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Reflections on covering Obama, his connection to Chicago with former DePaulia editor Courtney Jacquin

President Obama gives his farewell speech from McCormick Place, warning Americans not to take democracy for granted. (Josh Leff/The DePaulia)

Brenden Moore

January 12, 2017

Tuesday night, I was one of seemingly a gazillion reporters sent to cover President Barack Obama’s swan song at McCormick Place. While there, a few thoughts popped into my mind: How Obama’s farewell compared to his other Chicago celebrations, his relationship with Chicago and how he shaped our politi...

Obama warns of threats to democracy, says goodbye

President Obama gives his farewell speech from McCormick Place, warning Americans not to take democracy for granted. (Josh Leff/The DePaulia)

Brenden Moore

January 11, 2017

Speaking from his hometown of Chicago, President Barack Obama urged Americans to come together to address the core issues threatening democracy as he said farewell to the nation Tuesday night. Emotions were high at McCormick Place as thousands, sometimes teary-eyed, packed the convention hall to hear ...

LIVE BLOG: President Obama says farewell to Chicago, nation

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2016 file photo, President Barack Obama, wearing sunglasses, waves while boarding Air Force One before leaving O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. From his campaign fist bump to his theatrical mic drop at the last White House correspondents’ dinner, Barack Obama ruled as America’s pop culture president. His two terms played out like a running chronicle of the trends of our times: slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon, reading mean tweets with Jimmy Kimmel, filling out his NCAA basketball bracket on ESPN, cruising with Jerry Seinfeld on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.”  (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Brenden Moore, Danielle Harris, and Pat Mullane

January 10, 2017

President Barack Obama gives his farewell address from his hometown of Chicago. Follow along with our reporters as they bring the latest from McCormick Place. (function(d, s, id) {var js,ijs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//embed.scribb...

At height of popularity, Obama steps away

At height of popularity, Obama steps away

Ben Gartland

October 31, 2016

With the Presidential election eight days away, the focus on who will be the 45th President of the United States is the biggest topic in the nation. Eight years ago, the United States faced a similar question over who would be the 44th President, which would be Barack Obama. Read More »...

President Obama’s State of the Union: Continuing a vision

President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, Vice Presient Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Brendan Pedersen

January 21, 2015

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama addressed his State of the Union toward an entirely GOP-controlled Congress for the first time. Read More »...

‘Two years free’: Economic ramifications of Obama’s community college tuition proposal

The proposal for federally funded community college tuition is 
partially based off of a similar plan implemented in Tennessee. (Brad Montgomery | Creative Commons)

Kevin Gross

January 18, 2015

High schoolers, adult learners and school administrators sighed in relief as the Obama administration proposed a plan on Jan. 8 to make two-year community colleges free for many Americans. Read More »...

President Obama gives it the good ol’ college try

The White House announced a proposal on Jan. 9, that President Barack Obama said would make community college

Danielle Harris

January 18, 2015

President Barack Obama recently unveiled a long overdue plan to provide a free college education to qualified students. The plan, entitled America’s College Promise, pledges to cover tuition costs for those who have a C plus average, attend school at least part time and are working towards credit transferable to a four-yea...

AP: Obama announces re-establishment of relations with Cuba

President Barack speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, to announce the U.S. will end its outdated approach to Cuba that has failed to advance U.S. interests. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, Pool)

The Associated Press

December 17, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations as well as an easing in economic and travel restrictions on Cuba Wednesday, declaring an end to America's "outdated approach" to the communist island in a historic shift that aims to bring an end to a h...

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