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Obama Defends Cash Payment to Iran

August 5, 2016
Carol Lee, Jay Solomon | The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama on Thursday defended his decision to authorize a $400 million cash payment to Iran that coincided with the country’s release of American prisoners in January. Mr. Obama, speaking at a news conference at the Pentagon, pushed back on Republican charges that the cash delivery amounted to ransom.
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Obama Says Trump Not to Be Trusted

August 5, 2016
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
Donald Trump’s assertion this week that the November elections might be “rigged” against him is “ridiculous,” President Obama said Thursday.
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Obama Calls on GOP Leaders to Revoke Endorsements of Trump

August 3, 2016
Carol Lee, Byron Tau | The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama skewered Donald Trump on Tuesday over his criticism of the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq and said the Republican presidential nominee is unfit to succeed him in the White House.
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Obama: Trump "unfit" to be president

August 2, 2016
President Obama offered a strong rebuke to the Republican candidate hoping to succeed him as president, just days after Donald Trump criticized the family of a Muslim-America soldier who died in Iraq. "I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president," Obama said. "He keeps on proving it."
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Obama to Play Central Role at Democratic Convention

July 27, 2016
Carol Lee | The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama has one final campaign to run, and with his address Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention he’ll face an improbable challenge: convince his supporters who are ambivalent about Hillary Clinton to turn out to vote for her in November.
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Barack Obama's 2004 DNC Speech

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July 30, 2004
Twelve years ago this week, a Democratic Senate candidate named Barack Obama burst onto the national scene when he delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. On Washington Week, The Washington Post's David Broder, Time's Michael Duffy and the Boston Globe's Nina Easton discussed Obama's fiery speech. "A star is born," Duffy said on July 30, 2004. At the DNC four years later, Obama was nominated by his party as its presidential candidate, and 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry would eventually become secretary of State under Obama. This year, with just six months left in office, Obama will pass the baton to his one-time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is the first woman to be nominated by a major party for president.
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Obama blasts GOP vision of a violent and chaotic America, saying it doesn’t ‘jibe with the facts’

July 23, 2016
Juliet Eilperin, David Nakamura | The Washington Post
President Obama on Friday offered his first response to the Republican National Convention, blasting the vision painted by Donald Trump and other Republicans of a country "on the verge of collapse" as a fiction that does not match reality.
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