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U.S. officials reveal how massive rebuilding projects in Afghanistan backfired

George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all promised the same thing: The United States would not get stuck with the burden of “nation-building” in Afghanistan. Yet nation-building is …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

U.S. officials failed to devise a clear strategy for the war in Afghanistan, confidential documents show

In the beginning, the rationale for invading Afghanistan was clear: to destroy al-Qaida, topple the Taliban and prevent a repeat of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Within six months, the United …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

Split Supreme Court appears ready to allow Trump to end DACA

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seems prepared to allow the Trump administration to end a program that allows some immigrants to work legally in the United States and protects them …


Middleman helped Saudi give to Obama inaugural

When President Barack Obama was reelected in 2012, a Saudi tycoon and his business associate sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to the U.S. to help pay for the inaugural …


Situation Room: 2 photos capture vastly different presidents

Photos taken in the White House Situation Room during the killings of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Saturday and of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden eight years earlier …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Cummings remembered as ‘fierce champion’ at funeral

Rep. Elijah Cummings was eulogized as a leader with the fiery moral conviction of an Old Testament prophet Friday at a funeral that brought former presidents and ordinary people alike …


Marc A. Thiessen: CNN tries to blame Trump for the Obama administration’s leaks

CNN tried to blame Trump for the loss of a Kremlin source, when it was really the Obama administration that was responsible for it – and did so citing a …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 12, 2019

Trump administration to drop Obama-era water protection rule

The Trump administration plans to revoke an Obama-era regulation that provided federal protection to many U.S. wetlands and streams, according to two Environmental Protection Agency officials with knowledge of the …


Trudy Rubin: Ending the Afghan ‘forever war’: Trump will fail by imitating Obama

As the White House prepares to announce a U.S. deal with the Taliban, Donald Trump seems poised to mimic his predecessor.


Clarence Page: No, the Obamas’ Netflix movie isn’t political, unless you want it to be

Is anyone “shocked, shocked,” as the prefect in “Casablanca” might say, that some people are calling the first project to come out of Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company’s deal …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

Beyonce, Drake, Sinatra make Obamas’ summer playlist

The Obama summer playlist has everyone from Drake and Beyonce to Steely Dan and Frank Sinatra. The former president calls it “some new, some old, some fast, some slow.”


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 5, 2019

Obama library brings elation but also fear of displacement

When word spread that the Obama Presidential Center was coming to the lakefront park Tara Madison has watched through her apartment windows for a decade, she was elated at the …


Analysis: Biden wrestles with his Obama problem

Joe Biden came to the debate stage with stats and one-liners aimed at the feisty group of challengers. But the weapon he used the most was just two words: Barack …


Obama’s game-worn high school basketball jersey up for auction

The No. 23 jersey worn by No. 44 is up for auction. The game-worn jersey of former president Barack Obama when he played for Honolulu’s Punahou High School varsity basketball …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

EPA defies climate warnings, gives coal plants a reprieve

The Trump administration has carried out a sweeping about-face on Obama-era efforts to fight climate change, easing restrictions on coal-fired power plants.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019

Former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig indicted over work with Manafort

Attorney Gregory Craig, who served as White House counsel for President Barack Obama, was charged Thursday with lying to federal officials who were examining whether he should have registered as …


Robert J. Samuelson: Who brought us this boom?

Just how much praise Donald Trump deserves for the economy’s performance is unclear – remember that in the last two years of the Obama presidency, the economy also generated 200,000 …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with U.S. in trouble

Another U.S.-Russian nuclear pact is in danger following the U.S. move to withdraw from a Cold War-era arms control treaty, a senior Russian diplomat said Thursday.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018

President Trump endorses Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in race against Lisa Brown

The president tweeted his support Monday night, part of a series of endorsements for eight GOP lawmakers in the run-up to the first midterm of Trump’s administration.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018

Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers reveal their most admired party leader in Rotary debate

Taking the stage for the second time in less than 24 hours, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown met in a public debate Thursday hosted by Spokane Rotary 21. …


Marc A. Thiessen: Democrats like to talk about Trump breaking norms. Now Obama is.

Democrats like to talk about all the hallowed presidential norms that Donald Trump is breaking. But now it is Barack Obama who is breaking presidential norms with his self-serving foray …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018

Obama, on campaign swing, urges ‘sanity in our politics’

Former President Barack Obama said Saturday that November midterm elections would give Americans “a chance to restore some sanity in our politics,” taking another swipe at his successor as he …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018

Obama issues scathing critique of Trump, ‘politics of fear’

Former President Barack Obama issued a scorching critique of his successor Friday, blasting President Donald Trump’s pattern of pressuring the Justice Department, his policies and reminding voters that the economic …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 1, 2018

McCain tributes echo with criticism of Trump

John McCain’s daughter and two former presidents led a public rebuke of President Donald Trump’s divisive politics at the late senator’s memorial service Saturday in a call for a return …


Max Boot: How I miss Obama

And I say that as someone who worked to defeat him: I was a foreign policy adviser to John McCain in 2008 and to Mitt Romney in 2012. I criticized …


UPDATED: Mon., June 18, 2018

Leach sets off tweet storm with fake Obama video

Mike Leach sets off a storm of criticism on Twitter with doctored video of Barack Obama speech.


Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama

NEW YORK – Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday’s announcement that they had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix. The former president and first …


Carl P. Leubsdorf: Trump keeps reversing Obama’s initiatives without anything to replace them

Barack Obama left the presidency with job approval ratings in the upper 50s and a lengthy list of achievements ranging from the Affordable Care Act to new relationships abroad with …


Obama admits he has ‘dad moves’ in new interview with David Letterman

Former President Barack Obama has some solid advice for dads dancing on the edge of embarrassing their daughters: “Stay in the pocket.”


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Words fail an empty president

Asked to empathize or analyze, Trump throws out a confetti of words, verbal chaff that distracts but says nothing.