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Obama ranked 12th in leadership as Donald Trump’s ratings hit lows

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Barack Obama appears to be having a pretty good time lately. As the Trump administration lurched from crisis to crisis last week, the former president was sighted enjoying water sports with billionaire Richard Branson.

Obama’s legacy is still in the making, and will naturally be defined by which of his signature policies remains in four years—Donald Trump has pledged to upend everything from the Affordable Care Act to protections for Dreamers.

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In the meantime, presidential historians have ranked him 12th among all Presidents in overall leadership.

“George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Theodore Roosevelt retain their top five status, while Dwight Eisenhower moves into the top five for the first time,” the press release reads.

“Former President Barack Obama enters the ranks for the first time in the number 12 position. Notably, his leadership category ratings range from number 3 for “Pursued Equal Justice for All,” to number 39 for “Relations with Congress.” His predecessor, George W. Bush, has benefitted somewhat from the passing of years: His ranking at number 33, is up three places from our 2009 survey. Dwight Eisenhower also advanced three spots since 2009, moving to the number 5 position from number 8 overall. Bill Clinton remains unchanged at number 15.”

Perhaps reflecting the changing times, Andrew Jackson dropped the most between 2009 and today, from 13th to 18th.

“Once again the Big Three are Lincoln, Washington and FDR – as it should be. That Obama came in at number 12 his first time out is quite impressive. And the survey is surprisingly good news for George W. Bush, who shot up a few notches,” said historian Douglas Brinkley.

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Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s approval rating is at Obama’s all-time low, the Washington Post reports.


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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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