President Barack Obama took his future-minded approach down toSXSW in Austin on Friday, delivering a hopeful message for those frustrated with government’s seeming hesitance to embrace technology at an appropriate rate. Obama, delivering the keynote for the tech corner of the heavily hyped Texan party, called on those gathered atSXSW and beyond to continue being actively engaged in politics and the world around them using any of the rapidly evolving methods available to them.
The U.S. is currently embroiled in an opioid epidemic—the drugs were involved in 28,647 deaths in 2014, up 200 percent from the year 2000. And while researchers have developed painkillers that are harder to abuse andmedications that reduce the effects of opioids once a person has overdosed, there is currently nothing on the market to stop opioids’ effects altogether. Now a team of researchers is hoping to change that.
Though the United States’ unhealthy relationship with firearms would seemingly be an obvious source of much-needed improvement, the debate surrounding the implementation of proper gun control still remains a heated source of contention as we move into an election year. On Thursday, CNN sources revealed that President Barack Obamais planning to announce executive action “with the goal of expanding background checks on gun sales” within days.
President Obama looked visibly shaken as he spoke about the shooting at UCC on Thursday evening. He noted he’s had to give press conferences on similar incidents far too many times, a powerful reminder little has changed in this country in regard to gun violence.
Fulfilling the hopes of millions of Kenyans, Barack Obama returned to his father’s homeland Friday for the first time as U.S. president, a long sought visit by a country that considers him a local son.
The Obama administration is expected to all but ban trans fat in a final ruling that could drop as soon as next week, killing most uses of an ingredient that has been put in everything from frozen pizza to Reese’s Pieces but since deemed harmful to human health.
The Secret Service might be focused on how to design a better fence at the White House, but President Obama’s foundation team is focused on the design of a different building: His presidential library.