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The Washington Week Bookshelf: “Team of Five: The Presidents Club in the Age of Trump”

July 3, 2020
On the Washington Week Extra, presidential historian Kate Andersen Brower discusses her newest book Team of Five: The President’s Club in the Age of Trump.
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Obama team’s response to Russian election interference fell short, Senate report says

February 7, 2020
Karoun Demirjian, Devlin Barrett | The Washington Post
A bipartisan report released Thursday by the Senate Intelligence Committee says that the Obama administration mounted an insufficient response to Russia’s election interference in 2016, but that its failures were “understandable” because the government lacked information and had limited policy options at the time.
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For Obama and Patrick, a long friendship and political bond

November 15, 2019
Julie Pace | Associated Press
That relationship will test whether Obama can maintain his vigorously neutral approach to the 2020 Democratic primary now that Patrick has launched a late bid for the presidential nomination.
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Obama unfazed by criticism at Democratic debate, source says

August 2, 2019
Ed O'Keefe | CBS News
One name invoked frequently during Wednesday night's debate was that of former President Barack Obama, who has no plans to participate in the Democratic presidential campaign this year but is keeping tabs on the contest. A source familiar with his thinking wouldn't say whether the former president watched Tuesday and Wednesday's debates, but said Obama believes "his legacy is going to be fine, that there's a staying power to it and the things under attack by this president are high water marks for the country."
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3 stories you might have missed

April 10, 2019
Have you been keeping up? Check out these stories you might have missed.
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Analysis: Obamacare ruling puts health care on high-stakes footing

December 17, 2018
Kimberly Atkins | The Boston Herald
A federal court ruling striking down Obamacare threw an explosive political issue in the laps of Republicans and Democrats in Washington just weeks before divided government is set to take hold.
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Once Reluctant to Speak Out, an Energized Obama Now Calls Out His Successor

November 3, 2018
Peter Baker | The New York Times
Former President Barack Obama’s voice has a way of lifting into a high-pitched tone of astonishment when he talks about his successor, almost as if he still cannot believe that the Executive Mansion he occupied for eight years is now the home of President Trump.
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‘Potential explosive devices’ sent to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton intercepted by Secret Service

October 24, 2018
Devlin Barrett, Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Mark Berman | The Washington Post
The Secret Service said Wednesday that it had intercepted packages containing “potential explosive devices” addressed to former first lady Hillary Clinton in New York and former president Barack Obama in Washington.
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Trump Claims Credit for the Economy. Not So Fast, Says Obama

September 10, 2018
Peter Baker | The New York Times
The economy is doing quite well, thank you very much, and the president would naturally like to take credit. Both of them. Barely a day passes without President Trump boasting about the growing economy, claiming with a mix of hyperbole and fact that it is “booming like never before.” But former President Barack Obama finds all the Trumpian chest-thumping more than a little grating, given that the “booming” started on his watch.
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