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Editor's Note: This story was originally published in December 2014 when President Obama announced plans to improve U.S. ties with Cuba. We're republishing it with minor updates following Fidel Castro's death.

Just months after he seized power in Cuba, Fidel Castro visited Washington in April 1959 and received a warm welcome. Castro met Vice President Richard Nixon, placed a wreath at the base of both the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and was photographed looking up in seeming admiration of both U.S. presidents.

The sudden and shocking death of Supreme Court icon Antonin Scalia this weekend will have enormous repercussions for the U.S. legal system and political process, both in the immediate term and for many years to come.

President Obama struck a somber tone, remembering the late-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as a "towering legal mind" who influenced a generation, but made it clear, he intends to replace him.

"I plan to fulfill my constitutional responsibilities to nominate a successor in — due time," Obama said. "There will be plenty of time for me to do so, and for the Senate to fulfill its responsibility to give that person a fair hearing and a timely vote."

President Obama Delivers His Final State Of The Union Address

Jan 12, 2016
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President Barack Obama says one of the few regrets of his presidency is that too many Americans feel their voice doesn't matter in democracy.

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More than 50,000 people from across the globe are streaming into the Dallas Convention Center. It’s the granddaddy of all outdoor expos: the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention. 

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President Barack Obama says that contrary to the claims of some GOP presidential candidates, he's not plotting to take away everyone's guns.

U.S. Will Overcome Terror Threat, Obama Tells Nation In Primetime Address

Dec 6, 2015
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President Barack Obama says he understands why Americans are worried about the threat of terrorism but is reassuring Americans the U.S. will overcome it.

"I actually think we're going to solve this thing."

That's what President Obama said in a news conference just before he left a United Nations summit on climate change.

"Climate change is a massive problem," Obama said. "It is a generational problem. It's a problem that by definition is just about the hardest thing for a political system to absorb, because the effects are gradual, they're diffused. And yet despite all that ... I'm optimistic. I think we're going to solve it."

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President Barack Obama says he's confident the world will forge a major climate change agreement in the coming weeks.

President Obama is in Turkey for a meeting of the G20 and and held a news conference. François Hollande spoke to a joint session of his parliament at the Palace of Versailles.

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Watch the video of President Obama's eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who, along with eight others, was killed during a Bible study last week in Charleston, South Carolina.

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The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

Texas Democrats Help Defeat Obama's Legacy Bill

Jun 12, 2015
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday shot down President Obama's bid to negotiate the largest trade deal in American history. But unlike recent chapters in divided government, the people taking the knives to his agenda were members of his own party, including most of Texas' Democratic delegation.  

House Speaker Straus Opposes Long-Term Deployment Of Guard At Border

Feb 18, 2015
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A day after Gov. Greg Abbott backed extending the Texas National Guard’s stay at the Mexico border, House Speaker Joe Straus said Wednesday that he will work to make that happen but that he remained opposed to a "long-term deployment."

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WASHINGTON- House Speaker John Boehner says a federal judge's ruling temporarily blocking President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration underscores that he acted beyond his authority.

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President Barack Obama is arguing the law and history are on his side in a legal dispute over his executive order to protect millions of immigrants from deportation.

Federal Halt On Immigration Executive Action Stalls Anti-Deportation Program

Feb 17, 2015
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WASHINGTON-- The Homeland Security Department is ceasing preparations for a program designed to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. That decision comes as a result of Monday's federal court ruling temporarily halting it.

US To Appeal Ruling Blocking Obama Immigration Plan

Feb 17, 2015
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WASHINGTON--The Justice Department will appeal a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the White House said Tuesday.

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  Gov. Greg Abbott hailed a federal judge's decision Monday to halt President Obama’s executive action on immigration — a decision that gave the state of Texas an initial victory in its battle against what state leaders call federal overreach.

Texas Vs. The Feds: A Look At The Lawsuits

Feb 16, 2015
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During his time as attorney general, now-Gov. Greg Abbott made his lawsuits against the Obama administration — 31 in total — a point of pride. The attorney general’s office provided cost estimates for 29 of the cases, which totaled about $4.25 million.

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President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared at a press conference Monday morning. If you missed it, here's the video.

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President Obama gave his State of the Union address tonight. The Republican response followed, featuring Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa. We aired the address and the response here on KERANews.org, as well as on KERA 90.1 FM and KERA-TV (Channel 13).

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address tonight and is expected to focus on the state of the economy and its impact on the middle class.

Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama's State of the Union address is still the biggest audience he'll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents constitutionally barred from running again — Eisenhower, Reagan, Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama) has had opposition congresses, making the prospects for passing major parts of the president's agenda slim to none.

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President Obama gave his year-end press conference from the White House Briefing Room at 12:30 p.m. He spoke on a variety of topics, including U.S./Cuba relations and the Sony hacking issue.

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When President Obama told the government last month to stop deporting immigrants whose children are American citizens, half a million parents in Texas were suddenly eligible, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

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President Obama addressed the country from the White House Thursday night. He announced executive actions on immigration.  The move is expected to affect up to 5 million immigrants who are in the U.S. without documentation. 

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The government and the press butt heads over access to intelligence often. Krys Boyd will speak to Stephen Whitfield, American studies professor at Brandeis University, about finding the equilibrium between national security and freedom of the press at 1 p.m. today.

Obama Orders Airstrikes In Syria, Saying U.S. Will 'Take Out' Islamic State

Sep 10, 2014
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President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists and their spreading reign of terror.

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