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'You Made Me a Better Man'

President Barack Obama published a thank you letter to the American people on his last day in office, encouraging them to stay active in democracy and telling them that "You made me a better President, and you made me a better man"

Mexico Drug Lord Extradition

'El Chapo' Headed to NYC

Mexico's government says it has extradited drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States. A senior U.S. official says "El Chapo" already in US custody and is being flown to New York.

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How Authorities Are Keeping Trump's Inauguration Safe

Law enforcement officials in the nation's capital are finishing final preparations for an estimated 1 million people expected in Washington, D.C. this weekend for the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump and a series of protests

PETA Calls for A Dog's Purpose Boycott

PETA has called for a boycott of the upcoming film A Dog's Purpose after on-set video footage obtained by TMZ showed a German Shepherd being forced into turbulent water. "He wants to get away, just throw him in," a voice off-camera says in the video

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Obama Commutes 330 Drug Offender Sentences

In his last major act as president, Barack Obama is cutting short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes. The move brings Obama's bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a climactic close

Trump Attends D.C. Dinner Aimed At Meeting With Foreign Diplomats

Donald Trump Tests Congressional Republicans

Many of the same Republicans who fought bitterly over the last eight years against policies Donald Trump is touting seem ready to tolerate them for now, but it's unclear how long that unity will last in the upcoming Administration

Hundreds of activists and allies from the newly-formed anti-Trump group Rise & Resist staged a peaceful protest at Trump International Hotel and Tower in New York City, to fight against the radical changes to the American healthcare system proposed by the Trump Administration and Republicans, on Jan. 15, 2017.

Obamacare Is More Popular Than Ever, Poll Finds

More Americans hold positive views about Obamacare than hold negative views for the first time since the Affordable Care Act passed, according to a new poll. The results found 49% of people polled favored the law—slightly more than the 47% who opposed it

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President-elect Donald Trump's choice as Secretary of Energy, is sworn in during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on Capitol Hill January 19, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Perry Regrets Suggesting Abolishing Energy Department

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday he regrets his infamous statement about abolishing the Energy Department and insisted that the federal agency performs a critical function. He now says he will be a passionate advocate for the department's core missions

A man is cheered at a dance event organized by LGBTQ activist groups DisruptJ20 and WERK for Peace outside Vice President-Elect Mike Pence's temporary residence in Chevy Chase, Md., on Jan. 18, 2017. The protest targeted Pence's record on gay and transgender rights.

LGBT Activists Have Dance Party by Pence's Home

Protestors in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday night didn't just march their way to Vice President-elect Mike Pence's house—they danced. Roughly 200 people rallied for the "Queer Dance Party at Mike Pence's House"

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VP Biden Gives Farewell Warning

Vice President Joe Biden warned that the "liberal international world order" is at risk of collapse, using his final speech to global leaders to frame the stakes on the world stage as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office