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Barack Obama


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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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President Barack Obama meets with faith leaders in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is looking for convicts worthy of his rarely used power to commute sentences.


16 April 2014 - Obama seeks inmates worthy of commutation power

FILE - In this April 9, 2013, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks with reporters about gun control at the Capitol in Washington. A year after the Senate scuttled President Barack Obama’s drive for new firearms restrictions, congressional gun control supporters are significantly winnowing their 2014 legislative agenda. That’s because of a lack of Senate votes, opposition by the Republican-run House and Democratic worries about this November’s elections. Reid says he needs additional votes before revisiting a proposed expansion of gun sale background checks that the Senate derailed in April 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.


16 April 2014 - A year after background check defeat, modest goals

A man walk past graffiti in Detroit(Reuters) - Michigan officials and President Barack Obama's Administration are discussing a plan to free up $100 million in federal money to aid Detroit's retired city workers, the Detroit Free Press reported on Tuesday. Citing two people familiar with the talks, the newspaper said the talks were centered around federal money flowing to Michigan for blight removal. Under the plan, $100 million would be earmarked for Detroit, reducing the $500 million the city's emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, plans to use to eliminate blight over the next 10 years. A spokeswoman for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder declined to comment on the report.


16 April 2014 - Michigan, White House discuss federal money for bankrupt Detroit: report

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