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Democrat from Illinois

Barack Obama is the former president of the United States. Obama also served as 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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Did Donald Trump invent claim that Barack Obama tapped his phone?

In a series of early morning tweets March 4, Trump claimed that Obama ordered telephone surveillance on him during the election. Is there any reason to believe Trump? So far, we can’t find any.

Did Trump inherit a mess? 8 charts show otherwise

At most, the list of economic shortcomings that Trump offered in the House chamber provides a partial portrait of the economy — a portrait carefully crafted, in the reverse of the old song lyrics, to accentuate the negative and eliminate the positive.

Is Donald Trump's executive order a 'Muslim ban'?

Examining the label given to the president's order temporarily restricting people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Hate crimes, civil rights become law enforcement focus during Obama years

New legislation and agency procedures addressed a spate of incidents.

Congress blocked Obama's call for new gun laws after mass shootings

Lawmakers don't take action after spate of killings, so the president issues multiple executive actions on guns.