Barack Obama

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The NPR Politics team and reporters across the newsroom have annotated the farewell address that President Obama delivered in Chicago on Tuesday evening.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England reports that they've received a large boost in donations in the weeks following this year's presidential election.

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This week, President Obama announced what he called a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic seaboard.

Democrats called on Americans to reject what they called the politics of fear and division of the GOP and elect Hillary Clinton during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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President Obama met with Bernie Sanders on Thursday morning at the White House. Now that Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic nomination, the question on the minds of many Democrats is when the Vermont senator will give up his fight for the party's presidential nomination.

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According to the new VPR Poll, Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch enjoy strong bi-partisan support across the state, however the same cannot be said of Gov. Peter Shumlin.

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Sports Illustrated senior writer and Cornwall resident Alexander Wolff says basketball is deeply connected to President Obama's time in the country's top office. Wolff found so many connections that he wrote a book about them. It's called "The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama," and is chock full of photographs of Obama and others in action.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy says the likelihood that Iran will develop a nuclear weapon in the next decade has been greatly reduced because enough Senate Democrats are supporting President Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran.

Leahy says Congressional rejection of the deal would have almost certainly led to war in the Middle East.

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Despite enormous pressure from the White House, both of Vermont's U.S. senators say they will vote against a plan to give President Obama streamlined authority to negotiate a new trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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The Obama administration has made a direct appeal to the Senate lawmaker who controls the fate of the paid sick days bill in Vermont. But even lobbying from the White House won’t be enough to get the legislation across the finish line this year.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is strongly opposing President Obama's new international trade proposal. As Sanders considers a run for president, he says the trade deal should be a key issue in the Democratic 2016 presidential primary campaign.

Sanders has not formally announced his candidacy, but if he does run, it's clear that economic issues will be at the center of his campaign.

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There’s a big focus on the middle class and the economy ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday evening. But there’s another issue Obama is expected to talk about that’s particularly relevant to Vermont: expanding high-speed Internet access, especially to rural areas that don’t attract big telecom companies.

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As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Leahy will play a key role in reviewing the President’s nominee for attorney general.

Congress is in recess until after the November election but it is expected to hold what is known as a “lame duck” session at that time.

Senate Republican leaders don’t want to hold confirmation hearings on Eric Holder’s replacement until the start of the new Congress in January. That’s because they hope to win enough seats in the election to regain control of the U.S. Senate.

President Barack Obama announced a plan this morning that will delay the cancelation of some Americans' insurance plans. The move came after the president repeatedly promised that people who like their current insurance will be able to keep it under the Affordable Care Act.

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President Barack Obama named Gov. Peter Shumlin to a nationwide task force on “Climate Preparedness and Resilience,” the White House announced today.

Shumlin is one of 26 officials from around the country named to the task force and one of eight governors. Other members of the task force include local officials and two tribal representatives.