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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.
Looking to boost Iraqi fighting forces, President Barack Obama said the U.S. and its allies need to examine whether they are deploying military assets effectively against Islamic State militants as Iraq mounts a new offensive to recapture critical territory west of Baghdad.
The White House says "offensive and disgusting" replies posted on President Barack Obama's new Twitter account are part of an open society.
President Barack Obama on Thursday elevated Tunisia to new allied status, promising financial and security assistance to ensure the North African country's transition to democracy remains a success in a fragile region.
The Arab Spring's birthplace can form an lasting partnership with the U.S., say the two countries' presidents.
Anyone surprised that Obama will continue this work after he leaves the White House has not been paying attention.
Nine months after riot police dispelled protests in Ferguson, Mo., the president is banning the federal government from distributing some military-style equipment, including armored vehicles and firearms, to local law enforcement.
In a story May 16 about President Barack Obama's plans after he leaves the White House, The Associated Press reported erroneously that George H.W. Bush's presidential library is in Houston. The library is in College Station, Texas.
Obama gives the lie.
Presidential library? Check. Future home? TBD.
With police under increasing scrutiny after the highly publicized deaths of black suspects, President Barack Obama called on Americans Friday to honor law enforcement "heroes" by working harder to heal rifts with communities they serve.
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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