Obama helped bring back economy, restless voters chose Trump

Barack Obama’s first job as president: Piece together the shards of a shattered U.S. economy. It wasn’t smooth and it wasn’t fast, but Obama ultimately succeeded. The president will leave behind an economy far stronger than the one he inherited. Unemployment is 4.6 percent, a nine-year low. Stocks keep ascending to new highs. An additional 20.2 million Americans have health […]

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Obama on political correctness

President Obama acknowledges some on the left use political correctness to shut down debate over legitimate issues, a problem he says has hurt political discourse. The president expressed concern during an interview with NPR that debates become “like walking on eggshells” when people feel social pressure to hold back their point of view. “If somebody says, ‘You know what, I’m […]

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Obama says ‘we will’ retaliate against Russia for election hacking

President Obama said the United States will retaliate against Russia over its malicious cyber-activity during this year’s election, in an interview that aired Friday on NPR. “I think there is no doubt that when any foreign government tries to impact the integrity of our elections . . . we need to take action,” the president said. “And we will — at a time […]

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As Obama’s term winds down, public gives him high marks, but divides on his legacy

As President Barack Obama’s term in office draws near to a close, he’s become an increasingly popular, but still polarizing, chief executive, with the public sharply divided over his legacy. Overall, according to a new survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center, nearly half the public says history will remember Obama as an “outstanding” or “above average” president. The 45 […]

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Obama could enact a US offensive on Russian propaganda this week

A bill on President Barack Obama’s desk this week would authorize U.S. officials to combat propaganda and fake news from Russia and other countries, as well as allow federal money to be used abroad where misinformation “threatens the United States national security.” “This is the most serious effort in a long time to deal with this,” said Karl Altau, managing […]

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Obama orders review of U.S. election hacks

President Obama has ordered the nation’s intelligence agencies to conduct a full review of attempts by foreign hackers to influence U.S. elections — and he wants a report before he leaves office on Jan. 20. The review will look back to the past three presidential elections, and look for evidence of hacking beyond the the already disclosed hacks of Democratic campaign emails […]

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Obama urges the public to tell Republicans not to ‘abandon’ the ACA

President Obama on Friday urged the American public to press the Republican-led Congress not to abandon gains in insurance coverage and access to health care that the Affordable Care Act has brought during the past six years. The president’s brief remarks, on Facebook Live in front of a White House fireplace with Christmas decorations, were his most pointed since last […]

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Why Trump gets more hype out of 1,000 jobs than Obama does out of 16 million

At least for a moment, ­President-elect Donald Trump appeared to achieve this week what President Obama struggled to do for most of the past eight years: convince Americans that he can fix the economy. Cheering crowds greeted Trump during his victory lap through the Rust Belt this week following the announcement that the nation’s new negotiator-in-chief had struck a deal […]

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