Barack Obama

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Obama Grants Protection to 1.8M Acres of California Desert

He's now protected more land and water than any other president

(Newser) - A huge swath of breathtaking California desert just got federal protection courtesy of President Obama. The Los Angeles Times reports Obama named three new national monuments—Mojave Trails, Sand to Snow, and Castle Mountains—Thursday using a 1906 law letting presidents create such monuments to protect "objects of historic... More »

Obama Recites Love Poem to Michelle on Ellen

'I Obamacare about you more than you even know'

(Newser) - President Barack Obama, who's spending another Valentine's Day apart from wife Michelle, did the next best thing short of celebrating the lovers' holiday with her: On Friday's broadcast of the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the president recited a love poem he says he had planned to deliver to... More »

Supreme Court Halts Obama's Climate Change Measures

Plan sought to reduce emissions at power plants by one-third

(Newser) - A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved, the AP reports. The surprising move is a blow to the administration and a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and... More »

Campaign Has Columnist Missing Obama Already

David Brooks says candidates don't measure up

(Newser) - After assessing candidates from both parties in this election season, David Brooks has written a buzzy column in the New York Times headlined, "I Miss Barack Obama." How so? Let him count the ways: Obama has "basic integrity," as evidenced by his generally scandal-free administration. Contrast... More »

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 »

Justice Obama? 'Great Idea,' Says Clinton

She tells Iowa crowd she'd consider her former boss

(Newser) - From President Obama to Justice Obama? It could happen. Hillary Clinton says she would consider appointing Obama to the Supreme Court should she take his place in the Oval Office. Clinton looked pleased and a little surprised when a man at a campaign event in Deocorah, Iowa, asked her about... More »

Palin Seems to Partly Blame Obama for Her Son's Arrest

'I guess it's kind of the elephant in the room'

(Newser) - A day after Sarah Palin's son Track was arrested on domestic violence charges, the former governor of Alaska appeared to blame his troubles—at least partly—on President Obama not supporting veterans, the Washington Post reports. "I guess it's kind of the elephant in the room because... More »

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: I'm Not Out to 'Grab Your Guns'

Meanwhile, poll shows 67% of Americans support his actions on gun control

(Newser) - President Obama says he will not vote for any candidate, even a Democrat, who does not support what he calls "commonsense gun reform." Obama made the demand in an op-ed published Thursday on the New York Times website . The president says 90% of Americans support such reform and... More »

Executive Action on Gun Control Expected in New Year

Obama likely to shrink—not close—the 'gun show loophole'

(Newser) - President Obama looks likely to begin his final year in office by taking unilateral action on gun control in an effort to reduce shooting deaths, CNN reports. The president is expected to release an executive action on gun control sometime before his Jan. 12 State of the Union address. According... More »

Study: GOP Attack Ads Darkened Obama's Skin

'Darkness manipulation is sufficient to activate the most negative stereotypes'

(Newser) - The GOP may have intentionally darkened President Obama's skin in ads during the 2008 presidential campaign in order to capitalize on racial biases, the Washington Post reports. According to a study published Dec. 17 in Public Opinion Quarterly, 86% of attack ads attempting to link Obama to criminal activity... More »

Clemency Under Obama Can Be a Cruel Lottery

'It was devastating'

(Newser) - President Obama's clemency program is a gift to dozens of nonviolent drug offenders, but it's a lump of coal for thousands more. The Washington Post takes a deep look into how clemency is affecting prisoners who remain behind bars, after 95 of their fellows were given a second... More »

Obama Back in Hawaii for Annual Christmas Vacation

President expresses optimism for the upcoming year

(Newser) - After a somber start to his vacation, President Obama arrived in Hawaii on Saturday to celebrate Christmas and ring in his final year as president. Air Force One carrying Obama and his family landed at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in the wee hours of the first day of his annual... More »

Obama Ducks Out of Press Conference to See Star Wars

And an entire nation was jealous

(Newser) - The White House has caught Star Wars mania. President Barack Obama began his year-end press conference Friday by letting reporters know their meeting wouldn't be the most important event taking place that day. That honor went to a special screening of The Force Awakens for Gold Star families who... More »

Obama's Year-End Speech Includes Promises for 2016

'I'm going to leave it all out on the field'

(Newser) - Closing out a tumultuous year, President Barack Obama laid the groundwork Friday for his last year in office, vowing not to fade into the background but instead use his remaining months to push longstanding goals to fruition. "In 2016, I'm going to leave it all out on the... More »

Obama Commutes 95 Sentences to End the Year

They're mostly for selling or possessing cocaine or crack

(Newser) - President Barack Obama is commuting the sentences of 95 offenders and pardoning two more in a year-end spree. Almost all of those receiving commuted sentences are non-violent drug offenders. Many were convicted of distributing or possessing cocaine or crack-cocaine. Obama is also pardoning an Ohio man sentenced to probation in... More »

Obama Proves He's No Scrooge

The president is giving federal employees a half-day on Christmas Eve

(Newser) - Presumably after being visited by three spirits who managed to do it all in one night, President Obama signed an executive order on Friday giving all federal employees a half-day on Christmas Eve, the Hill reports. And government employees will still be paid for those four hours off, to boot.... More »

'Our Hippest President' Picks His Favorite Song of 2015

It's a good week to be Kendrick Lamar

(Newser) - Proving that he knows what the kids are listening to these days, President Barack Obama tells People magazine his favorite song of the year is Kendrick Lamar's How Much a Dollar Cost. "If there was any doubt Obama was our hippest president, let it be immediately dispelled,"... More »

Obama Said 'Close to Nothing,' and Nothing New

The buzzword is 'reassure,' and most agree Obama didn't do it

(Newser) - On Sunday night, President Obama addressed the nation from the Oval Office for the third time in his presidency. What the pundits are saying about the rare event:
  • At Politico , Edward-Isaac Dovere has pretty much nothing positive to say about a speech that "said close to nothing" and did
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