Photo by the Obama White House
19 Jan 2017

Obama’s Legacy: Refining System Of Secrecy, Cracking Down On Leaks

President Barack Obama’s administration will hand President-elect Donald Trump’s administration a system for secrecy, especially when it comes to concealing military and national security programs and policies, that is stronger than ever. Eight years were spent by the Most Transparent Administration Ever™ refining this system. It succeeded marvelously because administration

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Photo by Torbakhooper
17 Jan 2017

On Chelsea Manning’s Freedom

A grassroots effort led by committed activists, which was bolstered by human rights campaigners and prominent individuals, pushed President Barack Obama’s administration to free Chelsea Manning. The United States Army whistleblower was sentenced to military prison for 35 years. She was convicted of offenses stemming from her decision to provide

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White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest (Screen shot from White House live stream)
13 Jan 2017

White House Justifies Chelsea Manning’s Possible Commutation

President Barack Obama’s administration has yet to indicate whether it will commute United State Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s sentence to time served, but on January 13, it gave the clearest hint yet that a commutation is a distinct possibility. White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest was asked about Manning and

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CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou | Screen shot from video of press conference at National Press Club by paulydc
11 Jan 2017

CIA Whistleblower: Obama Must Declassify Torture Report For Future Generations

A coalition, including CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, demanded President Barack Obama declassify and release the full report on CIA torture produced by the Senate intelligence committee in 2013. In 2014, only a summary of the torture report was released. Obama remains opposed to releasing the full 6,300-page report. Kiriakou told

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President-elect Donald Trump. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
11 Jan 2017

Day After Obama’s Farewell Speech, Trump Gives A Press Conference

President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech and lamented inequality, saying, “For all the real progress we’ve made, we know it’s not enough. Our economy doesn’t work as well or grow as fast when a few prosper at the expense of a growing middle class.” Obama continued, “But stark inequality

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Prisoner, Dark and Cold (Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: takomabibelot, Poe Tatum)
09 Jan 2017

Obama’s Legacy: No Justice For Torture

A key part of President Barack Obama’s legacy includes the administration’s refusal to prosecute any officials from President George W. Bush’s administration for torture.

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Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson
29 Dec 2016

Obama Gives Parting Shots To Israel, Russia On Way Out The Door

The lame duck period is rarely a productive time for a president, and through the course of four to eight years they undoubtedly make some enemies they would like to payback.

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(Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: D Sharon Pruitt, Leo Reynolds, GrungeTextures)
28 Dec 2016

Economic Recovery Is Mostly A Myth For The 99 Percent

The famous United States stock index known as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (or simply the Dow) flirted with approaching a historic high of 20,000. The index, which shows how the largest 30 companies publicly traded in the U.S. are performing, is considered a key indicator of how well U.S.

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Unexploded Cluster Bomb. Photo by airborneshodan on Flickr.
15 Dec 2016

Obama Stops Arms Shipment To Saudis As War Crimes Charges Loom

President Barack Obama blocked a sale of U.S. weapons to Saudi Arabia, citing concerns about Saudi war crimes in Yemen.

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DoD photo by Sgt. Russell Gilchrest, U.S. Army. (Released)
09 Dec 2016

Obama’s Legacy: Human Cost Of Eight Years Of War

Nearing end of second term, Obama administration maintains it has waged warfare legally irrespective of the toll it has taken on numerous countries

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