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Obama Defends His Antiterror Strategy in Arguments Aimed at His Successor

December 7, 2016
Carol Lee | The Wall Street Journal
Mr. Obama, in a national-security speech, repeatedly drew a contrast between his ideas and those of Trump while making a case for why his successor should adhere to his approach, which was shaped by his early decision to scale back America’s military presence overseas.
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Washington Prepares for Trump's Executive Eraser

December 7, 2016
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
With gusto, Donald Trump promises to unwind President Obama’s governance with the stroke of his presidential pen and the support of a GOP-controlled Congress. He can make good on those promises, but he will need to weather pushback.
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Obama Tries to Protect Legacy, Shape Trump’s Policy Choices

December 5, 2016
Carol Lee | The Wall Street Journal
As he closes out the final weeks of his time in office, President Barack Obama is in the middle of a delicate balancing act between moving forward with executive actions to cement his legacy and trying to shape the policy choices of President-elect Donald Trump.
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Death of Fidel Castro May Pressure Donald Trump on Cuba Promises

November 28, 2016
Felicia Schwartz, Carol Lee | The Wall Street Journal
The death of Fidel Castro is putting unexpected pressure on President-elect Donald Trump to follow through on earlier promises to reverse the recent openings to Cuba made by President Barack Obama.
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Obama pardons final Thanksgiving turkey

November 23, 2016
President Obama pardoned his final Thanksgiving turkey, in an annual White House ceremony. Tot traveled from Iowa and will now live out his life at Virginia Tech. Obama joked that Tot had a "backup" turkey named Tater. "He's sort of like the vice turkey. We're working on getting him a pair of aviator glasses."
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