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Israel's President Shimon Peres speaks during an interview with Reuters at his residence in Jerusalem, June 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israel’s Elder Statesman Shimon Peres, Dead At 93

Shimon Peres was involved in almost every major political development in Israel since its founding in 1948, from its acquisition of nuclear weapons to its expansion of settlements and attempts to make peace with its neighbors.

September 28, 2016
President Obama holds a baby as he poses with children at the Cannon Ball Flag Day Celebration at the Cannon Ball Powwow Grounds on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. REUTERS/Larry Downing

Obama Avoids Pipeline Comment But Urges Tribal Sovereignty

President Obama on Monday avoided direct mention of a pipeline that has provoked high-profile protests from Native Americans, but urged tribal leaders to continue pushing for recognition.

September 27, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump shows off the size of his hands as Fox News Channel moderators Brett Baier (L) and Megyn Kelly (R) look on at the U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate in Detroit, Michigan, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Trump Wins? In First Debate, We Need Corporate Media To Play Hardball

Apparently pretty much everyone I know is a bed-wetter. The term gained currency in politics in January 2010 when Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, David Plouffe, in a Washington Post opinion piece [3] titled “November doesn’t need to be a nightmare for Democrats,” gave this advice to his party: “No bed-wetting.” “Instead of fearing what may happen,” he […]

September 25, 2016
A front loader removes debris in a damaged site after airstrikes on the rebel held Tariq al-Bab neighbourhood of Aleppo, Syria September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

Battle Rages Near Aleppo As Syria Air Onslaught Continues

Syrian government and rebel forces battled for control of high ground on the Aleppo outskirts on Saturday as warplanes bombed the city’s opposition-held east relentlessly in a Russian-backed offensive that has left Washington’s Syria policy in tatters.

September 24, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama along with four generations of the Bonner family ring the bell of the First Baptist Church during the dedication of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, U.S., September 24, 2016.      REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Obama Says New Black History Museum Tells Story Of America

President Barack Obama on Saturday expressed hope that a new national museum showcasing the African American experience will bring Americans together at a time of racial upheaval.

September 24, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement after the Supreme Court left in place a lower court ruling blocking his plan to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation and give them work permits, at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama Vetoes Sept. 11 Saudi Bill, Sets Up Showdown With Congress

President Obama on Friday vetoed legislation allowing families of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks to sue Saudi Arabia, setting up Congrss for what be his first veto override.

September 23, 2016
An Abrams battle tank during a tour of the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center, Lima Army Tank Plant, in Lima, Ohio, April 23, 2012. REUTERS/Matt Sullivan

Senate Clears Way For $1.15 Billion Arms Sale To Saudi Arabia

The overwhelming vote stopped an effort led by Republican Senator Rand Paul and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy to block the deal over concerns including Saudi Arabia’s role in the 18-month-long war in Yemen and worries that it might fuel an ongoing regional arms race.

September 22, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Globalism Is Here To Stay, Obama Argues At The UN

In a sweeping address that touched on the world’s trouble spots, Obama suggested they all are related to each other, and to a drive within the U.S. toward isolationism rather than embracing the rest of the world.

September 20, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during their meeting in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing November 12, 2014.

U.S., China To Step Up Cooperation On North Korea

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang agreed on Monday to step up cooperation in the United Nations Security Council and in law-enforcement channels after North Korea’s fifth nuclear test, the White House said.

September 20, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's 46th annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner in Washington, September 17, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Obama’s Success Has Driven Republicans Out Of Their Minds

On the day that Donald Trump finally acknowledge that President Obama was born in the United States and that the GOP nominee can’t win without declaring “victory” and attempting to terminally muddy the waters on the issue that made him a conservative hero, the president’s approval hit 54 percent in the Gallup daily tracking poll.

September 19, 2016
Demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the visit of Donald Trump, at the Angel of Independence monument in Mexico City. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

How Washington Blew Its Best Chance To Fix Immigration

Just four years ago, Republican leaders, coming off a presidential election in which their candidate received barely a quarter of the Hispanic vote, made a concerted push to reach a compromise on immigration reform. President Obama, too, elevated it as one of the top issues of his second term.

September 19, 2016
The John Amos coal-fired power plant is seen behind a home in Poca, West Virginia May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/File Photo

Most States On Track To Meet Emissions Targets They Call Burden

Already, Arkansas, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota appear to be meeting the CPP’s early targets. And changes in the power market, along with policies favoring clean generation, are propelling most of the rest toward timely compliance, according to researchers, power producers and officials, as well as government filings reviewed by Reuters.

September 19, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures as he speaks to the Economic Club of New York luncheon in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump’s Popularity Cannot Be Blamed On The Economy

More than anything else, Trump’s rise is the manifestation of the anger of a significant minority of white voters over their loss of demographic and cultural hegemony. They’ve seen the new America, represented most dramatically by Barack Obama, and they’re not happy about it.

September 18, 2016
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Seven Reasons The Media Shouldn’t Let Trump Move On From Birtherism

The Trump campaign released a lie-filled statement that sought to put to rest criticism of Donald Trump for building his political image on racist, conspiratorial claims that President Obama was not born in the United States.

September 17, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks throughthe atrium of his new Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., U.S., September 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump Promised To Release His Tax Returns With Obama’s Birth Certificate — So Where Are They?

Now that Trump is trying to shed his title of birther-in-chief, and now that he finally takes the president at his word that his birth certificate is legitimate, will he finally release his tax returns as he promised he would?

September 16, 2016
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Solemn Date, Serious Decision: What 9/11 Reveals About Clinton and Trump

Every year, we tell ourselves how much we learned from the experience of 9/11 about courage, compassion, and community. This year, we can look back upon that time and discover everything we should know about the choice that is coming on November 8.

September 11, 2016
(L to R) Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chano-cha, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, U.S President Barack Obama, Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, Philippines Foreign Minister Perfecto Yasay, Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak pose for photo during ASEAN-U.S. Summit in Vientiane, Laos September 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Time To Honor — And Care For — Those Who Served Our Country In Laos

The secrets of war take decades for former soldiers to admit, if ever. Governments are equally adept at hiding such truths. President Obama’s historic stop in Laos was a brief exercise of stepping toward the light, accepting more responsibility for the devastation of the Vietnam War.

September 10, 2016
A U.S. airman guides a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone as it taxis to the runway at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Josh Smith/Files

Seeking Answers For Drone Victims

Three military veterans once involved in the U.S. drone program have thrown their support behind a Yemeni man’s legal fight to obtain details about why his family members were killed in a 2012 strike.

September 9, 2016
Former Republican presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) talks to reporters as he arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

Republicans’ Congress Lull Could Impede A Clinton Presidency

Republicans in Congress are planning a light legislative agenda as they return from their long summer break on Tuesday, a strategy some say is designed in part to bog down Hillary Clinton if she becomes president. It is not uncommon for the Congress to take it slow in an election year and legislative delays could work in Republicans’ favor if their nominee Donald Trump takes the White House in November.

September 6, 2016
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Philippine President Calls President Obama ‘Son Of A Whore’

Yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte called President Obama — the leader of the most powerful nation in history and a crucial military ally to his country in the face of an aggressive Chinese government — “son of a whore.” Obama canceled his planned meeting with Duterte shortly after.

September 6, 2016
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) meets with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines. Sputnik/Kremlin/Alexei Druzhinin/via REUTERS

Lack Of Trust Between US And Russia Hinders Syria Talks, Obama Says

After a 90-minute meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of Group of 20 summit, Obama said “we haven’t yet closed the gaps” between the two sides. Talks between Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov could take “several more days,” Obama said.

September 5, 2016
European Climate Action and Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete adjusts his glasses as he addresses a news conference after the Paris climate deal at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, December 14, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Why Even Trump Couldn’t Scale Back Climate Action

With political surprises across the globe happening more frequently, suddenly a Trump presidency seems possible. So what would it mean for action on our climate? A legally binding deal may just force his hand into continuing these policies, or similar ones, in order to fulfill international obligations.

September 1, 2016
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5 Ways Donald Trump Is Still ‘Birthering’ Barack Obama

You’ve probably never heard it mentioned on TV, but President Obama is outdoing President Reagan in what used to be one of conservatives’ favorite ways to judge the economy — private sector jobs. At the current pace more than 10 million private sector jobs will be created in Obama’s second term, well over a half million more […]

August 29, 2016
Paul Labatut carries damaged furniture through flood water outside her home in St. Amant, Louisiana, U.S., August 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

Why Obama Must Pay Attention To The Louisiana Floods

Our attention to tragedies like Louisiana reflect our values and priorities as a society. Slow-onset disasters in places that are already seen by some as lost causes are easily forgotten. Had the Louisiana flood been caused by hurricane, it would have been among the 10 costliest in U.S. history. But the storm didn’t have a name.

August 22, 2016