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Biden picks Ron Klain as White House Chief of Staff
Ron Klain (left)
Ron Klain (left) Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / via Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

President-elect Joe Biden has named Ron Klain, a veteran Democratic operative, a lawyer and a decades-long confidant, as his White House chief of staff. Klain has served as a top aide to Biden since the 1980s, was a senior White House aide to Barack Obama and also VP Al Gore's chief of staff.

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Michelle Obama tweets support for Joe Biden, urges Americans to vote
Michelle Obama tweets support for Joe Biden, urges Americans to vote
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Former first lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday urged Americans to vote on Twitter, writing "It’s time to vote, everybody! Polls are now open in many states. What time are you voting? Who are you bringing with you? #ElectionDay."

An hour earlier, Obama again voiced her support for Democratic nominee Joe Biden: "I know Joe. He has lived his life guided by values and principles that mirror ones that most Americans can recognize. He understands the struggles of everyday folks. Vote today for the future you want to see for our country. Vote for @JoeBiden."

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Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
Obama returns to campaign trail for Biden, says the US can't "afford four more years of this"
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Barack Obama condemned President Donald Trump in a speech on Wednesday at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, urging Americans to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden as "the next 13 days will matter for decades to come."

"Philadelphia, we got 13 days — 13 days until the most important election of our lifetimes. And you don't have to wait for Nov. 3 to cast your ballot," Obama said.

"Donald Trump isn't suddenly going to protect all of us. He can't even take the basic steps to protect himself," he added. "Here's the truth. I want to be honest here. This pandemic would have been challenging for any president. But this idea that somehow this White House has done anything but completely screw this up is just not true."

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United States general endorses Biden after being fired for attacking Biden
U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal (left)
U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal (left) Credit: DoD photo by Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison, U.S. Air Force / Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

General Stanley McChrystal had attacked Joe Biden in the Rolling Stone magazine in 2010 and had subsequently been fired by then-president Barack Obama.

He has now appeared on television stating he thinks that Biden "would set a tone in which he brings out the best of people. Again, not everybody will agree with every policy ― nobody ever will ― and that’s healthy in a democracy" and added that "we have to believe in our values. You have to believe that your commander-in-chief, at the end of the day, is someone you can trust. And I can trust Joe Biden".

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Obama releases statement about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, praising her as "a warrior for gender equality"
Obama releases statement about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, praising her as "a warrior for gender equality"
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Former President Barack Obama has released a statement on the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on medium.com in which he praises her as "a warrior for gender equality" who helped "us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us."

Obama wrote that Ginsburg "inspired the generations who followed her, from the tiniest trick-or-treaters to law students burning the midnight oil to the most powerful leaders in the land" and that he was "profoundly thankful for the legacy she left this country."

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Literature
Barack Obama's memoir to be published on November 17
Cover of "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama
Cover of "A Promised Land" by Barack Obama Credit: Crown Publishing Group

"A Promised Land", the first volume of former President Barack Obama's memoir covering his presidential campaign and first term in office, is set to be published on November 17.

"I've spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in 'A Promised Land' I've tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office: the key events and people who shaped it; my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made; and the political, economic, and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then — and that as a nation we are grappling with still," so Obama in a statement. "In the book, I've also tried to give readers a sense of the personal journey that Michelle and I went through during those years, with all the incredible highs and lows."

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Former US president Obama says that "democracy itself is on the line" at the 2020 elections
Former US president Obama says that "democracy itself is on the line" at the 2020 elections
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Katie Hill, a spokeswoman of Barack Obama has stated that he "will highlight the cynical moves by the current administration and the Republican party to discourage Americans from voting" and "make a pointed case that democracy itself is on the line – along with the chance to create a better version of it"

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17-year-old teenager arrested in connection with Twitter hack
17-year-old teenager arrested in connection with Twitter hack
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Early Friday morning, a 17-year-old Graham Ivan Clark from Tampa, Florida was arrested in connection with the Twitter hack that targeted around 130 high profile accounts including Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Joe Biden and Bill Gates on July 15.

Clark is being charged with over 30 felony counts, including identity theft, hacking and organized fraud and is set to be charged as an adult. Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren described him as "not an ordinary 17-year old" in a press conference. It's unclear whether Clark was working alone.

Twitter tweeted a statement, writing: "We appreciate the swift actions of law enforcement in this investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case progresses. For our part, we are focused on being transparent and providing updates regularly."

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Civil rights leader C.T. Vivian dies at age 95
President Barack Obama delivers awards the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2013.
President Barack Obama delivers awards the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Nov. 20, 2013. Credit: Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson / Public domain

C.T. Vivian has died of natural causes in his Atlanta home at age 95. Vivian was a civil rights veteran and a close associate of Dr Martin Luther King Jr., who he met in 1955. He helped organise the Freedom Rides and was an advocate for non-violent protest, racial justice and equality.

In 2013, President Barack Obama awarded Vivan with the presidential medal of freedom.

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Dozens of top tier Twitter Accounts compromised and used for scam tweets
Dozens of top tier Twitter Accounts compromised and used for scam tweets
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Dozens of top tier Twitter Accounts of prominent people and politicians have been compromised and used to tweet bitcoin scam messages where people where promised that their money will be doubled if send to a specific bitcoin address. Some of the compromised accounts belong to Apple, Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, CashApp amongst others.

Twitter has stated that they believe the reason is a "coordinated social engineering attack by people who successfully targeted some of our employees with access to internal systems and tools" and limited internal employee access to these tools heavily while the investigation is ongoing.

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Milton Glaser, designer of "I ❤ NY" and Co-Founder of New York Magazine, dies age 91
Milton Glaser, designer of "I ❤ NY" and Co-Founder of New York Magazine, dies age 91
Credit: Milton Glaser (Public Domain)

Milton Glaser has died at age 91 of a stroke and renal failure on Friday. He was one of the most celebrated and recognisable graphic designers in the United States.

His popular artworks include the iconic "I ❤ NY" logo, the 1967 illustration of Bob Dylan as well as several logos for DC Comics. In 1954, he co-founded the New York Magazine with Clay Felker and New York-based graphic design and illustration studio Push Pin Studios with several Cooper Union graduates. Glaser's work has been featured in many museums and exhibits across the world and received many awards, including the National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama in 2009.

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Trump is said to skip White House portrait unveiling
Two days after the election on November 10th 2016, the President meets with President-elect Donald Trump
Two days after the election on November 10th 2016, the President meets with President-elect Donald Trump Credit: Peter J. Souza (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

Donald Trump is said to skip the unveiling of former President Barack Obama's portrait at the White House. For the past 40 years, each first-time president would hold a ceremony for the unveiling of the official portrait of his predecessor at the White House. According to NBC News, Obama would not participate in the event "so long as Trump is in office, the people familiar with the matter said".

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Trump accuses Obama of "biggest crime in American history" without any details or sources

In a tweet on Mother's Day, Trump accuses Barack Obama of the "biggest crime in American history by far" and saying that "OBAMAGATE makes Watergate look small time!" When asked by reporter Philp Rucker of the Washington Post to clarify his accusation, Trump said "It's been going on for a long time. It's been going on even before I was elected and it's a disgrace that it happened and if you look into what's going on and the misinformation that is being released and from what I understand that's only the beginning," and that "the crime is very obvious to everybody," except for readers of the Washington Post. As of now, it's unclear what crime Trump is referring to or whether it happened.

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Hillary Clinton endorses Joe Biden for president
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Intramural Fields at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Intramural Fields at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. Credit: Gage Skidmore (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

After Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton - 2016 Democratic presidential nominee - announced her endorsement of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The endorsement, at an online town hall on the effects of the coronavirus crisis on women, came at a critical moment as Biden aims to raise his profile with female voters and other key demographic groups even as the pandemic ravages the U.S. economy.

Biden, who has vowed to pick a woman as his running mate this year, introduced Clinton at the town hall as the person who should now be president.

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Barack Obama endorses Joe Biden for presidency

The former president of the United States Barack Obama has endorsed his former vice-president Joe Biden who's the last contender in the primaries of the Democratic party to become the Democratic nominee for the presidency.