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U.S. President Obama answers a reporter's question after delivering a statement on the economy in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington

5 Ways ‘Obama Knows Exactly What He’s Doing’

Marco Rubio’s canned assessment of Barack Obama is right. Obama clearly knows what he’s doing. Because despite inevitable imperfections and failings, his successes far outshine his limitations.

February 7, 2016
Obama holds a roundtable with Muslim American community leaders at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Catonsville, Maryland

There’s Nothing American About Islamophobia

It was high time for President Obama to orchestrate an event in which he reminded Americans of our history, our values, and our heritage.

February 6, 2016
Obama greets students after his remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque in Catonsville, Maryland

In Mosque Visit, Obama Delivers A Clear Message Of Inclusion

Obama’s speech revealed a deeper understanding of the concerns of the American Muslim community.

February 3, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter attends the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland

US To Urge Partners To Do More To Fight Islamic State Amid Complaints From Pentagon

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter has been the most vocal, complaining recently that some allies are “not doing enough or doing nothing at all.”

February 2, 2016
Ryan arrives to meet with Obama and McConnell at the White House in Washington

Obama, Republican Leaders Seek Elusive Common Ground In White House Meeting

The Oval Office discussion was PresidentObama’s first formal face-to-face meeting with Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House.

February 2, 2016
Jeff Danziger Cartoon Starving Syrians

Cartoon: Starving Syrians

February 2, 2016
Job seekers listen to a presentation at the Colorado Hospital Association health care career fair in Denver

Obama Administration Seeks To Bolster Gender Wage Gap Fight

Secretary of Labor: “We can’t deliver on the promise of equal pay unless we have the best, most comprehensive information about what people earn.”

January 29, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders walks out from the West Wing of the White House to speak to reporters after his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington

Sanders Meets With Obama, Says President Will Remain Neutral In Primary Race

Emerging from the White House after an hour, Sanders said the meeting was “constructive” and that Obama was trying to be as “even-handed” as possible.

January 27, 2016
Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

A Democrat That Can Win Is What We Need

Which Democrat is best-positioned to consolidate the Obama legacy and move it forward?

January 27, 2016
The U.S. Capitol dome and U.S. Senate in Washington

A Power Congress Grabbed, Then Rarely Used

Twenty years ago, it was enacted as a classically obscure legislative rider, an opaquely worded few paragraphs, crafted by both parties, which each side agreed to keep quiet before its insertion into sprawling must-pass legislation focused on a wholly different issue.

January 26, 2016
U.S. President Obama delivers remarks to members of the U.S.

Obama Says Clinton’s Strengths Also Weaknesses As Sanders Surges

President Barack Obama said that while Hillary Clinton has the most experience among candidates vying to succeed him, her strengths can sometimes be her weaknesses, allowing Bernie Sanders to appeal to the main concerns of the Democratic Party’s core voters.

January 26, 2016
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a Get Out the Caucus event at the Valley Southwoods Freshman High School in West Des Moines, Iowa

Praising Her Experience, Obama Boosts Clinton’s Pitch To Democratic Voters

While never explicitly criticizing Sanders, Obama praised Clinton’s experience and suggested several times that her messages are grounded in realism.

January 25, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama checks out an all-electric Chevrolet Bolt at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan

In Detroit, Parallels With Obama’s Broader Economy

President Barack Obama jetted Wednesday to an American city whose economic revival mirrors both the U.S. economic comeback under his watch and the often negative perception of it.

January 22, 2016
President Barack Obama Paul Ryan State of the Union

Was There Ever An Obama-Ryan Honeymoon?

President Barack Obama repeatedly had to raise his voice to be heard over cheering Democratic lawmakers during his State of the Union address on Jan. 12. But Speaker Paul D. Ryan sat motionless, his face frozen in a polite — but unimpressed — expression.

January 22, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the start of the climate summit in Paris

President Obama Is A Tough Leader — Just Look At China

The President has never hesitated to push back on the Chinese, not just with rhetoric – though that has been necessary at times – but with actions.

January 21, 2016
Michigan National Guard Staff Sergeant William Phillips helps distribute bottled water to Flint residents at a fire station in Flint, Michigan

Political Fallout From Flint, Michigan Water Crisis Spreads

President Obama: “If I were a parent up there, I would be beside myself that my kid’s health could be at risk.”

January 20, 2016
A U.S. border patrol officer sits in his vehicle along the border with Mexico near San Ysidro, California

Obama Administration Must Give Congressional Panel Fast And Furious Documents

The Obama administration must hand over documents sought by a congressional committee that has been reviewing the failed U.S. Justice Department weapons trafficking probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.

January 20, 2016
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves during a news conference in

As Improved US-Iran Relations Are Celebrated, Questions Loom About Road Ahead

Amid celebration of the milestone nuclear deal and the depature from Iran of three freed Americans, the Obama administration offered a reminder of the gulf that remains in the countries’ relations.

January 19, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One for Nebraska and Louisiana at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland

Under Obama, Government’s Safety Net Has Expanded

Despite Republican majorities in Congress through much of his tenure and increasingly insistent calls from GOP presidential candidates to rein in “free stuff,” President Barack Obama has engineered the largest expansion of the federal government’s safety net in half a century, a record he cemented further as he closed out his seventh year.

January 19, 2016
US President Barack Obama participates in a Martin Luther King Day service project

U.S. Top Court Takes Up Case On Obama Immigration Plan

The case is one of the most important the Supreme Court will decide during its current term.

January 19, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Clinton addresses supporters at the Electric Park

As Democratic Polls Tighten, Clinton Adopts A More Aggressive Approach

The firewall that Hillary Clinton spent months painstakingly constructing to ensure quick, early and decisive victory in the Democratic nominating contest isn’t holding, leaving the candidate once considered the prohibitive favorite scrambling to regain her momentum.

January 18, 2016
Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren Skipped 2016 Run, But Has Stayed In Picture

Warren has been noticeably reluctant to lend her name to Sanders’s presidential campaign, because, her advisers say, she’s determined that Democrats should hold on to the White House after Obama leaves office and is not convinced Sanders could win.

January 18, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump gestures as he

5 ‘New York Values’ Donald Trump Doesn’t Have

Despite his strong riposte to Ted Cruz on “New York values,” most of what the billionaire advocates these days is in exact opposition to what makes New York and America great.

January 18, 2016
A U.S. government aircraft is pictured at Cointrin airport in Geneva Switzerland

U.S. Prisoners Leave Iran As Obama Hails Win For Diplomacy

President Obama: “These things are a reminder of what we can achieve when we lead with strength and with wisdom.”

January 17, 2016
U.S. President Obama waves at the conclusion of his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in Washington

State Of The Union: Five Things That Might Happen, Five That Won’t

Not much is expected in the final year of a presidential administration, especially one marked by partisan gridlock.

January 14, 2016
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