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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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By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers have unveiled plans to make it harder to transfer inmates from the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, stepping up a campaign to slow President Barack Obama's efforts to close the controversial detention center. The proposed 2016 National Defense Authorization Act released on Monday renewed an annual ban on spending to transfer prisoners to the United States from the detention center. It would require that any transfer take place only when the Secretary of Defense could certify that a country receiving prisoners would maintain control over them to ensure they cannot threaten the United States. The White House has threatened to veto legislation passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee that would bar transfers from Guantanamo until after Obama's presidency.

27 April 2015 - Republicans seek new limits on Guantanamo prisoner transfers

Preview of the china set for Tuesday's State Dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is seen in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)WASHINGTON (AP) — The official state china of President Barack Obama's administration is a modern-inspired service trimmed in a blue that recalls the waters of his native state of Hawaii, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be among the first guests to eat from it at a state dinner Tuesday in his honor.

27 April 2015 - Barack Obama state china sports Hawaii blue

US Vice-President Joe Biden (L) reads the oath of office and swears-in Loretta E. Lynch (R) as the 83rd Attorney General of the US on April 27, 2015 at the US Department of Justice, in Washington, DCPresident Barack Obama's choice for US attorney general, Loretta Lynch, was sworn in at her new job on Monday, becoming the first African American woman to hold the post. A career prosecutor known for trying high-profile anti-terrorism trials in New York, Lynch, 55, said she was "honored beyond words" to take over the job of the nation's top prosecutor. Lynch served twice as US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, and has come to be known as a relentless federal prosecutor who put mobsters and terror suspects behind bars. Just last week, she announced a 25-year prison sentence for an American from New York who admitted he tried to join an Al-Qaeda group.

27 April 2015 - Loretta Lynch sworn in as top US law enforcement official

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