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Barack Obama: 44th president of the United States
Barack Hussein Obama II is an American politician and attorney 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 president of the United States. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Illinois from 2005 to 2008 and an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004.

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Poll Finds Trump Beating Biden On CoronaVirus Response [Video]

Poll Finds Trump Beating Biden On CoronaVirus Response

A new Politico/Morning Consult poll is not good news for Joe Biden. More voters believe President Trump is a better leader during the novel coronavirus outbreak than those who support Joe Biden...

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Joe Biden Has Discussed Vice Presidential Pick With Barack Obama [Video]

Joe Biden Has Discussed Vice Presidential Pick With Barack Obama

During Sunday's fundraising call with Georgia donors, Biden confirmed that he has spoken with Obama about his running-mate.

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Biden Begins Process Of Looking For A Running Mate [Video]

Biden Begins Process Of Looking For A Running Mate

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden said he needed to start betting possible running mates. According to Reuters, he talked about his options with former President Barack Obama. Those..

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Trump: Gives Self "10 Out Of 10 Score" For Coronavirus Response, Was Previously Critical Of Obama's Ebola Response [Video]

Trump: Gives Self "10 Out Of 10 Score" For Coronavirus Response, Was Previously Critical Of Obama's Ebola Response

Donald Trump has given himself a 10 when evaluating his administration's response to the coronavirus. Trump dodged a related question about whether the "buck stops" with him, reports Business Insider...

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Trump blames CDC, Obama for coronavirus testing lag [Video]

Trump blames CDC, Obama for coronavirus testing lag

Trump promised that "testing will soon happen on a very large scale" but didn't provide details on how the U.S. would accomplish that. This report produced by Jonah Green.

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Lack of coronavirus tests in U.S. a 'fiasco': former Ebola czar [Video]

Lack of coronavirus tests in U.S. a 'fiasco': former Ebola czar

Ron Klain, the former Ebola response coordinator for the Obama administration, on Tuesday testified on Capitol Hill to give his assessment of the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak. Colette Luke..

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Barack and Michelle Obama reportedly teaming with Russo Brothers on new movie [Video]

Barack and Michelle Obama reportedly teaming with Russo Brothers on new movie

Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reportedly teamed up with the Russo Brothers on a new Netflix movie.

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Sanders' Campaign Changes Strategy For Presidential Campaign [Video]

Sanders' Campaign Changes Strategy For Presidential Campaign

After Super Tuesday Bernie Sanders’ campaign is shifting strategies for his 2020 presidential campaign. According to Politico, negative TV ads and highlighting former President Barack Obama’s..

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Trump claims 'detrimental' Obama-era rule slowed coronavirus testing [Video]

Trump claims 'detrimental' Obama-era rule slowed coronavirus testing

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that a rule created under the Obama administration giving the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) jurisdiction over disease testing impaired the..

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Supreme Court to hear challenge to Obamacare [Video]

Supreme Court to hear challenge to Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a politically explosive case on whether Obamacare is lawful, taking up a bid by 20 Democratic-led states including California and New York to preserve..

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Buttigieg Mulls Endorsing Joe Biden [Video]

Buttigieg Mulls Endorsing Joe Biden

The Daily News reports that Pete Buttigieg is reportedly considering endorsing Joe Biden for president Monday. The endorsement would come after talking to former President Obama about his bombshell..

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Obama Hesitant To Offer An Endorsement [Video]

Obama Hesitant To Offer An Endorsement

Former President Barack Obama made a congratulatory call to Joe Biden following the South Carolina primary. While the two men speak regularly, the call from Obama came after Biden's surprise victory in..

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Biden Gets Fundraising Boost [Video]

Biden Gets Fundraising Boost

Joe Biden has gotten a big boost from a top Hollywood fundraiser. The fundraiser is James Costos, a former HBO executive and major Democratic donor. He served as ambassador to Spain during the Obama..

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Trump Criticized Obama In 2014 For His Actions Toward The Ebola Outbreak [Video]

Trump Criticized Obama In 2014 For His Actions Toward The Ebola Outbreak

President Donald Trump has been trying to deal with the coronavirus effects and he’s been outspoken about it on Twitter. According to health experts from the U.S. Center for Disease Control, the..

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Biden gets key endorsement ahead of South Carolina primary [Video]

Biden gets key endorsement ahead of South Carolina primary

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday secured the endorsement of James Clyburn, an influential black congressman from the early-voting state of South Carolina, which could prove pivotal to..

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Sanders Cuba Problem [Video]

Sanders Cuba Problem

Bernie Sanders campaign is doing well. He won the first three nominating contests. However, he has a major problem: his admiration of Fidel Castro. On 60-Minutes, Sanders praised Castro's Cuban..

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Biden Launches Massive Super Tuesday Ad Campaign [Video]

Biden Launches Massive Super Tuesday Ad Campaign

Joe Biden’s campaign is launching advertising in Super Tuesday states. The small ad buy leaves the former vice president significantly outmatched by most of his Democratic rivals. 14 states prepare..

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'It was time for an accounting': Hillary Clinton on Weinstein [Video]

'It was time for an accounting': Hillary Clinton on Weinstein

Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacted to the sexual assault conviction of Harvey Weinstein on Tuesday. The Democrat pushed back on concerns over the former Hollywood mogul's past..

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NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson dies at 101 [Video]

NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson dies at 101

Katherine Johnson, the black NASA mathematician portrayed in the film "Hidden Figures" for her key role in sending humans to the moon, died on Monday (February 24) at the age of 101. Tamara Lindstrom..

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U.S. blocking G20 mention of climate change: sources [Video]

U.S. blocking G20 mention of climate change: sources

The United States is against mentioning climate change in the G20 communique, sources said. Fred Katayama reports.

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Out of jail, Blagojevich says he's a 'Trumpocrat' [Video]

Out of jail, Blagojevich says he's a 'Trumpocrat'

Rod Blagojevich, a former Illinois governor forced out of office for trying to peddle Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat, thanked President Donald Trump on Wednesday for commuting his prison..

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'It's been a long, unhappy journey' -Blagojevich [Video]

'It's been a long, unhappy journey' -Blagojevich

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted in 2009 of trying to peddle Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat, expressed gratitude on Wednesday afternoon after he was commuted by U.S...

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Trump cuts prison sentence for Blagojevich, pardons others [Video]

Trump cuts prison sentence for Blagojevich, pardons others

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had commuted the sentence of 63-year-old Rod Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois convicted of corruption for trying to sell former..

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Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says he hopes to speak with President Donald Trump to provide "some lessons" and suggestions dealing with health crises that he learned during his vice..
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How Will Biden Choose a Running Mate? Look to the Obama Model

Joe Biden and his associates are consulting allies, Eric Holder and Barack Obama as he weighs his options — including a woman of color — for the Democratic candidate for vice president.
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Trump finalizes rollback of Obama-era vehicle fuel efficiency standards

President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday completed a rollback of U.S. vehicle emissions standards adopted under his predecessor Barack Obama and will require 1.5% annual increases in..
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Barack Obama takes veiled swipe at Donald Trump's handling of coronavirus pandemic

Barack Obama appeared to take a swipe at Donald Trump, saying there are steep consequences because of 'those who denied warnings of a pandemic.'
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Trump administration scraps Obama fuel efficiency standard, opts for laxer rule

The SAFE rule requires cars and light trucks to average roughly 40 miles per gallon by 2025, down from about 50 miles per gallon under the Obama rule,
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Trump admin. weakens fuel mileage standards

The Trump administration is rolling back tough Obama-era mileage standards and gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts to slow climate change. The administration released its relaxed mileage..
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U.S. to finalize fuel efficiency rewrite through 2026: sources

The Trump administration plans to announce on Tuesday it is finalizing its effort to roll back Obama era vehicle emissions rules and will mandate average annual increases in fuel efficiency standards..
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Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, Civil Rights Leader and Aide to King, Dies at 98

A lieutenant to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. Lowery helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott and gave the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
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Michelle Obama shares her family's quarantine routine: Online college, conference calls and Netflix

Even the Obamas are figuring out ways to keep busy and co-habitate amid the coronavirus quarantine, as Michelle Obama told Ellen DeGeneres.
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Biden to start considering running mates, consulted Obama

Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden said on Sunday he needed to start vetting possible running mates "in a matter of weeks" and that he discussed the pick with former President Barack Obama.
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ER doctor who moves into garage, away from newborn and family, praised by Obama

Rachel Patzer, an epidemiologist, went viral after tweeting that her husband — an ER doctor — is isolated in the garage "for the foreseeable future."
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Was the swine flu response in 2009 a 'disaster' as President Trump said?

President Trump blamed the Obama Administration Friday for completely botching its response to the 2009 outbreak of H1N1, known as swine flu.
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Trump Falsely Tries to Tie Obama to C.D.C.’s ‘Inadequate’ Testing System

President Trump, who took office in 2017, criticized the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and his predecessor.
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Joe Biden Has Had Flimsy Organization. It Hasn’t Hurt Him.

The less quantifiable elements of Mr. Biden’s campaign — including his association with Barack Obama, his empathy and his momentum — have outweighed his lack of organizational heft.
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Top Coronavirus Official for U.S. Has Fought an Epidemic Before

Dr. Deborah Birx was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014 to lead the government's fight against the global AIDS epidemic. Now she is coordinating the response to the coronavirus.
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Bill de Blasio Suggests Black Voters Do Not Know Enough About Joe Biden’s Record

Remarking on the former vice president’s success on Super Tuesday, the mayor of New York said Mr. Biden had benefited from “his historic connection” to Barack Obama.
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Obama and I took a class about socialism's dark side. Bernie would have learned a lot.

Imagine if Sanders praised Hitler for reducing cigarette smoking or Mussolini for making the trains run on time. The American left would be up in arms.
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Democratic Rivals Are Fighting Over Obama. He Has Some Opinions.

Ahead of the South Carolina primary and Super Tuesday, candidates are increasingly invoking Mr. Obama as they court black voters. He isn’t playing favorites, but he does worry about uniting the..
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'Voters themselves must pick': Why Barack Obama isn't endorsing Joe Biden or anyone else for president

Barack Obama has mostly avoided a race that features his former vice president, Joe Biden, even as his legacy has played a big role in the contest.
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On Politics: A Boost for Biden

A key endorsement in South Carolina and an Obama cease-and-desist: This is your morning tip sheet.
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Obama demands TV stations stop airing 'despicable' anti-Biden ad from Pro-Trump PAC that misuses his words

The ad plays an audio passage from Obama's 1995 memoir, "Dreams from My Father," to allude that Biden supports  "plantation politics."
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Barack Obama, LeBron James, NBA luminaries share their favorite Kobe Bryant memories

Kobe Bryant was a source of inspiration to many of those around him during and after his 20-year NBA career.
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Former Illinois governor Blagojevich thanks Trump for commuting sentence

Rod Blagojevich, a former Illinois governor forced out of office for trying to peddle Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat, thanked President Donald Trump on Wednesday for commuting his prison..
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Rod Blagojevich released from prison after Trump commutes his sentence

Blagojevich was convicted of federal charges of using his powers to extract political favors in exchange for filling Barack Obama's Senate seat.
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Trump commutes Blagojevich sentence, pardons junk bond king Milken

U.S. President Donald Trump came under fire on Tuesday for commuting the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the ex-Illinois governor convicted of trying to peddle Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat.
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Trump pardons ex-'junk bond king' Milken, commutes Blagojevich sentence

President Donald Trump pardoned seven people on Tuesday including former junk bond king Michael Milken and commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the ex-Illinois governor convicted of trying to..
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Why Did Trump Commute Rod Blagojevich's Sentence

Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat and the former governor of Illinois, was accused of trying to sell the Senate seat left open when Barack Obama went to the White House.
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Trump cuts prison sentence for Illinois ex-governor Blagojevich

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he had commuted the sentence of Rod Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois convicted of corruption for trying to sell former President Barack..
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President's Day scrape: Trump, Obama spar over who gets credit for robust U.S. economy

Mocking an earlier tweet from Barack Obama as a "con job," Donald Trump blasted his predecessor for "now trying to take credit for the economic boom."
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Obama makes surprise appearance at NBA event

Former President Barack Obama made an unannounced appearance Friday at an NBA Cares event during All-Star weekend in his hometown of Chicago with several of the league's top rookies, second-year..
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Trump’s Path to Weaker Fuel Efficiency Rules May Lead to a Dead End

President Trump’s long-promised rollback of Obama-era fuel economy standards may not be completed until this summer, and may not be tenable even then.
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'American Factory,' first title from Barack, Michelle Obama's production company, wins Oscar

The Obamas aren't technically Oscar winners, but a movie from the former president and first lady's production company took home an Academy Award.
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Biden Slashes Into Buttigieg: ‘This Guy’s Not a Barack Obama!’

The former vice president and his campaign, under pressure after his poor performance in Iowa, mounted unusually personal attacks on Mr. Buttigieg ahead of the New Hampshire primary.
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In a world full of African American Democrats, black Republicans stand alone

A handful of key economic and social issues keep some African Americans loyal to the party of Lincoln rather than the party of Obama.
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Can Democrats Beat Trump in Iowa in November?

Iowa voted strongly for Barack Obama twice and for Donald Trump by nine points in 2016. It could be a national barometer again in November.
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Buttigieg bets on Iowa’s Obama nostalgia.

At Pete Buttigieg’s campaign stops, the hard sell is an unsubtle reminder of another Midwesterner with an interesting name who won the hearts of Iowa Democrats.
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Trump eases restrictions on land mine use by U.S. military

President Donald Trump on Friday relaxed Obama-era restrictions on the U.S. military's use of anti-personnel land mines, arguing that the previous policy could put American troops at a "severe..
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Trump loosens Obama-era restrictions on military use of land mines

President Donald Trump on Friday relaxed Obama-era restrictions on the U.S. military's use of land mines, arguing that the previous policy put American troops at a "severe disadvantage."
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Landmines important tool U.S. troops need: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that landmines were an important tool that U.S. forces needed, as President Donald Trump's administration is expected to relax Obama-era restrictions on..
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Trump administration to upend Obama-era restrictions on landmines: sources

President Donald Trump's administration is expected to relax Obama-era restrictions on the U.S. military's use or acquisition of landmines, two U.S. officials said on Thursday, a move criticized by..
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Trump Administration Expected to Loosen Military’s Limits on Land Mines

The expected change would effectively cancel an Obama-era policy that limited the use of anti-personnel mines to the Korean Peninsula.
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The One About Iowa, Black Voters and Barack Obama

Some Democratic presidential candidates have viewed an Obama-like Iowa victory as the key to helping them with black voters in other states. But the Obama campaign did a lot more than just win Iowa.
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Former President Barack Obama pays tribute to late 'legend' Kobe Bryant

After Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter crash at the age of 41, the former President Barack Obama posted a message in tribute to the "Black Mamba."
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Pete Buttigieg Traverses Iowa, Trying to Channel Obama and Sway the Undecided

With three of his top rivals pinned down at the Senate impeachment trial, Mr. Buttigieg has seized the opportunity to camp out in the state, largely below the radar.
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Obama was right, Alito was wrong: Citizens United has corrupted American politics

The Supreme Court's naive view of our electoral process has allowed money to dictate national policy on everything from climate to guns to drug costs.
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Trump, Like Obama, Seeks Change in Iran. But He Differs in How to Do It.

Rejecting his predecessor’s hopes of moderating Iran’s theocratic government, Mr. Trump sees it choking under “maximum pressure.”
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U.S. agencies send revised fuel efficiency rules to White House for final review

Two U.S. agencies sent on Tuesday to the White House for final review proposed revisions to Obama-era vehicle emissions standards through the 2026 model year that could spark a legal fight with..
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Obamas' production company lands Oscar nod for documentary 'American Factory'

Barack and Michelle Obama's production company scored an Oscar nomination on Monday for "American Factory," a documentary that chronicled what happened to workers when a Chinese billionaire purchased a..
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