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Why Obama Watching a Parade in India Matters

It's significant on a number of levels

(Newser) - Today saw India's 66th Republic Day celebrations, and the first attended by a US president. But that's not because of past American snubs; rather, this was India's first invitation to a commander-in-chief, per the Wall Street Journal . Republic Day commemorates the anniversary of when India's constitution... More »

Senate: Climate Change Is Real, but Not Humans' Fault

Votes reject measures that say people are causing environmental devastation

(Newser) - Even though Republicans have acknowledged that climate change does indeed exist (and the Pentagon has called it a military threat ), GOPers still don't want to commit to stating it's humans who actually cause it. On Wednesday the Senate voted down two measures that say just that—and... More »

Texas Rep. Likens Obama to Hitler, Hitler Wins

Randy Weber not happy president skipped Paris march

(Newser) - Aaaand we've got a Hitler comparison. Texas Rep. Randy Weber decided to weigh in on the brouhaha over the lack of high-level American officials at Sunday's anti-terror march in Paris . The Republican tweeted : "Even Adolph [sic] Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris.... More »

White House Probing Possible Malia Selfie

Photo as yet unverified

(Newser) - Everyone is in a scramble to figure out how a selfie that appears to show Malia Obama got on Instagram , reports the Christian Science Monitor . "Was it taken in the White House? Was it taken in the Lincoln Bedroom? Was it taken in the Aspen Lodge at Camp David?... More »

Obama's Approval Rating Jumps

To 48%, a 20-month high

(Newser) - It is indeed a merry Christmas for President Obama, whose approval rating has jumped to 48%, a 20-month high, CNN reports. The increase comes alongside Obama's unilateral actions on immigration and Cuba relations , both of which have been popular, polls show; CNN also pins the jump on "improving... More »

Obama Nominates Ashton Carter for Defense Secretary

Pentagon vet will 'hit the ground running,' president says

(Newser) - We're one step closer to finding Chuck Hagel' s replacement: President Obama announced today he's nominating Pentagon ace Ashton Carter to take over as secretary of defense, the AP reports. Although some fear that Carter's insider status may hamper his ability to come up with creative solutions... More »

Obama Calls for $6B to Fight Ebola

President makes plea to Congress for emergency aid to help West Africa

(Newser) - West Africa is still in dire need of international help in fighting Ebola, and President Obama is appealing to Congress to approve $6.2 billion in aid for just that purpose, the AP reports. "We cannot beat Ebola without more funding," he said during a visit yesterday to... More »

Chris Rock: Racial Progress Is Really 'Nicer White People'

Comedian talks Ferguson, Cosby, Obama

(Newser) - Chris Rock , whose new comedy Top Five comes out on Friday, spoke recently with Frank Rich for New York magazine, offering his blunt take on a range of topics. Highlights:
  • On Ferguson: If he were a journalist in Ferguson, Rock says that he'd only interview white people through
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2014's Least Influential People

'GQ' takes down Obama, Goodell, the Mo. governor, and ... Zach Braff

(Newser) - If you're wondering who "took up vast clouds of oxygen, gave us back nothing of use, and probably helped accelerate the death of our planet" most this year, Drew Magary has 30 of them ranked and ready for our review in GQ's "Least Influential People of... More »

US, China Pull a Surprise: Major Climate Deal

World's 2 largest polluters join forces to curb emissions

(Newser) - The US and China rank as the world's two largest polluters , but a surprise deal is turning them into the world's two largest pollution fighters: The nations announced that they'll be working in tandem on long-term greenhouse-gas controls that would cut emissions by nearly a third over... More »

In China, Obama Chews Gum, Offends Locals

But also makes progress on expanding high-tech trade agreement

(Newser) - When 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member states convened in Beijing last night, China rolled out more than the red carpet. Treated as the biggest international event in China's capital since the 2008 Olympics, pollution levels have been lowered ( or at least manipulated ), a cultural show and... More »

Why the President's Credit Card Got Declined

Seems he doesn't use it enough

(Newser) - Even the leader of the free world sometimes has his credit card declined. As Obama explained today while signing an executive order protecting consumers from identity theft, he was at a New York restaurant during the UN general assembly when "my credit card was rejected," he said. "... More »

Guy's Obama Tombstone Raises Halloween Ruckus

Neighbors squabble over 'disrespectful' gravestone with president's name

(Newser) - A neighborhood feud has become national news: After a man in Edmond, Okla., put up a tombstone for President Obama in his yard, a woman complained to a local station . "Regardless of your political views … he is the president of the United States," Jamilla Phillips says, as... More »

Obama Mulls Veto to Shut Guantanamo

Officials: Obama weighing options to move detainees to US

(Newser) - President Obama is considering overriding a congressional ban on bringing Guantanamo prisoners to the US in an effort to close the Cuban prison, the Wall Street Journal reports. Lawmakers are strongly against the move, which "would ignite a political firestorm, even if it's the best resolution for the... More »

Ebola Screening Coming to US Airports

Obama vague on details, but says protocols are being worked out

(Newser) - Some 77 travelers destined for America have been prevented from boarding their flights after they were flagged during Ebola screening overseas. Now, it looks like screening is coming to US shores. President Obama yesterday announced "we're going to be working on protocols to do additional, faster screening both... More »

Obama, Now Is the Time to Move on India

Key Asian ally has been neglected for years: Nicholas Burns

(Newser) - India's "charismatic and strong-willed" prime minister Narendra Modi is in town this week, and now is the time for the Obama administration to get serious about its long-neglected relationship with a key partner. Writing in the Washington Post , former undersecretary of state Nicholas Burns says that President Obama... More »

McCain Slaps Obama: We Predicted Rise of ISIS

'Of course' we are at war, says senator

(Newser) - In a 60 Minutes interview last night , President Obama asserted that the US had "underestimated" the looming threat posed by ISIS, but John McCain strongly disagrees. "We predicted what would happen if we didn't leave residual force [in Iraq]," McCain tells CNN . "His intelligence comments—... More »

Obama Mulls Airstrikes, Aid to Help Trapped Iraqis

Decision on Yazidi surrounded by Islamic State expected 'imminently'

(Newser) - Both passive and active options are on the table as President Obama decides how to handle the humanitarian catastrophe developing at Iraq's Mount Sinjar , says a senior administration official who spoke to the New York Times . The passive alternative: Airdrops of food and much-needed medicine to the 40,000... More »

Record Number Fear Their Kids Will Be Worse Off

76% of adults think next generation will have worse life than them: poll

(Newser) - Americans are riddled with anxiety about financial prospects for their children—and the majority of them are pointing the finger at DC pols for their worries. A Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll of 1,000 adults found that a record 76% of them don't think today's kids will... More »

Obama to Netanyahu: It's Time for a Ceasefire

President says US supports Israel, but is concerned about death toll

(Newser) - In a phone call today, President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the United States is growing more concerned about the rising Palestinian death toll and the worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The White House said Obama reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas... More »

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