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8-Year-Old 'Little Miss Flint' Gets Obama to Visit

Amariyanna Copeny asked for a chance to meet him

(Newser) - An 8-year-old girl who says she's known as "Little Miss Flint" around her troubled Michigan hometown wrote to President Obama to tell him she's "one of the children that is effected" by the water, and the president is coming to see for himself. "I've... More »

Obama Gives Steph Curry Advice on His Jump Shot

He also proves to be the superior Connect Four player

(Newser) - Steph Curry made more three-pointers this season than any player ever while leading the Golden State Warriors to the most wins in NBA history. But when the President of the United States offers jump-shooting tips, you listen. The Hill reports a PSA about mentorship starring Curry and President Obama was... More »

Obama Now the Envy of Game of Thrones Fans

He's getting early access to season 6

(Newser) - Among the perks of being president: Early access to new Game of Thrones episodes. Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss say President Obama will get to see season six of the show—which will start airing on HBO on April 24—before the rest of us, after a special request... More »

Obama: ISIS Getting a Nuke 'Would Change Our World'

Obama asked world leaders to tighten security on nuclear materials

(Newser) - At a nuclear summit attended by more than 50 world leaders Friday in Washington DC, President Obama called the possibility of ISIS getting its hands on a nuclear weapon "one of the greatest threats to global security," the BBC reports. “There is no doubt that if these... More »

Obama Does the Tango, Gets Panned

Critic: It was 'inconsistent with the seriousness of the day'

(Newser) - It takes two to tango, and when one of those is a US president, the boobirds come out in force. During a state dinner in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, President Obama danced the Argentine tango with professional dancer Mora Godoy. A YouTube video shows Obama decline her invitation several times... More »

Obama Attacks Cruz Over Post-Brussels Comments

'Wrong and un-American'

(Newser) - Obama may have been touring Cuba at the time, but Ted Cruz's comments about Cruz's desire to have police "patrol and secure" Muslim neighborhoods didn't go unnoticed by the president. "I just left a country that engages in that kind of neighborhood surveillance, which, by... More »

Backdrop of Obama Photo Causes a Stir

Hello, Che

(Newser) - It was supposed to be a routine photo op as part of President Obama's trip to Cuba, but instead it lit up Twitter, reports the Washington Post . The reason? During a wreath-laying ceremony at the José Martí Memorial in Havana, Obama was positioned in front of a giant mural... More »

SCOTUS Nominee Merrick Garland Is Obama's Sacrificial Lamb

'He is a prop, chosen to spend the next eight months as a prop'

(Newser) - It seems unlikely Republicans in Congress will give President Obama's Supreme Court nominee a hearing, and that's exactly the point, writes Slate's Jim Newell, who describes Merrick Garland as Obama's "rope-a-dope nominee." "He is a prop, chosen to spend the next eight months... More »

Obama Helps Hamilton Creator Freestyle-Rap at White House

'You think that's going viral? That's going viral'

(Newser) - The cast of Hamilton spent Monday at the White House, where they performed a selection of songs and attended a workshop for a group of schoolchildren hosted by Michelle Obama, the AP reports. "Hamilton, I'm pretty sure, is the only thing that Dick Cheney and I agree on,... More »

Obama Skipping Nancy Reagan's Funeral for SXSW

Michele Bachmann says it's a 'classless' move

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann is blasting President Obama as "self-centered" and "classless" after the White House announced he would not attend Nancy Reagan's funeral on Friday. Instead, he'll attend the technology and music festival South by Southwest as a headliner and discuss civic engagement with The Texas Tribune'... More »

Obama Lets Slip Family's Post-Presidency Plans

They'll stay in DC until Sasha graduates

(Newser) - The Obamas will continue to reside in Washington after the president's second term ends—at least until 14-year-old Sasha finishes high school. The announcement (predicted, kind of, in a September Onion article) is notable in part because it's been decades since a president has stayed in the capital... More »

Sources: Obama Considering GOP Governor for SCOTUS

Brian Sandoval reportedly being vetted

(Newser) - President Obama on Wednesday told the Senate to do its job and at least give his eventual Supreme Court nominee a hearing: "They are then free to vote whatever their conscience dictates," he told reporters, per CBS News , but it's clear their "constitutional duties" include at... More »

Ben Carson Dismisses Obama as 'Raised White'

'He didn't grow up like I grew up,' says presidential contender

(Newser) - Ben Carson has strong words about the first black American president: "He's an 'African'-American. He was, you know, raised white," Carson tells Glenn Thrush in a Politico interview published Tuesday. "He didn't grow up like I grew up," says Carson, who was... More »

Russian Ad: 'Smoking Kills More People Than Obama'

The ad is part of a spate of Russian projects calling Obama a killer

(Newser) - “Smoking kills more people than Obama, although he kills lots and lots of people. Don't smoke; don't be like Obama." So reads a new anti-smoking ad spotted on a bus stop in Moscow, the Guardian reports. Dmitry Gudkov, a liberal member of Russia's parliament, spotted... More »

Obama: SCOTUS Nominee Will Be 'Indisputably Qualified'

President says there's 'plenty of time' for hearing and confirmation during his term

(Newser) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday he would nominate a candidate who is "indisputably" qualified to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, the AP reports. He called on the staunch Republican opposition in the Senate to rise above "venom and rancor" and give the nominee a vote. "... More »

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 »

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