Barack Obama

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Obama Travels With Ted Cruz to Speak at Dallas Service

Calls for national unity, solidarity

(Newser) - At a memorial for the five slain Dallas police officers, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that a week of deeply troubling violence has seemed to expose "the deepest fault lines of our democracy." But he insisted the nation is not as divided as it seems and called on... More »

Beyoncé Says Police Killings Are a 'War'

Obama, Drake, others address deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling

(Newser) - With two deadly shootings of black men at the hands of police caught on tape this week, the country is reacting with outrage, sadness, and protests. Here's how some politicians, celebrities, and others—including President Obama and Beyoncé—addressed the deaths of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton... More »

Obama Alters Plan, Will Keep More Troops in Afghanistan

8.4K troops is a compromise amid a Taliban resurgence

(Newser) - President Obama is slowing the drawdown of US troops in Afghanistan, leaving 8,400 troops there into next year, he announced Wednesday. Originally he had planned to drop troop levels from 9,800 to 5,500 by the end of 2016. The numbers reflect a compromise between Obama's original... More »

Obama Stumps for Clinton at 1st Joint Campaign Stop

'I have had a front-row seat to her judgment and her commitment'

(Newser) - President Barack Obama heartily vouched for Hillary Clinton's trustworthiness and dedication on Tuesday, making his first outing on the campaign stump for his former secretary of state, the AP reports. "I'm here today because I believe in Hillary Clinton," Obama said. "I have had a... More »

Obama Hints He May Want to Own an NBA Team

He's 'discussed' it, says press secretary

(Newser) - From the Oval Office to the locker room? It's a possibility for Barack Obama, according to White House press secretary Josh Earnest. He said Wednesday that Obama has "discussed" becoming a part-owner of an NBA team and would be interested "potentially ... under the right circumstances," reports... More »

Letters From My Father: Writing of Obama Sr. Found

Documents, unread by the president, tell the tale of a deeply complicated man

(Newser) - On this Father's Day, the New York Times takes a look at one of the more notable absentee fathers in modern American history vis a vis a box of his writings found a few years ago in Harlem. "The papers are rich; they tell a fascinating, traditional, self-made... More »

Scott Baio: Obama Might Be a Muslim Who Wants to 'Eliminate' US

This is what happens when you have Chachi on Fox Business

(Newser) - Is Chachi angling for a spot as vice president? Mediaite reports Scott Baio went on Fox Business this week and took Donald Trump's claim that "there's something going on" between President Obama and Muslim terrorists to crazy new heights. The actor told host Ashley Webster—who, Crooks... More »

With Orlando, Obama Sets Record for Lowering the Flag

He's ordered the flag to half-staff more than any president in history

(Newser) - USA Today reports President Obama reached a "sad but remarkable milestone" this week, having ordered flags to half-staff more than any other president in history. He reached the mark Sunday following the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead. That made 66 times... More »

Obama Rips Into Trump Over Reaction to Orlando Shooting

'Where does this stop?'

(Newser) - On Tuesday, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, President Obama launched a "blistering verbal assault" on Donald Trump, according to CNN . And Paul Waldman at the Washington Post says Obama "ripped into Donald Trump's nightmare vision of America" with "his most detailed and comprehensive attack"... More »

Senator Insists He Wasn't Praying for Obama's Death

Despite quoting a well-known Biblical 'death wish'

(Newser) - A spokesperson for Sen. David Perdue insists the Georgia lawmaker wasn't praying for President Obama's death during a Faith and Freedom Coalition event on Friday, ABC News reports. While speaking at the event, Perdue said we need to pray for all leaders, even Obama. He continued: “But... More »

Obama to Congress: 'How Do You Like Me Now?'

He tells Jimmy Fallon he's genuinely worried about GOP

(Newser) - President Obama literally dropped the mic during an appearance on the Tonight Show Thursday, in which he slow-jammed the news and talked Trump, reports E! Asked if he thought Republicans were happy with the presumptive nominee, Obama replied that Democrats certainly are. "But the truth is I am actually... More »

Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton

'I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office'

(Newser) - President Obama officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Thursday, Politico reports. According to ABC News , the president made the endorsement via a video posted by the Clinton campaign. “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office," Obama says in his... More »

Sanders Tells Obama He'll Work With Clinton, Won't Drop Out

He says a President Trump would be a 'disaster'

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders left a meeting with President Obama on Thursday vowing to "work together" with Hillary Clinton to defeat Donald Trump, ABC News reports. And while he says he'll continue his campaign at least through the final primary—next Tuesday in DC—the Wall Street Journal notes he... More »

Coming Soon: an Official Obama Endorsement

White House says announcement could come within days

(Newser) - President Barack Obama is ready to make it official. With Hillary Clinton close to securing the Democratic nomination for president, Obama is on the verge of formally endorsing his former secretary of state and starting to aggressively make the case against Republican Donald Trump, the AP reports. White House officials... More »

Obama to Free 42 More Inmates Serving Time on Drug Charges

He's commuted more sentences than the past 7 presidents combined

(Newser) - On Friday, President Obama announced 42 non-violent drug offenders—20 of them currently serving life sentences—will be released from prison in the coming year, the Huffington Post reports. According to a White House press release , they were put away "under outdated and unduly harsh sentencing laws" and "... More »

Trump's Former Butler Seems to Really Want President Obama Dead

And now the Secret Service is investigating

(Newser) - The Secret Service is investigating Donald Trump's longtime butler, Anthony Senecal, over multiple posts on his Facebook page advocating the murder of President Obama, the Washington Post reports. Mother Jones , which first reported on Senecal's Facebook activity, quotes a post from Wednesday in which Senecal says Obama "... More »

Obama Tells Class of 2016 US Is 'Better Place' Than When He Graduated

But they still have 'plenty of work to do'

(Newser) - President Obama said Saturday that the country is "a better place today" than when he graduated from college more than 30 years ago, citing his historic election as "one indicator of how attitudes have changed," the AP reports. Obama delivered the commencement address to the Class of... More »

White House Commutes 18 Life Sentences

Plus 40 more sentences

(Newser) - The Obama administration on Thursday commuted the prison sentences of 58 federal convicts, including 18 who were given life sentences, the AP reports. The action is part of a broader effort to overhaul the criminal justice system and ease punishments for nonviolent drug offenders. Most whose sentences were cut short... More »

Gay Rights Could Get First National Monument

Obama expected to approve Stonewall Inn as national park

(Newser) - The first national monument to the gay rights movement could be on its way. For years, advocates have been calling for the creation of a national park in the vicinity of Manhattan's Stonewall Inn, where a 1969 police raid sparked a protest by gay men, now considered the start... More »

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 »

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