Obama Defends Chelsea Manning Decision, Pushes Back Against Trump in Final Press Conference
President Obama defended his decision to commute the sentence of Chelsea Manning as he bid farewell Wednesday to the White House press corps during the final press conference of his presidency. "Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence," ...
Obama to Hold His Last News Conference as PresidentNew York Times
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Obama defends decision to commute Chelsea Manning's sentenceU.S. News & World Report
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Josh Earnest, Obama spokesman, has a warning for his successor
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White House press secretary Josh Earnest has some words of caution for his successor, Sean Spicer: Donald Trump's habits with a certain social media platform could make your life very difficult. Yes, we're talking about Twitter, and President-elect ...
Obama looks to pressure Trump on the mediaPolitico
Why one of Obama's favorite programs isn't going awayWashington Post
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The Case for Donald Trump's Official White House Photographer
In the next 48 hours, as President Barack Obama prepares to leave the White House, his official photographer, Pete Souza, will document the last moments of his history-making presidency. The photographs Souza will take on Jan. 20 will join the more ...

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EPA nominee Scott Pruitt won't say if he would recuse himself from his own lawsuits against the agency
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Scott Pruitt, who repeatedly has sued the Environmental Protection Agency during his tenure as Oklahoma attorney general, declined to say Wednesday whether he would recuse himself from those ongoing cases if confirmed as the agency's new leader.
EPA nominee Scott Pruitt contradicts Trump claim that climate change is a hoaxUSA TODAY
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US scientists officially declare 2016 the hottest year on record. That makes three in a row.
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This story has been updated. In a powerful testament to the warming of the planet, two leading U.S. science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set just last year — which, itself, had ...
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Trump's Commerce pick backs public spending on transportation
The Hill
Amid concerns from rural Republicans on Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump · Donald TrumpChristie blames wife for no Trump role Trump's UN pick threads needle on Russia, NATO Senate panel approves Mattis for Defense secretary MORE's ...
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George HW Bush, Barbara Bush both hospitalized, spokesman says
(CNN) Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, have both been hospitalized, his spokesman said Wednesday. Former President George H.W. Bush. Photos: Former President George H.W. Bush. Bush sits with ...
Former president George HW Bush hospitalized in Houston; Barbara Bush also under careWashington Post
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A guide to inauguration week parties, exhibitions, concerts and more
Washington Post
Inaugural weekends in Washington are rarely as reserved, or as compact, as the one ahead for Donald Trump. The Republican president-elect, who will be sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on Friday, will visit fewer balls, walk fewer steps on a ...
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Pressure mounts on GOP for post-Obamacare plan following CBO report
Washington Post
A new analysis that at least 18 million people could lose health insurance in the first year if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act without replacing it intensified the battle this week over the landmark health-care law as President-elect Donald ...
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Wall Street Journal

Gambia's National Assembly Extends Defeated President's Term, Stirring Regional Unrest
Wall Street Journal
Several West African countries prepared to intervene in Gambia should President Yahya Jammeh refuse to step down when his mandate expires early Thursday. Mr. Jammeh, who has ruled this nation of two million people for more than 22 years, lost ...
Senegal troops move to Gambia border as Jammeh crisis growsBBC News
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