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(CNN) Activists worry that a Trump White House would halt former President Barack Obama's criminal justice reforms, and institute new policies that could worsen conditions.

(CNN) While evaluations of President Barack Obama vary widely in various subsets of black America, hundreds of Obama mentions in hip-hop over the last nine years show that the immediate legacy of the first black president will not only be shaped by his accomplishments, but by the challenges he faced and by the policies of presidents yet to come, who could either advance his work, or dismantle it.

(CNN) As the reality of a Donald Trump presidency settles in, artists and activists in the hip-hop community are gearing up for a political battle.

(CNN) Hip-hop's attitude toward Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has undergone an incredible evolution; Trump has gone from being an object of respect to a pariah in rap lyrics. Clinton, who has been much less of a presence -- a peripheral character -- has become a subject of songs in her own right.

What hip hop lyrics tell us about Hillary Clinton

(CNN) Hillary Clinton has been mentioned in rap lyrics for decades. But will this help her with the hip hop community in 2016?

What hip hop lyrics tell us about Donald Trump

(CNN) Donald Trump has been referenced in hip hop lyrics for decades and what we learn about him is consistent: Trump is rich and he can do whatever he wants. And so far, this just might be his greatest political asset.

Two things that could hinder U.S. efforts to destroy ISIS

(CNN) The United States is relying on two key partners in the fight to destroy ISIS — the new Iraqi government and the moderate Syria opposition.

Dilemmas of the Internet age

(CNN) In a world of smart phones and smart cars, the Internet is no longer limited to your desktop; it follows you wherever you go. And as long as you are online, you could potentially be tracked at all times.

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(CNN) From campaign slogans like "Feel the Bern!" and "Make America Great Again," to Donald Trump's favorite political insults, undertones of the 2016 race to the White House will echo for years to come in what were once very ordinary phrases in the English language.

(CNN) The presidents' furry friends have been the source of adoration, humor and drama during their time as first dogs in the White House, from President Barack Obama's Portuguese water dogs Bo and Sunny to Franklin D. Roosevelt's beloved Scottish terrier Fala.

Meet Atlanta's homeless men's choir

(CNN) The Homeward Choir, a group of homeless men from Atlanta, were invited to perform at the White House to raise awareness and about the complexities and harships of homelessness.

A soldier's battle at home

(CNN) When a soldier's time on the front lines of combat is over, veterans like Marine Captain Jason Haag, face a lingering and painful internal battle defined by the trauma of war.

Mayor's stories out of school

(CNN) Mayors Julian Castro of San Antonio, Michael Hancock of Denver, Kevin Johnson of Sacramento, California, and Angel Taveras of Providence, Rhode Island, each attended public schools in the cities they now lead.

(CNN) After spending some time on the Hill, I have learned the very specific fashion culture that is fostered by the country’s top lawmakers.

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Iran deal figures big in "Day 1" presidential promises

(CNN) Some 2016 presidential hopefuls have already outlined an agenda of what they would do on their first day in the White House — and many have set their sights on the Iran nuclear agreement.

Obama uses N-word, says we are not cured of racism

(CNN) President Barack Obama used the n-word during an interview to make a point that there's still plenty of room for America to combat racism.

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