Former President Barack Obama is calling out President Donald Trump ahead of the midterm elections. The Associated Press reports Obama spoke at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he accepted an ethics in government award on Friday. During a speech, he urged students to vote in November and restore "honesty and decency" in the U.S. "It should not be a partisan issue to say that we do not pressure the attorney general or the FBI to use the criminal justice system as a cudgel to punish our political opponents, or to explicitly call on the attorney general to protect members of our own party from prosecution because an election happens to be coming up," Obama said. "I'm not making that up. That's not hypothetical." President Trump has criticized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeatedly, most recently for bringing charges against two GOP congressmen this week. He accused Sessions of hurting the Republican Party's chances of … [Read more...] about Obama on Trump: How hard is it to say Nazis are bad?
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MEDIA 08/19/2018 11:50 pm ET The person called the former president the "N-word," according to a guest on the program. By Rebecca Shapiro C-SPAN bleeped the audio of a caller who phoned in to use a racial slur and call for the death of former President Barack Obama on Sunday. During the network’s morning program Washington Journal, host Paul Orgel took a call from a person he identified as Christopher of White Haven, Pennsylvania on the Republican phone line. Callers are meant to phone in with questions for guests based on the discussion, but Christopher instead falsely claimed that Obama was an “illegal alien.” As Orgel responded, “How do you know this?” Christopher proceeded to talk over him. The audio then cut out for a few seconds as the guests looked visibly stunned. The audio returned as Orgel told viewers, “We’re going to try to get somebody who has something constructive to add to the conversation … [Read more...] about C-SPAN Caller Unleashes Racist Rant About Barack Obama On Air
Barack Obama didn’t say the names of Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin. But he condemned everything they stand for, everything about their paths to power, and the reorientation of the world order represented by Trump’s wrapping himself in deference to the Russian leader at their meeting in Helsinki. In democracies, the former president said Tuesday during a lengthy speech in Johannesburg honoring the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth, “government exists to serve the individual, and not the other way around.”Story Continued Below Obama argued that the current alignment won’t last — as long as those who believe in liberal democracy continue to rise up. They also need to recognize where they went wrong in allowing the seeds for what he called “the world threatening to return to an older, a more dangerous, a more brutal way of doing business.” But sketching out the anxiety that he and many of his supporters have felt since the … [Read more...] about Obama on Trump: ‘We now stand at a crossroads’
Abaca Press/AP Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Former President Barack Obama used the occasion of World Refugee Day on Wednesday to come out against the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant families detained at the US border. His message posted to Facebook was eloquent but unambiguous in its criticism. He argued that empathy for immigrants is a core American value, and he pointed up “the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms.” “Imagine if you’d been born in a country where you grew up fearing for your life, and eventually the lives of your children,” Obama wrote. “A place where you finally found yourself so desperate to flee persecution, violence, and suffering that you’d be willing to travel thousands of miles under cover of darkness, enduring dangerous conditions, propelled forward by that very human impulse to create for our kids a better life. … [Read more...] about Barack Obama Rebukes Trump’s Separation of Immigrant Families
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio governor's race: Will we see Barack Obama, Donald Trump? Obama and Trump have each seen their popularity wane since their election as president. Are they coming to Ohio to battle it out? Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Chrissie Thompson, [email protected] Published 10:43 p.m. ET May 9, 2018 CLOSE Democrats are hoping to retake Congress in 2018. Will they retake the governor's office in Ohio, too? Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the GOP nominee for governor, says he can withstand a 'blue wave.' The … [Read more...] about Ohio governor’s race: Will we see Barack Obama, Donald Trump?