Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the President of the United States and a former junior United States Senator from Illinois. Obama is the first African American to be elected President of the United States. He is a graduate of Columbia College of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. He taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate in January 2003, won a primary victory in March 2004, was elected to the Senate in November 2004 and to the presidency in November 2008. Obama delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in July 2004.


  • Obama attributes wildfires to climate change

    The Associated Press 39 minutes ago
    Barack Obama, Jay Inslee
    SEATTLE (AP) — President Barack Obama says a wildfire that has burned nearly 400 square miles in the north-central part of Washington state, along with blazes in other Western areas, can be attributed to climate change. Obama, speaking at a fundraiser ...
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    Black leaders worry about low turnout in November

    The Associated Press 55 minutes ago
    Black leaders worry about low turnout in November
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Civil rights leaders at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on Tuesday worried that dwindling African-American turnout in November could lead to the expansion of voter-identification laws that make it harder for that community to vote ...
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    State health officials reviewing court rulings

    The Associated Press 2 hours ago
    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts health officials say a pair of seemingly contradictory federal appeals court rulings on a key element of President Barack Obama's health care law is reinforcing their commitment to remain a state-based marketplace. One ruling questioned subsidies ...
  • Taylor makes history

    San Antonio Express-News 3 hours ago
    Ivy Taylor made history in San Antonio on Tuesday, becoming the first African-American woman to be mayor of the city. She was appointed to fulfill the remainder of Juli�n Castro's term. He starts his new job in President ...
  • President Obama arrives in Seattle

    The Associated Press 3 hours ago
    SEATTLE (AP) — President Barack Obama has arrived in Seattle for two political fundraisers. After Air Force One touched down at Boeing Field around 3:15 p.m., he stopped for about 10 minutes to shake hands, take photos and hold ...
  • Undercover probe finds health law failings

    The Associated Press 3 hours ago
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law, according to testimony to be delivered Wednesday. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get ...

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