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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, Barack Obama 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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New Revelation Hurts Core Biden Argument [Video]

New Revelation Hurts Core Biden Argument

During the 2009 swine flu pandemic, the Obama administration suddenly told states to shut down their testing, without providing much in the way of explanation. And, Joe Biden's top advisor at the time..

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SCOTUS Guts Obamacare Contraception Mandate [Video]

SCOTUS Guts Obamacare Contraception Mandate

The Supreme Court sided with employers who refuse to provide no-cost birth control to women as part of their health insurance. Business Insider said this is a historic victory for the Trump..

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Biden Campaign Gets New Fonts [Video]

Biden Campaign Gets New Fonts

c/o the Biden campaign Former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign is introducing a new set of fonts, Decimal and Mercury, to be used "across campaign content like graphics, video, and more." The..

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Al Sharpton Shares That Obama Has Called George Floyd's Family [Video]

Al Sharpton Shares That Obama Has Called George Floyd's Family

Former President Barack Obama has brought "solace" to George Floyd's family. Obama and Floyd's family had an emotional 25-minute phone call recently, reports Business Insider. Al Sharpton spoke with..

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Sacha Baron Cohen Makes Secret Appearance at Conservative Rally in Washington | THR News [Video]

Sacha Baron Cohen Makes Secret Appearance at Conservative Rally in Washington | THR News

Organizers of the event have suggested the comedian disguised himself as a lead singer who encouraged the crowd to sing along to lyrics such as "Obama what we gotta do, inject him with the Wuhan flu"..

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Prince Harry and Meghan to hit the speakers' circuit [Video]

Prince Harry and Meghan to hit the speakers' circuit

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle will be available for speaking engagements after signing with an agency that works with former U.S. President Obama. Edward Baran reports.

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Obama Criticizes Trump During Fundraiser [Video]

Obama Criticizes Trump During Fundraiser

Former President Barack Obama criticized President Donald Trump at a virtual grassroots fundraiser. Obama criticized his “shambolic, disorganized, mean-spirited approach to governance.” According..

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Donald Trump’s Most Memorable Campaign Rally Moments [Video]

Donald Trump’s Most Memorable Campaign Rally Moments

From personal attacks to Democrats and journalists to throwing out protesters, “is there any place more fun to be than a Trump rally?” As the US President prepares for his rally in Tulsa, the..

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Trump will try again after Supreme Court DACA decision [Video]

Trump will try again after Supreme Court DACA decision

President Donald Trump on Friday said his administration will make a filing on "Dreamer" immigrants in the United States, without providing details, to address the Supreme Court's ruling that said he..

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Supreme Court Blocks Trump From Ending DACA [Video]

Supreme Court Blocks Trump From Ending DACA

Chief Justice John Roberts joined liberal justices to preserve the Obama-era program in a 5-4 decision.

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'This way is the American way': Pelosi on DACA ruling [Video]

'This way is the American way': Pelosi on DACA ruling

U.S House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday celebrated the Supreme Court's decision to block President Donald Trump's bid to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants from..

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'This is just the beginning' -Schumer celebrates DACA ruling [Video]

'This is just the beginning' -Schumer celebrates DACA ruling

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday celebrated outside the Supreme Court in Washington D.C. with others following the court's decision to block President Donald Trump's bid to end a..

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Biden: Trump Has No Plan For Economy Except To Hang An 'Open For Business' Sign [Video]

Biden: Trump Has No Plan For Economy Except To Hang An 'Open For Business' Sign

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will discuss plans to safely reopen a US economy ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. Reuters reports Biden will speak on the issue when he visits the..

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Larry Kudlow Says 'Systemic Racism' Doesn't Exist [Video]

Larry Kudlow Says 'Systemic Racism' Doesn't Exist

National Economic Council Director and President Donald Trump’s economic advisor Larry Kudlow said systemic racism doesn’t exist. He said it doesn’t exist because former President Barack Obama..

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U.S. health agency reverses Obamacare transgender protections [Video]

U.S. health agency reverses Obamacare transgender protections

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a rule on Friday that would lift anti-discrimination protections under Obamacare for transgender people and women seeking abortions, drawing..

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U.S. Senate panel approves subpoena power in Trump-Russia probe [Video]

U.S. Senate panel approves subpoena power in Trump-Russia probe

A divided Senate Judiciary Committee approved sweeping subpoena power on Thursday for a politically charged congressional probe of an FBI investigation into Republican President Donald Trump’s 2016..

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GOP Senate's subpoena power 'unprecedented': Feinstein [Video]

GOP Senate's subpoena power 'unprecedented': Feinstein

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Thursday urged her colleagues on a Senate panel to vote against a resolution granting subpoena..

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Taylor Swift Urges People To Vote [Video]

Taylor Swift Urges People To Vote

Taylor Swift spoke out about the Black Lives Matter movement, urging people to register to vote. She said: "In order for policies to change, we need to elect people who will fight against police..

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Obama Urges US Mayors To Look Over Police Policies [Video]

Obama Urges US Mayors To Look Over Police Policies

Former President Barack Obama spoke out about the protests taking over several U.S. cities. He urged every American mayor to review their police department’s use-of-force policies. Obama said these..

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Drew Brees Apologizes After Controversial Comments, Meghan Markle Gives Emotional Address to Former High School & Obama Delivers [Video]

Drew Brees Apologizes After Controversial Comments, Meghan Markle Gives Emotional Address to Former High School & Obama Delivers

Drew Brees is apologizing after LeBron James was among the pro athletes to react to the New Orleans Saints quarterback's controversial comments, Meghan Markle speaks out on George Floyd and Obama..

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Barack Obama Offers Words of Encouragement in Town Hall | THR News [Video]

Barack Obama Offers Words of Encouragement in Town Hall | THR News

Amid ongoing nationwide protests, the former president urges lawmakers to "review their use of force policies" and commit to reform.

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Obama: Vote or protest? It's not 'either or' [Video]

Obama: Vote or protest? It's not 'either or'

Addressing a panel from his My Brother's Keeper movement in the wake of George Floyd's death, former U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday said that voting and protest can "make people in power..

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Fact check: Obama didn't want to make 'I'd Like to Teach the World To Sing' the national anthem

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Obama Urges Democrats: ‘Whatever You’ve Done So Far Is Not Enough’

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Donald Trump to issue executive order limiting temporary work visas

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Joe Biden needs his Joe Biden. Here's a look at the women who could be on his vice presidential shortlist

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Trump Says Administration Will Try Again to End DACA

Responding to Thursday’s Supreme Court decision, the president said he will follow the rules set out by the justices to challenge the Obama-era program protecting young immigrants from deportation.
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Young immigrants in Phoenix, Arizona expressed some relief Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court has kept alive, for now, the Obama-era program that allows immigrants brought here as children to work..
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'We won': DACA recipients overwhelmed by surprise Supreme Court victory over Trump

The Supreme Court handed a victory to 650K DACA recipients, a rare win over a Trump administration that tried to end the Obama-era program.
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Supreme Court ruling upholds DACA program for young, undocumented immigrants

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Trump Falsely Claims Obama ‘Never Even Tried’ to Address Police Misconduct

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Turn police reform ideas into law and officers into guardians: 62 Obama-era US attorneys

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To the Class of 2020: From Trump, the Obamas, Lady Gaga and other graduation speakers

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Republicans Secure More Subpoena Power in Push to Discredit Russia Inquiry

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Trump administration ends ban on killing Alaska bear cubs, wolf pups

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Trump Administration Revives Banned Hunting Techniques in Alaska

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The Obamas, Beyonce and other stars salute young protesters in YouTube graduation ceremony

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Fact check: ABC News execs, Obama did not ban American flag lapel pins

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Young Protesters Say Voting Isn’t Enough. Will They Do It Anyway?

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With Broad Subpoena Power, Republicans Seek to Undercut Russia Inquiry

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Hecky Powell, Barbecue Master and Civic Leader, Dies at 71

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George Floyd live updates: Memorial in Minneapolis on Thursday; Barack Obama pushes police reform; Mattis blasts Trump

George Floyd memorial service to be held in Minneapolis Thursday. Obama pushes police reform. Richmond statues to be removed. Latest on Floyd's death.
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Obama calls on all U.S. mayors to pursue policing reforms in wake of protests

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Obama Will Address George Floyd Protests in Online Town Hall

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Obama hosts town hall discussion of 're-imagining policing' after George Floyd's death

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Pope Francis Calls Unrest in U.S. ‘Disturbing’

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Former U.S. President Obama condemns violence at protests

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Kremlin rejects idea floated by Obama-era security advisor it stoked U.S. protests

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Obama says George Floyd's death shouldn't be 'normal'

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Fact check: Do Republican presidents oversee recessions and Dems oversee recoveries?

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Attorney general taps prosecutor to look into episodes of 'unmasking' by Obama administration officials

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U.S. states sue Trump administration over fuel efficiency rollback

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