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U.S. and China ratify sweeping climate deal and urge other nations to follow their lead

September 3, 2016
Christi Parsons, MIchael Memoli | Los Angeles Times
President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday formally joined a sweeping global agreement to cut greenhouse gases, moving the world toward a dramatic reduction in climate-warming emissions on a quicker time frame than previously imagined.
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Obama's final major trip to Asia is unlikely to be the victory lap he hoped for

September 2, 2016
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
President Obama’s 10th and final trip to Asia while in office is unlikely to be the triumph of his major foreign policy initiative that he once envisioned.
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Obama tries to make a big splash on climate change on his way out

September 1, 2016
Juliet Eilperin | The Washington Post
On Thursday, President Obama will touch down on Midway Atoll, a sliver of land in the North Pacific so removed from other human development that it feels like the edge of the universe. For more than two years, he has been hoping to visit a place like this, even though his former senior counselor John D. Podesta told him America’s most pristine marine reserves are “the middle of nowhere.”
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States opposed to Obama more dependent on federal government

August 30, 2016
Reid Wilson | The Hill
States that voted against President Obama twice are more dependent on the federal government, according to an analysis of new data released by the Pew Charitable Trusts on Monday.
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Joe Biden Attempts to Smooth Relations With Turkey

August 25, 2016
Carol Lee, Thomas Grove | The Wall Street Journal
Vice President Joe Biden struck a conciliatory tone during a daylong visit to Turkey, as the Obama administration tries to smooth over thorny relations after last month’s failed coup.
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Obama heads to Louisiana's flood-ravaged areas, but some say he's too late

August 23, 2016
Christi Parsons | Los Angeles Times
President Obama will tour flood-ravaged neighborhoods in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday and try to avoid the political minefields that the visit presents.
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Political Storm Dampens Obama's Return From Vacation

August 22, 2016
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama returned from his vacation Sunday night to a busy calendar, including the race to pick his successor, which he became embroiled in during his sojourn on Martha’s Vineyard.
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Trump's link to Seinfeld, Bill Clinton's role as "First Dude," the future of Obamacare and voter ID laws

August 19, 2016
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U.S. Acknowledges Cash Payment to Iran Was ‘Leverage’ in Prisoner Release

August 19, 2016
Carol Leonnig, Jay Solomon | Bloomberg Businessweek
State Department confirms U.S. refused to allow Iran to take $400 million cash payment until plane carrying freed Americans left Tehran
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