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  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jcscher
    +41 +1

    President Obama Will Visit Cuba in Historic Trip Next Month

    President Obama is planning a trip to Cuba some time next month, marking the first time in more than 80 years a sitting U.S. president will visit the country, according to sources with knowledge of the plan. A National Security Council official plans to make the announcement tomorrow at the White house.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jcscher
    +23 +1

    Obama to Attend Major League Baseball Game in Cuba

    U.S. President Barack Obama will attend a baseball game during a landmark visit to Cuba later this month.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by spacepopper
    +7 +1

    Obama says he plans to stay in Washington after presidency

    President Obama says he plans to stay in Washington after the end of his presidency so that his younger daughter can finish high school with her class, a rare disclosure about his family's personal plans. During a visit with voters in Milwaukee on Thursday, Obama said he wasn't sure where he and wife Michelle Obama would settle down for the long term, but added that they were putting off the decision until daughter Sasha finished at Washington's Sidwell Friends School in spring 2019.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by funhonestdude
    +7 +1

    The Nuclear Deal Pays Off In Iran's Elections

    President Obama has made his share of foreign policy mistakes, particularly in the Middle East. But it’s ironic that Republican critics now hammer him hardest over his nuclear deal with Iran, a bet that has already paid out for those who want to undermine Iran’s hard-liners. Elections for Iran’s parliament and its Assembly of Experts–which picks the nation’s Supreme Leader–were hardly free and fair. Conservatives managed to block..

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by grandsalami
    +24 +1

    U.S. eases Cuba trade and travel rules ahead of Obama visit

    The United States unveiled new measures on Tuesday to make it far easier for Americans to visit Cuba and eased limits on the use of U.S dollars in trade there as President Barack Obama prepared to make a historic trip to Havana next week. Rolling out some of the most significant changes since Obama announced his opening to Cuba in December 2014, U.S. officials expressed hope that the further relaxation of travel and financial rules would spur the island's...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by messi
    +22 +1

    Barack Obama personally asks Vladimir Putin to free imprisoned pilot — and he’s told to butt out

    A Kremlin spokesman says Vladimir Putin is resisting President Barack Obama’s call for Russia to release a Ukrainian pilot who is on trial over the death of two Russian journalists. Nadezhda Savchenko was fighting with a Ukrainian volunteer brigade against Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine when she was captured in June 2014. Russia says she was a spotter who called in co-ordinates for a mortar attack that killed...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +34 +1

    Pentagon chief: Obama wants to defeat ISIS by end of his term

    President Obama wants the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) defeated by the end of his term, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says. "That's what he said he wants. That's what he told me and [Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford]. He said, 'Get this done as soon as possible. I'd like to not leave this to my successor,' " Carter said Friday an event hosted by Politico.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by bradd
    +7 +1

    Hiroshima survivor urges Obama to visit site of world's first atomic bombing

    Barack Obama should visit Hiroshima when Japan hosts the G7 leaders’ summit in May to see for himself the human misery inflicted by nuclear weapons, according to a survivor of the atomic bombing of the city 70 years ago. “I hope Obama and other G7 leaders come here and change their minds about possessing nuclear weapons,” said Keiko Ogura, who was an eight-year-old schoolgirl when the bomb flattened her hometown on the morning of 6 August 1945...

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +4 +1

    Obama’s Break with the Establishment

    President Obama, with his characteristic diffidence, has announced his “liberation” from the Washington foreign-policy “playbook,” but the national security elite is already striking back, writes Gareth Porter.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hedman
    +42 +1

    Obama bans US imports of slave-produced goods

    Federal officials are preparing to enforce an 86-year-old ban on importing goods made by children or slaves under new provisions of a law signed by President Barack Obama. "This law slams shut an unconscionable and archaic loophole that forced America to accept products made by children or slave labor," said Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat who worked on the legislation.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by zobo
    +28 +1

    Thousands of Germans Protest TTIP Trade Deal Before Obama Visit

    Thousands of opponents of a proposed transatlantic trade deal poured onto German streets on Saturday ahead of a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama. A coalition of trade unions, environmentalists and consumer protection groups gathered in front of Hanover’s opera house ahead of a march through the city center expected to draw around 50,000 people. Protesters held signs reading “Don’t Give TTIP a Chance”, featuring the image of a bull tagged “privatization” and a cow branded “democracy”.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by distant
    +4 +1

    Obama drops mic: Trudeau gets off easy in last White House roast

    Barack Obama didn't hold back during his final White House correspondents' dinner as U.S. president, ripping into Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Kendall Jenner and many of the journalists at the gala in Washington. He even made a crack at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's expense. Nothing was off limits.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +17 +1

    Obama to Name Stonewall 1st National Monument for Gay Rights

    President Barack Obama is preparing to designate the Stonewall Inn in New York the first national monument dedicated to gay rights. That's according to two individuals familiar with the Obama administration's plans. The individuals weren't authorized to discuss the plans publicly and requested anonymity. The tavern in Greenwich Village was the...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by FivesandSevens
    +5 +1

    Barack Obama and Bryan Cranston on the Roles of a Lifetime

    An actual president and a man who is about to play one on TV talk about families, public life and legacies.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ticktack
    +23 +1

    Obama’s drone war is a shameful part of his legacy

    Father Daniel Berrigan died Saturday at 94. The longtime peace activist gained national attention in 1968 when he and eight others, including his brother Philip (also a priest), burned draft records taken from a Selective Service office in Maryland. Decades later, he remains a powerful example of a man who never wavered in his beliefs, standing up time and again for the poor and oppressed. In his last years, Berrigan no longer had the energy to protest as frequently.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by Chubros
    +1 +1

    President Obama signs bill declaring the bison the national mammal

    Here's one thing Washington can agree on: The majesty of the North American bison. President Obama signed the National Bison Legacy Act into law Monday, two weeks after both houses of Congress approved the bill by what appeared to be unanimous voice votes. Sponsored by Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., the bill has just one purpose: To declare the bison the national mammal of the United States.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by rhingo
    +29 +1

    Obama to become first US president to visit Hiroshima - but he won't apologise

    With less than a year in office, President Barack Obama is continuing to make nothing less than history. Two months after he became the first sitting US president in a century to visit Cuba, the White House has announced that he will visit Hiroshima, the first American leader to do so since the Japanese city was turned to rubble in 1945 by a US nuclear bomb.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +18 +1

    Obama to make historic visit to Vietnam

    US President Barack Obama left Washington on Sunday for his first visit to Vietnam, a trip aimed at sealing the transformation of an old enemy into a new partner to help counter China's growing assertiveness. Four decades after the Vietnam War, Obama was expected use the visit to deepen defence and economic ties with the country's communist government. "What we want to demonstrate with this visit is a significant upgrade in the relationship between the United States and Vietnam...

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by hxxp
    +7 +1

    The Trillion-Dollar Question Obama Did Not Answer in Hiroshima

    As it seeks to modernize its nuclear arsenal, the United States faces a big choice, one which Barack Obama failed to mention during his moving Hiroshima speech on May 27.The Conversation Should we spend a trillion dollars to replace each of our thousands of nuclear warheads with a more sophisticated substitute attached to a more lethal delivery system? Or should we keep only enough nuclear weapons needed for a devastatingly effective deterrence against any nuclear aggressor, investing the money saved into other means of making our nation more secure?

  • Video/Audio
    2 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +34 +1

    Obama: Some jobs 'are just not going to come back'

    A steel worker union official asked President Barack Obama at a June 1 town hall in Elkhart, Indiana, about job losses at a plant run by Carrier, an air conditioning manufacturer that recently announced plans to move jobs from Indiana to Mexico. He replied that some jobs "are just not going to come back," while others are in flux or rebounding.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by socialiguana
    +38 +1

    Climate scientists urge Obama to rule out more Arctic oil and gas exploration

    Nearly 400 international scientists called on Barack Obama to rule out further expansion of oil and gas exploration in Arctic waters under US control. The letter, signed by prominent Arctic, marine and climate specialists – including a former member of Obama’s administration, urges the president to rule out any future hunting for oil in the waters of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. “No new oil and gas leasing or exploration should be allowed in the Chukchi and Beaufort...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by geoleo
    +9 +1

    Obama dreams of opening a T-shirt shack in Hawaii after he leaves the presidency

    U.S. President Barack Obama enjoys a 'Snowbama' shave ice at Island Snow on January 1, 2010 in Kailua, Hawaii. There's been much speculation about what President Barack Obama might do once his term is up in January - he's talked about owning an NBA team and doing philanthropic work, but he reportedly hasn't settled on a plan yet. It seems, however, that he's eager to escape the stresses of the highest office in the country.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by doodlegirl
    +53 +1

    Obama: As painful as this week has been, I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested

    Speaking in Poland on Saturday, Obama addressed the recent events in Dallas, as well as the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. "This has been a tough week. First and foremost for the families [of] who'd been killed. But also for the entire American family," he said. But "as painful as this week has been, I firmly believe that America is not as divided as some have suggested," he added.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by dianep
    +25 +1

    Obama shortens terms for 214 prisoners; 67 had life sentence

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday cut short the sentences of 214 federal inmates, including 67 life sentences, in what the White House called the largest batch of commutations on a single day in more than a century. Almost all the prisoners were serving time for nonviolent crimes related to cocaine, methamphetamine or other drugs, although a few were charged with firearms violations related to their drug activities. Almost all are men, though they represent a diverse cross-section of America geographically.

  • Image
    2 years ago
    by AdelleChattre
    +18 +1

    The White House’s Pete Souza Has Shot Nearly 2M Photos of Obama, Here are 55 of His Favorites

    For the last 8 years, Pete Souza has been the Official White House Photographer.

  • Expression
    2 years ago
    by ppp
    +34 +1

    Listen to President Obama's Summer Playlist

    Last year, the White House jumped on Spotify to post President Obama's summer playlist. Today, we've got the encore. President Obama is once again sharing his summer picks -- an eclectic mix of hand-selected tracks on two lists that take listeners from day to night. The vacation playlists feature legendary songs from Prince and Aretha Franklin, some more recent tracks from hip hop artists like Common and Chance the Rapper and the musical styles of Manu Chao and Caetano Veloso.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by jedlicka
    +19 +1

    Fidel Castro Thanks Cuba, Criticizes Obama, on 90th Birthday

    Fidel Castro thanked Cubans for their well-wishes on his 90th birthday and criticized President Barack Obama in a lengthy letter published in state media. He appeared but did not speak at a gala in his honor broadcast on state television. "I want to express my deepest gratitude for the shows of respect, greetings and praise that I've received in recent days, which give me strength to reciprocate with ideas that I will send to party militants and relevant organizations," he wrote about his birthday on Saturday.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by baron778
    +25 +1

    15 Guantanamo detainees were just released — the most ever during Obama's presidency

    The Pentagon announced on Monday that 15 Guantanamo detainees have been transferred to the United Arab Emirates — the largest single release of captives held at the detention facility during Barack Obama's presidency. Some of the detainees were cleared for transfer in 2010 by an interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force, while the release of others was approved by a parole board established in 2013. None of the freed detainees have ever been convicted of a crime.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +3 +1

    Obama Cancels Meeting With New Philippine President

    President Barack Obama called off a planned meeting Tuesday with new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, seeking distance from a U.S. ally's leader during a diplomatic tour that's put Obama in close quarters with a cast of contentious world figures. It's unusual for one president to tell another what to say or not say, and much rarer to call the other a "son of a bitch." Duterte managed to do both just before flying to Laos for a regional summit, warning Obama not to challenge him over extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by junglman
    +2 +1

    Obama calls off meeting with Philippine leader amid 'whore' jibe

    US President Barack Obama has cancelled a meeting with controversial Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who had earlier called him a "son of a whore". Mr Duterte was responding to the US president's promise to raise the issue of drug-related extra-judicial killings in the Philippines at their meeting. The Filipino leader is known for his colourful language, though this time it has had a diplomatic impact, correspondents say. He has now said he regrets the remark.

  • Analysis
    2 years ago
    by jcscher
    +4 +1

    Obama Legacy: Quiet but Big Changes in Energy, Pollution

    Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy du

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by aj0690
    +5 +1

    Pledging US help, Obama says Laos living in 'shadow of war'

    Acknowledging the dark aftershocks of the Vietnam War, President Barack Obama paid tribute Wednesday to survivors maimed by some 80 million unexploded bombs America dropped on Laos decades ago and pledged U.S. help to finally clean them up. Touring a rehabilitation center in Vientiane, Obama said the U.S. had a "profound moral and humanitarian obligation" to work to prevent more bloodshed from the remnants of the U.S. bombardment.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by ticktack
    +18 +1

    Obama Warns of 'Mass Migrations' If Climate Change Is Not Confronted

    President Obama used his final address to the U.N. General Assembly yesterday to warn that climate change would worsen the kind of unrest and inequality that has spurred a global refugee crisis. Speaking before a high-level summit on migrants he convened at U.N. headquarters, Obama told the assembly of world leaders and foreign ministers that the problems they are seeing would only worsen in a warming world. “If we don’t act boldly, the bill that could come due will be mass migrations...

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by darvinhg
    +16 +1

    In hurry-up mode while Obama is president, 60 nations have agreed to global climate accord

    The historic global climate accord reached last December in Paris is moving rapidly toward enactment, with 60 countries — representing 48% of all greenhouse gas emissions — having formally approved it as of Wednesday. To become law, the accord must be approved by at least 55 nations and those nations must collectively be responsible for at least 55% of the climate-altering emissions. The United States and China, the world’s largest emitters, formally approved the agreement this month.

  • Current Event
    2 years ago
    by baron778
    +9 +1

    Obama-era surveillance worse than Stasi, says Oliver Stone

    US film director Oliver Stone on Thursday accused President Barack Obama's administration of implementing a surveillance system worse than that of the feared Stasi secret police in East Germany. Speaking at the San Sebastian film festival in northern Spain, where he presented his film "Snowden," Stone said many in the US had grown disillusioned with a president they once saw as "a man of great integrity."