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A Day After Veto Override, Congress Has Second Thoughts And May Fix Sept. 11 Bill

Less than a day after Congress overrode President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill that would let 9/11 victims’ families sue Saudi Arabia, top GOP leaders said they might need to fix the new law to protect U.S. national security interests.

September 30, 2016
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Obama Power Plant Rules Face Key Test In U.S. Court

The centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s climate change strategy, federal rules curbing greenhouse gas emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, faces a key test on Tuesday when opponents try to convince a U.S. appeals court to throw out the regulations.

September 27, 2016
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Trump Plans Statement On Obama Birth After Refusing To Say President Was Born In States

“I’m going to have a big announcement on it today,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business Network, a day after he refused in a newspaper interview to say whether he believed Obama was born in the United States.

September 16, 2016
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Obama To Meet With Congressional Leaders On Monday: White House

The group is expected to talk about a continuing resolution, or CR, to temporarily fund the government when the 2017 fiscal year begins on Oct. 1. Congress has yet to approve full appropriations bills to fund the government in fiscal 2017, a senior Democratic congressional aide said.

September 9, 2016
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Obama On Trump: His Ideas Are ‘Uninformed Or Outright Wacky’

U.S. President Barack Obama hit back at Donald Trump on Thursday for criticizing his foreign policy record, saying the Republican nominee was unfit to follow him into the Oval Office and the public should press him on his “outright wacky ideas”.

September 8, 2016
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

President Obama Nominates First Muslim-American To Federal Judiciary

President Obama nominated Abid Qureshi to the federal judiciary Tuesday, the first Muslim judge to be appointed to such a position. Qureshi was nominated to preside over the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

September 7, 2016
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Democrats Launch New Push For Obama U.S. Supreme Court Nominee

Supporters of Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s U.S. Supreme Court selection, on Tuesday launched a new push to persuade the Republican-led Senate to act on the nomination before the Nov. 8 presidential election, but their calls fell on deaf ears.

September 7, 2016
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Watch: Obama Says Kaepernick Is ‘Exercising His Constitutional Right To Make A Statement’

President Obama said San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was “exercising his right to make a constitutional statement” by refusing to stand up for the national anthem.

September 6, 2016
File photo of a soldier standing guard in a tower overlooking Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay naval base

Former Guantánamo Detainees Live In Limbo

“The idea seemed to be to get them out of Guantánamo at almost any cost,” says David Remes, a lawyer to many present and former detainees, including al-Merfedy. “They were dropped into strange lands, with cultures, religions and language far different from their own, and where they were bound to be treated like pariahs.”

September 2, 2016
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Disparate Crises Distract From Obama Bid To Sign Off On Asia Shift

Barack Obama starts his last trip to Asia on Saturday as U.S. president, aiming to put a final stamp on his signature policy shift toward the Pacific but distracted by crises ranging from Brexit to the battle against Islamic State.

September 2, 2016
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No Nation Is ‘Immune’ From Climate Change: President Obama

Speaking to a group of attendees at the largest conservation event in the world, President Obama said, “No nation, not even one as powerful as the United States, is immune from a changing climate.”

September 1, 2016
china spying

Obama Urged To Take Up China Spying Charges Case

“For those who had advised [me] to keep quiet, I have to say that strategy has to be thrown out now that the Chinese have filed formal charges of spying.”

August 31, 2016
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In Asia, Obama Faces Trade Pact Test Amid U.S. Opposition

When President Barack Obama travels to Asia next week, he will try to reassure leaders in the region that he still has the clout to deliver U.S. approval for the sweeping Trans-Pacific Partnership, even though the two candidates vying to succeed him and a congressional leader have said the 12-nation trade deal should not move forward.

August 30, 2016
Then White House senior adviser David Plouffe walks to the Marine One helicopter to depart with U.S. President Barack Obama for a day trip to Ohio and New York, from the White House in Washington, June 14, 2012. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Former Obama Aide Calls Trump A ‘Psychopath’

A former top adviser to President Barack Obama on Sunday labeled Donald Trump a “psychopath”, saying the Republican presidential nominee met the clinical definition of the personality disorder.

August 29, 2016
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More U.S. Counties To See Obamacare Marketplace Monopoly: Analysis

Nearly a third of U.S. counties will likely be served by only one insurer that participates in an Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace in 2017, according to an analysis published Sunday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

August 29, 2016
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Obama Judges Leave Liberal Imprint On U.S. Law

His appointments of dozens of judges to the country’s influential federal appeals courts have tilted the judiciary in a liberal direction that will influence rulings for years to come and be further entrenched if Democrat Hillary Clinton wins this November’s presidential election.

August 26, 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, 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