For Obama and Netanyahu, a Final Clash After Years of Conflict

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For Obama and Netanyahu, a Final Clash After Years of Conflict

New York Times
JERUSALEM – When President Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel met in September for the last time before Mr. Obama leaves office, the session was marked by forced smiles and strained jokes about playing golf in retirement, as if

Carl Paladino, Trump Ally, Wishes Obama Dead of Mad Cow Disease in ’17

New York Times
Carl Paladino, a co-chairman of President-elect Donald J. Trump’s campaign in New York, described his comments about President Obama and the first lady that many found offensive as “old-style humor.” Credit Hilary Swift for The New York Times.

It’s mostly kumbaya so far for Trump and GOP in Congress

Washington Post
President-elect Donald Trump is signaling a cease-fire in his battle with the Republican leadership in Congress, which he repeatedly skewered during his election-season attacks on the Washington establishment. … To fill top jobs in his administration

Was Barack Obama Bad for Democrats?

New York Times
President Obama will be remembered as a thoughtful and dignified president who led a scrupulously honest administration that achieved major changes.

Joe Biden Says Hillary Clinton Felt Feminist Duty to Run

Vice President Joe Biden says Hillary Clinton felt obligated to run for president again in 2016, since she was the first woman who really had the opportunity to win the presidency.

Trump quotes Putin in tweet slamming Clinton, Democrats

President-elect Donald Trump tweeted Friday evening that he agreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her allies should “lose with dignity.” “Vladimir Putin said today about Hillary and Dems

Obama Foundation’s daunting task: Raising money for his library

Chicago Tribune
After turning over the White House next month to a successor who aims to scuttle some of his key initiatives, President Barack Obama and his foundation will embark on an epic endeavor – racing for mega-donors who can rocket-launch their fund drive for

Jimmy Carter only ex-president confirmed for Trump inauguration

New York Daily News  
Former President George W. Bush, 70, is also still on the fence, and will not make a decision until 2017, Slate notes. A Bush spokesperson told CBS News that Bush’s schedule is not discussed this far in advance.

Russia attacked our democracy. That demands intense review by Congress.

Washington Post
The unprecedented interference in our election is disturbing enough, but the damage to our democratic system was compounded by campaign rhetoric calling on Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s email. Continued dismissals of the intelligence community’s …

Obama plans to give farewell speech in Chicago: report

Crain’s Chicago Business
Sources tell the political news website that the Secret Service is considering McCormick Place and the United Center as venues for the event, where the president’s expected to say thank you to Chicago and Illinois for providing the launching pad for

Becoming Citizen Obama: The Outgoing President’s Next Job

Excerpted from TIME’s “Barack Obama: Eight Years,” a definitive, one-of-kind 96-page, fully illustrated commemorative edition.

President Gorbachev’s Last Phone Call

New York Times
WASHINGTON – Less than two hours before announcing his resignation as president of the Soviet Union on Dec. 25, 1991, Mikhail S. Gorbachev placed a telephone call to President George H. W. Bush, who was celebrating Christmas with his grandchildren …

Keith Ellison Says It’s Time For Democrats To Stop Ignoring Their Voters

Huffington Post  
Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of unions. But he faces serious competition from Perez, who has President Barack Obama’s indirect support, the endorsement of a couple of unions and a strong reputation from his time

How Obama’s unique background shaped his outlook on race

PBS NewsHour
The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates has criticized President Obama’s policies toward black Americans. Perhaps for that reason, he was invited to discuss such issues with Mr. Obama several times throughout the president’s second term. As part of a

Democrats‘ long road back to hope and change

Washington Post (blog)
With the 2018 Senate map stacked dramatically in the Republicans‘ favor, and with Democrats unwilling to take a realistic look at their dismal plight, Roosevelt’s party could soon find itself in an overwhelming disadvantage.

Putin Attacks Obama In Annual Moscow Press Conference

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual press conference in Moscow on Friday and spent much of it attacking the policies of outgoing U.S.

If Republicans Repeal Health Law, Paying For A Replacement Could Be Tough

Leading Republicans in Congress have vowed that even if they repeal most of the Affordable Care Act early in 2017, a replacement won’t hurt those now receiving benefits.

How the Obama Coalition Crumbled, Leaving an Opening for Trump

New York Times
It is entirely possible, as many have argued, that Hillary Clinton would be the president-elect of the United States if the F.B.

Democrats Demand Rex Tillerson’s Tax Returns

Wall Street Journal
WASHINGTON—Democrats on Capitol Hill are pressing for access to tax returns from Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump’s nominee to be secretary of state, in a preview of what is expected to be a concerted attack on the business interests and financial holdings

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