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50 Years After Voting Rights Act, We Still Have Work to Do

By Barack Obama, President of the United States Washington, D.C.  Fifty years ago today, because of the sacrifice of countless men and women, that right was secured for more Americans. On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law — breaking down legal barriers at the state and local level […]

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Obama to Iran Deal Critics: Choose Diplomacy or War

Washington, D.C.  He stood at the same university where more than 50 years ago then-President John F. Kennedy used a commencement address to first call for nuclear disarmament and a nuclear test ban treaty with the Soviet Union. Kennedy’s historic call for diplomacy was not lost on President Barack Obama on Wednesday. “He [Kennedy] rejected […]

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U.S. Takes New Steps to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

Washington, D.C. The loss of Zimbabwe’s Cecil the Lion has dominated recent news coverage. What has received less attention is that five elephants were killed in Tsavo West National Park in Kenya as well last week. These incidents raise the question of how to best protect treasured wildlife. Poaching is a global problem and a […]

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U.N. Chief Welcomes Obama Climate Change Plan

New York, N.Y.  United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Clean Power Plan formally unveiled today by President Barack Obama, saying it shows the determination of the United States to address global warming while also saving money and growing the economy. Sustainable energy. Photo: World Bank/Dana Smillie. The Plan reportedly assigns each state a […]

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Obama Unveils Plan to Cut Power Plant Carbon Emissions

Washington, D.C.  U.S. President Barack Obama unveiled new regulations Monday aimed at cutting carbon pollution that comes from the nation’s power plants. “I’m convinced that no challenge poses a greater threat to our future than climate change,” the president said during the unveiling. Obama’s Clean Power Plan would reduce reliance on coal-fired electricity and move […]

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Obama Seeks to Empower Youth, Strengthen Partnerships in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya. President Barack Obama is in East Africa for his fourth trip to the continent.  This week-end, he’ll meet with the leaders of Kenya and Ethiopia, and will address the African Union. Kenyans holding U.S. flag celebrate in the streets after hearing President Barack Obama has arrived in Nairobi, July 24, 2015. Photo: Aru Pande / […]

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Obama Speaks on Criminal Justice at 106th NAACP Conference

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Yesterday, the President traveled to Philadelphia to address the NAACP’s 106th national convention. In his remarks, he laid out the reasons why we need to reform America’s criminal justice system, and why we need to invest in our communities and expand opportunity for all Americans. A quick look at the numbers: 2.2 million: The […]

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Obama Announces 46 Commutations: “America Is a Nation of 2nd Chances”

Washington, D.C.  As a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and criminal defense attorney, I’m well acquainted with how federal sentencing practices can, in too many instances, lead nonviolent drug offenders to spend decades, if not life, in prison. Now, don’t get me wrong, many people are justly punished for causing harm and perpetuating violence in our […]

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Japanese Holistic Healer in NYC to Build Tibetan School

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