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Obama commutes sentence of political prisoner Oscar López Rivera

Washington - Amid a final flurry of reprieves before leaving office, President Barack Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentence of Puerto Rican independence activist Oscar López Rivera, one of the world's longest-jailed political prisoners.

Trump 'needs to learn how to cry' from Obama

Paris - Donald Trump has one big lesson to learn from outgoing US President Barack Obama -- he needs to learn to be cool about crying.

Obama commutes most of Chelsea Manning's sentence

Washington - In one of the final moves of his presidency, Barack Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence officer serving 35 years behind bars for giving classified documents to WikiLeaks.

Obama commutes sentence of WikiLeaker Manning

Washington - US President Barack Obama slashed the sentence of transgender army private Chelsea Manning, who had been sentenced to 35 years behind bars for handing classified US documents to WikiLeaks.

'Yes we can': Obama's complex legacy

Washington - After winning the White House with a call to embrace "the audacity of hope," Barack Obama knows his place in the history books will be measured against the outsized hopes his 2008 election sparked in the United States and abroad.

Op-Ed: Obama tries to create problems for Trump before leaving office

Washington - As Obama ends his term he has been busy trying to make relations with Russia worse and create other problems for Trump. His most recent move is to try to impose UN sanctions on Syria through the UN Security Council.

Op-Ed: Obama repeals special treatment law for Cuban refugee claimants

Washington - Obama repealed a long-standing U.S. policy that allows any Cuban who makes it to U.S. soil to be able to stay in the U.S. and become a legal resident, according to a senior U.S. administration official.

Op-Ed: Barack Obama's criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo

President Barack Obama leaves behind a criminal legacy on war, torture and Guantánamo Bay. This isn't hyperbole, it's legal fact, as what follows will amply demonstrate.

Op-Ed: Today is 15th anniversary of Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

On January 11, 2002 Guantanamo Bay detention center opened its cells to retain terror suspects. The facility became infamous for torture and indefinite detention without any charges being laid in many cases.

Obama tears up during tribute to Michelle, daughters

Chicago - President Barack Obama wiped away tears as he paid tribute to his teenage daughters and to Michelle Obama, his "best friend," at the emotional close of a farewell address in his adoptive city of Chicago Tuesday.

Obama says 'yes we did' in emotive farewell address

Chicago - Barack Obama addressed America and the world for the last time as US president Tuesday, in a speech that was both a tearful goodbye and a call to arms.

Obama says goodbye in last presidential speech

Chicago - Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency on Tuesday, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters felled by Donald Trump's shock victory.

Op-Ed: U.S. drops on average 72 bombs each day throughout the globe

A report from the Council of Foreign relations shows that in 2016 the US dropped an average of 72 bombs every day or three every hour. The think tank, located in New York City, noted that 26,171 bombs were dropped on 6 different countries.

Obama says he underestimated impact of Russian hacking

Washington - President Barack Obama on Sunday admitted that he "underestimated" the impact misinformation and hacking can have on democracies, following an intelligence report on Russian meddling in the US presidential election.

Nine things Obama will be remembered for

Washington - As Barack Obama prepares to leave office on January 20, here are nine things his presidency may be remembered for:- Making history -If historians were to write only one thing about Barack Hussein Obama, they would likely note that -- 143 years after sl...

Obama and Trump cap tempestuous transition

Washington - After vowing a smooth transition, President Barack Obama and Donald Trump are presiding over one of the most tumultuous transfers of power in US history.

Obama heads to Chicago for farewell speech

Chicago - Barack Obama travels to Chicago for his farewell speech Tuesday, returning to the town where his meteoric rise to become America's first black president all began.

Work together for change, Obama says in farewell preview

Washington - President Barack Obama on Saturday spoke about the importance of ordinary people working together for change in a preview of the farewell address he will deliver in Chicago next week.

Obama urges more progress on criminal justice reform

Washington - The United States has "much work to be done" to reform the criminal justice system and humanize the prison system, President Barack Obama said Thursday in a Harvard Law Review article.

Obama defends legacy in letter to American people

Washington - US President Barack Obama acclaimed his outgoing administration's accomplishments on Thursday in a letter to the American people defending a legacy on health care and other issues that his successor Donald Trump has vowed to dismantle.

Obama moves to stop Trump gutting signature healthcare law

Washington - US President Barack Obama will make a short but politically charged trip from the White House to Capitol Hill Wednesday, calling allied lawmakers to arms in defense of his signature healthcare reforms.

Obama to deliver farewell speech next week in Chicago

Washington - US President Barack Obama will deliver a farewell speech next week from his political stronghold of Chicago, one of the last times he will be able to advocate for his policies before the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Trump, Obama disputes spill into the open

Palm Beach - US President-elect Donald Trump stirred a simmering dispute with Barack Obama, accusing him of derailing a smooth transition with "inflammatory" remarks, before appearing to row back.

Obama confident he could have won the White House again

Washington - President Barack Obama says he could have been reelected for a third term and that the nation still largely embraces his political vision despite last month's election of Donald Trump to succeed him.

Obama pays last presidential holiday visit to Hawaii marine base

Kaneohe - US President Barack Obama on Sunday visited American troops at a Hawaii military base, the last time he will participate in his holiday tradition as commander-in-chief.

Obamas send their final Christmas message from White House

Washington - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sent their final Christmas salutations from the White House on Saturday, highlighting common values uniting Americans of all faiths."The idea that we are our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper....

Op-Ed: An environmental legacy is about to be thrown out

Energy companies, the GOP, and businesses, emboldened by Donald Trump's victory, are lining up to dismantle the Obama Administration's landmark environmental initiatives. We must not let this happen, particularly if we want to give our children a future.

Obama allows Iran sanctions renewal without signing bill

Washington - President Barack Obama allowed US sanctions against Iran to be renewed on Thursday, but in a surprise move declined to actually sign the legislation that brings the sanctions into force.

Aleppo challenges Obama's legacy

Washington - The months-long siege of Aleppo is almost over, but the political postmortem is just beginning and Barack Obama's role is firmly on the slab."The United States did have countless opportunities to mitigate and prevent slaughter.

Op-Ed: Obama will not keep his promise to close Guantanamo Bay prison

Washington - Obama's top counterterrorism adviser appears to have ruled out any last minute dramatic move by the president to close down Guantanamo Bay before he leaves office.
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President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office  Aug. 13  2010. National Economic Counc...
President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office, Aug. 13, 2010. National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, left, listens in on the call.
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John Brennan briefs Obama about Sandy Hook shootings
John Brennan briefs Obama about Sandy Hook shootings
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Keith R. Judd received 4 out of 10 votes in the West Virginia Democratic Party Primary.
Keith R. Judd received 4 out of 10 votes in the West Virginia Democratic Party Primary.
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President Barack Obama talks with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the patio outside the Oval Office
President Barack Obama talks with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on the patio outside the Oval Office
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President Barack Obama talks with members of the national security team in the Situation Room of the White House
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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden shake hands in the Oval Office.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden shake hands in the Oval Office.
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INTRUDER ALERT: U.S. Secret Service officers began searching the White House grounds at dawn Monday after an apparent drone aircraft crashed on the lawn during the middle of the night. No injuries or damage was reported.
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President Barack Obama signs the Budget Control Act of 2011 in the Oval Office  Aug. 2  2011
President Barack Obama signs the Budget Control Act of 2011 in the Oval Office, Aug. 2, 2011
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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement about an agreement reached with Iran on its nuclear program at the White House in Washington November 23, 2013. Obama said on Saturday that the deal between Iran and six major powers was an important first step toward a comprehensive solution to Iran's nuclear program
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Obama makes a silly 'un-presidential' face in front of a dirty mirror
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President Barack Obama engages the audience at an "Open for Questions" online townhall.
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President Barack Obama on the campaign trail in October 2012
President Barack Obama on the campaign trail in October 2012
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NIGHT VIEW: Photo shows Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine's capital, at night in 2011.
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Barack Obama at Camp David doing skeet shooting
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John Brennan briefs Obama about Sandy Hook shootings
John Brennan briefs Obama about Sandy Hook shootings
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President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan from the Treaty Roo...
President Barack Obama talks on the phone with Prime Minister Naoto Kan of Japan from the Treaty Room office in the White House Residence.
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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the budget negotiations  in the James S. Brady Press Brie...
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the budget negotiations, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Sept. 30, 2013.
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Second US presidential debate: Obama versus Romney
Second US presidential debate: Obama versus Romney
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President Barack Obama and President Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica participate in a cultural event with Costa Rican youth at Casa Amarilla in San Jose, Costa Rica.
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