When Republican Peter Fitzgerald announced that he would vacate his U. Senate seat in after only one term, Obama decided to run. He won 52 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary, defeating both multimillionaire businessman Blair Hull and Illinois Comptroller Daniel Hynes.
After his original Republican opponent in the general election, Jack Ryan, withdrew from the race, the former presidential candidate Alan Keyes stepped in. Senate since Reconstruction. During his tenure, Obama notably focused on issues of nuclear non-proliferation and the health threat posed by avian flu. He partnered with another Republican, Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana , on a bill that expanded efforts to destroy weapons of mass destruction in Eastern Europe and Russia.
In August , Obama traveled to Kenya, where thousands of people lined the streets to welcome him. He published his second book, The Audacity of Hope, in October On February 10, , Obama formally announced his candidacy for president of the United States.
A victory in the Iowa primary made him a viable challenger to the early frontrunner, the former first lady and current New York Senator Hillary Clinton, whom he outlasted in a grueling primary campaign to claim the Democratic nomination in early June Obama chose as his running mate Joseph R. Biden Jr. Biden had been a U. They worked to bring new voters—many of them young or black, both demographics they believed favored Obama—to become involved in the election.
With several weeks remaining, most polls showed Obama as the frontrunner. On November 4, lines at polling stations around the nation heralded a historic turnout and resulted in a Democratic victory, with Obama capturing some Republican strongholds Virginia , Indiana and key battleground states Florida , Ohio that had been won by Republicans in recent elections. We may not get there in one year or even one term, but America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there.
I promise you, we as a people will get there. The president and 24 other members of his administration weigh in on their proudest moments, their regrets and the belief that they left it all on the field. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us! Subscribe for fascinating stories connecting the past to the present. Michelle Obama was an American first lady and the wife of Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States. The billionaire businessman ran as a Republican and scored an upset victory over his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. Trump began his career Bill Clinton , the 42nd U.
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A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Lyndon B. Johnson was the 36th president of the United States and was sworn into office following the November assassination of President John F. The agency must make a final determination on the duties by November In less surprising news, on Thursday, Commerce opened an investigation into certain types of Canadian paper, the first step toward imposing penalties for unfair trade practices.
Together with his limited actions against Chinese trade policy, his agenda appears almost … conventional. But the relationship has only spiraled downward as Trump has faced multiple investigations into potential collusion between Trump campaign officials and the Russian government. Things are only getting worse: After Trump reluctantly signed into law new sanctions against Russia, President Vladimir Putin reacted angrily, ordering the U.
This week, the Trump administration responded by forcing Russia to close three diplomatic compounds, located in San Francisco, Washington, D. In one of his first actions as president, Trump directed the White House budget office to set an annual cap on regulatory costs for each agency—that is, the total economic costs of all new regulatory and deregulatory actions.
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But what would the cap be in fiscal ? And OMB still can issue agencies a waiver if officials deem it necessary. An OMB official did not respond to a request for comment. But it still represents a dramatic shift in how agencies have traditionally regulated. The change made national headlines and provoked immediate outcry from sanctuary cities, which are challenging the policy in court. The change has gone largely unnoticed around the country, but represents perhaps the clearest shift in priorities from the Obama Justice Department to the Trump Justice Department.
In March, he took the first step toward doing just that when he directed the Environmental Protection Agency to review the rule.
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In fact, the rule has been under review at the White House since early June. Expect to hear more about it soon. DHS suspends some visas for four countries When the government orders someone deported from the U. It requires approval from the receiving country; the U. Most countries routinely approve such removal orders, but about a dozen countries are uncooperative, preventing the U. On Wednesday, the Trump administration took its first step to force greater cooperation when it imposed visa sanctions on four especially recalcitrant countries—Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
The sanctions vary for each country. For instance, senior Cambodian diplomatic officials and their families will be unable to get a B visa, which allows temporary entry into the U. In Eritrea, no one can get a B visa. The first Trump-era guidelines on driverless cars Last September, the Obama administration issued the first guidelines on driverless cars, recommending industrywide standards to support the growth of the burgeoning industry.
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Consumer groups and industry officials said the plan was more industry-friendly, with significant emphasis on the voluntary nature of the guidelines. Critics said that the plan effectively imposes no rules on automakers, while industry officials said the light regulatory touch is essential to continued technological improvement. Expect more in the months and years ahead. On Wednesday, the EPA delayed for two years parts of an Obama-era rule limiting the dumping of toxic metals, like mercury, from coal-fired water plants. The delay affects two provisions of the rule, relating to specific waste products, while allowing the remainder of the rule to take effect as planned.
He now has plenty of time to do so. That rule was the first national standard on coal ash disposal and also imposed new inspection rules to prevent leaks or spills. Any changes would have to go through the full rule-making process, including notice and comment. Trump blocks the Chinese purchase of a U.
On Wednesday, the Trump administration made its first big statement about Chinese investment when it blocked the acquisition of a U. The White House immediately blasted out a statement on the deal, using its bully pulpit to gain extra attention.
Labor Department makes two moves This week, the Department of Labor took two moves, one that actually continued to uphold an Obama-era rule and another that pushed one back. But the Obama administration estimated it was hundreds of thousands. Also this week, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, within the DOL, delayed a rule regarding workplace examinations of metal and nonmetal mines. MSHA had already delayed the rule, which was finalized on Jan.
It was first delayed until Oct. The agency also proposed changes to the rule regarding when daily inspections must take place and exempting from the examination record any safety or health problems that are quickly corrected. Under Obama, the agency piloted a number of ideas, such as reducing Medicare payments for cancer drugs and changing how the government pays for hip surgery. Instead of paying for health care, premium support would change Medicare into an insurance subsidy that recipients would use to purchase private insurance.
The idea is extremely controversial and loathed by Democrats. A few days after the election, Price and Ryan suggested that transitioning Medicare to a premium support system would be on the agenda for the Republican Congress. Almost a year later, Republicans have struggled to repeal and replace Obamacare, much less undertake a comprehensive Medicare reform.
Labor Department delays a rule on cancer-causing silica dust In March , the Department of Labor issued a regulation lowering the workplace exposure standard for silica, a mineral that can cause lung cancer when ground into dust and inhaled. The final rule was heralded by workplace advocates as long overdue—it took more than four decades to finalize—and was set to be enforced on June But in April, the Department of Labor announced it was delaying enforcement of the rule for three months until September Technically, that date still stands.
In other words, the silica rule is effectively delayed another month. The delay is a victory for industry groups, but it is likely to be short-lived: Unlike with some other rules, the Labor Department does not appear to be delaying the enforcement date of the silica rule to give itself additional time to repeal or rewrite it.
With each successive nuclear test, Washington tries to ratchet up pressure on Pyongyang, issuing new sanctions and pressuring China to cut off trade with North Korea. So it was this week when Trump announced an executive order that attempts to further cut off North Korea from the world. The sanctions are a step beyond anything that the U. The order allows the Treasury Department to sanction any individual who operates in major North Korean industries like textiles and manufacturing; who owns or operates North Korean ports; who imports or exports significant goods, services or technology to or from North Korea; or who generates revenue for the government.
It also prohibits any foreign-owned aircraft or vessel from coming to the U. EPA delays its formaldehyde rule, again On Dec. The rule was set to take effect on Feb.
At that point, the rule took effect. In some cases, the new compliance deadline is far in the future—in one case, not until A smaller move on immigration—and a big one coming soon This week, the Department of Homeland Security made one small move on immigration—and there are reports that a big policy change is coming soon. First, DHS extended a special immigration status for Sudanese and South Sudanese nationals that had been set to expire later this year.
The status, known as Temporary Protected Status, allows foreign nationals whose home country is hit by a war or natural disaster to temporarily live and work in the U. Sudanese nationals can now stay until November , while South Sudanese nationals can stay until May The ban, which has been tied up in the courts, expires on September 24, so the Trump administration had to make a decision. Expect more on the new vetting program in the coming days. But financial watchdogs, who were critical of the CFTC under Barack Obama, are skeptical that it will lead to tougher enforcement, doubting that banks can—or will—effectively police themselves.
Even the preliminary duties, though, are sure to increase tensions between the two neighbors, as the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations approach a self-imposed, end-of-year deadline. The rule was set to take effect on February 17, but the DOT has repeatedly delayed it, first until March 21 and then to May 20—then, for key pieces of the rule, indefinitely. This week, facing lawsuits from environmental groups and state attorneys general, the department finally relented, allowing the entire rule to take effect—but with a big caveat: The rule is going away next spring.
Interior Department rolls back Obama-era sage grouse protections In September , the Bureau of Land Management within the Interior Department finalized its plan to protect a funky-looking bird, the s age g rouse, whose habitat sits on some of the most resource-rich land in the United States. The plan was something of a compromise between conservation groups and oil and gas companies, creating 98 separate land-use plans throughout the West that provided new protections for the s age g rouse—but the department declined to list the bird on the endangered species list.
This week, the Interior Department announced it will reconsider those plans, a first step toward overhauling a key Obama-era environmental policy and opening up more land to oil and gas drilling. The announcement was not exactly a surprise: BLM has previously relaxed some rules around sage grouse habitats and an advisory report commissioned by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, which was released this summer, recommended broader changes to the sage grouse rules.