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Obama Has Apparently Run Out of Vacation Days

He'll hold his first post-presidency public event Monday in Chicago

(Newser) - The thing about vacations is they always have to end—even for former presidents. The New York Times reports that after spending weeks in French Polynesia with the likes of Tom Hanks and Oprah, Barack Obama is reentering public life, starting with an event Monday at the University of Chicago.... More »

Trump Blames Obama for Syria Chemical Attack

He cites failure to enforce 'red line' after chemical attack

(Newser) - An apparent chemical attack that killed scores of people Tuesday is being called one of the worst atrocities of the Syrian civil war—and President Trump blames his predecessor. The "heinous" actions of the Assad regime "are a consequence of the past administration's weakness and irresolution,"... More »

Benched Fox Analyst Is Back, and Doubling Down

He's sticking by his Obama wiretapping claim

(Newser) - Despite a weeklong suspension , a Fox News analyst is sticking to his story that former President Obama "went outside the chain of command" and used British intelligence to help wiretap Trump Tower. Legal analyst Andrew Napolitano, benched by Fox News after making the claim based on what he says... More »

Young Inventor Now Facing Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Joey Hudy's family faces mounting debt to help son

(Newser) - A science phenom known for impressing President Obama with his marshmallow air cannon at the 2012 White House Science Fair faces crushing debt after being diagnosed with a mental illness. Joey Hudy, now 20, is undergoing treatment for schizophrenia at a live-in facility in Tennessee that costs his family $25,... More »

FBI Chief Steps Into Trump Wiretapping Controversy

James Comey asks DoJ to publicly reject claim

(Newser) - FBI Director James Comey has waded into the controversy surrounding President Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by former President Obama last fall, the New York Times reports. Officials say Comey has asked the Justice Department to publicly reject Trump's explosive claim, both because he believes it's... More »

Obama Team Denies Trump's Claims About Wiretapping

Spokesperson says administration never wiretapped US citizens

(Newser) - A spokesperson for Barack Obama says President Trump's accusations about Obama wiretapping Trump Tower are "simply false," NBC News reports. "Neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any US citizen," Kevin Lewis says. The Obama camp wasn't the only... More »

Both Obamas Get Book Deals

Barack, Michelle will each publish a book

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama have book deals. The former president and first lady have signed with Penguin Random House, the publisher announced Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed for the books, which several publishers had competed for, although the deals are likely in the tens of millions of dollars, the... More »

Trump on Protests, Leaks: Blame Obama

Claims Obama's 'people' behind town hall protesters in Fox interview, says 'that's politics'

(Newser) - President Trump has taken his claim that "liberal activists" are behind protests against Republicans at town hall meetings to a new level, telling Fox and Friends that his predecessor is really the one to blame. "I think that President Obama is behind it," Trump says in a... More »

Now That US Is Done With Obama, French May Want Him

A guerrilla campaign kicks off to get Obama elected president of France

(Newser) - Barack Obama better get his Broadway fix while he can because if a couple dissatisfied French voters get their way, he'll soon have an important new job: president of France. CNN reports a campaign to elect Obama president of France sprung up in Paris this week featuring a website... More »

Post-Presidency Obama Lives It Up Broadway Style

Barack and Malia attend Arthur Miller's 'The Price' starring Danny DeVito

(Newser) - The Obamas just can't quit Broadway. Former President Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Obama have caught a new revival of Arthur Miller's The Price, the AP reports They attended the play starring Danny DeVito, Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub, and Jessica Hecht at the American Airlines Theatre on... More »

Historians Say 11 Presidents Were Better Than Obama

But he's still the best since Ronald Reagan: poll

(Newser) - Barack Obama was the best US president since Ronald Reagan, but he's got nothing on Abraham Lincoln. That's the takeaway from a C-SPAN survey of 91 historians who helped rank the best presidents in US history based on 10 criteria, including administrative skill, moral authority, crisis leadership, and... More »

Obama Learns to Kitesurf

On vacation on Richard Branson's Necker Island

(Newser) - The Obamas are relaxing post-White House at Necker Island, the luxury Caribbean island owned by Virgin founder Richard Branson. Barack Obama's latest vacation activity? Learning to kitesurf, Time reports. On his blog , Branson notes that Obama wasn't allowed to enjoy watersports, which he previously loved, while president. As... 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 »

Obama Criticizes Trump: 'American Values Are at Stake'

Former president 'heartened' by protests

(Newser) - It didn't take long for Barack Obama to criticize his successor: The former president issued a statement Monday disagreeing with President Trump's immigration moves and praising those who are protesting them, reports CNN . Spokesman Kevin Lewis said Obama is "heartened by the level of engagement taking place... More »

Trump Slams 'Traitor' Manning, Draws WikiLeaks' Wrath

It's a Twitter battle royale for your Thursday

(Newser) - Among the things in Donald Trump's sights Thursday morning: Chelsea Manning. Manning, whose sentence was commuted by President Obama before he left office, wrote a Guardian column published Thursday in which she argues that Obama did not leave behind many "permanent accomplishments." That column was widely discussed... More »

Cards Against Humanity's CEO Search: Psst, Obama

Party game for terrible people is looking for a leader with a Nobel Peace Prize

(Newser) - Wanted: a "highly qualified executive" with "minimum eight years experience President of the United States or equivalent nation." If that sounds like a job for the recently unemployed Barack Obama, well, you're not seeing things. Cards Against Humanity posted an ad on Craigslist and in 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 »

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 »

What Clinton, Bush Told Their Successors Released

Both men had plenty of encouraging words in letters left behind

(Newser) - It may be many years before the contents of the letter President Obama will leave in the White House for Donald Trump Friday morning are known to the public, but the notes from the two previous presidents to their successors can now be seen for the first time. In letters... More »

Obama Talks Trump, More in Final Press Conference

He calls the presidency an 'amazing experience'

(Newser) - After opening with a joke about his infamous tan suit , Barack Obama delved into a wide array of issues during the final press conference of his presidency Wednesday, the AP reports. He said he expects to see a woman president, a Latino president, a Jewish president, a Hindu president, and... More »

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