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Barack Obama

A historical election

Barack Obama is a former United States Senator from Illinois and our current president. He is best known for being the nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2008 presidential election, and the first African American to be a elected President of the United States.

A graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, Obama worked as a community organizer and practiced as a civil rights attorney before serving in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004.

  • 1996: Elected to the Illinois Senate
  • 2004: Elected to the US Senate
  • 2008: First African American to elected President of the United States

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A US Border Patrol agent watches undocumented immigrants after taking them into custody on July 22, 2014 near Falfurrias, TexasThe US House of Representatives passed a bill to fund the child migrant crisis on the southwest US border hours after President Barack Obama vowed to act alone to tackle the problem. Since October, more than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended crossing the US-Mexico border, about three-quarters of them from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras -- Central American countries where youths are fleeing poverty and gang violence. "The president must take the lead on this by mitigating this crisis, turning back the tide of illegal immigrants, and fully enforcing our laws," said House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers. The House action came just hours after Obama said he would seek to redeploy existing resources to tackle the child migrant crisis on the US border after congressional inaction.

02 August 2014 - House passes border crisis bill as Obama vows to act alone

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe speaks at the National Heroes Acre in Harare on June 7, 2014US President Barack Obama hosts an unprecedented gathering of African leaders next week with only four nations left off the guest list despite concerns over rights abuses in many countries. "Military coups are never a good way to get a standing invitation" to such prestigious events, said Tara Sonenshine wryly, a former under secretary for public diplomacy. "If there is a warrant out for your leader in the ICC you are probably not going to make the A-list," the expert now with the George Washington University told AFP, referring to the International Criminal Court. Such is the case of Sudanese President Omar Beshir, still in power after his coup 25 years ago, who will be absent as other heads of state and government mingle on the red carpet in Washington.

02 August 2014 - Outcasts and vexing guests at Obama's Africa summit

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio defends the work of the GOP during a brief news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, July 31, 2014, as Congress prepares to leave for a five-week summer recess. The institutional split of a Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate has added up to inaction, especially in a midterm election year with control of the Senate at stake. Lawmakers have struggled to compromise on a handful of bills to deal with the nation's pressing problems amid overwhelming partisanship. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans passed legislation late Friday to address the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border by sending migrant youths back home without hearings, winning over conservatives with a companion bill that could lead to deporting more than half a million immigrants whom the Obama administration granted temporary work permits. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he'd act unilaterally, as best he could.

02 August 2014 - House OKs bill to address border crisis

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