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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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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed human trafficking legislation that provoked weeks of partisan dissent in the Senate and held up Loretta Lynch's confirmation for attorney general.

29 May 2015 - Obama signs trafficking bill that held up Lynch confirmation

Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VirginiaBy Patricia Zengerle and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Friday that surveillance powers used to prevent attacks on Americans could lapse at midnight on Sunday unless "a handful of senators" stop standing in the way of reform legislation. Obama said he had told Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senators that he expects them to act swiftly on a bill passed by the House of Representatives that would renew certain powers and reform the bulk collection of telephone data. "I don't want us to be in a situation in which for a certain period of time, those authorities go away and suddenly we're dark and heaven forbid we've got a problem," Obama told reporters in the Oval Office.


29 May 2015 - Obama says 'handful of senators' blocking U.S. surveillance reforms

US President Barack Obama in the Oval Office of the White House on May 29, 2015, in Washington, DCWashington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama has urged Congress to prevent key national security surveillance measures from lapsing on midnight Sunday, warning inaction could hamper counterterrorism efforts.


29 May 2015 - Obama urges Congress to stop security measures lapsing

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