President Obama’s economic legacy is one of ups and downs

When Donald Trump campaigned as a brash billionaire willing to drain the swamp in D.C. in order to “Make America Great Again,” he knew that he’d hit a nerve early on and that the economic anxieties running throughout Middle America painted a reality far different than the job growth data suggests from the past 8 years.

Make no mistake, however, President Obama did indeed preside over unprecedented job growth and technological upheaval. During his tenure, consumers gained confidence, home values rose, and the unemployment rate was cut in half.

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TBT: Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009

Before a smartphone was put in every person’s hands and the economy had recovered, way back when wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were still raging and we were all hopeful that the new administration would help pull us out of a deep recession, Washington welcomed the nation’s first black president who had promised to shake things up and deliver us change.

The day was January 20th, 2009.

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Your guide to the 2017 presidential inauguration

The pomp and circumstance of the 58th presidential inauguration is about to take over Washington, D.C. as the Obama Administration oversees the peaceful transition of power to President-elect Donald Trump. If you’re wondering how to see the ceremony live, we’ve put together a Briefing guide to help you piece together a plan with some frequently asked questions:

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5 fascinating facts to know about President Ronald Reagan

From small town Illinois to Hollywood and eventually the White House, Ronald Reagan was a larger than life figure whose stature overshadows conservatives even today, thirteen years after his death.

The Great Communicator is credited for restoring a sense of American pride in the 1980s, and juicing an economy that had been sagging into recession following almost twenty years of social tumult. His message that “government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem,” was one that resonated with a country eager for a bright new day.

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Stat of the Week: 40% of Americans believe healthcare needs overhauling

President-elect Donald Trump and a cohort of Republicans on Capitol Hill have promised the Affordable Care Act will be repealed and replaced — within his first 100 days, no less.

But a new study released by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has revealed that disruption from a partial repeal would upend health insurance markets, causing 18 million people to lose their health insurance until Congress found a plan that fully replaced the ACA, also known as Obamacare.

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Trump’s first 100 days could be fraught with fights on Capitol Hill

With Inauguration Day just around the corner, we’re beginning to see some clear-cut battle lines drawn on Capitol Hill as the Republican-controlled Congress begins to look at what they can (and can’t) get done with Donald Trump in the Oval Office.

Will Trump be able to bend the legislative branch to his will, or can Republicans sway him toward principled conservatism with rank-and-file leadership?

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What does the U.S. Department of Education actually do?

It’s been a few years since the backlash against the U.S. Department of Education was heard on Capitol Hill, while there’s been no real talk of its influence throughout the campaign and subsequent election of populist real estate magnate Donald Trump who promises to make America great again.

The department is, however, responsible for setting learning benchmarks for the next generation of Americans.

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Trump’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. by the numbers

It’s a costly event any time a new president comes to town, and Washington, D.C. will be looking to the American taxpayer to foot much of the bill. Luckily private donations will cover the rest of the 58th presidential inauguration, where Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony takes place.

Here we’ll take a look at the numbers of President Obama’s first big event as a comparison. Remember, that was way back in the days of Recession-era wages and iPhone 3G’s:

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