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U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House during his departure for Canada, in Washington, U.S. June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama, Once Pot Smokers’ Hero, Will Leave Office A Disappointment

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.

August 12, 2016
A sign identifies Joint Task Force Guantanamo's closed down Camp I at the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay

Trump Wants To Try Americans At Guantánamo Bay

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.

August 12, 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 Prepares To Boost U.S. Military’s Cyber Role: Sources

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.

August 5, 2016
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WATCH: Obama Calls Trump’s Claims Of A Rigged Election ‘Ridiculous’

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.

August 5, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama laughs while joking about Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's personal brand of wine as he delivers remarks to supporters at a Democratic National Committee (DNC) event at Gilley's Club in Dallas, Texas March 12, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

High Ratings Illuminate Obama’s Last Birthday In Office

Now that he’s riding high in the polls, Obama was, as they say, “full of vinegar” at his hour-plus press conference.

August 5, 2016
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he walks on the South Lawn of the White House during his departure for Canada, in Washington, U.S. June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama To Visit Dallas As City Mourns Ambush Of Police Officers

“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.

July 12, 2016
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Dallas Shootings: Former Congressman Threatens Obama

“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.

July 8, 2016
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama speaks during an event to mark Nowruz on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, at the White House in Washington, D.C. Nowruz is a holiday that is celebrated by more than 300 million people in diverse ethnic and religious communities across the Middle East, Central and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS)

Obama Good Not Great — Yet

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.

July 1, 2016
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WATCH: Canadians Chant ‘Four More Years’ to President Obama

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.

July 1, 2016
Standing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid (C) calls for Senate Republicans to move forward with hearings for Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in Washington March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Supreme Court Ties On Immigration — Would Merrick Garland Have Made A Difference?

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.

June 23, 2016
U.S. President Barack 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, U.S. June 8, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

WATCH: Obama On Fallon: “Actually I Am Worried About The Republican Party.”

President Obama expressed concern for the Republican Party during a “Tonight Show” appearance — he also “slow jammed the news.”

June 10, 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
Saudi Arabia's King Salman is seen during U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Erga Palace in Riyadh January 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Saudi Arabia Isn’t Untouchable Anymore

In their long marriage of economic and military necessity, things haven’t been this icy between the United States and Saudi Arabia since 2001.

April 20, 2016
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ACLU Pushes For More Transparency On No-Fly List

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.

December 10, 2015
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Obama Meets With Gabrielle Giffords As Administration Looks To Tighten Gun Laws

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.

December 5, 2015
U.S. Speaker of the House Ryan holds news conference on Syrian refugee bill on Capitol Hill in Washington

Ryan Calls For ‘Complete Alternative’ To Obama’s Policies

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.

December 5, 2015
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest speaks during a press briefing at the White House in Washington September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

Obama Would Sign Short-Term Spending Bill To Avoid Shutdown

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.

December 1, 2015
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Key Question In Immigration Court Fight: Is Obama Enforcing Deportation Laws Or Changing Them?

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.

November 11, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an Organizing for Action event in Washington

Obama Joins Facebook

“Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page,” Obama posted. “I hope you’ll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations…”

November 9, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) observes traditional salmon preserving with fishermen on the shore of the Nushagak River in Dillingham, Alaska September 2, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Obama’s Arctic Adventure Ends With Sinking Village, Fish Spawn

President Obama visited two remote native villages in the U.S. Arctic on Wednesday, hoping to show how climate change is affecting Americans.

September 3, 2015
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President Obama To Rough It On Bear Grylls’ Show

President Barack Obama will be “Running Wild.”

August 31, 2015
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Obama Unleashes Drilling Rigs While Fighting Global Warming

President Obama is playing the roles of both climate change warrior and driller-in-chief.

August 13, 2015
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White House Shrugs Off Schumer’s Decision To Oppose Iran Deal

President Obama’s hopes of preserving the Iran nuclear deal were dealt a blow on Thursday when Sen. Charles Schumer came out against it.

August 7, 2015
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Obama Calls For Voting Rights Reform On 50th Anniversary Of Historic Law

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.

August 6, 2015
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Obama Urges Africans To Drop Anti-Gay Laws

President Barack Obama urged Kenya and other African nations to abandon laws criminalizing homosexuality, comparing anti-gay policies to racial segregation.

July 25, 2015