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Barack Obama

Barack Hussein Obama II (b. August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was president of the Harvard Law Review. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004, and was a U.S. Senator from Illinois from January 3, 2005 to November 16, 2008. He assumed the Presidency on January 20, 2009, and was elected to a second term on November 6, 2012. [ Website ] [ Wikipedia ]

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Barbra Streisand accepts Medal of Freedom from Obama — and totally disses Donald Trump

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Barbra Streisand
Streisand imagines a televised debate between Clinton and Trump would be “one of the greatest moments in television history.” ...

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President Obama talks about the first influential gay person in his life

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
President Barack Obama
"Dr. Lawrence Goldyn, one of my college professors, is a man who stands out to me," he tells Out magazine. ...

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Obama: Religious freedom no excuse to deny rights to others

Monday, September 28, 2015
President Barack Obama greets members of the crowd after speaking at a Democratic National Committee LGBT fundraising gala, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, held at Gotham Hall in New York.
It's important, he said, to recognize that some parts of the country remain uncomfortable with same-sex marriage and that it will take time for them to catch up. ...

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Pope Francis: ‘Keep fighting for religious liberty’

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Pope Francis turns toward President Barack Obama during his welcoming remarks at the state arrival ceremony in his honor on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.
It's a message that's sure to be welcomed by conservatives calling for conscience exemptions on gay marriage. ...

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Pope of the poor arrives in US, denying he’s a liberal

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Pope Francis, Barack Obama
"I am certain that I have never said anything beyond what is in the social doctrine of the church," Pope Francis claims. ...

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Amanda Simpson advances as the highest ranking transgender official in the U.S.

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Amanda Simpson
In 2010, she made history as the first openly trans woman to be appointed by the Obama (or any) administration. Now she's achieved another milestone. ...

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Obama nominates first openly gay service secretary to lead the Army

Friday, September 18, 2015
This photo provided by the U.S. Air Force shows Eric Fanning speaking at the 30th Space Symposium Corporate Partnership dinner May 20, 2014, in Colorado Springs, Colo. President Barack Obama is nominating longtime Pentagon official Eric Fanning to be the Army's new secretary. If confirmed, Fanning would be the nation's first openly gay leader of a military service.
The nomination comes as the Obama administration works to eliminate barriers to military service based on sexuality or gender. ...

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New plan targets health care bias against transgender people

Thursday, September 3, 2015
The long-delayed rule amounts to a manual for carrying out the anti-discrimination section of President Barack Obama's health care law.
The protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services. ...

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US, Chile put spotlight on extremist attacks on LGBT people

Thursday, August 13, 2015
The announcement comes days before more than 150 world leaders gather at the U.N. to launch an ambitious set of development goals.
At least 76 countries retain laws used to harass people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. ...

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WATCH: Obama announces new national HIV/AIDS Strategy through 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2015
In a statement Thursday, the White House said it is "confident that the citizens of Houston will vote in favor of fairness and equality."
The 2020 strategy calls for widespread testing, guaranteed access to regular doctor appointments, and making sure every American can get access to life-extending care. ...

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