Barack Obama

It was perhaps the unthinkable: President Obama meeting with his successor at the White House in the first step to carry out the peaceful transition of power in the American republic — and that successor is Donald Trump.

But that's exactly what happened Thursday morning in what amounts to one of the more surreal moments in American political history.

Months after the Obama administration advised school districts that transgender students should be given access to bathrooms based on their gender identity, a federal judge in Texas has blocked the guidance from going into effect — for now.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor has granted a preliminary, nationwide injunction in response to a lawsuit filed by Texas and a number of other states.

Democrats called on Americans to reject what they called the politics of fear and division of the GOP and elect Hillary Clinton during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Following the death of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, La., on Sunday, President Obama said that "attacks on police are an attack on all of us."

Three officers were killed and three others were wounded in an encounter that began shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday. Louisiana law enforcement said they believe the gunman who shot at officers was killed at the scene. A law enforcement source confirmed to NPR the identity of the shooter as Gavin Eugene Long. The 29-year-old black man was a former Marine who served from August 2008 to August 2010.


At the White House Monday morning, President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Valor to 13 police officers noted for their bravery and valor while in the line of duty, including one from Western New York.

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A Cheektowaga man has been arrested after threatening to kill President Obama and others.

Federal appeals court judge Merrick Garland is President Obama's pick to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Obama nominates Kathleen Marie Sweet to be WNY federal judge

Mar 16, 2016

President Obama has nominated six to serve on United States District Courts. One of his nominees is Kathleen Marie Sweet for the United States District Court for the Western District of New York .

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U.S. Congressman Tom Reed said under the Second Amendment, gun ownership is a fundamental individual freedom.


Next week’s election of Speaker of the House is all but a formality, according to Congressman Chris Collins.

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A young man from Medina may be facing up to five years in prison for charges of threatening the President of the United States.

President Obama’s plan for national standards to curb power plant emissions is based, in part, on a cap and trade type program already existence in New York.

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Though it's been days since meeting President Obama in the Oval Office, UB Professor of Chemistry Dr. Luis Colon is still wondering, "Did this really happen?" Colon's work has earned the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring.

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International Workers Day was celebrated on Friday, both around the world and in downtown Buffalo. Hundreds of union members and supporters cheered as national AFL-CIO Vice President Tafare Gebre urged them to stand together and fight for their rights. / WBFO News

Like many holidays, Easter comes with its share of unhealthy activities, from big family meals, to lots of sweet treats. But on the lawn of the White House, on Monday, one UB faculty member is joining a team that aims to change that.

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U.S. Congressman Tom Reed said new regulations for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands should be more than enough reason for Governor Andrew Cuomo to reconsider his ban on the drilling practice. / WBFO News

It’s been five decades to the day since 25,000 people arrived in the Alabama’s capitol to demand the right to vote for African-Americans. They had marched 50 miles from Selma to Montgomery, but might never have had the chance to do so if not for Judge Frank Johnson, Jr. This is the story of one man’s lasting effect on American civil rights.

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 The history of a people who have influenced our nation for over 100 years is brought to life in the new PBS documentary, The Italian Americans.

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President Obama issued a memorandum today regarding the collection of personal data through the use of drones.

Obama nominates Vilardo to be federal judge

Feb 4, 2015

President Barack Obama has nominated local attorney Lawrence Vilardo to become a federal court judge for the Western District of New York.

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The Western New York congressional delegation is predictably split along party lines when it comes to their thoughts on President Obama's State of the Union address.

Buffalo’s parent leader meets President Obama

Dec 4, 2014
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A delegation from Say Yes to Education that included Buffalo's Parent District Coordinating Council President Samuel Radford, are meeting with President Obama at the White House Wednesday as part of the White House College Opportunity Day of Action.

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New York State's junior Senator is urging swift action on the confirmation of President Obama's nominee for the Attorney General's post.

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State and federal officials disagree on the guidelines for those who may have been exposed to Ebola. The disagreement is not preventing local officials from being prepared.

The movement to increase the federal minimum wage is gaining momentum. President Obama has championed the idea. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is joining the wave.

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President Obama signed an executive order Monday allowing borrowers to cap their student loan payments at 10 percent of their income. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer says the action will help relieve the debt burden for hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers.

A local man is among two dozen veterans scheduled to be honored today at the Pentagon after receiving the nation's highest award at the White House Tuesday for combat valor.

Buffalo-area Congressmen Chris Collins and Brian Higgins offered limited praise and some pointed criticism in response to President Obama's State of the Union speech.

WBFO will air State of the Union speech

Jan 28, 2014
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WBFO will carry NPR's live coverage of President Obama's State of the Union speech and the Republican Response Tuesday at 9 p.m. NPR's Melissa Block will host cover and will be joined NPR National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.

Collins wants Congress to decide on Syrian strike

Sep 1, 2013
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Western New York Congressman Chris Collins has weighed in on President Obama's comments on Syria.