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9:08 am
Sun June 28, 2015

A Less-Restrained Obama Finally Says 'Bucket'

With less than two years left in his presidency, President Obama has been less scripted and appears less confined by politics.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 6:07 pm

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US News
6:10 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Obama: America is showing 'an open heart' after Charleston

Was it President Barack Obama's best speech ever?

He sang "Amazing Grace." And Obama used that word — grace — 35 times in his eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, among nine people slain during church Bible study by a self-avowed white supremacist.

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Politics
4:29 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

How Key Republicans Helped Obama To Biggest Week Of His Second Term

President Obama had one of the best weeks of his second term. And he has some key Republicans to thank for it.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:43 pm

With his eulogy Friday for the slain pastor and parishioners of "Mother Emanuel" AME Church in Charleston, S.C., President Obama concluded the most shining week of his second term.

The president praised the leadership of South Carolina for its response to the Charleston killings, especially their decision to take down the Confederate battle flag that has long flown either on or next to the state Capitol in Columbia.

"By taking down that flag, we expressed God's grace," the president said. "For too long, we've been blind to past injustices."

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Politics
4:20 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Watch: President Obama Sings 'Amazing Grace' In Eulogy

President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" while delivering the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney on Friday.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:04 pm

President Obama gave a rousing speech Friday at the funeral of state Sen. and Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of nine people shot at Emanuel AME church in Charleston, S.C., earlier this month.

The president spoke for more than 35 minutes about the reverend's legacy and teachings, and Obama said that he had spent much of the week reflecting on grace.

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The Two-Way
1:02 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Obama: Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling 'A Victory For America'

The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 10:06 pm

President Obama called the Supreme Court's decision affirming the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry a "victory for America" that had "made our union a little more perfect."

In the 5-4 decision, Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion of the court, saying the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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The Two-Way
11:51 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Obama: Affordable Care Act Is 'Here To Stay'

President Obama delivers remarks in the Rose Garden after the U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 ruling to uphold the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Gary Cameron Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 1:28 pm

Updated at 1:25 p.m. ET

President Obama, commenting on the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling today to uphold a key provision of his signature health care law, said after numerous challenges, the Affordable Care Act has been "woven into the fabric of America" and "is here to stay."

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The Two-Way
2:14 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

'We Are Not Cured': Obama Discusses Racism In America With Marc Maron

President Barack Obama participates in a podcast with Marc Maron in Los Angeles, on Friday.
Pete Souza The White House

Originally published on Mon June 22, 2015 3:24 pm

President Obama talks about his own life, America's race relations and the trouble with politics during the much-anticipated new episode of the WTF with Marc Maron podcast, in an interview that is making headlines for its candid discussion of race.

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Thu June 18, 2015

WATCH: President Obama's Statement On Charleston Mass Shooting

Originally published on Thu June 18, 2015 4:57 pm

In a short speech at the White House, President Obama on Thursday addressed the mass shooting at a Charleston church.

He said that while the investigation constrained what he could say about the facts of case, he was not constrained by emotion.

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Politics
1:38 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Whatever Happened To The Debate Over Use Of Force Against ISIS?

In February, President Obama asked the U.S. Congress to authorize military force to "degrade and defeat" Islamic State forces in the Middle East.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 6:08 pm

This post was updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

If you've wondered what happened to President Obama's request for congressional authorization for military action against ISIS, you are not alone. Some members of Congress have grown impatient enough that they have tried to force leadership in the House and Senate to act.

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Politics
4:03 pm
Tue June 16, 2015

Why Obama Has His Work Cut Out For Him On Getting Trade Votes

President Obama walks alongside House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was among the Democrats who sank his trade agenda last week.
Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

The Obama administration finds itself in the rare position of fighting alongside House Republicans this week as it tries to overcome Friday's stinging defeat to its massive trade package, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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