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Airbnb chief donates $100m to Obama scholarship fund

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The co-founder and chief executive of Airbnb, Brian Chesky, has donated $100m to Barack Obama’s foundation to fund scholarships for students pursuing careers in public service, with the awards including multiple stipe...

‘Democracy will wither’: Barack Obama outlines perils of unregulated big tech in sweeping speech

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Technology companies must be reined in to address the “weakening of democratic institutions around the world”, Barack Obama said Thursday, in a sweeping keynote speech on the perils of disinformation. Speaking at Stan...

Obama calls Biden ‘vice-president’ on return to the White House – video

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Barack Obama jokingly referred to Joe Biden as 'vice-president' on his return to the White House for the first time since 2017. The 44th president was there to celebrate the Affordable Care Act and offered Biden a pot...

Barack Obama announces positive test for Covid-19

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Barack Obama has tested positive for Covid-19. “I just tested positive for Covid,” the former president, 60, said in a tweet on Sunday. “I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Mic...

Republicans fear Michelle Obama presidential run, ex-Trump aide says

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Michelle Obama would put Republicans “in a very difficult position” if she ran for president in 2024, a former Trump aide said, because the former first lady is both popular and “immune to criticism”. Monica Crowley, ...

Obama gives tips to Starmer and Lammy on how Labour can regain ‘winning ways’

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Keir Starmer and the new shadow foreign secretary David Lammy held two hours of private talks with former US president Barack Obama last week about how centre-left parties can return to power – amid new optimism over ...

Barack Obama has a nerve preaching about the climate crisis

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Hundreds of people thronged the corridors at Cop26 on Monday, trying to make it into an event in one of the Scottish Event Campus’s drab plenary rooms. Passing by, I asked a man in the crowd what all the commotion was...

Obama implores world leaders to ‘step up now’ to avert climate disaster

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Barack Obama has called on world leaders to “step up and step up now” to avert climate breakdown, singling out China and Russia for being foremost among countries that are failing to cut planet-heating emissions quick...

Barack Obama backs push for firm 1.5C limit at Cop26 summit

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Developing countries pushing for a climate deal that limits global heating to 1.5C have been given a boost after Barack Obama signalled his support. The former US president said: “Science has made it clear. The danger...

Cop26: Obama arrives at summit; survey shows few will change lifestyle for climate – day eight live

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Day eight at the Glasgow summit focuses on loss, adaptation and damage

‘Don’t sit this one out’: Obama stumps for Virginia governor candidate Terry McAuliffe

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Barack Obama vehemently warned Virginia voters on Saturday against any complacency that what was now a “blue” state would stay that way, as he spoke at a rally to support Terry McAuliffe in the tightening race for gov...

Barack Obama on how uncovering his past helped him plan his future

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I was in my early 30s when I wrote Dreams from My Father. At the time, I was a few years out of law school. Michelle and I were newly married and just beginning to think about having kids. My mother was still alive. A...

Barack Obama scales back 60th birthday party over Covid concerns

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Barack Obama is scaling back the big bash planned for his 60th birthday because of concerns about the national rise in Covid-19 cases, a spokesperson said on Wednesday. “Due to the new spread of the Delta variant over...

Obama planning star-studded 60th birthday bash on Martha’s Vineyard

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Looks like former president Barack Obama is gearing up to throw the (outdoor) bash of the summer. The 44th president is reportedly pulling out all the stops when it comes to his upcoming birthday. Obama, who turns 60 ...

Obama accuses Trump of violating democracy and making up a ‘whole bunch of hooey’

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Good morning. Barack Obama has accused Donald Trump of violating a “core tenet” of democracy by refusing to concede the presidential election and making up a “whole bunch of hooey”. The former president said his succ...

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