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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 Tries To Limit Fallout From British EU Exit Vote

The Brexit result rattled Wall Street and many other financial markets, with global stock markets losing about $2 trillion in value on Friday. Obama had warned during a visit to London in April against Brexit, or Britain’s exit from the EU, in an unusually strong intervention into British politics.

June 24, 2016
Immigration activists rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court as justices hear arguments in a challenge by 26 states over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's executive action to defer deportation of certain immigrant children and parents who are in the country illegally in Washington April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Supreme Court Acts, And Obama’s Immigration Legacy Takes A Hit

“For more than two decades now, our immigration system, everybody acknowledges, has been broken,” President Obama told reporters Thursday at the White House. “And the fact that the Supreme Court wasn’t able to issue a decision today doesn’t just set the system back even further, it takes us further from the country that we aspire to be.”

June 24, 2016
Immigration activists join hands after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in a challenge by 26 states over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's executive action to defer deportation of certain immigrant children and parents who are in the country illegally, in Washington April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Supreme Court, Split 4-4, Blocks Obama Immigration Plan

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt President Barack Obama a harsh defeat, splitting 4-4 over his plan to spare millions of immigrants in the country illegally from deportation and give them work permits, leaving intact a lower-court ruling blocking the plan.

June 23, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers a speech during a campaign event at the Trump Soho Hotel in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., June 22, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Donald Trump’s Speech: The Fact-Checking Game

Donald Trump gave a speech Wednesday in New York City attacking Hillary Clinton’s economic and foreign policy positions and record. But how do you know if what he said was true or false? Test your lie-detecting skills below in The National Memo’s fun new fact-checking game, “Go Fact-Check Yourself”!

June 23, 2016
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#EndorseThis: An Eighth Grade Presidential Impressionist

Occasionally, in the grim, months-long slog of the presidential election cycle, there is a brief beacon of light and hope for the next generation.

June 17, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a statement accompanied by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper (R) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford after a meeting with Obama's national security team at the Treasury Department in Washington, U.S., June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

#EndorseThis: Obama Hits Back At Trump: Meaningless ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’ Debate ‘Is A Political Distraction’

President Obama answered Donald Trump’s dangerous, anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim post-Orlando message today in a remarkably forceful speech, saying that Donald Trump’s insistence on calling the Orlando shooting and other domestic terror attacks “radical Islamic terrorism” is a political maneuver that doesn’t make Americans safer.

June 14, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Pittsburgh, PA June 11, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk

Trump Focuses On ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’ Terminology Because He Doesn’t Know How To Fix It

A day after 49 people lost their lives in the worst shooting in U.S. history, Republicans continue to steer the debate towards terminology.

June 13, 2016
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Shameless Trump Accuses Obama Of Knowing About Attack: ‘He Gets It Better Than Anybody Understands’

“He doesn’t get it, or he gets it better than anybody understands,” Trump told Fox & Friends this morning, the show where his birtherism was originally given a platform.

June 13, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the worst mass shooting in U.S. history that took place in Orlando, Florida, at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 12, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Obama On Orlando Shooting: ‘We Will Not Give In To Fear’

“Although it is still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate,” Obama said.

“We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united as Americans to protect our people and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.”

June 13, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the Planned Parenthood Action Fund in Washington, U.S. June 10, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

Guide To Democratic Unity Written In 2008

“Nothing unites the people of Earth like a threat from Mars,” said Paul Begala, a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton, now the strategist for the main super PAC seeking to elect her. “To Democrats, Donald Trump is not just in a parade of conservative Republicans they disagree with. They view him, rightly, as a bigot.”

June 11, 2016
David Perdue greets supporters at his election night party at Doubletree Hotel in Buckhead, Ga., on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. (Hyosub/Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)

Georgia GOP Senator: May Obama’s Days ‘Be Few’

Perdue didn’t read the rest of the passage: “May another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes.”

June 11, 2016
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

What Does Joe Biden Do Now?

Just months ago, Joe Biden was seriously mulling a third and final run for the presidency. Today, the vice president is preparing for a more supportive role during the general election matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

June 9, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Merrick Garland walks after a breakfast with Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Capitol Hill Washington, April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Even After Trump’s Curiel Remarks, Merrick Garland Probably Won’t Receive A Senate Vote

Lindsey Graham called Trump’s attacks on Judge Curiel “the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy.” Still, he would rather Trump, who he has said he won’t vote for, choose the next Supreme Court justice over even considering the moderate Garland, who he has called “a very capable, honest judge.”

June 9, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks to reporters after meeting with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WATCH: Barack Obama Endorses Hillary Clinton

Hours after meeting with Bernie Sanders, President Obama released a video endorsement — the beginning his likely active involvement in the presidential campaign to replace him.

June 9, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks on a TV broadcasting in the media workspace at U.S. Republican candidate Donald Trump's campaign event on the day several states help presidential primaries including California at the Trump National Golf Club Westchester in Briarcliff Manor, New York, U.S., June 7 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

On Clinton’s Gender And Obama’s Race, Two Different Rhetorical Styles

Clinton’s declaration that “great things [can] happen in America“ and that her campaign is about “making sure there are no ceilings, no limits on any of us” would be just as relevant eight years ago as it was on Tuesday.

June 9, 2016
President Obama talks to Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon during a break in a taping of the show, to air Thursday night, at NBC's Rockefeller Center studios in New York. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Obama Hopes For Quick Party Healing After ‘Ouchy’ Democratic Primary

Obama told Fallon that “it was a healthy thing for the Democratic Party to have a contested primary” and praised Sanders for the “enormous energy and new ideas” he brought to the campaign.

June 9, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump walks past a teleprompter as he departs after delivering a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, United States, April 27, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Donald Trump Hates Teleprompters Unless He’s Using One

Even if you couldn’t see the prompters in front of Donald Trump’s podium last night, you knew they were there: He was calmer, more subdued, and… “controlled,” as multiple TV networks put it. It came as no surprise that Trump’s team must have put him on a leash after an awful week.

June 8, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton waves as she sits down to talk during a campaign stop at a small restaurant in Vallejo, California, United States June 5, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake - RTSG4YM

Obama Close To Endorsing Clinton For Democratic Presidential Nominee: Media

While U.S. President Barack Obama has made remarks indicating a preference for Hillary Clinton, his former secretary of state, he has so far avoided a clear endorsement and has focused his remarks about the campaign on blasting Donald Trump. A senior White House official would not comment on timing of any endorsement but said Obama is eager to campaign where he might be useful. The expected Obama endorsement, reported by The New York Times and CNN, would come as a welcome boost to Clinton and to Democrats concerned that the party needs to turn its attention fully to campaigning against Republican nominee Donald Trump.

June 6, 2016
President Obama walks the honour cordon as he arrives to participate in the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement ceremony in Colorado Springs. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama Will Campaign For A Philosophy

In the summer and fall, Obama will preach the virtues of compromise, incrementalism and debate rooted in truth as paths to lasting progress. Obama has offered a glimpse of the message that will be central to his argument, in commencement addresses and town halls.

June 5, 2016
A worker takes off U.S and Puerto Rican flag after rally of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Alvin Baez

Sanders Is Lunging Left On Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

Most Democrats back a bill to passed by the House of Representatives to address the Puerto Rican debt crisis, but Sen. Bernie Sanders is asking for more. The bill, spearheaded by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and endorsed by the Obama administration, would institute a federal oversight board, with members chosen by the White House and Congress, to renegotiate Puerto Rico’s debt.

June 3, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama receives a hug after speaking about the economy during a visit to Concord Community High School in Elkhart, Indiana, U.S. June 1, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Obama Previews Role In Presidential Campaign As Attacker Of Trump’s Proposals

Obama called Trump’s proposals on illegal immigration “a fantasy,” and said that although Trump’s prescriptions would do little to help economic anxiety. “When I hear working families thinking about voting for [Trump’s] plans,” Obama said, “then I want to have an intervention. I want you to take a look at what they’re talking about here.

June 1, 2016
Students put up their hands when U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders asks them how many have student debt at a campaign rally at Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, California, U.S. May 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Confessions Of A Former Dead-Ender

Though most Sanders supporters say they will make the transition to supporting Clinton, a sizable minority ― 28 percent, according to a recent poll ― insist they will not. Some vow to cast ballots for Trump. The dedicated liberals among them are being called “dead-enders.”

May 31, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama arrives late to participate in a G-7 Working Session in Shima, Japan, Friday, May 27, 2016, during the G-7 Summit. REUTERS/Carolyn Kaster/Pool

Compared To Current Candidates, Obama Is Looking Good

Small wonder that President Barack Obama is enjoying his highest approval rating — now at 51 percent, according to a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll — since his second inaugural. Voters need only take a cursory survey of the shenanigans on the campaign trail.

May 27, 2016
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It’s Good To ‘Rattle’ Allies ‘In A Friendly Way,’ Trump Says Following Nomination Victory

The newly-crowned Republican presidential nominee’s contradictory foreign policy platform has consisted of reversing the postwar world order, promoting the proliferation of nuclear weapons, and starting a trade war with China in order to somehow balance out America’s trade deficit.

May 26, 2016
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 25, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

‘Small Government’ Republicans Want To Control D.C.’s Budget

“The current D.C. government needs to be reined in,” said House Majority Leader Paul Ryan in a statement highlighting Republican arguments in support of the bill. “We will not allow Congress and the Constitution to be undermined.”

May 26, 2016
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