Tag: barack obama

New Barack Obama Statue Includes a Surprise Dose of Black Girl Magic

Photo: Marcelo del Pozo (Getty Images) I’ve never spent a day of my life in South Dakota, but artist James Van Nuys just provided a compelling incentive to do so. On Saturday, the 64-year-old sculptor revealed the latest addition to Rapid City’s City of Presidents project—a life-size sculpture of our forever President Barack Obama. KOTA […]

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Zion Williamson, Bill Russell, Giannis Antetokounmpo Among Those Honored at 2019 ESPYs

(L-R) Kobe Bryant, Bill Russell and a guest attend The 2019 ESPYs at Microsoft Theater on July 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.Photo: Rich Fury (Getty Images) On Wednesday night, some of the most celebrated athletes and entertainers converged at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to celebrate the year that was in professional sports […]

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Federal Appeals Court Judges Appear to Back GOP Efforts to End Obamacare

Photo: iStock A federal appeals court panel seemed prone Tuesday to back Republican efforts to kill Obamacare, with judges questioning how much of a mandate President Barack Obama’s signature health care law can be since Donald Trump signed a law ending any penalties for those who choose not to buy health insurance. According to Reuters, […]

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Donald Trump’s No ‘Genius’: Ex Wharton School Official Calls B.S. on Trump’s Frequent Boast

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty) Despite his boasts to the contrary, Donald Trump’s no “super genius.” Nope, not a “genius” at all. That’s according to a man once described as the “friendly” admissions officer called upon to help get Trump into the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. As the Washington Post reports, Trump often cites his […]

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‘I Thought I Was Meeting A Nerd:’ Michelle Obama Shares Her First Time Meeting Barack Obama

Image: Chip Somodevilla (GETTY IMAGES) Like I’ve said before, the America in which I reside is currently single and is using this time to rediscover itself after the Obamas’ departure from the blackest administration in history. We currently don’t have a president, so America is currently swiping right to find a love that’ll give it […]

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Cory Booker Tells Don Jr.: ‘Kamala Harris Doesn’t Have Shit to Prove’ About Being Black

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) Sen. Cory Booker would like to remind you that he, on occasion, cusses. Saturday marked such an occasion. In fact—he even put it in writing. The New Jersey senator and presidential hopeful hopped on Twitter to defend fellow senator (and fellow Democratic presidential candidate) Kamala Harris, who has been weathering […]

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Biden’s Big Night Belonged to Others

Joe Biden had one job at his first Democratic debate. He didn’t have to win, but he couldn’t lose. He was there to remind everyone that he was a jovial grandpa—someone who would take his gloves off for Donald Trump, but put them back on for everyone else. He would take every opportunity to play […]

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Could Obama’s Iran Playbook Save Trump From War?

President Donald Trump was conned. He thought his foreign policy advisers had given him an effective strategy to force Iran to renegotiate its nuclear deal with the United States; in reality, this “maximum pressure” strategy was seemingly engineered to corner him into war with Iran. The key advocates of this gambit—Trump’s national security advisor, John […]

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Joe Biden’s Racial Dog Whistle

On the eve of Juneteenth, Joe Biden made the perplexing decision to praise two long-dead segregationist senators for their civility. “I was in a caucus with James O. Eastland,” he told a room of donors at a New York fundraiser, referring to the racist Mississippi Dixiecrat. “He never called me ‘boy,’ he always called me […]

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Give War a Chance

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s plan to address America’s opioid epidemic has one unusual component, something that sets her dramatically apart from nearly everyone else running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination: a villain.
  Specifically, that villain is Purdue Pharma, the creator of OxyContin. Even more specifically, it is the Sackler family, who own Purdue. A May […]

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We Gotta Pay More Attention to This Boring Guy

It’s almost hard to believe now, but a year ago, the Environmental Protection Agency seemed to make news every day. Scott Pruitt, the agency’s head at the time, was trying to dismantle myriad Obama-era environmental and public health regulations at the behest of polluting industries. He was also wasting millions of taxpayer dollars, primarily on […]

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Mitch McConnell Claims That Barack Obama’s Election Was A Form Of Reparations, And People Are Livid

The sitting president of the United States is hogging a lot of the media’s attention today, with him formally announcing his 2020 run during his 6,000th rally of the year, and that’s on top of once again claiming DNA evidence doesn’t exonerate the Central Park 5. But Mitch McConnell is doing what he can. The […]

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Someone Please Tell Joe Biden That Bipartisanship Is Dead

The 2020 presidential race is not just about policy. It’s also about power. Many Democratic candidates, from Bernie Sanders to Elizabeth Warren to Pete Buttigieg, have sketched out how they would overcome Republican efforts to structurally tilt American democracy in conservatives’ favor. Joe Biden, the current frontrunner, has not. His campaign is built around the […]

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The Biggest Barrier to a Leftist Foreign Policy: Democrats

In the last six weeks, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has called for President Trump to invade Venezuela. National Security Adviser John Bolton proclaimed that the Monroe Doctrine is “alive and well” as he announced new sanctions on Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua in front of a group of Bay of Pigs veterans. Secretary of State Mike […]

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Presidential Podcasting: Barack and Michelle Obama Signed a Major Deal With Spotify

Former U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama participate in the unveiling of their official portraits during a ceremony on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images) Book deals and streaming deals, oh my! Presidential Production: Barack and Michelle Obama Announce New Netflix Slate, Including a… In case you […]

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The Real ‘MVP’: Barack Obama Steals Drake’s Thunder at Game 2 of the NBA Finals

Barack Obama waves to the crowd during Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on June 02, 2019, in Toronto.Photo: Gregory Shamus (Getty) While Drake has made himself the talk of this year’s NBA Finals with all his trash talk on behalf of his […]

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Trump Continues to Steal Black Man’s Work; Takes Credit for Veterans’ Healthcare Changes Started Under Obama

Photo: Win McNamee (Getty Images) When President Donald Trump isn’t busy trying to erase former President Barack Obama’s legacy, he’s taking credit for Obama’s work. According to a fact check by the Associated Press, President Trump and his Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie took credit for veterans healthcare program improvements made under President Obama […]

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The Democrats’ Neglect of Transgender Rights

To most political observers, President Donald Trump was never expected to champion transgender rights, but since taking office, Trump-Pence administration attacks on the trans community have been relentless. Since the start of 2017, the White House has instituted a trans military ban, rolled back protections for transgender access to bathrooms and other facilities, and erased […]

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Sasha Obama Steps Out for Prom, Looking as Graceful as Only Michelle’s Daughters Can

Photo: Getty Images They grow up so fast. Sasha Obama, youngest daughter of America’s most eligible adoptive parents Michelle and Barack, attended her high school prom on Friday, looking as glamorous as only the progeny of our forever-FLOTUS could. Sasha, rumored to be off to the University of Michigan after next month’s graduation, popped up […]

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Rahm Emanuel’s Deficit of Self-Awareness

Rahm Emanuel has identified an alarming problem in American politics. He may as well have found it by staring into a mirror. The explanation for President Donald Trump’s dismaying rise, he argues in The Atlantic on Tuesday, is that economic and political elites have engineered a society that pampers themselves while punishing working people. “The […]

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