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Climate activist Greta Thunberg meets with Obama in Washington

Climate activist Greta Thunberg meets with Obama in WashingtonBarack Obama met with teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in Washington, the former US president said Tuesday. The Obama Foundation released a video of the former president’s meeting with Thunberg — who is visiting the United States after crossing the Atlantic in an emissions-free boat. Be creative,” Thunberg said during the meeting.



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Jury finds former Obama White House Counsel Gregory Craig not guilty in foreign-influence case

Jury finds former Obama White House Counsel Gregory Craig not guilty in foreign-influence caseA jury found former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig not guilty Wednesday of providing false information to federal investigators.



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Former Obama counsel acquitted of lying to government

Former Obama counsel acquitted of lying to governmentProminent Washington lawyer Greg Craig was found not guilty of lying to the Justice Department about work he did for the government of Ukraine in a case that arose from the special counsel’s Russia investigation and that centered on the lucrative world of foreign lobbying. The swift verdict on Wednesday was a setback to the Justice Department’s crackdown on lobbyists who do unregistered work for foreign governments and came as prosecutors have been ramping up enforcement of a decades-old law meant to police foreign influence and promote transparency. U.S. officials hoped a conviction would demonstrate an aggressive approach to lobbyists who fail to register their foreign work or who give false information to the Justice Department to avoid identifying themselves as a foreign agent, as Craig was alleged to have done.



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What If Obama Endorses Warren?

What If Obama Endorses Warren?Barack Obama thinks about his brand and his legacy a lot, and he dreads what Joe Biden might do to it. This month alone, Biden mistook New Hampshire for Vermont even though the sole reason he was in that part of the country was the first-in-the-nation primary, which is famously not held in Vermont. He said RFK was assassinated in the 1970s. He said he couldn’t remember the name of the British prime minister in the midst of bragging about his foreign-policy chops. And he speculated about what it might have been like if Obama had been assassinated.This last, ghastly gaffe might be too much for Obama to take. Obama believes his brand is cool, technocratic, tightly controlled, a bit wonkish and professorial, inspirational, buttoned-down, Ivy League, definitely forward-looking. Biden is warm, free-wheeling, intellectually ungifted, frank and unguarded to the point of outright sloppiness, so old he served in the Senate alongside segregationist Democrats, and so out of touch he actually touts his friendship with these guys. Obama thought back in 2008 Biden was so old that he would never again run for president, his team strongly discouraged Biden from entering the race in the fall of 2015, and Biden’s jaw-dropping string of verbal blunders indicates a strong possibility of incipient cognitive decline.As Barack Obama surveys the Democratic contenders for 2020, he must be thinking: 1) None of these people has half my political skills but 2) Elizabeth Warren is my kind of gal. Warren is also cool, wonky, and professorial, also a Harvard product. Though she is 70, she looks younger and hasn’t displayed any signs of cognitive decline. Like Obama, she would be labeled a “historic” president. If she reached the Oval Office, he wouldn’t have to cringe every time she opened her mouth. He wouldn’t have to worry that her back-slapping tendencies would allow her to get rolled by Mitch McConnell. He trusts her so much that he let her guide one of his signature achievements, setting up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.One poll released in late August gave Warren a one-point lead over Biden. Two other polls released in the second half of August show her within three points of Biden. True, most others give him a double-digit lead, and some have her in third place, albeit narrowly, behind Bernie Sanders. Yet she’s close enough that Obama must be wondering if his endorsement could vault her into the lead position.What then? Like everyone else on earth, Obama notices that Biden looks like a much stronger candidate than Warren in a matchup against Trump. Warren might well be Hillary 2.0: She’s off-putting. She’s smug. She’s . . . a she. Polls show Democrats are extremely worried that the American people won’t accept  a woman president. The more she uses words like “My Daddy” and ostentatiously drinks beer, the less relatable she is. It’s hard to imagine the American people are thinking, “Yes, this is the voice I want to listen to every day for the next four years.”So there would be risk involved in backing Warren. But from Obama’s perspective, there’s also risk involved in Biden’s becoming president and embarrassing him every day. Maybe even, in his dotage, Biden might let what’s left of the Obama legacy slip away. If Obama thinks like most Democrats, he probably believes that nonsensical hullabaloo about email servers, not Hillary Clinton’s deficiencies as a candidate or sexism, was what cost her the presidency.Obama proved to be a failure at almost everything except getting Obama elected to office, but he is not a man notable for a modest view of his own skills. He must be thinking his star power could restore black turnout to levels approaching where it was when he was on the ballot. He must be thinking that with a push from him, and a little help from his turnout wizards, Elizabeth Warren could avoid Hillary Clinton’s errors and enter the White House.If Obama were to endorse Warren, the 2020 Democratic primaries would be upended, and Obama would be praised for lighting a path to a genuinely progressive presidency. And if Biden won the nomination anyway, no biggie: Obama could simply campaign for him in the general election and settle for a less-than-ideal Democratic presidency. I’m guessing Obama comes out strong for Warren.



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'Fair maps': Barack Obama launches new initiative to help take on partisan gerrymandering

'Fair maps': Barack Obama launches new initiative to help take on partisan gerrymanderingFormer President Barack Obama said gerrymandering is an issue he has made a top priority from his "2008 campaign until now." But the Supreme Court recently ruled maps that resulted from partisan redistricting are constitutional.



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Trump blames Obama, not Putin, for Russia seizing Crimea

Trump blames Obama, not Putin, for Russia seizing CrimeaPresident Trump blamed the last U.S. president for Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, praising President Vladimir Putin for outsmarting President Obama and saying he thought Russia should be welcomed back into the annual meeting of the leaders of the world’s largest economic powers.



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Evoking 1968, Joe Biden asks New Hampshire voters: What if Barack Obama had been assassinated in 2008?

Evoking 1968, Joe Biden asks New Hampshire voters: What if Barack Obama had been assassinated in 2008?Reflecting on a turbulent period in the late 1960s that included high-profile assassinations of prominent U.S. political figures, former VP Joe Biden asked voters in New Hampshire to imagine what would have happened if Barack Obama had been assassinated in 2008.



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Obama told Biden advisers not to let the former Veep ‘damage his legacy’ in his 2020 presidential run

Obama told Biden advisers not to let the former Veep ‘damage his legacy’ in his 2020 presidential runObama is reportedly concerned that Biden is relying on advisers who are "too old and out of touch with the current political climate,"



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Trump Spokesperson Hogan Gidley Attacks Obama for Condemning Racism

Trump Spokesperson Hogan Gidley Attacks Obama for Condemning RacismWhite House spokesperson Hogan Gidley became visibly agitated on Tuesday when Fox News host Melissa Francis brought up what she called a “somewhat veiled jab” from former President Barack Obama following the pair of mass shootings that have rocked the nation over these past few days. “We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments,” Obama wrote, “leaders who demonize those who don't look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people.” Though he didn’t mention President Donald Trump by name, Gidley could only assume that those words referred to his boss. “If only Barack Obama were in a place to make a difference at some point in his life,” Gidley said, sarcastically. “Oh, wait a minute, he was the president of the United States.” “For him to interject himself into this conversation, this debate, at this point, it’s his right to do it,” he continued. “But the fact is, Donald Trump is the president of all Americans. He’s trying to move this country forward, and comments like that take us backward and take us to a dark place that we never want to be and we never want to visit again.”CNN’s Christiane Amanpour Relentlessly Grills Kellyanne Conway on Trump’s Role in ShootingsDuring an appearance earlier in the day on Fox & Friends, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took a similar stab at Obama, saying, “No one blamed him for Newtown, Connecticut., and he had his opportunity to go heal the nation.”Even Trump himself couldn’t help but respond to Obama’s general condemnation of racism on Twitter, taking it all too personally. Paraphrasing Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade, Trump tweeted, “‘Did George Bush ever condemn President Obama after Sandy Hook. President Obama had 32 mass shootings during his reign. Not many people said Obama is out of Control. Mass shootings were happening before the President even thought about running for Pres.’” Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Obama calls for gun control: 'We are not helpless' to stop attacks

Obama calls for gun control: 'We are not helpless' to stop attacksIn a Monday statement, former President Barack Obama urged the country to reject hateful and anti-immigrant rhetoric from "any of our leaders."



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