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President Barack Obama was propelled to the White House on his message of change. But after inheriting a collapsing economy and substantial debt from the previous administration, and against a stubbornly high unemployment rate, he is seeking a second term.
Obama's unusual background_ he's the Harvard-educated son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya _ has helped him cultivate an image as a fresh face in Washington willing to take on the establishment in his own party as well as Republicans.
A practicing attorney and constitutional law instructor at the University of Chicago, in 1996 Obama ran for and won a seat in the Illinois Senate, where he represented a South Side district until his U.S. Senate run in 2004.
President Barack Obama will make his first trip as president to Kenya, the country of his father's birth.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him as leader of a party desperate to regain the Senate majority.
Talk of overhauling the criminal justice system is serious business - but before diving into the subject, President Barack Obama had something else he wanted to say.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he's ready to sign good bipartisan legislation to fix Medicare's doctor payment problem, without endorsing any specific legislation.
Rather than keeping him at arm's length, Hillary Rodham Clinton is embracing President Barack Obama - sometimes even literally.
When it comes to relations with President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been - elevated is not quite the right word - placed in rare company.
President Barack Obama agreed Tuesday to slow the U.S. military pullout from Afghanistan at the request of its new government but insisted the delay won't jeopardize his commitment to end America's longest war before leaving office.
Woman says she was put in mental hospital for saying Obama follows her on Twitter. She was kind of right.
@Barack Obama follows her. Barack Obama the man does not.
President Barack Obama says compensation for college athletes would "ruin the sense of college sports."
Taking credit for a revved-up economy, an emboldened President Barack Obama on Wednesday criticized the House Republicans' spending plan as one that offers a "path to prosperity for those who've already prospered" and no path to help hard-working, middle-class people get ahead.
PROJECT: Wilson Andrews, Jason Bartz, Ryan Kellett, Katie Parker, Leslie Passante and Serdar Tumgoren - The Washington Post. Published Oct. 8, 2012.
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