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    44 ways to judge the Obama era

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama, the 44th commander in chief of the United States, caps off eight years in office on January 20. Those eight years saw the nation grapple with the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression. The country’s response to that crisis helped reshape the economy and the makeup of the political system a few times over. And for every day of those eight years, the nation was at war — on multiple fronts, against multiple […]

  • The weather forecast for Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day looks gray and damp. Rain will be moving in from the south and could reach Washington around the noon hour when Trump is putting his hand on the Bible to become president.

    Weather forecast for Trump’s inauguration looks gloomy, with 75% chance of rain by parade time

    WASHINGTON — It might literally rain on Donald Trump’s parade. The weather forecast for Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day looks gray and damp. Rain will be moving in from the south and could reach Washington around the noon hour Friday, when Trump is putting his hand on the Bible to become president. The chance of showers will be increasing throughout the afternoon — from around 50% at noon to 75% by 3 p.m., when the inaugural parade is set to […]

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    The real debate winner? Chris Wallace

    LAS VEGAS  — Chris Wallace delivered a sterling performance as moderator of the final presidential debate on Wednesday night, maintaining order and focusing on substantive issues that matter to American voters. In an otherwise nasty and vitriolic campaign season, the “Fox News Sunday” host pressed Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on matters pertaining to the U.S. economy, America’s foreign policy and the Supreme Court, while also addressing pressing questions about both candidates’ fitness to lead. Wallace was widely praised for […]

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    Michael Jordan: ‘I can no longer stay silent’ on police shootings

    “I can no longer stay silent.” So says Michael Jordan, widely considered the best NBA player of all time but someone who has refrained from using his celebrity to take a public stand on social issues. Jordan, who owns the Charlotte Hornets, published a one-page letter on The Undefeated, a new ESPN platform dedicated to exploring the intersections of race, sports and culture. In that letter, posted Monday, Jordan said that he would be donating $1 million each to the […]

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    Agency handling Trump’s web ads is nod to ‘Mad Men’

    (CNN) — Donald Trump’s campaign has made payments to an unusual new company for web advertising with little footprint beyond a New Hampshire home with a tongue-in-cheek name: Draper Sterling — a reference to Don Draper and Roger Sterling, two of the main characters on the Emmy-winning show “Mad Men.” Trump paid $35,000 to Draper Sterling last month, a business that lists a home in Londonderry, New Hampshire, as its principal address, according to the New Hampshire secretary of state’s […]

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    Billionaire Donald Sterling loses appeal to reverse $2B sale of LA Clippers

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court has rejected former Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s attempt to reverse the $2 billion sale of the team. The 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled Monday that Sterling failed to show any legal error by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge who approved the sale last year. Sterling’s estranged wife sold the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer after the NBA threatened to seize the team after banning Donald Sterling for life […]

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    Under Steve Ballmer, LA Clippers bench the iPads

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Coming soon to the LA Clippers’ front office: Microsoft Office, courtesy of Steve Ballmer. The NBA team’s new owner is perhaps best known for his passion for Microsoft, the company he led as CEO for many years. Now, Ballmer is bringing his product loyalty to the new job. “Most of the Clippers are on Windows, some of the players and coaches are not,” Ballmer told Reuters in an interview. It’s no surprise that Ballmer is staying […]

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    Atlanta Hawks GM on ‘indefinite leave’ over comments criticized as racist

    (CNN) — Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry is taking an indefinite leave of absence, the NBA team’s chief executive announced Friday, days after a report surfaced about controversial comments Ferry made about a free agent player. Ferry made the remarks about Luol Deng during a June conference call about prospective players, according to a letter obtained by CNN affiliate WSB and audio of that call obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Michael Gearon Jr., a minority owner of the Hawks, […]

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    A racial remark led to Atlanta Hawks probe and CEO giving up NBA team

    (CNN) — The racially charged email that led to Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson giving up his team was discovered after another member of the Hawks leadership made a racial comment, the team’s CEO said. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Hawks CEO Steve Koonin said the comment during a June conference call about free agents prompted an internal investigation. That comment was made by Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, Koonin said. Koonin told CNN that Ferry has been punished […]

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    Atlanta Hawks owner Bruce Levenson to sell NBA team after racist email

    (CNN) — Another NBA owner will lose his franchise because of racist remarks, but it doesn’t appear the Atlanta Hawks’ Bruce Levenson wants to follow the prolonged path to being stripped of his team that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling took this year. Levenson announced in a statement that he will sell his controlling stake in the team after an “e-mail two years ago that was inappropriate and offensive.” The exact remarks made in the email weren’t clear, but […]