Barack Obama, the former-pot-smoking president, began his second term as something of a hero for backers of the nation’s marijuana legalization movement. He’ll soon leave office as a total bummer.
In an interview with the Miami Herald Thursday, GOP nominee Donald Trump suggested that under his presidency, U.S. citizens suspected of terrorism could be tried at Guantánamo Bay. As noted in the Herald piece, that’s illegal under current federal law.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration is preparing to elevate the stature of the Pentagon’s Cyber Command, signaling more emphasis on developing cyber weapons to deter attacks, punish intruders into U.S. networks and tackle adversaries such as Islamic State, current and former officials told Reuters. Under the plan being considered at the White House, the officials said, U.S. Cyber Command would become what the military calls a “unified command” equal to combat branches of the military such as the Central and Pacific Commands.
President Obama held a news conference at the Pentagon on Thursday to discuss the war on ISIS, but as its been the case every time he answers reporters’ questions lately, he ended up responding to the latest ridiculous Trump controversy. This time, it was about the GOP’s nominee’s claims that the November presidential election could be rigged.
“The president recognizes that it’s not just people in Dallas who are grieving, but people all across the country who are concerned about the violence that so many Americans have witnessed in the last week or so,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Monday.
“This is now war. Watch out Obama. Watch out Black Lives Matter punks. Real America is coming after you,” he tweeted following the attack, before later deleting the post.
Ask yourself this: What is Michelle Obama’s legacy? In the beginning, her projects included her vegetable garden for healthy eating and military families. Like anybody could argue with that? Childhood obesity: Who’s for it? Her early tiptoes into policy seemed poll-tested and bland.
Stephen Colbert turned his focus on the “Three Amigos” North American summit last night, mocking the awkward three-way handshake between President Obama, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and highlighting the Canadian parliaments heartfelt farewell to Obama.
Obama used his executive authority after the GOP-controlled Congress repeatedly obstructed attempts at immigration reform. Now, the GOP-controlled Senate has also immobilized the Supreme Court by refusing to consider Merrick Garland’s nomination and fill Antonin Scalia’s vacant seat.
President Obama expressed concern for the Republican Party during a “Tonight Show” appearance — he also “slow jammed the news.”
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.
In a case that could help demystify how the FBI deems somebody a terror threat, the ACLU argued in federal court here Wednesday that the government has failed to comply with an earlier court order to tell people how they wound up on the no-fly list.
The White House continues to seek ways that President Barack Obama could legally tighten restrictions on gun ownership, including closure of the so-called gun show loophole.
In his first big political address as Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan said Republicans have to stand for more than just undoing what President Barack Obama has done.
The White House is signaling it would not block a short-term spending bill to avert a government shutdown should lawmakers need to keep working on a massive spending measure after the Dec. 11 deadline.
In public statements and legal briefs, Obama’s aides describe their immigration initiatives as limited and temporary, but experts in immigration law knew the administration was skating near the edge when it announced certain changes.
President Obama visited two remote native villages in the U.S. Arctic on Wednesday, hoping to show how climate change is affecting Americans.
President Obama’s hopes of preserving the Iran nuclear deal were dealt a blow on Thursday when Sen. Charles Schumer came out against it.
President Obama called on Congress to pass “an updated version” of the Voting Rights Act on Thursday, the 50th anniversary of the passage of the federal law.
President Barack Obama urged Kenya and other African nations to abandon laws criminalizing homosexuality, comparing anti-gay policies to racial segregation.