Obama grants final 330 commutations to nonviolent drug offenders

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Obama grants final 330 commutations to nonviolent drug offenders

Washington Post
As they rode in the presidential limousine to the U.S. Capitol on Inauguration Day in 2009, President George W. Bush offered some last-minute advice to President-elect Barack Obama: Announce a pardon policy early and stick to it. “On the ride up

Hillary Clinton under microscope at inauguration

The Hill
Every living former president is expected to attend the inauguration with the exception of the elderly George H.W. Bush, who has been hospitalized.

Here’s how much debt the US government added under President Obama

Business Insider
As part of the broader economic legacy of President Obama, from jobs to the stock market, one of the most notable changes has been the increase in the national debt.

Historic presidency, controversial legacy: What Obama leaves behind

Fox News
The legacy of the 44th president stands to be shaped almost as much by the man who will follow him into the White House and the Republican-controlled Congress as it was by him. … After the outgoing George W. Bush administration kick-started a

Trump Nominees Make Clear Plans to Sweep Away Obama Policies

New York Times
WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald J. Trump’s cabinet nominees, while moderating some of their stances, have made it clear during two weeks of hearings that they intend to work hard to sweep away President Obama’s domestic policy by embracing a

Obama Transfers 4 From Guantánamo, Leaving 41 There as Term Ends

New York Times
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration’s long and fitful effort to wind down the Guantánamo Bay wartime prison came to a close on Thursday with an announcement that it had transferred four more men out of the detention complex.

Obama Shouldn’t Go Quietly

New York Times
If Mr. Trump expected Barack Obama, who will be the first president since Woodrow Wilson to continue living in Washington, to retire to silence, he got a rude awakening on Wednesday.

Obama shares farewell letter on Facebook

In the letter he expressed gratitude, thanking the American people for making him a better president and a better man. Between giving a small shout-out to hopeful young grads and praising universal health care, Obama also recalled certain sentimental …

Obama: ‘One of the Most Photogenic People Ever’

New York Times
The New York Times photographer Doug Mills has taken “thousands and thousands, hundreds of thousands” of photographs of Barack Obama during the eight years he’s covered the president for The Times. Mr. Mills remembers the first time he photographed Mr

Trump takes charge: 45th president vowing ‘robust’ first 100 days

Fox News
Incoming White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer would not give specific details about the extent and timing of Trump’s promised actions to turn back some of President Obama’s policies — but he promised a “robust” start. “Make no mistake … Trump

Obama grants 330 more commutations, bringing total to a record 1715

Obama’s final list of clemency grants included no more full pardons, meaning his final pardon tally will stand at 212 – fewer than any modern president except Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. (It was the younger Bush who gave Obama …

Supporters Wish President Final Farewell At ‘Thanks, Obama‘ Event

Huffington Post
At Thursday’s sold-out “Thanks, Obama” event, whose name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to a popular meme about the president, hundreds of supporters and well-wishers gathered near downtown Washington to applaud him on his final day in office

A look back at fact-checking President Obama

It passed without a single Republican vote in the House or Senate, and it is now on track to be repealed by a Republican-controlled Congress. Republican President-elect Donald Trump has promised to provide a replacement plan shortly after the Senate …

Missing Barack Obama Already

New York Times
Barack Obama’s legacy is being systematically unraveled even before he leaves office, with The Wall Street Journal scoffing that he “has been a historic president but perhaps not a consequential one.” Historians will also note that the Democratic Party

The Inauguration Boycott Shows Democrats Are Learning to Fight Like Republicans

Slate Magazine
“We had the opportunity as members of Congress to attend the intelligence community briefing about what took place in terms of hacking and the intrusion of the Russian government into our electoral processes,” she told me.

In Farewell, Obama Sets Red Lines That Would Pull Him Back Into Fray

New York Times
President Obama addressed a wide range of issues, including Chelsea Manning and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, during his last meeting with the White House press corps.

Obama’s Afghanistan Legacy: What Trump Faces in America’s Longest War

As president, Obama declared, he would “make the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban the top priority that it should be.

Chelsea Manning, precedents, and why conservatives could never stand President Obama

Washington Post
For the first question of his final news conference as president Wednesday, President Obama was asked to defend his decision to commute Chelsea Manning’s prison sentence.

Obama’s Not-So-Final Goodbye

The New Yorker
Barack Obama’s final press conference as President, which took place on Wednesday afternoon in the White House briefing room, was a curious affair.

Jerusalem mayor blasts Obama, welcomes Trump in video

Fox News
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat slammed outgoing President Barack Obama and praised President-elect Donald Trump in an official video released Thursday.

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