Aug 15, 2019

What he's reading: Barack Obama shares his summer books list

Former President Barack Obama speaks to students at the University of Illinois in September. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Former President Barack Obama issued a list of recommended books he's been reading this summer, highlighting new releases and older works from authors including Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who died last week at age 88.

The big picture: Obama is known to share his favorite reads via social media. "You’ll be glad you read them," he promised of his recommendations for the works of Morrison, to whom he presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.

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What he's listening to: Obama releases summer playlist

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Former President Barack Obama posted online Saturday a summer playlist of songs he and former first lady Michelle Obama are listening to this year.

The big picture: The former president posted to Instagram and Twitter a playlist of 44 songs — a nod to his status as the 44th president of the United States. Obama is also known for sharing his favorite reads via social media.

Keep ReadingArrowAug 25, 2019

Biden gets pressed on Obama era record deportations

Univision's Jorge Ramos pressed Vice President Joe Biden on the record number of deportations during the Obama administration, with the former vice president saying "things have changed" since he was in the White House.

Go deeperArrowSep 13, 2019

Trump's shaky policy legacy

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A great deal of President Trump’s policy record — on issues like health care, energy and even immigration — would need a second term to fully take root, and could be easily reversed if he doesn’t get one.

Why it matters: Trump is doing a lot: He has upended American politics, and his appointment of conservative judges will reverberate well beyond his presidency. But if — if — he were to be a one-term president, the substantive policy changes he’d leave behind could be short-lived.