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After 8 Years Of Unbroken War, Obama Hands Over Conflicts To Trump

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President Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference Wednesday in the briefing room of the White House. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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In a small room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, mail from children is read, sorted into categories and answered by staff — except for the few that are sent every week to President Obama. The letters are eventually stored at the National Archives and will later find a home in the president's library. Becky Harlan/NPR hide caption

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Chelsea Manning had been sentenced to 35 years for leaking military secrets to WikiLeaks. Civil liberties groups have praised President Obama's decision to commute the sentence, but some Republican leaders are outraged. AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma's attorney general and President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to head the EPA, earlier this month. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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People walk past the entrance of the parking garage where reporter Bob Woodward held late night meetings with Deep Throat, his Watergate source who later turned out to be Mark Felt, the FBI's former No. 2 official. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Thousands Of Toys Wash Ashore On German Island

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President Obama applauds Tom Perez in 2013, whom he nominated as labor secretary. Now, as the Obama presidency winds down, Perez is running for head of the Democratic National Committee. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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President Obama speaks at the groundbreaking of a road project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on June 18, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio. Amy Sancetta/AP hide caption

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