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Gregory Korte
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Congress and politics reporter for USA TODAY.
Congress and politics reporter for USA TODAY.

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President Obama seems to be trying to give President-elect Trump room to move to the middle on issues like trade and defense.

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"What he now has access to is the most precise and detailed analysis of the most perplexing national security issues we face in the world It should be eye-opening for the president-elect," said David Priess, a former CIA intelligence officer and the author of The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama.

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President Obama suggested he doesn't have a choice in offering classified information to the Trump and Clinton campaigns. But he does.

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I thought the most interesting take on Trump at today's press conference actually came from Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
"After the elections, in a calmer, cooler atmosphere, positions are rethought, strategies are nuanced, and a certain balance is kept in the direction of the ship of state. It does not turn completely upside down. The Americans take pride in having a system with checks and balances. So, it is not so easy to do things, but it is not so easy to completely mess things up. And we admire that, and sometimes we depend upon that."

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A lot of reporting this story was just compiling everything Obama has said about what he might do after his presidency. And it's a lot.

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From issues of gender and race to Trump's tweets and temperament, Michelle Obama went there.

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I went out to talk to Clevelanders about the convention, and not one of the people I approach declined to talk to me. Midwesterners really are great people. Anyway, here's the result:

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President Clinton tells this story about someone who asked Mother Teresa about prayer:

"'When you pray, what do you say to God?' And she said, 'I don't say anything. I listen.' And then she was asked, 'Well when you listen, what does God say to you?' And she said, 'He doesn't say anything, either. He listens.'"

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Better pay equity through better data? The White House hopes so.
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