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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
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Newly Released Emails Reveal The Hillary You (Still) Don’t Know

Time magazine describes Hillary Clinton with adjectives rarely used in conventional profiles: “humble,” “self-deprecating,” and “generous.”

July 2, 2015
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Obama Sings ‘Amazing Grace,’ Mentions Race, Guns, And Grace In Eulogy

President Obama ended his eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in a way best befitting a man of the cloth: by singing “Amazing Grace.”

June 26, 2015
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Why I’m (Still) Thankful For President Obama

Yes, he makes mistakes, and he has flaws — but Barack Obama’s achievements, temperament, and persistence are worthy of thanks.

November 27, 2014
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Midterm Outcome: Mandate On Obama Or Big Money At Play?

Republicans will say election outcome is a referendum on Obama, but it may have a lot more to do with the failure of Citizens United.

November 5, 2014
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Obama: U.S. To Be ‘More Aggressive’ In Monitoring Ebola Response

The President insists the threat of Ebola is being taken seriously.

October 16, 2014
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Weekend Reader: ‘The Age Of Evangelicalism: America’s Born-Again Years’

The dramatic influence the Christian right exerts over the Republican Party has been well documented — but Democrats rely on religious voters as well. In his new book, The Age of Evangelicalism: America’s Born-Again Years, Steven P. Miller explores the bipartisan political impact of the evangelical movement over the past four decades. Miller, a professor at Webster University and […]

August 16, 2014
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Benghazi: What New Details Reveal About The ‘Scandal’ — And Its Promoters

In the years since the terrorist attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, his aide Sean Smith and CIA officers Tyrone Smith and Glen Doherty in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, President Obama’s congressional critics have complained long and loudly about his failure to apprehend the perpetrators immediately. Republican experts like Ted Cruz and Darrell Issa, […]

June 20, 2014
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New Poll Finds Majority Of Americans Back President On Climate Change

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday is receiving widespread attention for showing a decline in President Obama’s approval rating, but another major result is flying under the radar: Americans overwhelmingly want to see action on climate change. According to the poll, a whopping 61 percent of Americans say that either “immediate action” or “some […]

June 18, 2014
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Michelle Obama Pushes Immigration Fix As New Citizens Take Oath

By Stephanie Haven, McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama urged overhauling the nation’s immigration laws Wednesday while presiding over a naturalization ceremony for 50 new U.S. citizens at the National Archives. “Today in Washington, folks are still debating whether or not to fix our immigration system even though just about everyone agrees […]

June 18, 2014
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