Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the first African American to be elected to the presidency. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008. Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating from Columbia University in 1983, he worked as a community organizer in Chicago.
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  • The Federal Government Failed Homeowners. How Much Blame Does Julián Castro Deserve?
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    The Federal Government Failed Homeowners. How Much Blame Does Julián Castro Deserve?

    When Julian Castro announced his presidential candidacy in San Antonio, Texas,on Jan

  • The Daily Beast

    New Mexico Border Militia Leader Allegedly Said Group Planned to Assassinate Obama, Clinton

    The border militia leader who was arrested in New Mexico over the weekend on weapons charges allegedly said that his far-right group was training to kill prominent Democratic figures because of their “support of Antifa.” According to an arrest warrant for Larry Mitchell Hopkins, witnesses told authorities that he'd said the United Constitutional Patriots were training to “assassinate” liberal billionaire George Soros, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and former President Barack Obama. The 69-year-old and his armed militia, which spreads conspiracies and searches for asylum seekers on the border, have been accused of illegally detaining migrants. Hopkins was arrested Saturday

  • The latest phony right-wing controversy: Outrage over “Easter worshippers” tweets
    Media Matters for America

    The latest phony right-wing controversy: Outrage over “Easter worshippers” tweets

    On Sunday morning, terrorists carried out a coordinated attack on churches, hotels, and other populated sites across Sri Lanka, killing nearly 300 people. Sri Lankan officials believe the attack was carried out by a radical Islamist group called the National Thowheeth Jama'ath, and police arrested 24 people in connection. Messages of sympathy rolled in as people around the world mourned this tragic event. But tweets from former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent right-wing journalists and commentators into a rage spiral. Conservatives took issue with Obama and Clinton saying “Easter worshippers” instead of “Christians.” Naturally, outrage ensued. Townhall's

  • Nursing Home Fines Drop As Trump Administration Heeds Industry Complaints
    Concord Monitor

    Nursing Home Fines Drop As Trump Administration Heeds Industry Complaints

    The Trump administration's decision to alter the way it punishes nursing homes has resulted in lower fines against many facilities found to have endangered or injured residents. The average fine dropped to $28,405 under the current administration, down from $41,260 in 2016, President Barack Obama's final year in office, federal records show. The decrease in fines is one of the starkest examples of how the Trump administration is rolling back Obama's aggressive regulation of health care services in response to industry prodding. Encouraged by the nursing home industry, the Trump administration switched from fining nursing homes for each day they were out of compliance — as the Obama administration typically did — to issuing a single fine for two-thirds of infractions, the records show.

  • Check Your House for This Stuff — It's Worth Big Money
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    Check Your House for This Stuff — It's Worth Big Money

    You could have a small fortune hiding in your attic or the closets.

  • Sarah Obama to Mark 97th Birthday in Low-Key Event
    AllAfrica.com

    Sarah Obama to Mark 97th Birthday in Low-Key Event

    Former US President Barack Obama's step-grandmother Sarah Obama marks her 97th birthday on Monday in a low-key event that is unlikely to attract media coverage. Mama Sarah, wearing a broad smile, says she is still upbeat about life despite the general demands of ageing catching up with her. "I still feel young at heart, I can still dance very well like I did when I was a young girl," Mama Sarah, as she is popularly known, joked recently when the Nation visited her in the now vibrant Nyang'oma Village in Kogelo, Siaya County. Decked out in a golden bracelet, earrings, necklace and a flowing African print dress, commonly known as Ankara, she effortlessly oozed grace and elegance, radiating the Obama matriarch air.

  • 10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era
    The Hill

    10 factors making Russia election interference the most enduring scandal of the Obama era

    There's at least one conclusion on which there's largely bipartisan agreement: Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election. No vote tallies were changed, according to Obama administration intel analyses, but the interference was serious enough that many insist drastic steps must be taken to avoid a repeat in 2020. Now, with special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's exhaustive investigation over and no Trump official charged with taking part in any Russki scheme, Russian election interference may turn out to be the most persistent scandal of the Obama era. To date, it's also one of the most puzzling.

  • Associated Press

    Today in History

    Today in History

  • MSNBC.com

    Can Biden inspire diverse voters in swing states Trump won?

    Joe Biden is expected to enter the 2020 race this Wednesday, with many wondering if he can bridge the divide between working class, white voters and the Democratic party's progressive and diverse base. Joy Reid and her panel discuss.April 21, 2019

  • New Chicago Exhibit Commemorates Obama's Presidential Legacy
    NBC Bay Area

    New Chicago Exhibit Commemorates Obama's Presidential Legacy

    Over the course of former President Barack Obama's presidency, artist Rob Pruitt took it upon himself to paint a portrait of the politician within the context of a significant event that transpired that day, every day for eight years while he was in office. In honor of the 10th anniversary of President Obama's first inauguration, an exhibit at the Rebuild Foundation's Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago displays a series of "Obama Paintings"—a total of 2,922 portraits to be exact. “At the end of a presidency, everybody scurries about trying to figure out what that president's legacy will be. I did not want to highlight big moments – moments like the signing of the Affordable Care Act, the Iran

  • Cain, Moore wouldn't shift the Federal Reserve
    Local 10 Miami

    Cain, Moore wouldn't shift the Federal Reserve

    President Donald Trump's selection of former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and former Trump campaign adviser Stephen Moore to fill two open seats on the Federal Reserve board has unleashed a wave of anxiety about the independence of the world's most powerful central bank. But even if they were to make it through Senate confirmation -- an uncertain outcome, given bipartisan objections from senators that have surfaced even before either has been formally nominated -- neither Moore nor Cain would have any immediate sway over the seven-member Fed board of governors. Though they would likely inject additional turbulence and uncertainty, offering splintering views in speeches and interviews,

  • The case for Mayor Pete
    Daily Illini

    The case for Mayor Pete

    As the number of Democrats entering the 2020 presidential race continues to grow, one candidate is receiving an unexpected barrage of attention. With a strong legislative history, a wildly different identity than most of his Democratic counterparts in the race, and an unusual name no one can seem to pronounce, it seems that Pete Buttigieg bears a striking resemblance to a young Barack Obama. When President Obama ran for office in 2008, he was in many ways the antithesis of George W. Bush. After a presidential tenure with one of the worst approval ratings in American history yet, President Bush left office with two extremely expensive wars very much unfinished, a domestic and international image that fluctuated between being ridiculed and all-out hated, and a dangerously high inflation rate.

  • Big League Politics

    Fox News Runs Globalist Propaganda Vindicating Obama for Spying on Trump

    Fox News is continuing its globalist shift by allowing disgraced former Democratic National Committee chairwoman Donna Brazile to spread propaganda on behalf of Barack Obama on their airwaves. “I think they did everything they could without sounding all of the alarm bells,” Brazile said during an appearance on “The Daily Briefing” with Dana Perino. Brazile claims that the Obama administration did everything in their power but were ultimately hamstrung about public perception. She maintains that he didn't have a handle on his Justice Department because he was afraid it would look like he was helping Crooked Hillary's presidential ambitions. “He was in a box,” Brazile said about Obama. “Perhaps

  • Beyoncé in 'Time 100' profile: Michelle Obama empowers black Americans
    The Hill

    Beyoncé in 'Time 100' profile: Michelle Obama empowers black Americans

    Beyoncé Knowles-Carter said former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama: 'I know that Notre Dame will soon awe us again' Michelle Obama: America under Trump like 'living with a divorced dad' for the weekend Former Michelle Obama aide: 'Not sure' if voters got 'honesty and accountability' in Biden's video response MORE empowers black Americans in penning a profile for Obama's place on Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2019 list. Beyoncé wrote that loving Obama “came naturally, because of how she carried herself.” “Because she resembled us and was moving in spaces where, as black Americans, we weren't exactly meant to be, she seemed so powerful,”

  • French Ambassador On Donald Trump: ‘A Big Mouth’ Who ‘Reads Basically Nothing’
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    French Ambassador On Donald Trump: ‘A Big Mouth’ Who ‘Reads Basically Nothing’

    Gerard Araud left his post as French ambassador to the U