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UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 4:18 p.m.

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, 10:24 a.m.

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, 5:48 p.m.

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, 7:24 p.m.

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, 12:20 p.m.

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, 3:58 p.m.

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, 1:17 p.m.

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, 6:42 p.m.

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, 10:08 p.m.

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.


Jay Ambrose: Trump helps recovery from Obama

Yes, Trump is an embarrassment a day, but much of what he has done has been hugely needed, such as rolling back many of the Obama administration’s record numbers of …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Trump is never pressed on his patriotism

Trump is thus the poster boy for white privilege, including the privilege of being terrible. And yes, some will look at this and see no unfairness, nor cause for anger …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 7:56 p.m.

Former presidents call for unity at hurricane aid concert

The five living former presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 on Saturday at a concert to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto …


Raqqa a reminder of U.S. military might

The heaps of rubble in Raqqa that once housed terrorists and torturers convey a bedrock lesson, as valid now as in 1945: It’s a mistake to provoke the United States.


Obama to campaign in N.J., Virginia governor races

Former President Barack Obama is stepping back into the political spotlight for the first time since leaving the White House, publicly stumping for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Virginia and New …


Russia ambassador says Ukraine key to improved relations

The new U.S. ambassador to Russia said Saturday that restoring Ukrainian sovereignty and bringing North Korea to the negotiating table will be central issues as he works to improve relations …


Americans take another early lead in Presidents Cup

A memorable start that featured the previous three U.S. presidents on the first tee ended with a familiar result in the Presidents Cup. The Americans are out to another big …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 11:14 p.m.

Trudy Rubin: Fix Iran deal, don’t nix it

There is surprising agreement from both security moderates and hawks – including Israeli military and intelligence brass – that scrapping the deal would be the worst option of all.


Jay Ambrose: Help young illegal immigrants the right way

As kind as it was that the 800,000 got some relief, it was also politically advantageous, and Obama was weakening representative democracy.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 7:15 p.m.

Former U.S. presidents raising money for hurricane relief

The five living former U.S. presidents said Thursday they would team up to create the “One America Appeal” to raise money for storm recovery as Texas and Louisiana seek to …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Charlottesville didn’t spring from nowhere

How many Hillary Clinton voters do you really think were out there rallying for racism? Indeed, whose name did those bigots chant?


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 18, 2017, 3:14 p.m.

Soothing the nation? Trump struggles like no other president

To soothe the nation, George W. Bush famously climbed atop a pile of rubble in New York City to speak through a bullhorn after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Barack …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

Kim Kardashian recounts ‘legendary’ karaoke session with Barack Obama

Karaoke isn’t exactly Kim Kardashian’s go-to pastime – in fact, she’s only attended a singalong session once, and she was too nervous to grab the mic herself. But maybe that’s …


Illinois governor signs law to honor Barack Obama’s birthday

CHICAGO – The home state of former President Barack Obama will commemorate his birthday under a new law. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has signed a plan honoring the 44th president’s …