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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) — Senate Democrats have blocked a Republican move to open formal negotiations with the House on legislation combining funding for the Homeland Security Department with restrictions on President Barack Obama's immigration policy.

02 March 2015 - Senate Dems block negotiations on Homeland bill

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, DC, on March 2, 2015US President Barack Obama faced down criticism from Israel's prime minister over talks with Tehran on Monday, insisting a minimum ten-year deal offers the best hope of avoiding a nuclear-armed Iran. With Netanyahu in Washington to lobby against an agreement and crunch US-Iran talks underway in Switzerland, Obama said Netanyahu had been wrong about talks in the past. Israel believes a deal as short as ten or 20 years would mean Iran would arrive at the threshold of being a nuclear weapons power in virtually the same political environment as today.

02 March 2015 - Obama says Netanyahu wrong before on Iran

Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason interviewed President Barack Obama on Monday on topics including U.S.-Israel relations, Iran, China and Russia. OBAMA - Good to see you. Your administration has described Prime Minister Netanyahu’s plans to address Congress tomorrow on Iran as destructive. OBAMA - Well, first of all, I think it’s important to realize the depth of the U.S.-Israeli relationship.

02 March 2015 - Exclusive: Full text of Reuters interview with Obama

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