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Coeur d’Alene-based company continues to take travelers to Cuba despite Trump’s newest ‘crackdown’

The 2020 U.S. presidential elections seem impossibly remote as nine Americans weave their kayaks through a thick red mangrove forest on Cuba’s southern coast.


Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear

Former President Barack Obama called on fellow Democrats to reject politics of “division” and “fear” while rallying on Thursday at the side of his former ambassador to Germany, who is …


Obama calls North Korea a “real threat” at forum in Brazil

Former U.S. President Barack Obama says that diplomacy, rather than military might, is the best way to deal with the “real threat” presented by North Korea.


It’s past time to talk about gun violence

Like the heroes who assisted shooting victims, it’s the American people who will have to step up if they want to stem the wave of mass shootings.


Obama: GOP’s efforts to repeal health care ‘aggravating’

Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday called repeated Republican efforts to repeal his signature health care law “aggravating” as he urged people not to be discouraged by unsteady progress as …


Froma Harrop: U.S. needs coherent immigration policy

Americans across the political spectrum generally support a generous immigration program, as long as it’s orderly.


Samuelson: Paris controversy distorts climate debate

It’s become all about Trump, when it should be about the inherent difficulty of regulating the global climate.


As Trump administration focuses on Southeast Asia, concerns over its approach to Myanmar

As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomed officials from 10 Southeast Asian nations this week, a representative from Myanmar handed him a personalized letter.


President Obama celebrates World Series champion Chicago Cubs

President Barack Obama welcomed the Chicago Cubs to the White House on Monday to celebrate their World Series win and speak to the power of sports to unite a divided …


Pentagon and intelligence community chiefs urge Obama to remove NSA boss

The heads of the Pentagon and the nation’s intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael Rogers, be removed.


President Obama honors Stanley Cup winners at White House

President Barack Obama honored the Pittsburgh Penguins at the White House on Thursday for completing what he described as one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the history of the …


Obama welcomes relatives of 1936 African-American Olympians

Relatives of Jesse Owens and America’s 17 other black athletes from the 1936 Olympics were welcomed to the White House on Thursday by President Barack Obama for the acknowledgement they …


Charles Krauthammer: China incident highlights weakness

No surprise. China’s ostentatious rudeness was perfectly reflective of the world’s general disdain for President Obama.


Obama creates planet’s largest protected area

Using his executive authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act, President Obama last week created the largest ecologically protected area on Earth – a Pacific Ocean sanctuary so remote few people …


Obama shortens Spokane meth dealer’s life sentence

A Spokane drug dealer who is serving life in prison had his sentence commuted.


Rex Huppke: Obama is CEO, not founder, of ISIS

I realize some of you may find what I’ve written here shocking or hard to believe. But I assure you, it’s every bit as honest as Trump’s claim about Obama.


Outside View: Free trade is American way

There is much frustration about the U.S. economy and the acute loss of manufacturing jobs in this nation. But insisting upon isolationist or protectionist economic policy is not the cure …


Libya airstrikes critical to U.S. security, President Obama says

U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Libya continued for a second day Tuesday, as President Barack Obama called the new bombing campaign critical to protecting U.S. national security …


Charles Krauthammer: Resisting the revisionists: Finally, a first step

NATO will now deploy four battalions to front-line states. In Estonia, they will be led by Britain; in Lithuania, by Germany; in Latvia, by Canada; in Poland, by the United …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: America should not apologize for Hiroshima

That said, there is a more visceral reason the answer to the second question must be no: Any other answer would defame Americans who endured unimaginable cruelty at Japanese hands.


Catherine Rampell: Congress should close tax loophole for rich

Certain investment fund managers receive a performance fee called “carried interest.” It’s taxed at half the tax rate they would pay if it were ordinary income.


Amy Goodman: Obama should listen closely in Japan

With each passing year, fewer and fewer survivors of the horrific attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki remain to provide eyewitness accounts.


Amy Goodman: Obama drives nuclear train wreck

As with his pledge to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Obama’s pledge to move the U.S. toward nuclear disarmament seems to have been abandoned.


With presidents Obama, Castro watching, Rays beat Cuban team

When Kevin Kiermaier slid into home plate for the Tampa Bay Rays’ first run of the day on Tuesday, President Barack Obama flung his arms wide in the sign for …


President Obama makes first visit to U.S. mosque

President Barack Obama is meeting with Muslim-American leaders from around the country as he pays his first visit to a mosque in the United States.


First Fans: Obamas’ niece to play for Princeton in NCAAs

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Nothing unusual about players’ family members showing up in the crowd for NCAA tournament games, of course. In the case of Princeton freshman forward Leslie Robinson, …


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McMorris Rodgers email asks whether U.S. should commit combat troops to fight ISIS

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers is polling supporters this morning via email on whether they want to see American troops committed to “defeat and destroy” Islamic State terrorists.


U.S., NATO allies to take on Islamic State

NEWPORT, Wales – The U.S. and nine key allies agreed Friday that the Islamic State group is a significant threat to NATO countries and they will take on the militants …


Judge tosses CdA woman’s lawsuit over NSA collection of cellphone data

BOISE – A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Coeur d’Alene woman against President Barack Obama regarding National Security Agency collection of cellphone information, but raised questions …


Presidential surprise

Put down the juice box and lace up your sneakers. President Barack Obama is pinch-hitting for Little League. He paid a surprise visit Monday to Washington’s Friendship Park, where a …