama's final State of the Union address , he did share some concrete goals and proposals, among them ways to better support unemployed Americans ... and one was a "curveball," writes Haley Sweetland Edwards at Time : wage... More »

In Last SOTU, Obama Hits at Those 'Peddling Fiction'

Makes the case for keeping a Democrat in the White House

(Newser) - Three presidents have opted not to deliver their final speech in person; President Obama was not the fourth, tonight giving what was his last State of the Union address. He kicked it off with a wide grin, noting that for "this final one I'm going to try to... More »

Obama's Final State of the Union: 'Speaking to History'

It's 'all about his legacy' on Tuesday night

(Newser) - President Obama gives his final State of the Union address at 9pm EST on Tuesday. Here's a guide of expected themes and things to watch:
  • Don't expect a laundry list of goals. Instead, expect a "central theme of optimism" that lays out a bigger picture for America,
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Obama SOTU Guests: Syrian 'Inspiration,' Empty Chair

Refugee Refaai Hamo lost wife, daughter in bomb blast

(Newser) - One of the guests at President Obama's final State of the Union address will be a man that some of his potential Republican successors wouldn't allow into the country. Refaai Hamo, a Syrian refugee who moved to Michigan last month after his tragic story went viral, will sit... More »

Sorry, Hillary and Bernie: Obama Won't Endorse You

President will steer clear of 2016 race until a Democratic nominee is chosen

(Newser) - If you're waiting breathlessly for the current commander in chief to weigh in on who among the Democratic candidates should succeed him, well, don't hold your breath. President Obama won't be endorsing either his former secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, or Bernie Sanders, reports Reuters. "That'... More »

Trump: Obama's Tears Were 'Sincere'

But not everyone on the right is so sure

(Newser) - The weirdest political story of the day has got to be sentiment among some of President Obama's critics that he faked his tears during Tuesday's news conference on gun control. Well, Donald Trump is making clear that he will not be counted among the tear truthers, as they'... More »

Obama Cries During His Gun Remarks

He chokes up remembering Sandy Hook victims

(Newser) - President Obama laid out his plan to tighten gun laws Tuesday—see details here —at one point with tears running down his cheek. It came when he spoke of the young victims at Sandy Hook Elementary, reports USA Today . "First graders," he said, choking up. "Every... More »

Obama Gun Rules Free Doctors to Report Mentally Ill

Health care providers can now report patients to FBI without repercussions

(Newser) - President Obama is announcing tighter gun rules Tuesday via executive action , with expanded background checks part of the initiative. Here's a look at related coverage:
  • One new rule makes it easier for doctors and other authorities to report mentally ill people to the FBI's background check system. The
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New Obama Gun-Control Plan Won't Involve Congress

The president begins to roll out new initiative

(Newser) - President Obama is gearing up for another whack at gun control —this time on a smaller scale and without Congress. Unlike his failed push for legislation after Sandy Hook , these moves will mostly enforce existing laws and seek extra funding, the New York Times reports. His biggest planned move:... More »

Seinfeld, Obama Go for a Ride

President appears in 'Comedians in Cars' series

(Newser) - Jerry Seinfeld's latest web episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee features not a comedian but a president. Seinfeld and President Obama tool around in a 1963 Corvette Stingray, though, as the Washington Post notes, Obama never leaves the White House grounds. They spend most of their time talking... More »

Drone Gets Too Close to Obama Motorcade

The Secret Service stepped in

(Newser) - A drone nearly crashing into a champion skier is one thing; one coming perilously close to President Obama's motorcade—definitely not cool. That's what the Secret Service is miffed about after an incident in Hawaii Monday, in which a drone cruised next to the convoy— CNN says the... More »

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