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Trump Posts 'Most Important Speech I've Ever Made'

He railed against the 'rigged' election for 46 minutes

(Newser) - President Trump, saying it "may be the most important speech" he's ever made, posted a 46-minute diatribe against the election on Facebook Wednesday, repeating his claims that the election was "rigged" and that "tremendous and horrible fraud" had taken place. A White House official tells the...

Obama: 'Let Me Smack This Guy on the Head'

The former president gives a wide-ranging interview to Gayle King on 'CBS This Morning'

(Newser) - Former President Obama sat down with Gayle King to plug his new memoir A Promised Land—and covered, among other things, why he once wanted to smack a congressman on the head. Obama admits he was "shocked" when Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) shouted "You lie!" as the...

In First Excerpt, Obama Recalls Weightiest Fight in Congress

Focus is on passage of ObamaCare in 'New Yorker' release

(Newser) - The New Yorker is out with the first excerpt of former President Obama's forthcoming memoir, A Promised Land, and the focus is on how he and his team got ObamaCare passed. Before the legislative fight even began, Obama recounts a conversation with advisers Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, who...

'Extraordinary' Demand for Obama Memoir Expected

No. 44's 'A Promised Land' is due out Nov. 17, right after the election

(Newser) - A release date has been set for the first part of former President Obama's memoir, and demand is expected to be "extraordinary," the New York Times reports. A Promised Land, the 768-page first installation of a two-volume set, will debut globally on Nov. 17 via Penguin Random...

Trump Calls Obama's Eulogy for John Lewis 'Terrible'

And 'totally inappropriate'

(Newser) - Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade and President Trump gave their assessments of former President Barack Obama's eulogy for Rep. John Lewis , and it was essentially two thumbs down. Fox News reports the eulogy praised Lewis' efforts on the civil rights front, called for the strengthening of voting rights,...

McConnell: I Misspoke in an Obama Criticism

Previous White House did leave behind a pandemic plan

(Newser) - Mitch McConnell is walking back a criticism of President Obama. In an interview on Fox News Thursday, the Senate majority leader acknowledged that the Obama administration did, in fact, leave behind a plan for handling a pandemic, reports USA Today . "I was wrong," McConnell said. "They did...

Drop Partisan Politics During 'Shared Threat,' Bush Asks

Former president releases video pleading for unity to defeat pandemic

(Newser) - Former President George W. Bush saw the nation pull together in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now, he's asking that Americans leave partisan politics behind and renew that spirit, which he said is still "alive and well in America." Bush made his plea in a...

Obama, Biden Have Same Word for GOP Super PAC Ad

'Despicable'

(Newser) - Barack Obama has remained relatively quiet on the political scene in the years since he left the Oval Office—but he's voicing his displeasure with an ad attacking his former VP. CNN reports that the law office representing Obama sent a cease-and-desist letter Wednesday to a GOP super PAC...

Obama Remarks on US Economy, Trump Hits Back

'Did you hear the latest con job?'

(Newser) - Presidents Day featured the current president of the United States going on the attack against a predecessor after President Trump became agitated by a tweet from former President Obama. Per the Hill , Obama started things off Monday morning by commemorating the 11th anniversary of his signing of the American Recovery...

Congressman Unapologetic Over Fake Obama Picture

GOP's Paul Gosar defiant after posting doctored photo of ex-president, Iranian President Rouhani

(Newser) - A GOP congressman circulated a fake photo of former President Obama on Monday, showing him shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted the photo, adding the caption, "The world is a better place without these guys in power." The photo has long been...

Obama Names His Top Books of the Year

President's annual picks in music and movies are to come

(Newser) - Never shy about sharing his favorites in pop culture, former President Obama is out with his top books of the year. "As we wind down 2019, I wanted to share with you my annual list of favorites that made the last year a little brighter," tweeted the former...

Obama's 'Woke' Warning Goes Viral
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Obama's 'Woke' Warning Goes Viral

President thinks cancel culture is a bad trend

(Newser) - Barack Obama's name has been back in the headlines this week, but not over the drama on Capitol Hill or the Democratic primary. Instead, it's over a warning he issued to young people about the dangers of ideological "purity" and "woke" culture. The details:
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Obama Sends Note to Woman He Freed From Prison

'I am so proud of you,' he tells Danielle Metz

(Newser) - In the home stretch of his presidency, Barack Obama issued a wave of clemencies , mostly for people serving long sentences on drug convictions. One of those freed from prison was a woman named Danielle Metz, who was arrested in 1993 at the age of 26 and given three life sentences...

Trump Looks at Pardons for War Criminals

White House prepares for announcement around Memorial Day

(Newser) - White House officials have begun the process for issuing presidential pardons for several members of the military accused or convicted of war crimes. Among them is Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL charged with shooting unarmed civilians and killing a captive while deployed in Iraq, the New York Times reports. The...

Trump Nixes Obama-Era Order on Drone Strike Deaths

Administration says move gets rid of 'superfluous' mandates

(Newser) - The CIA has since 2016 been obligated to put out yearly summaries of how many drone strikes the US has carried out, as well as how many civilian deaths outside of war zones that those strikes caused. But NBC News reports no such report came last year, as was required...

Cubs Owner Blasted for Controversial Emails on Obama, Islam

Among others sent by Joe Ricketts

(Newser) - Splinter's "Billionaire's Inbox" offers a look at how "the other half" lives, and its most recent dive is quite the eye-opener. The news outlet got its hands on what the New York Times calls "a cache of racist emails" both sent and received by Joe...

Pompeo: Obama Made a Mess of the Mideast

Says policies led to rise of ISIS, problems with Iran

(Newser) - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration's Mideast policies Thursday, denouncing the former president for "misguided" and "wishful" thinking that diminished America's role in the region, harmed its longtime friends, and emboldened its main foe: Iran. In a speech to...

Obama: 'She's Really Tall and Most of It Was Legs'

The former president surprises his wife with flowers

(Newser) - "This is like—you know when Jay-Z comes out during the Beyonce concert? ... Like, 'Crazy in Love'?" So said Barack Obama when he showed up Saturday at the Washington, DC, stop on wife Michelle's tour for her new memoir, Becoming, per CNN . "It's the...

Laughter as Obama References the Trump Administration

He didn't say Trump's name, but took a swipe at him all the same

(Newser) - Former President Barack Obama took a swipe at President Trump's attitude to the environment Wednesday, saying the world needs "political and social commitment" to achieve sustainability. "Unfortunately we have a US administration that deals differently around these issues," he said to laughter from the audience as...

Anna Kendrick: I Insulted the President to His Face

The actor recalls her amusing encounter with Obama

(Newser) - Anna Kendrick told a surprisingly off-color story on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Friday about an encounter with President Obama, TooFab reports. Asked by the host to explain a photo of Obama doubled over with laughter while shaking her hand, the A Simple Plan actor explained: "I got...

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