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Activists Can Make a Difference, Obama Says in Last Official Speech

Activists Can Make a Difference, Obama Says in Last Official Speech

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama has bid farewell to the nation in an emotional speech that sought to comfort a country on edge over rapid economic changes, persistent security threats and the election of Donald Trump. Forceful at times and tearful at others, Obama’s valedictory speech in his hometown of Chicago was a public […]

In Final Official Speech, Obama Will Address Life as 'Bigger Than Politics'

In Final Official Speech, Obama Will Address Life as

WASHINGTON (AP) — Now an elder statesman, Barack Obama is returning to Chicago where he launched his unlikely political career for one final speech: a parting plea to Americans not to lose faith in their future, no matter what they think about their next president. Obama’s final speech as president, before thousands who will gather […]

The Incarcerated Need Second Chances, Obama Says

The Incarcerated Need Second Chances, Obama Says

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — President Barack Obama toured a drug rehab and met with former inmates Monday in the rough-and-tumble city of Newark, calling on the nation to ensure those regaining their freedom get a second chance instead of a return ticket to prison. Although his visit boosted his campaign for a criminal justice overhaul, it […]

Obama: Shorter Sentences Are Needed for the Nonviolent

Obama: Shorter Sentences Are Needed for the Nonviolent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calling it an issue America can’t afford to ignore, President Barack Obama on Thursday laid out an expansive vision for fixing the criminal justice system by focusing on communities, courtrooms and cellblocks. He announced a federal review of the use of solitary confinement and urged Congress to pass a sentencing reform bill by […]

Obama's Immigration Plan: A Look at Key Parts

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s sweeping changes to the U.S. immigration system could shield nearly 5 million people here illegally from deportation, without going through Congress. A look at the key executive measures Obama announced Thursday: PARENTS Protect from deportation and make eligible for work permits approximately 4.1 million people who are in the […]

Obama's Immigration Plans Now Expected in September

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WASHINGTON (AP) — With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama’s lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say. […]