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Barack Obama’s Nostalgic Goodbye:

Eight years ago, Barack Obama inspired Americans to embrace political change with the mantra “yes we can.” He bade them farewell Tuesday after a historic, tumultuous presidency with the words “yes we did.”

Obama revived the spirit and idealism of his 2008 campaign in a nostalgic, sometimes emotional final address to the nation from his hometown of Chicago, 10 days before he cedes power to Donald Trump, his antithesis in personality and politics.
The President stood unbowed and unapologetic after eight tough years, an unrepentant champion of hope and change.

Just as on a frigid morning in Springfield, Illinois, in February 2007 when he announced his White House bid, Obama strode on a walkway to a stage set in a huge crowd to his campaign anthem, “City of Blinding Lights” by U2.

Trump News Conference Takes On New Significance:

President-elect Donald Trump’s long-awaited news conference is taking on new significance Wednesday.

The news conference, Trump’s first since winning the election, was already looming as a significant rite of passage for someone who is undergoing a transformation from rabble-rousing candidate to the next American President. But new allegations involving Russia are sure to inject an extra charge.
The news conference, expected to begin at 11 am ET in midtown Manhattan, follows exclusive reporting by CNN on Tuesday that classified documents presented last week to President Barack Obama and Trump included allegations that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Mr. Trump, multiple US officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell CNN.

In January, ‘Ex’ Marks The Spot:

There was that distant-feeling New Year’s kiss at midnight. Valentine’s Day, a holiday based on setting hearts aflutter, was full of awkward pauses and glances over soufflé at the person you used to love.

Come March, it’s time to turn over a new leaf.
In recent years, January has earned the nickname “Divorce Month” — a less appealing title than National Pet Month (May) or National Honey Month (September), though divorce can surely be both hairy and sticky.
While marital psychologists and divorce lawyers say January’s more accurate description would be “I’m Starting to Research My Options Month,” they agree there is some accuracy in the nomenclature.
FindLaw.com’s analysis of American divorce filings between 2008 and 2011, with legal research service Westlaw, revealed a spike in divorces in January, followed by a rise and peak in late March.

Twinkies, Palmer Candy Join Recall Over Salmonella Concerns:

Although Twinkies normally have a long shelf life, don’t hoard any boxes of limited-edition Holiday White Peppermint Hostess Twinkies for your post-holiday snacking or apocalypse preparation needs.

Hostess has recalled the multipack boxes, with nine cakes in each, in response to a recall by Blommer Chocolate Co., which produced the confectionery coating used on the holiday Twinkies. The coating contains milk powder ingredients produced by Valley Milk Products LLC, which may be contaminated with salmonella.
Salmonella was found at the company’s manufacturing facility, including in 50-pound bags of Valley Milk’s sweet cream buttermilk powder and high heat nonfat dry milk powder.

Obama Farewell: Where Was Sasha?:

Outgoing President Barack Obama used his farewell address to praise his two daughters as his proudest achievement — but one was missing.

First Lady Michelle Obama put her arm around Malia as the President spoke.
“Malia,” Obama said, gesturing to his eldest daughter, “…and Sasha, under the strangest of circumstances, you have become two amazing young women.
“You are smart and you are beautiful but more importantly, you are kind and you are thoughtful — and you are full of passion. And bore the burden of years in the spotlight so easily.
“Of all that I have done in my life, I am most proud to be your dad.”
Meantime the Internet began searching for absent Sasha, using the hashtag #whereissasha

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source: CNN.com

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