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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Obama warns against ‘purity tests’ in Democratic primary

Former President Barack Obama is warning Democrats against adopting “purity tests” in the presidential primary and alienating voters needed to defeat President Donald Trump in the general election


Trump outstripping Obama on pace of executive orders

A past critic of executive orders, Trump has exceeded Obama’s numbers each year of his presidency


Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race

Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro is now in the 2020 Democratic race for president, and he could end up being the only Latino in what’s expected to be a …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018

EPA targets Obama crackdown on mercury from coal plants

The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018

Barack Obama appears on Miranda’s latest ‘Hamilton’ song

Barack Obama, or Barap Obama?


School lunch rules OK refined grains, low-fat chocolate milk

The U.S. school lunch program is making room on menus again for noodles, biscuits, tortillas and other foods made mostly of refined grains.


Obama takes aim at Trump, GOP in fiery Milwaukee speech

Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump’s tenure in office Friday in a fiery speech in Milwaukee that took aim at him and other Republicans for “making stuff up.”


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 29, 2018

Cher admits wanting to get Kennedy honor during Obama years

The phone call telling Cher she was a Kennedy Center honoree was certainly welcome – but she admits she wanted to get it earlier.


Federal judge denies states’ request to end DACA

A federal judge on Friday declined to order that the U.S. government halt an Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation, marking a blow to President Donald Trump and …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018

‘True American Hero:’ D.C. says goodbye to John McCain

Congressional leaders saluted John McCain on Friday as a model of service in war and peace and “one of the bravest souls our nation has ever produced,” in a memorial …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018

U.S. plan for coal power deregulation could cause more deaths

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to prop up the declining coal industry with an overhaul of Obama-era pollution rules, acknowledging that the increased emissions from aging coal-fired plants could …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018

In waiting for answers, automakers stick to Obama-era rules

For all the drama surrounding the Trump administration’s attempt to undo Obama-era fuel economy requirements, automakers are likely to stick to them until they get some answers.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018

Trump proposes car-mileage rollback; states sue in protest

Citing safety, the Trump administration on Thursday proposed rolling back car-mileage standards, backing away from years of government efforts to cut Americans’ trips to the gas station and reduce unhealthy, …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018

Trump administration backs Obama in national monument clash

A dispute over acts of Congress in 1906 and 1937 has put the Trump administration in court – and into the unusual position of supporting a proclamation by former President …


US eases Obama-era coal ash pollution rules for utilities

The Trump administration on Wednesday eased rules for handling toxic coal ash from more than 400 U.S. coal-fired power plants after utilities pushed back against regulations adopted under former President …


UPDATED: Tue., July 17, 2018

Obama delivers veiled rebuke to Trump in Mandela address

Former U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday took aim at “strongman politics” in his highest-profile speech since leaving office, urging people around the world to respect human rights and other …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018

Obama-era license aimed to let Iran convert money in dollars

The Obama administration secretly sought to give Iran access – albeit briefly – to the U.S. financial system by sidestepping sanctions kept in place after the 2015 nuclear deal, despite …


UPDATED: Thu., May 24, 2018

Netflix and don’t chill: Obama deal sparks conservative boycott

Now showing on a social media screen near you, a conservative backlash against Netflix over the production deal with the Obamas it announced this week.


Barack and Michelle Obama are becoming television and film producers for Netflix

Netflix announced a production deal Monday with Barack and Michelle Obama that will see the former first couple create a wide range of content for the streaming service.


Chatter grows about Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize prospects

President Donald Trump’s supporters are pushing for him to be the next U.S. leader to win the Nobel Peace Prize – a move that’s being met by smirks and eye …


UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018

For-profit colleges struggle despite assist from DeVos

The for-profit college industry is struggling under the weight of declining enrollment, stiff competition from traditional universities and an image battered by past misdeeds, even as the Trump administration tries …


Montana Green Party denounces candidate over remarks

The Montana Green Party is denouncing one of its candidates for state Legislature in response to comments he made in 2016 about immigrants and former President Barack Obama.


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018

Report: Obamas in discussions to produce shows for Netflix

Barack Obama and Netflix reportedly are negotiating a deal for the former president and his wife, Michelle, to produce shows exclusively for the streaming service.


Trump again attacks Obama over Russia

President Donald Trump is again attacking his predecessor, suggesting he should have done more to prevent Russian election meddling.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 12, 2018

National Portrait Gallery unveils Obama portraits

The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, both painted by African-American artists who were personally chosen by the Obamas.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 2, 2018

Trump nuclear doctrine takes tougher stance on Russia

The Trump administration on Friday announced it will continue much of the Obama administration’s nuclear weapons policy, but take a more aggressive stance toward Russia. It said Russia must be …


Scott Pruitt once said Trump ‘would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama – and that’s saying a lot’

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said in a 2016 interview that “Donald Trump in the White House would be more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama,” according to …


He said-he said: 10 times that Trump has contradicted Trump

Donald Trump once promised to be “very restrained” on Twitter – “if I use it at all.” He thought campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos was an “excellent guy” – …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 12, 2018

Trump: No trip to London because of embassy choice

President Donald Trump has canceled a trip to London to open the new $1 billion U.S. Embassy, avoiding protests promised by political opponents.


Obama to Prince Harry: Leaders must use care on social media

Former President Barack Obama told Prince Harry in an interview broadcast Wednesday that people in leadership roles must be careful in their use of social media and warned against spending …