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Obama approval ratings high as he prepares to leave office

14 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

Barack Obama leaves the White House Friday with his popularity nearly as high as it was when he took office eight years ago. In poll after poll, the numbers are all flattering for the Democratic president as he prepares to hand over power to Republican Donald Trump. Show More Summary

‘You’re answering your own question’: Michael Eric Dyson shuts down CNN host for downplaying racism

14 minutes agoNews : The Raw Story

Georgetown Sociology Professor Michael Eric Dyson connected the dots for CNN on Wednesday between racism in America and Donald Trump’s 2016 election victory. During an appearance on CNN’s New Day, Dyson explained that Barack Obama’s presidency “provoked a kind of racial...

Barack Obama’s Approval Rating Reaches 60 Percent As He Leaves Office

14 minutes agoNews : Huffington Post

Sixty percent of Americans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing in his final days in office, according to new polls from CNN/ORC and The Washington Post/ABC News, his highest numbers in those polls since June 2009. Those numbers are slightly higher than polls released earlier in the week. Show More Summary

Obama, in Dateline NBC Interview, says He Doesn’t Personalize Politics

Outgoing President Barack Obama claimed that he doesn’t make politics personal in the Dateline NBC special interview “Reality of Hope.” However, that statement was later debunked when NBC ran his own remarks given after the Sandy Hook shooting, where Obama said, “Are you serious?” in response to the gun rights movement’s opposition to his gun […]

Lester Holt’s Questions to Obama in Dateline NBC Interview were Softballs

If you tracked the questions that Lester Holt, Obama’s interviewer at Dateline NBC, you’d be disappointed if you were expecting hard-hitting and good questions directed to the outgoing President Barack Obama. Here are three examples of the questions Holt asked Obama in Dateline NBC’s “Reality of Hope” interview: Holt on racism in America: “But was there […]

Obama in Dateline NBC Interview Admitted Instant ‘Hope and Change’ was ‘Unrealistic’

Outgoing President Barack Obama, in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, mentioned how his ‘hope and change’ campaign may have been “naive” and put “unrealistic expectations” in the minds of Americans. Here is a transcript of the interview segment: Obama: “…That pride is something that was a positive…any talk of it being a post-racial America, […]

Assange Sticks To Extradition Promise Now That Chelsea Manning Will Be Freed

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange may be headed to the United States to face trial. He pledged last week via Twitter to accept extradition to the U.S. if President Barack Obama agreed to grant clemency to Chelsea Manning, the U.S. soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. Show More Summary

Acknowledging the Obvious, White House Says Guantanamo Will Not Close

The White House conceded on Tuesday that President Barack Obama will not succeed in his efforts to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before leaving office, removing the option of taking executive action to achieve one of his earliest campaign promises.

What Donald Trump’s first day could look like

20 minutes agoNews : The Raw Story

On Friday, shortly after he’s inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump will begin dismantling Barack Obama’s eight years of work as commander in chief. First on the agenda is signing executive orders—unilateral actions that don’t require congressional approval. Obama’s...

Five Reasons that President Obama Was Right to Commute Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

21 minutes agoNews : The New Yorker: News

On Tuesday, three days before the end of Barack Obama’s term as President, the White House announced that he had commuted the sentences of two hundred and nine people, including Private Chelsea Manning, who was arrested, in 2010, for...Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 01.18.17

22 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Barack Obama is churning through moves in the last few days of his presidency. Besides the high-profile commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence, he's busy on land preservation, immigration, Guantanamo Bay and education. [CNN] A new...Show More Summary

Obama's White House Wifi Network Names

26 minutes agoHumor : Funny or Die

Obama's White House Wifi Network Names YesWeLAN Submitted by: Pitch Regular Keywords: Barack Obama Wifi Internet The White House Abraham Lincoln Linksys Netgear Situation Room Time Warner Views: 148

Trump offers odd denial of pee-pee-gate: ‘I was never even in that room for that period of time’

26 minutes agoNews : The Raw Story

Donald Trump went into further detail about the unverified report that he hired prostitutes in Russia to urinate on a bed President Barack Obama once slept in. “It’s fake news. It’s all fake news,” an animated Trump told Fox News’s Ainsley Earhardt in an interview....

What to Do – and What Not to Do – on Trade Reform

In advance of the 2008 election, now outgoing President Barack Obama ran on “Hope and Change.”  It was a smart, cynical ploy.  We the People certainly wanted “Change” – but Obama’s “Change” wasn’t even close to what we wanted it to be. Show More Summary

All you need to know about presidential pardons

30 minutes agoNews : The Raw Story

President Barack Obama granted 209 commutations and 64 pardons Tuesday, possibly his final use of executive clemency during his time as the commander-in-chief. While the commutations, or shortened prison sentences, were given to prisoners with nonviolent drug convictions, Chelsea Manning — the army...

The Park Service Just Spent $40 Million on Grass and Will Not Let Inauguration Ruin It

33 minutes agoLifestyle / Travel : Atlas Obscura

In 2009, after the first inauguration of President Barack Obama, which was attended by a record 1.8 million people, the ground of the National Mall was wrecked. As those hoards had moved over the lawn, they ground the crown of the grass plants, the part where new growth originates, into the frozen soil. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Odds 2017: Latest Prop Bets Include Will Barack Obama Pardon Hillary Clinton, Trump Impeachment Or Divorce, And Updated 2020 Presidential Odds

33 minutes agoNews : The Inquisitr - News

We are approximately 48 hours from Donald Trump officially being sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. While many folks are still having a problem wrapping their head around that concept, others can’t wait for Trump to finally take over the Oval Office. Show More Summary

WATCH LIVE: President Obama Holds Final Press Conference from the White House

34 minutes agoNews : Mediaite

President Barack Obama will appear in the White House briefing room today in order to take questions from the press one last time before Donald Trump succeeds him on Friday.

Obama expected to defend Manning decision at news conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to defend his decision to shorten the sentence of convicted leaker Chelsea Manning when he holds his final news conference on Wednesday. Ryan says Obama has set a "dangerous precedent" that anyone guilty of who compromises U.S. national security won't have to pay for their crimes.

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