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Democrat from Illinois

Barack Obama is the president of the United States. Obama was formerly a U.S. senator from Illinois. He was born in 1961 in Hawaii, where his parents met as students at the University of Hawaii. Obama's father is from Kenya and his mother is from Kansas. He graduated from Columbia University and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. Obama previously served in the Illinois state Senate and was an instructor at the University of Chicago Law School. He and his wife, Michelle, have two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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Dan Patrick's case for ABC News to release full Obama 'town hall' video

Texan Dan Patrick continues to call for ABC News to release full video of this month's White House town hall where Patrick and President Obama went back and forth.

 

We've newly annotated what fit into the 60-minute broadcast--and what got cut.

PolitiFact annotates Barack Obama's statement on shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile

As part of PolitiFact's partnership with Medium, we annotated President Barack Obama's remarks from Poland on the police-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. 

It's not just Orlando. Scott often fails with FEMA requests

Florida’s requests for federal assistance in emergencies and disasters are denied much more than the national average.

Obama vs. Trump on the phrase 'radical Islam'

Donald Trump said President Obama should resign for not using the words. Obama hit back, saying using the words is "not a strategy." We delve into this war over words.

Who killed more terrorists, Obama or Bush? It depends

In an interview last week, President Barack Obama said, "There isn’t a president who’s taken more terrorists off the field than me." 

 

• Fact-checking the New York Democratic debate