How Manmohan Singh became Barack Obama's first state guest
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Manmohan Singh was the last Indian Prime Minister hosted by a US President as a state guest until PM Narendra Modi, who will join President Joe Biden on Thursday. Incidentally, every other Indian Prime Minister has had that honour with the exception of P.V. Narasimha Rao; some of them were honoured twice, including Indira Gandhi (1971, 1982) and Manmohan Singh (2005, 2009).
Prince Harry's 'Spare' sells 1.43 mn copies on Day 1, beats Obama's record
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The figure includes all formats and editions, including e-books and print copies. According to publisher Penguin Random House, the book has smashed all records for any first-day nonfiction book sale it had ever put out, The Bookseller, the publishing industry trade journal reported.
Biden loses least number of seats in a midterm compared to Clinton, Obama
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In the Senate, the Democrats have wrested one seat from the republicans. Even if both parties split the ticket, Democrats stand a good chance of winning the run off in Georgia where sitting senator pastor Raphael Warnock is much ahead of the footballer anti-abortion activist Herschel Walker hounded by abortion scandals of his ex-girlfriends. Or even before if they get California.
Barack Obama in last ditch effort to save Joe Biden and Democrats in midterms
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At present the Democrats and the Republicans are split 50 seats each in the Senate with the former enjoying the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Kamala Harris to pass legislation. In the house of representatives of the Congress, the Democrats have a wafer thin majority with 220 seats against 212 of the Republicans.
Democrats wheel out heavy artillery Barack Obama to save face in midterms
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Common folk are upset with a weak White House helmed by Biden and are seeking the return of a tougher and more decisive Trump. My taxi driver was hugely upset with economic tumult plaguing the country. As he said, America needs to redefine itself again, only Trump can set the nation on that path, gun violence is a rampant issue, as is abortion, even as the economy is caught in a maelstrom.
Obama Foundation revenues down in 2021 amid pandemic: Report
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The foundation's total revenue for 2021 of $160 million, almost all of it from fundraising, only gets it 10 per cent of the way there, dpa news agency reported citing the foundation's annual report, which is traditionally released each August. It was the second lowest revenue total the foundation has recorded since its founding, according to the report. The lowest total was in 2019, when revenues amounted to $139 million. Two years earlier the foundation recorded its highest revenue, $232 million. In its five years of existence, the foundation has notched a total of $866 million in revenues.
Ex-US President Barack Obama tests Covid positive
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"I've had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise," Obama tweeted on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported. He also wrote that he and his wife, Michelle, "are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative". "It's a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven't already, even as cases go down," the former US president added. Obama, 60, served as the 44th President of the US from 2009 to 2017.
Obama to face protests at Glasgow climate talks
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While former US President Barack Obama will hold a roundtable and meetings with key leaders, the ITR will be highlighting the 'Monster of Militarism' and the contradictions of his legacy of militarism, including greater military expansion into the Pacific, the expansion of drone warfare and the use of military interventions on water protectors fighting against the Dakota Action Pipeline.
Barack Obama scales back 60th BDay party amid Covid resurge
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Obama turned 60 on Wednesday and had planned a major celebration on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts this weekend. Media reports said hundreds of people were invited to the occasion, with rumours that actor George Clooney, director Steven Spielberg and talk show host Oprah Winfrey were all on the guest list.
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