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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
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#EndorseThis: Trump Surrogate Has A Tough Time Defending ‘Sarcasm’

Trump cable TV surrogates are going to love defending this tweet. That’s another example of sarcasm.

August 12, 2016
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GOP’s Last Shot At Iran Deal

It’s unclear whether Trump knows the accord was negotiated by the permanent five members of the United Nations Security Council—the United States, China, Russia, France, and the United Kingdom—plus Germany. His grasp of foreign policy seems tenuous, at best. It’s also unclear if he is aware of what the accord means to the U.S. economy.

August 11, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S., July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Trump Says Obama Founded ISIS: ‘All I Do Is Tell The Truth. I’m A Truth Teller’

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called President Barack Obama and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton “co-founders” of Islamic State on Thursday, in remarks certain to ignite fresh criticism of his campaign style.

August 11, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is seen on video monitors as people take photographs during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The So-Called ‘Year Of The Angry Voter’

Supposedly 2016 is the Year of the Angry Voter. To hear the pundits tell it, Americans are just furious. Well, call me smug or out of touch, but I think it’s mainly a fad

August 9, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Pittsburgh

5 Reasons Trump ‘Getting Back On Message’ Won’t Save Him

The press will have to keep Trump’s campaign alive. He can’t do it himself.

August 8, 2016
A woman looks at a Center for Disease Control (CDC) health advisory sign about the dangers of the Zika virus as she lines up for a security screening at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida, U.S., May 23, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The GOP Senate Blocked Zika Funding — Now Marco Rubio Wants Obama To Foot The Bill

Federal officials took nearly $600 million that had been aimed at fighting Ebola and shifted it to battle Zika instead when Congress first balked at approving $1.9 billion in funding that the administration had requested. The White House continued to press for the larger amount, but Congress failed to agree and then left for a seven-week summer recess.

August 3, 2016
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#EndorseThis: Obama Says Trump Is ‘Unfit’ — And Much More

“The question I think that they have to ask themselves is, if you are repeatedly having to say in very strong terms that what he has said is unacceptable, why are you still endorsing him? What does this say about your party that this is your standard bearer?”

August 2, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on the third night of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Trump Is A Reminder That Obama Has Made America Greater

At the beginning of the Gathering of the Trumppalos in Cleveland, the president’s approval rating had sunk below 50 percent in Gallup’s daily tracking poll, with only a +2 margin over his disapproval rating at 47 percent. Two weeks later, the president is back at 54 percent, with a 12 percent margin.

July 31, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama (lower, R) speaks on the third night at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

In Contrast To Trump, Obama Lays Out Optimistic Vision For The U.S.

“America is already great. America is already strong. And I promise you, our strength, our greatness, does not depend on Donald Trump,” he said. “Preach!” members of the crowd shouted. “Best president ever,” someone screamed.

July 28, 2016
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What Obama Says Scares Him About Trump

“I set aside the nuclear codes,” he said in an interview broadcast on NBC’s Today Show on Wednesday. “What I think is scary is a president who doesn’t know their stuff and doesn’t seem to have an interest in learning what they don’t know.”

July 27, 2016
Melania Trump, wife of Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, speaks at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

Plagiarism?! Melania’s Speech ‘Similar’ To Michelle Obama’s From 2008

Before Monday’s speech, Melania, a Slovenian-born jewelry designer and former model, told NBC’s Matt Lauer: “I wrote it… with as little help as possible.” A spokesman for the Trump campaign called the speech a success, but suggested her… “writers “may have mistakenly injected some borrowed language.

July 19, 2016
Julian Raven, a supporter of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, holds his artwork at the Public Square in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

5 Reasons Donald Trump Still Won’t Be President — And 1 Way He Could

As a demagogue with an unprecedented appeal to bigots and more experience exaggerating or lying about his charitable donations than serving anyone, his problems have only just begun.

July 18, 2016
People take part in a protest against police brutality and in support of Black Lives Matter during a march in New York July 9, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

The Demons Of Our Racist Past Still Haunt Us

There is nothing new about police violence toward black citizens, nothing unusual about bias in the criminal justice system, nothing unexpected about the institutional racism that conspires to imprison black Americans disproportionately.

July 17, 2016
Members of the group Black Lives Matter march to city hall during a protest in Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Summer Of Our Discontent

The funeral of five Dallas police officers slain by a black former Army reservist was a solemn panoply of presidential unity. To comfort a country rocked by two years of police violence against black men, George W. Bush and Barack Obama led the grieving in the summer’s darkest hour.

July 15, 2016
Iraqi counterterrorism forces gesture in Falluja, Iraq, June 26, 2016. REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

French Paradox: Terror Attacks Continue As ISIS Loses Ground

What media coverage of the terror strikes tends to obscure is that the strategy pursued by Obama is gradually destroying ISIS, as its thugs surrender one city after another.

July 15, 2016
An Iranian woman walks past an anti-U.S. mural painted on the wall of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran in a file photo. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

One Year On, How’s The Iran Nuke Deal Doing?

A year later, the Islamic Republic is again a player on the international circuit. Tehran has hosted a steady stream of heads of state or foreign ministers, many from the West, interested in upgrading relations.

July 10, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama answers a reporter's questions after meeting with Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at the Palacio de la Moncloa in Madrid, Spain July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Obama Says Attacks On Police Hurt Black Lives Matter Cause

“I want to say to say to everyone concerned about … racial bias in the criminal justice system that maintaining a truthful, serious and respectful tone is going to help mobilize American society to bring about real change,” Obama said.

July 10, 2016
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#EndorseThis: After Dallas, Messages Of Unity And Peace Across The Country

Political leaders responded to last night’s shootings on TV and social media with an outpouring of compassion and support.

July 8, 2016
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O’Reilly Says Obama’s ‘Emotional Connection To The Muslim World’ Makes Him Weak On ISIS

“Barack Obama does not define the terror issue clearly. Here’s why.” So began a bizarre rant from Bill O’Reilly on his show last night, in which the Fox News anchor accused the president of not addressing ISIS because of his sympathies to the religion distorted by the Islamic State.

July 7, 2016
U.S. Army soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment take up positions while Afghan soldiers search motorists, during a joint U.S.-Afghan military patrol in a village in Arghandab Valley in Kandahar province, southern Afghanistan October 22, 2012. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Obama, Changing Plans, Says He Will Keep 8,400 U.S. Troops In Afghanistan Until 2017

Obama, in a statement at the White House, said the role of U.S. forces in Afghanistan would remain unchanged: training and advising Afghan police and troops, and supporting counterterrorism missions against the Taliban and other groups. Obama’s presidency ends in January.

July 6, 2016
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WATCH: Obama And Clinton Take The Stage In North Carolina

President Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton just took the stage for a joint rally in Charlotte, North Carolina. Watch a live stream of the event here.

July 5, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walk back to the Oval Office after a statement following the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya, Chris Stevens, and others, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, September 12.2012. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Coming Full Circle, Obama Hits The Campaign Trail For Clinton

“(He) has developed a deep appreciation for her toughness under fire and her commitment to a set of values that the president shares… Those values are principally the reason the president believes that she is the best person to succeed him,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday.

July 5, 2016