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Obama And Biden Will Skip Castro’s Funeral

Diana Nyad

Neither President Obama nor Vice-President Biden will attend Fidel Castro’s funeral.

India And Pakistan Exchange Fire In Kashmir

India Pakistan Flags

As America prepares for a Presidential transition, an old conflict with a history of turning dangerous rears its head.

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Senate Over Merrick Garland Nomination

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

A Federal Judge has dismissed a lawsuit that tried to make an end-run around the Senate and put Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court.

Trump And Obama Continue A Long And Important Tradition

Trump Obama Handshake

Despite resentments, power will transition peacefully from President Obama to President Trump. We should be thankful for that rather than protesting it.

Obama Approval up to 55%

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Via CNN:  Obama approval hits new high President Barack Obama’s approval rating stands at 55% in a new CNN/ORC poll, the highest mark of his second term, and matching his best at any time since his first year in office. The new rating outpaces his previous second-term high — reached just after a Democratic convention […]

Trump’s Campaign Says He Now Believes Obama Was Born In The U.S.

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Donald Trump’s campaign is apparently finally acknowledging reality, although its claim that birtherism originated with the Clinton campaign in 2008 does not comport with the facts.

Obama Under Attack For Not Visiting Louisiana In Wake Of Flooding

Obama Golfing Marthas Vineyard

President Obama is being criticized for remaining on vacation while Louisiana deals with historic flooding.

Donald Trump Calling Obama The “Founder” Of ISIS Requires One To Ignore History, And Reality

Obama ISIS

President Obama’s ISIS policy has been far from perfect, but to call him a “Founder” of ISIS is to ignore both history and reality.

Barack Obama And The Case Of The Seven Almonds

Obama Oval Office Feet On Desk

Earlier this month, James Joyner took note of a part of a long piece about President Obama’s late night work habits that seemed, well, rather odd. Specifically the fact that he limited his snacking to seven lightly-salted almonds. Not six almonds mind you, not eight, but precisely seven. And not regular or unsalted,  nut “lightly […]

With A Reaganesque Tone, Barack Obama Passes The Torch To Hillary Clinton

Obama Clinton

Eight years after beating her for the Democratic Nomination, Barack Obama passed the torch to Hillary Clinton with a speech that sounded more like Ronald Reagan than anything we’ve heard from the Republican nominee.

America’s Perpetual Wars

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President Obama will leave office as the first two term President who presided over eight years of war. It didn’t start with him and it won’t end with him.

President Obama Announces Yet Another Slowdown Of Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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American forces will continue to stay in Afghanistan well after Barack Obama leaves office thanks to a new policy announced today.

Donald Trump Insinuates President Obama Identifies With Terrorists

Donald Trump Speaking Closeup

Donald Trump has insinuated that President Obama is not fighting the War On Terror aggressively because he somehow identifies with terrorists.

President Obama Formally Endorses Hillary Clinton

Barack Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton

With the race for the Democratic nomination over, President Obama is ready to hit the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton.

Obama’s Visit To Hiroshima Brings Reflection, But No Apologies

Obama Hiroshima

President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima left just the impression it should have.

Obama Announces End Of U.S. Arms Embargo Against Vietnam

Obama In Vietnam

On his trip to Hanoi, President announced the latest sign that the Vietnam War is finally something both nations have manged to put behind them.

Hillary Clinton Sweeps Four Of Five Mid-Atlantic States, Edges Closer To Delegate Majority

Clinton Victory Nevada

Another big night for Hillary Clinton, and more bad news for Bernie Sanders.

As Obama Arrives In Havana, Poll Finds Most Americans Support His Opening To Cuba

Air Force One Havana

With President Obama becoming the first American President to visit Cuba in 88 years, a new poll finds majority support for his changes in Cuba policy.

Obama To Democratic Donors: The Sanders Campaign Is Nearing Its End

U.S. Secretary of State Clinton listens to U.S. President Obama speak during a meeting with members of his cabinet in Washington

President Obama told a group of Democratic donors that the Sanders campaign is nearing its end and that they need to start uniting behind Hillary Clinton.

Majority Of Americans Want The Senate To Consider An Obama Nominee To SCOTUS

Scalia Seat SCOTUS

Another poll shows that most Americans would prefer that the vacancy on the Supreme Court be filled by President Obama than that it be left open for the next President to fill, but other factors make it unlikely the Senate will act.

Ben Carson: President Obama Was “Raised White,” Can’t Identify With African-Americans

Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson at National Press Club

Ben Carson may be a non-entity in the Presidential race at this point, but that hasn’t stopped him from making controversial statements.

Creator Of Obama ‘Hope’ Poster Endorses Bernie Sanders

Audacity of Art

The man who created the iconic Obama “Hope” poster that seemed to be everywhere during the 2008 campaign is supporting Bernie Sanders in 2008: Artist and activist Shepard Fairey, who designed the iconic “Hope” poster during then-Sen. Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, is backing Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. “I’m supporting Bernie Sanders, because I […]

Republicans Risk The Senate And The Presidency By Refusing To Consider Any SCOTUS Nominee

Supreme Court Issues Multiple Rulings

Republicans are putting much on the line in their refusal to consider any Supreme Court nomination from President Obama.

U.S. To Deploy Troops To Combat Areas In Afghanistan, Reversing Policy

US Afghanistan

American forces will be deployed to a combat area in southern Afghanistan, reversing current policy and calling the President’s promised withdrawal date into even further doubt.

War Against ISIS Poised To Expand Into Libya?

Obama ISIS

Get ready for an expansion of the war against ISIS into Libya, because it’s probably not far away.

Obama’s Final State Of The Union Garners Record Low Ratings

Obama 2016 State Of The Union

President Obama’s final State Of The Union address was the lowest rated in quite some time: President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address drew 31.3 million viewers across 12 networks, marking a new record low in viewership, according to Nielsen. More than 21 million people watched on the “big four” broadcast networks. CBS […]

Obama’s Lame Duck State Of The Union

Obama 2016 State Of The Union

President Obama’s final State Of The Union Address was largely a recognition of the fact that his time on the world stage is quickly coming to an end.

Obama’s Executive Action On Guns Is More Symbolism Than Substance

Gun Flag

The gun control regulations to be announced later today by President Obama later today amount to far less than the hype would lead you to believe.

DHS Official Argues Against Using No-Fly List To Bar People From Buying Guns

No-Fly List

At least one DHS official seems to be against the idea of using no-fly list to stop people from buying firearms.

Does Being A National Leader Shorten Your Lifespan? Maybe, Maybe Not

Obama Aged Photos

A new study suggests that being a national leader may shorten your expected lifespan.

Bowe Bergdahl To Face Court Martial For Desertion, Endangering U.S. Troops

Bowe Bergdahl

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will face a Court Martial for the circumstances that led to his being capture and held captive by the Taliban for five years.

Using The No-Fly List To Bar Gun Purchases Is Bad Policy, And Likely Unconstitutional

No-Fly List

The Governors of Connecticut and New York are joining President Obama and Hillary Clinton in favor of a really bad idea.

Obama’s Big ISIS Speech Was A Big Nothing

Obama Oval Office Podium

For an Oval Office address delivered on a Sunday night, President Obama’s speech last night sounded more like a statement read from the podium in the press room.

San Bernardino Leaves Anti-Terror Policy In Disarray As Obama Prepares To Address Nation

Obama ISIS

The attack in San Bernardino has seemingly left the Administration’s anti-terror strategy in disarray, so the President is addressing the nation tonight to say, well, something I guess.

No, We Shouldn’t Use The No-Fly List To Decide Who Can’t Buy A Gun

No-Fly List

The no-fly list is a flawed, arbitrary mess that has kept innocent people from flying for years. Using it to deny people rights recognized by the Constitution is, quite honestly, insane.

Francois Hollande’s Quest For A United Front Against ISIS May Be Doomed To Fail

Hollande Putin

France’s President has spent the week trying to forge and agreement on an anti-ISIS policy, but the two nations that matter the most also disagree the most.

Poll Finds American Fearful Of Terrorism, Distrustful Of Obama And Syrian Refugees

Terrorism Word Cloud

A new poll taken in the wake of the Paris attacks finds Americans increasingly fearful of ISIS attacks in the U.S., opposed to the admission of Syrian refugees, and not very confident in President Obama’s ability to deal with the ISIS threat.

Obama Administration Appeals Fifth Circuit Immigration Ruling To Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justices 2

The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to review a ruling that kept a hold on last year’s immigration execution action in place.

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Sentenced By Secret Iranian Court

Iranian And American Flags

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who has been held by Iran on espionage charges that most everyone agrees are nonsense, has apparently been sentenced, although it’s unclear what his sentence actually is: TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has sentenced detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian to an unspecified prison term following his conviction last month on charges […]

Jonathan Pollard Released From Federal Prison After Thirty Years

Jonathan Pollard

After thirty years in Federal Prison, Jonathan Pollard is a free man. Make no mistake, though. Pollard is not, and never has been, a hero and he deserves to be remembered as nothing but the criminal that he is.

Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Oppose Administration’s Syrian Refugee Policy

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that most Americans are at the very least skeptical about the Administration’s plans regarding Syrian refugees.

What, Exactly, Does Uttering The Words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” Accomplish?

Obama ISIS

Republicans insist that uttering the words “Radical Islamic Terrorism” is somehow important in the fight against ISIS and other terror networks, but it is entirely unclear what doing so would accomplish.

Thanks To Pandering And Fearmongering, Syrian Refugees Are Now Pawns In American Politics

Syrian Refugees Coming Ashore In Greece

Syrian refugees have quickly become political footballs in the United States in the wake of the Paris attacks, and it’s become an exceedingly shameful display of pandering and fearmongering by a group of largely Republican politicians.

Majority of Americans Oppose Ground Troops In Syria And Iraq

Obama ISIS

In the wake of President Obama’s to send Special Forces to Syria, a new poll finds the public doesn’t like the idea very much.

You Can Forget About Obama’s Promise To Close The Guantanamo Bay Prison

Guantanamo Bay Camp Entrance

President Obama is set to sign a military spending bill that effectively guarantees that his 2008 campaign promise to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba will go unfulfilled.

Obama Administration’s Immigration Executive Action Suffers Another Court Defeat

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President Obama’s executive action on immigration suffered another setback in court late yesterday.

No, Ben Carson Is Not Being Subjected To ‘Unfair’ Scrutiny

Republican Presidential Candidate Dr. Ben Carson at National Press Club

Ben Carson and his supporters would have you believe that he is being subjected to unprecedented and unfair scrutiny. That assertion is completely false.

America’s ‘Alliance’ Against ISIS Exists Mostly On Paper, Not In Reality

Obama ISIS

America’s much touted international coalition against ISIS is, essentially a Coalition In Name Only.

Obama Apparently Giving Up On Quixotic Bid For ‘Middle East Peace’

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President Obama has apparently come to the same realization as many of his predecessors, that trying to craft a legacy by single-handedly bring about “Middle East Peace” is largely a waste of time.

Obama Administration Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline

Keystone XL Map

To no real surprise, the Obama Administration has rejected the application to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline. It is likely to remain an issue in the upcoming Presidential campaign, though.

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