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Former First Lady Michelle Obama Memoir “Becoming”

(AP) – Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s new memoir “Becoming” hits the shelves today. In the memoir, the former First Lady gives a brutally honest opinion on the current President Donald Trump.

Obama will kick off a 10-city U.S. book tour tonight in Chicago, where she grew up. Philanthropist and television icon Oprah Winfrey sat down with Obama earlier this month for an in-depth conversation that will air tonight.

Winfrey announced yesterday that she has picked “Becoming” as her new Book Club pick.

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President Barack Obama And Billionaire Oprah Winfrey Will Campaign For Georgia Governor Candidate Stacey Abrams

(Atlanta, GA) – It’s crunch time.  As the campaign trail heads towards the final stretch, the big wigs are coming out to lend their support to Georgia Governor Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams.

If elected, Abrams would be the first black female governor is U.S. history.  Media mogul Oprah Winfrey and former President Barack Obama want to make sure that happens. Oprah is expected to participate in two town hall meetings with Abrams in Atlanta, GA on November 1st, while Barack Obama will campaign for her in Atlanta on Friday.

The polls show Abrams with a slight lead over Secretary of State Brian Kemp who has come under heavy criticism lately with charges of voter suppression and corruption.  Almost 60 thousand absentee votes have been rejected, 70 percent of which are from African Americans.

The official date for the midterm elections is Nov. 6th.

Former Presidents Barack Obama And George Bush Remember Senator John McCain

(Washington, DC) – Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were on hand to pay their respects to political titan Senator John McCain at the late war hero’s behest.

McCain, orchestrating his final outing down to the exclusion of Donald Trump, made a specific request for both former Presidents to give a eulogy. Both said how much they valued McCain and how his positioning on certain issues and policies made them both better politicians.

McCain died a week ago at the age of 81.  Obama called McCain a man of deep principles and said the senator understood that “some principles transcend politics, that some values transcend party.”

McCain will be laid to rest Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

 

More Americans Choose Obama As Best President

(SL) – A new survey shows most Americans believe Barack Obama is the best president in their lifetime.11-presidents-group-past.w710.h473The Pew Research survey asked respondents to choose any president between Theodore Roosevelt to Donald Trump and 44-percent chose Obama. Bill Clinton was the second most popular, followed by Ronald Reagan. Nineteen-percent of those surveyed said President Trump is the best president of their lifetime.

Barack Obama Reportedly In Talks To Produce Netflix Series

(Washington, DC) – Barack Obama may have locked down his next move following his departure from the White House. “The New York Times” reports the former president and his wife, Michelle, are in talks to produce a series of Netflix shows.

One show may reportedly involved Obama moderating conversations about immigration, climate change, voting rights and other topics he tackled during his presidency.

Further details of the production detail have not been confirmed.

Marijuana Sellers Are Unfazed By Federal Prosecution Threats

(Denver, CO) –– Marijuana entrepreneurs and investors are unfazed by threats of federal prosecution. Instead, more marijuana sellers are starting to believe the industry is too big to shut down.

The sellers are placing their faith in state lawmakers to ensure that the lucrative industry stays afloat. On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a series of Obama-era legal memos that give state-licensed marijuana businesses a pass from federal prosecutors.

Colorado legalized marijuana in 2014 and has about 35-thousand people working in the legal marijuana industry, generating over 226-million-dollars in state-level taxes last year. New Frontier Data estimates that California can make 300-to-500-million-dollars in marijuana taxes this year, after launching sales on January 1st.

Donald Trump Is Determined To Erase President Obama’s Legacy

(Washington, DC) – Doesn’t matter if it leaves American people susceptible to disease from polluted water and air, without healthcare, protection or basic civil rights…If President Obama put it in regulation, Donald Trump is going to try his hardest to erase it; even if it means standing alone with the rest of the world looking at you like you’re a lunatic (Paris Climate Agreement).

Yahoo’s David Knowles took a good look at what he’s done so far:

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

Hundreds of students skipped school on Nov. 9 to demand that Congress pass a clean Dream Act. (Photo: Astrid Riecken for the Washington Post)
Hundreds of students skipped school on Nov. 9 to demand that Congress pass a clean Dream Act. (Photo: Astrid Riecken for the Washington Post)

Signed in 2012, Obama’s executive order offering legal protections from deportation to children brought into the country by undocumented immigrant parents offered a legal respite for nearly 800,000 people. While it was not a permanent solution, many Republicans in Congress sided with Democrats in the view that children protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program should ultimately be granted U.S. citizenship. But on Sept. 5, 2017,  President Trump put that possibility in doubt. “Make no mistake, we are going to put the interest of AMERICAN CITIZENS FIRST!” Trump tweeted ahead of an announcement by his attorney general that he was rescinding Obama’s action. The matter now rests with Congress.

Transfer of surplus military equipment to local police  

Riot police stand guard in August 2014 as demonstrators protest the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

In 2015, in the wake of what some viewed as the outsize police response to the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., Obama issued an order banning the sale of surplus military equipment such as grenade launchers and armored vehicles to local police forces. On Aug. 28, 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Trump was scrapping the restriction “to make it easier to protect yourselves and your communities.”

Normalizing relations with Cuba

President Trump speaks about changes he is making toward Cuba in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood on June 16. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Denouncing the Obama administration’s 2014 decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba, President Trump announced on June 16, 2017, that he was putting travel and trade restrictions with the island nation back in place. “The previous administration’s easing of restrictions on travel and trade does not help the Cuban people — they only enrich the Cuban regime,” Trump said in a Florida speech.

The Paris climate agreement

President Trump scoffs at temperature change as he announces that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Agreement. (Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Trump has said he believes that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. His June 1, 2017, decision to walk away from the Paris climate agreement signed by his predecessor ultimately left the United States isolated as the only country in the world not onboard.

Offshore and Arctic oil drilling

Advocates for wildlife call on the Senate to drop Arctic refuge drilling from the GOP budget plan in October. (Photo: Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Making good on the long-held Republican slogan “Drill, baby, drill,” Trump overturned a 2016 Obama executive order banning oil drilling in parts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic.

“This is a great day for American workers and families,” Trump said at a signing ceremony on April 28, 2017. “And today we’re unleashing American energy and clearing the way for thousands and thousands of high-paying American energy jobs.”

Net neutrality

Demonstrators rally at the FCC building on Dec. 14 to protest the end of net neutrality rules. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama’s rules that guaranteed equal access to the internet — aka net neutrality — were enshrined in 2015 with a vote from the Federal Communications Commission. But new FCC commissioners are appointed by whichever president is serving, and when Trump took office he installed new leadership, which voted on Dec. 14 to scrap the policy, opening up the internet to what critics fear will result in a tiered system of information and entertainment.

The Clean Water Rule

Water flows through sediment retention ponds built to reduce contaminants from Colorado’s massive Gold King Mine accident in 2015. (Photo: Brennan Linsley/AP)

On Feb. 28, 2017, President Trump began his assault on Obama’s executive order that expanded federal oversight of pollution in the nation’s rivers, streams and lakes. Trump’s first step was to order the EPA to “review and reconsider” the restrictions. Then, in June, the administration officially rolled back the environmental protections for over half of the nation’s tributaries.

Caps on greenhouse gas emissions at power plants 

Emissions rise from the Bailly Generating Station on the shore of Lake Michigan in 2015. (Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Keeping a campaign promise to the coal industry, Trump signed an executive order on March 28, 2017, intended to begin dismantling Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which required power plants to reduce carbon emissions. Trump’s new “Energy Independence” order also reversed a ban on coal leasing on federal lands and loosened restrictions on methane emissions. Several states immediately filed a lawsuit against the administration, claiming the move endangered the health of citizens.

Scope of national monuments

Protesters gather at the Utah State Capitol where President Trump speaks after drastically reducing the size of a Utah national monument. (Photo: Benjamin Zack/Standard-Examiner via AP)

Applauded by industry and decried by environmentalists, Trump signed an executive order on April 26, 2017, that swept away Obama’s use of the 1906 Antiquities Act to protect federal lands from oil drilling, mining and other development. “Today we’re putting the states back in charge,” he said at the signing. In December, the administration announced it would reduce the size of the Obama-created Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent, and the Bill Clinton-designated Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by 50 percent.

Bathroom protections for transgender students

A gender neutral sign is posted outside a bathroom in Durham, N.C., in 2016. (Photo: Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

One month into his term, Trump rescinded an Obama directive that allowed students to use school bathrooms that matched their self-identified gender. Trump’s rationale for the reversal was that states, rather than the federal government, should decide how to handle the question.

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten decried the move, telling the Associated Press that it “tells trans kids that it’s OK with the Trump administration and the Department of Education for them to be abused and harassed at school for being trans.”

Former President Obama To Pull Jury Duty In Chicago

(SL)  – Former President Obama will pull jury duty in Chicago next month. Chief Judge Tim Evans confirmed that Obama has been called and plans to carry out his public duty as a citizen of Cook County.

The judge declined to provide specifics, but told the “Chicago Tribune” today special arrangements would be made to accommodate Obama’s security detail.

The former President owns homes in Washington, DC and Chicago’s Kenwood neighborhood. The paper notes Obama would likely be the highest-profile person ever to sit on a jury in Cook County.

Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich Goes In On ‘Unfit, Soulless Coward’ Donald Trump After Falsely Claiming His Predecessors Didn’t Contact Families Of Fallen Troops

(SL) – San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich further let his feelings about number 45 be known Monday after Trump held an impromptu press conference  with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell claiming that many past presidents have not made phone calls to the families of military members killed in action.

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Trump was responding to a question about why he had not spoken publicly about the killing of four Green Berets in an ambush in Niger two weeks ago. Trump said he had written personal letters to their families and planned to call them in the coming week. Then he lied on his predecessors falsely asserting former President Barack Obama, and other presidents did not contact the families of American troops killed in duty saying..

“If you look at President Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls. A lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate.”

In typical Trump fashion, the lies to somehow make himself look bigger made him sound incredibly ignorant and Popovich, who is an Air Force veteran exploded. He called journalist Dave Zirin of The Nation to vent.

“This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner—and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers—is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.”

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As you can imagine, Trump is under heavy criticism following the comments drawing a swift rebuke from several of Mr. Obama’s former aides and families of fallen soldiers.

Barack Obama’s Response To Donald Trump’s Plan To End DACA Reminds Us Of What A President Is Supposed To Be

(SL) – Day to day, Americans try to go on with their lives cautiously not knowing what Donald Trump will pull next.  With the fear of war hanging imminently over the country with his continued beef with Kim Jong Un and his relentless attempt to undo everything Barack Obama did at any cost, one loses hope.

But then, doing what he did so well in uniting the country while he was president and now, Barack Obama speaks up when needed.  Donald Trump is planning on rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program in six months with Jeff Sessions claiming it has to be done because it is unconstitutional.

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New York City police arrested undocumented immigrants and DACA supporters who staged a sit-in in front of Trump Tower on September 5th, 2017. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

If it was so unconstitutional, I doubt Obama would’ve ever been able to start the program.  What is unconstitutional…Donald Trump continuing to make money off of his presidency for his businesses. But Americans are noticing and Actor Chris Evans summed it up best.

Yahoo reports,  Obama tweeted his reaction, which described Trump’s decision as wrong and “contrary to our spirit, and to common sense.”

With one swift response, the “Captain America” actor summed up why the former president’s statement meant so much to so many.

Trump’s decision puts into uncertainty the futures of roughly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, also known as Dreamers.

3fcd120146f54222a9450661aae4d5bfThe president also put the responsibility on Congress to craft a legislative replacement for DACA before the Obama-era rule is eliminated in six months. Republicans and Democrats have disagreed on protections for Dreamers in the past.