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Barack Obama the Noir Thriller

Barack Obama the Noir Thriller

Former President Barack Obama has been transformed into a superhero along with his VP Joe Biden. In Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery, a noir thriller by Andrew Shaffer, the writer brings one of the internet’s many bromantic memes to the page. In this story, which mixes genuine suspense and noirish elements with buddy comedy, Obama and Biden re-team to unravel a mystery that leads them to the sinister core of the opioid epidemic. The book will publish on July 10th. Here’s a clip: “I swiveled around. There. To my left, by the big oak. Ten paces away. A man crouched low, scratching Champ behind the ears. German shepherds don’t take to strangers, but this man was no stranger. He rose to his feet, a slim figure in his black hand-tailored suit. His white dress shirt was unbuttoned at the neck. He took a long drag off his cigarette and exhaled smoke with leisure. Barack Obama was never in a hurry.” You can read the book’s first two chapters here.

Eleanor Holmes Norton Intros Bill to Allow Marijuana Use in Public Housing

Eleanor Holmes Norton Intros Bill to Allow Marijuana Use in Public Housing

Raja Krishnamoorthi Wants Commerce Secretary to Explain His Mistruth and Missing Fortune

Raja Krishnamoorthi Wants Commerce Secretary to Explain His Mistruth and Missing Fortune