With days left in office, President Obama ushers in dozens of policies

In the past week, the Obama administration overturned a decades-old policy toward Cuban immigrants, forged two major agreements to address racial bias in big-city police departments and approved an unexpected cut in mortgage rates for hundreds of thousands of low-income and first-time home buyers. Officials even made time, after years of lobbying, to add the rusty patched bumble bee to […]

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Obama rips Trump’s ‘crude populism’

President Obama blasted Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s worldview in an essay published Thursday in The Economist. Without mentioning Trump by name, Obama rejected a “crude populism” while defending his vision of an American economy that embraces trade and technological innovation. Obama wrote that many world leaders are wondering how a country like the U.S., which has benefitted from trade, […]

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President Obama Says Donald Trump’s Claim That Election Will Be Rigged Is ‘Ridiculous’

President Obama rebuffed Donald Trump’s suggestion that the general election in November would somehow be rigged, joking that he’d never heard of anyone complaining about cheating before the game was even over. “Of course the election will not be rigged. What does that mean?” Obama said Thursday. Speaking from the Pentagon, Obama said the Republican nominee’s suggestion that there is […]

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Clinton to take hold of storied Obama email list

Hillary Clinton will soon tap into President Obama’s coveted email list, according to party officials. The long-awaited move, which comes as Clintonites take the reins of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), could inject more money into Clinton’s campaign coffers as she seeks to expand her fundraising advantage over presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The Obama list has long been […]

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President Obama Weighs His Economic Legacy

Two months ago, across an assembly-room table in a factory in Jacksonville, Fla., President Barack Obama was talking to me about the problem of political capital. His efforts to rebuild the U.S. economy from the 2008 financial crisis were being hit from left, right and center. And yet, by his own assessment, those efforts were vastly underappreciated. “I actually compare […]

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Obama vetoes attempt to kill clean water rule

President Obama issued the ninth veto of his presidency Tuesday, rejecting a congressional resolution that would have overturned federal regulations on clean water. The Waters of the United States rule, adopted by the Obama administration in 2014, expands the definition of waters subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act. “Too many of our waters […]

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Obama urges nation not to fear future

President Obama tried to use his final State of the Union address Tuesday to calm Americans’ economic and national security anxieties, tout his record and rebuke Republican presidential hopefuls for the vitriolic tone of their campaigns to replace him. “And then, as frustration [with politics] grows, there will be voices urging us to fall back into our respective tribes, to […]

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