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 United States Senator from Illinois (2005–2008). Obama was born in 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii, two years after the territory was admitted to the Union as the 50th state.
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  • Reuters

    U.S. Cuba lobby celebrates a farm bill win despite worsening ties

    U.S. legislation funding $867 billion in food and agriculture programs scheduled to be signed by U.S. President Donald Trump this week includes Department of Agriculture funds to help American farmers promote their products in Communist-run Cuba. The measure is the first approved by Congress related to heavily sanctioned Cuba in nearly two decades and represents a symbolic victory for the lobby favoring normalization of ties whose fortunes rose under former president Barack Obama and have crashed under Trump. Congress first authorized agricultural sales to Cuba for cash in 2000.

  • Rolling Stone

    Texas Judge Rules Affordable Care Act Unconstitutional

    Legal experts are skeptical the decision will be upheld on appeal

  • DeVos To Rescind Obama-Era Guidance On School Discipline
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    DeVos To Rescind Obama-Era Guidance On School Discipline

    A federal commission led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recommends rescinding Obama-era guidance intended to reduce racial discrimination in school discipline. And, DeVos says, it urges schools to "seriously consider partnering with local law enforcement in the training and arming of school personnel." President Trump created the Federal Commision on School Safety following the mass shooting in February at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. While student survivors rallied for gun control, DeVos said early on that would not be a focus of the commission's work. The final report highlights a single concrete gun control recommendation, pertaining to the expansion of "extreme

  • Beto O’Rourke and the New Democratic Purity Test
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    Beto O’Rourke and the New Democratic Purity Test

    David Sirota, a left-leaning journalist who once worked for Bernie Sanders, announced that he had uncovered something while mining campaign-finance data: “Beto O’Rourke is the #2 recipient of oil/gas industry campaign cash in the entire Congress.” Neera Tanden, the president of the Center for American Progress and a former domestic-policy adviser to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, pushed back. “Oh look,” she tweeted, “A supporter of Bernie Sanders attacking a Democrat.

  • FiveThirtyEight

    How We View Our Reality Shapes Our Politics. But Facts Still Matter.

    Earlier this year, National Journal politics editor Josh Kraushaar noted that President Trump had benefited politically from the perception that the economy was improving more than it had during the Obama administration. “We’ll see if it lasts,” he tweeted, “but in politics perception is reality.” The claim that perception is reality has long been a […]

  • 10 great business books recommended by Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and other highly successful people
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    10 great business books recommended by Bill Gates, Mark Cuban and other highly successful people

    Today's most successful leaders, from Bill Gates to Richard Branson, have one thing in common: They're all avid readers, using books to stay sharp and in the know. CNBC Make It has gathered 10 business and career books suggested by some of the world's most successful people in 2018. From former President Barack Obama to billionaire Mark Cuban, here are the books these leaders have recommended this year that will give you the edge you need. Author: The Arbinger Institute Recommended by: Slack co-founder and CEO Andrew Butterfield What the book's about: "Leadership and Self-Deception" uses a relatable story about a man facing hurdles at work to show the ways we blind ourselves to our real motivations

  • Watch: This is what it looks — and sounds — like when Michelle Obama surprises dozens of Dallas-area students
    Dallas Morning News

    Watch: This is what it looks — and sounds — like when Michelle Obama surprises dozens of Dallas-area students

    She shared with the crowd of thousands about meeting Barack Obama — the Harvard student who she expected to be a nerd. The future president was late the first day that Michelle Robinson had been assigned to mentor him. It wasn't an instant attraction, she said, but he grew on her, and over the years, she fell in love with "the whole person." "That's why I don't believe in love at first sight. To marry someone, you have to watch him unfold," she said.  Now, the spot of the Obamas' first kiss is memorialized with a plaque in Chicago, she said, a fact that horrifies daughters Sasha and Malia. She also recounted how she struggled to give her daughters a normal childhood as they grew up in the White

  • The Billionaire's Inbox: The Ricketts On Capitalism and Electoral Politics
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    The Billionaire's Inbox: The Ricketts On Capitalism and Electoral Politics

    Welcome back to The Billionaire’s Inbox, where we hear from the other half, in its own words. Today we’re looking at the Ricketts family’s political attitudes and influences. You can read the previous installments of the series, and some of Joe Ricketts’ thoughts on unions, here:

  • WTHR Indianapolis

    APNewsBreak: Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run

    SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12. The move Wednesday gives the 44-year-old former San Antonio mayor an early start to what's shaping up as a crowded Democratic field without a clear front-runner to challenge President Donald Trump. Castro indicated in an AP interview that his mind was all but made up. "I know where I'm leaning, for sure," said Castro, who has said for weeks that it was likely he would seek the nomination. An exploratory committee usually is a formality

  • AP Explains: What happens in a partial government shutdown
    Associated Press

    AP Explains: What happens in a partial government shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump and Congress bicker over Trump's call for $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico, government agencies are preparing for a partial government shutdown set to begin at midnight Friday.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    We know Michael Flynn lied to the FBI. But why?

    When former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn stands before a federal judge on Tuesday to receive his sentence after pleading guilty to lying to federal agents about his telephone contacts with the Russian ambassador, one unanswered question will loom over the courtroom. As a retired lieutenant general in the US Army, a decorated military intelligence officer with 33 years of service to his country, and a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, General Flynn well knew that any telephone contacts with Russia’s ambassador in Washington would likely be recorded – and perhaps monitored – by US intelligence officials. Nearly two weeks earlier, a Washington Post columnist had quoted “a senior government official” as saying that Flynn had had repeated telephone contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak on the same day that then-President Barack Obama announced an escalation of US sanctions against Russia in retaliation for Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • Michelle Obama on How Their 'Refreshing' Tradition Shows 'the Beauty of George Bush'
    Time

    Michelle Obama on How Their 'Refreshing' Tradition Shows 'the Beauty of George Bush'

    Michelle Obama discusses the Bush candy passing moment at the George H.W. Bush funeral.

  • ETF Trends

    President Trump Takes Aim at Fed Again for Interest Rates

    Just two days ahead of an interest rate decision, U.S. President Donald Trump is already lambasting the Federal Reserve for what the capital markets are widely expecting, which is a fourth and final rate hike to end 2018. As has been the norm whenever denigrating the central bank, President Trump took to Twitter to sound off on the economy. This time, the president cited a strong dollar and inflation as reasons to curb further rate hikes.

  • Ed Sheeran Tops Pollstar’s 2018 Touring Chart With Record 432 Million Dollars Gross
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    Ed Sheeran Tops Pollstar’s 2018 Touring Chart With Record 432 Million Dollars Gross

    [img=https://pmcvariety.files.wordpress.com/2017/10/ed-sheeran.jpg?w=1000&h=563&crop=1][/img][br] Ed Sheeran topped Pollstar’s 2018 year-end global touring chart with a record 432 million gross on 4,860,482 tickets sold, the publication announced tod

  • Uno Hosting Fundraiser For Newtown Square Fire Company
    Haverford-Havertown, PA Patch

    Uno Hosting Fundraiser For Newtown Square Fire Company

    NEWTOWN SQUARE, PA – Uno Chicago Grill in Newtown Square is hosting a fundraiser for the good folks at the Newtown Square Fire Company with a benefit day. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, diners at Uno can get a portion of their check's value donated to the fire company. All you need to do for 20 percent of your check's value to donated made is show a Dough Raiser Voucher at Uno. The donation value excludes tax and tip. The offer is good all day and can even be used with online orders. Proceeds will support funding for equipment, training, fire prevention, and more. Uno is located at 3901 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square. Image via Newtown Square Fire Company