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Amid Boiling Tensions Over Russia Ties, Former White House Officials Say Obama Warned Trump Against Hiring Flynn

Former President Barack Obama reportedly warned Donald Trump against hiring Michael Flynn. News surfaced just as Sally Yates prepares to testify about Flynn's misleading statements regarding his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Life & Style May 8, 2017

Obamacare Replacement Is Dead: Trump Administration’s Health Care Bill Pulled Out Prior To Procedural Vote

Republicans have been actively pushing to replace the Affordable Care Act despite protests but the GOP’s proposed bill is now officially dead even before Senate vote.

Public Health March 25, 2017

Stephen Hawking Raises Concerns Over Trump’s Environmental Policy

Reputed physicist Stephen Hawking has raised concerns over the environmental policy of President Donald Trump and called for the replacement of EPA chief Scott Pruitt. He said the effects of climate change in America need to be tackled with a serious approach.

Earth/Environment March 21, 2017

Trump Accuses Obama Of Wiretapping Without Offering Proof: Experts Say It's A Catch-22

President Donald Trump has accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping and likened him to Nixon, but experts say Trump’s team is in hot water regardless of the claim's legitimacy.

Feature | Culture March 5, 2017

Tiny Trump Memes Are Taking Reddit By Storm

Photoshopped images of President Donald Trump became overnight sensations at Reddit. The images, which are also now circulating at Twitter, are expected to anger the president, who is known for being conscious about his image.

Internet February 19, 2017

Will Obama's Legacy In Science Live On In The Trump Era?

After eight years as president of the United States, Barack Obama's legacy in science and technology will be one for the books. Days before Donald Trump takes his seat, the administration makes a move to protect that legacy.

Earth/Environment January 20, 2017

Obama Injects Another $500 Million Into Green Climate Fund To Secure Paris Deal

President Obama has given the Green Climate Fund a second installment of $500 million in funding. The pledge is part of the Paris climate deal, which will help developing countries implement clean energy.

Earth/Environment January 18, 2017

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Taps Former Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe

Mark Zuckerberg has tapped David Plouffe to head the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Aside from steering the organization, the political operative's hiring can help the Facebook honcho realize his own political ambition.

Internet January 11, 2017

Russia Chooses Not To Retaliate Against US Over Hacking Allegations And Sanctions

The outgoing Obama administration has issued sanctions and expulsions over allegations that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential elections. Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, decided not to retaliate, and here's why.

Security December 31, 2016

Cancer Research In 2016: Obama, Silicon Valley Pledge Support In The Fight Against Cancer

Influential people stepped up in 2016 to join the fight against cancer. Find out just how much these influencers invested in cancer research.

Medicine December 31, 2016

U.S. Government Officially Accuses Russia Of Hacking 2016 Election: How Will Moscow Respond?

The United States government has formally accused Russia of interfering with the 2016 presidential election through hacking attacks, with outgoing President Barack Obama issuing sanctions and expulsions. How will Moscow respond to these allegations?

Security December 30, 2016

Obama Blocks Oil And Gas Drilling In Large Areas Of Arctic And Atlantic Oceans

U.S. President Barack Obama has banned all offshore oil and gas drilling activities in a large portion of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans. The declaration is seen as Obama's attempt to keep the environment protected before his term ends.

Earth/Environment December 22, 2016

Resilience Area: Obama Orders Protection Of Bering Sea Against Oil Exploration

President Barack Obama on Friday ordered greater protections for Alaska’s Bering Sea against the dangers of oil exploration, expanding ship traffic, and climate change. The new executive order also boosts federal consultation of Alaska Native villages.

Earth/Environment December 11, 2016

Racist Facebook Posts About Obama Lead To Pennsylvania Mayor's Resignation

Charles Wasko, the mayor of West York, Pennsylvania, recently resigned after a public scandal hit the media. He stepped down only days after his racist Facebook posts involving President Obama caused public outrage.

Internet October 19, 2016

Send A Message To The White House With This Facebook Messenger Chatbot

The Obama administration has once again tapped into the power of social media to 'meet the public where they are' with the help of the very first Facebook Messenger bot for the White House.

Apps/Software October 15, 2016

3 Things Obama Needs Before Sending Humans To Mars By 2030s

President Barack Obama is planning to send humans to Mars by the 2030s, seeing it as a 'giant leap.' Obama has outlined a few steps that will lay the groundwork for the U.S. Mars mission.

Feature | Science October 12, 2016

Getting To Mars Will Require Continued Cooperation Between Government And Private Innovators: Obama

President Barack Obama pitched NASA's project to deliver people to Mars by the 2030s, days before the Frontiers Conference, highlighting the cooperation effort necessary for the mission to succeed.

Space October 12, 2016

US Makes Official Accusation Against Russia For Launching Hacks To Interfere With Elections: Will There Be Retaliation?

The United States government has officially accused Russia of launching hacking attacks in a bid to interfere with the upcoming national elections. Will the outgoing Obama administration retaliate against the Kremlin?

Security October 8, 2016

Meet Baracktrema Obamai: Experts Name New Parasite After Barack Obama

A new species of parasitic flatworms found in turtles has been named after U.S. President Barack Obama. The researchers claimed that naming Baracktrema obamai after the president was an 'act of honor.'

Animals September 12, 2016

Newly Discovered Fish Species In Hawaii Named After Obama

A newly discovered fish species endemic in Hawaii will be named after U.S. President Barack Obama in gratitude for his contributions in conservation. The president recently visited the region to draw attention to conservation efforts.

Animals September 4, 2016

Obama To Build World's Largest Ocean Reserve Off Hawaii

On Friday, the White House announced plans to expand an iconic marine reserve off the coast of Hawaii to protect marine species. President Barack Obama will visit the protected area to draw more focus on conservation.

Earth/Environment August 26, 2016

Twitter vs Free Speech: Did Ex-CEO Dick Costolo Filter Hateful Tweets Against President Obama?

A BuzzFeed report has surfaced alleging former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo ordered employees to filter abusive and hateful tweets against President Barack Obama during a Q&A session. Costolo called the allegations 'total nonsense.'

Business Tech August 11, 2016

You Can Now Send A Message To President Obama Through Facebook Messenger: Here's How

Citizens can now send a message to President Barack Obama through the official Facebook page of the White House. Users will be guided through the process by a chatbot on the social network's Messenger tool.

Internet August 11, 2016

Obama Signs GMO Labeling Law

U.S. President Barack Obama signed a new law that would require food companies to indicate whether their products have been made using genetically modified ingredients.

Public Health August 1, 2016

Barack Obama Isn't A Fan Of The Suicide Squad In New Comic Preview

Barack Obama attempts to shut down Task Force X, aka Suicide Squad, in the upcoming 'Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1.'

Comic Books July 29, 2016

Future Beyond Cancer: What Makes Biden's Cancer Moonshot A Massive Breakthrough?

Cancer Moonshot 2020, a national initiative led by VP Joe Biden, aims to double the rate of progress in cancer research and ultimately put an end to the disease. But what makes it a real game changer?

Medicine June 29, 2016

Obama, Dalai Lama Meet At White House: Will It Damage Bilateral Ties With China?

On June 15, President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama in a private meeting at the White House, despite a warning from China. A Chinese spokesperson warned the meeting could 'damage bilateral ties' between the two countries.

Feature | Culture June 16, 2016

President Obama Ditches Old-School BlackBerry For State-Of-The-Art Phone, But Can't Do Much With It

President Barack Obama told Jimmy Fallon that he is now in possession of a state-of-the-art smartphone that replaced his BlackBerry. However, the president added that he might have lesser features in his device than a toy phone.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 14, 2016

Obama Wants Children To Submit Science And Tech Ideas For New Advisory Committee

President Barack Obama wants kids to share their thoughts about science and technology. The leader set up a new children advisory panel as he believes the future of the country lies in these young scientists' innovations.

Feature | Science May 21, 2016

FBI Arrest Oregon Man For Threatening To Shoot President Obama

The FBI arrested John Martin Roos because of his threats of shooting President Barack Obama. The accused man from Medford in Oregon, also used Facebook to start a revolution in the U.S.

Life & Style April 29, 2016

Here's How Much Tax Obama And US First Lady Paid

The White House recently released the 2015 tax returns before the final filing date, and with it, came the Obama family’s income and tax details. From a reported income of $436,065, President Obama and wife Michelle paid out 18.7 percent as taxes, which came to $81,472.

Society April 18, 2016

Obama Wants American Consumers To Have More Choices On Cable Set-Top Boxes

The Obama administration has expressed its support for a proposed FCC rule that would provide subscribers with more choices regarding TV cable boxes. The president also signed an executive order that would have other federal agencies to adopt similar policies as well.

Gadgets April 16, 2016

Presidential Perks: President Obama Gets Advance Copies Of 'Game Of Thrones' Season 6

'Game of Thrones' is coming back to HBO on April 24 but the POTUS gets to see it before the world. GoT showrunners revealed that President Barack Obama will receive a DVD copy of season 6 ahead of its premiere.

Internet Culture April 14, 2016

Obama Rallies World Leaders To Unite And Confront ISIS

President Obama addresses the importance of world leaders coming together as a united front to eradicate terrorism. The president defends the aggressive stance taken by the U.S., stating the action has already started to shake the Islamic State foundation.

Society April 3, 2016

Obama Commutes Sentences Of 61 Federal Drug Offenders

President Barack Obama granted early release to 61 federal drug offenders as part of sentencing reform initiatives. The clemency targets certain nonviolent federal drug offenders who may have been over sentenced.

Society March 31, 2016

Obama Announces Additional Actions To Fight Opioid Abuse Epidemic

President Barack Obama will announce additional actions from his administration to fight opioid abuse and heroin epidemic. The actions involve expanding access to treatment, preventing overdose deaths and increasing community prevention strategies.

LIFE March 29, 2016

Michelle Obama Sings A Boyz II Men Classic At SXSW

When it was announced that First Lady Michelle Obama would be a keynote speaker at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, learning more about her 'Let Girls Learn' initiative was expected. What wasn't anticipated was that FLOTUS would answer an audience member's question in song — and that she would announce that she has no intention of running for President of the United States.

Movies/TV Shows March 16, 2016

President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee Was (Is?) A Comic Book Geek

Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland had a comic book collection once upon a time, until he sold it to pay for law school.

Internet Culture March 16, 2016

Obama Explores Two Faces Of Encryption During SXSW Keynote

President Barack Obama has weighed in on the ongoing debate over encryption. He said that while he remains committed to protecting the privacy and civil liberties of the American people, there should also be a balance that would allow law enforcement agencies some degree of intrusion if necessary.

Society March 12, 2016

Obama Administration Proposes Changes To Lower Medicare Drug Prices

The Medicare program proposed changes that would apply to Medicare Part B, covering specialty medications like cancer drugs. The new models are aimed to promote incentives to medical providers that align with better patient care and outcomes.

LIFE March 9, 2016

How's The Health Of President Obama? He Might Be Healthier Than You

The results of U.S. President Barack Obama's latest medical exam show that the Commander-in-Chief is in better health this year that he was two years ago. Chief White House Physician Dr. Ronny L. Jackson said that the president has lower blood pressure, a lower cholesterol level and even a slower resting heartbeat.

LIFE March 9, 2016

Obama Administration To Disclose US Drone Strikes Stats

Barack Obama's adviser for counterterrorism and homeland security, Lisa Monaco, has promised to reveal the number of people killed by drone strikes launched by the United States since 2009. Is knowing the numbers enough for the controversial operations to gain public support?

FUTURE TECH March 8, 2016

US Senate Confirms Robert Califf To Run FDA

The FDA has a new commissioner amid the pressure the agency faces. With only one year left of the Obama administration, Dr. Robert Califf has a lot of tasks to finish.

LIFE February 24, 2016

The Best Presidential Cameos In Video Games

More than a few U.S. presidents have appeared in video games over the years, in varying degrees of absurdity.

Geek February 15, 2016

Obama Declares 1.8 Million Acres Of California Desert As National Monuments

President Barack Obama declared three California desert and wilderness areas made up of some 1.8 million acres as national monuments. The three new monuments include the scenic and historic 1.6-million-acre Mojave Trails.

Earth/Environment February 14, 2016

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