PITTSBURGH - Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey endorsed Democrat Barack Obama on Friday, a move that could help the presidential candidate make inroads with white working-class voters dubbed "Casey Democrats"More >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday apologized to Sen. Barack Obama for a security breach in which three State Department contractors inappropriately reviewed the DemocraticMore >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton boosted her fundraising and spending last month but was still eclipsed by Barack Obama.
Obama's campaign spent at a rate of nearly 1.5 million dollars a day inMore >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - Even if Hillary Rodham Clinton and her aides do not mention Barack Obama's fiery-tongued spiritual mentor, don't expect the Illinois senator's well-publicized speech Tuesday to make theMore >>
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Barack Obama suggested Wednesday that Hillary Rodham Clinton could not be trusted to end the Iraq war because she only started opposing it when she began her bid for president.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - David Paterson, who on Monday will be New York's first black governor, received a call of congratulations from Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, where they chuckled overMore >>
CLEVELAND (AP) - Barack Obama has a solid Senate record in support of Israel.
He sings the praises, too, of Jewish civil rights workers who fought for blacks' rights in the U.S. And he says he wants toMore >>
CHICAGO (AP) - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama said Thursday that Sen. John McCain reversed his position on President Bush's deep tax cuts in order to win the Republican presidential nomination, one of hisMore >>
JACKSON, Miss. - Barack Obama has coasted to victory in Mississippi's Democratic presidential primary.
Tuesday's contest was the latest in a string of racially polarized contests across the Deep South. It was also a final tune-up before next month's high-stakes race with Hillary Rodham Clinton in Pennsylvania.More >>
COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - Democrat Barack Obama has ridiculed the idea of being Hillary Rodham Clinton's running mate this fall.
Speaking in Mississippi on Monday, the Illinois senator said voters shouldMore >>
PHOENIX (AP) - This is the week John McCain takes a measure of what the Republican presidential nomination is worth.
The Arizona senator, less than a week removed from having secured enough delegatesMore >>
WASHINGTON - Democratic Sen. Barack Obama raised a record $55 million in February for his presidential campaign, eclipsing rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's own substantial fundraising for the month.More >>
KOGELO, Kenya (AP) - American shock jocks, dirty tricks masterminds and political bloggers: Beware the wrath of an 86-year-old Kenyan villager.
A frown replaces the dimpled beam of Sarah Hussein Obama,More >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama says his two daughters are fans of Hannah Montana and Beyonce, but think anything to do with Britney Spears and Paris Hilton is "yuck." The Democratic presidential contenderMore >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - A photograph circulating in the Internet of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama dressed in traditional local garments during a visit to Kenya in 2006 is causing a dustup in the presidentialMore >>
NEW YORK (AP) - For many black Americans, it's a conversation they find hard to avoid, revisiting old fears in the light of bright new hopes.
They watch with wonder as Barack Obama moves ever closer toMore >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Barack Obama won an endorsement from the powerful Teamsters union on Wednesday, critical labor support for the Democratic front-runner with upcoming contests in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania.
NILES, Ohio (AP) - Barack Obama says Hillary Rodham Clinton's camp is taking it too far by accusing him of plagiarism. During a campaign stop Saturday in Wisconsin, Obama used a few lines previously usedMore >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Barack Obama is poised to get a coveted endorsement from the Service Employees International Union, which could give his campaign a major boost going into the March primaries inMore >>
RICHMOND, Va.(AP) - Barack Obama has won the Democratic primary in Virginia. The win follows a weekend in which Obama routed Hillary Rodham Clinton in a Louisiana primary as well as caucuses in Nebraska,More >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - If Democrats want their best shot at defeating John McCain this fall, a new poll suggests Barack Obama may be a better bet than Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In an early look at how peopleMore >>
Barack Obama is assuring Western voters that he believes in Jesus and gun rights. While campaigning in Idaho today, the Democratic presidential hopeful told more than 10,000 people at Boise State's basketball arena that he's been going to the same church for 20 years, "praising Jesus."More >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama raised $32 million in the single month of January, matching his best three-month period last year, aides said Thursday. The money positionsMore >>
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus on Monday announced it would support Sen. Barack Obama for president and help him in the state's March 4 Democratic primary.
The 14-member caucusMore >>
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Barack Obama is walking a tricky racial line, trying to excite black support in the South without getting tagged as "the black candidate" and scaring off anybody else.
At a spaghettiMore >>
KINGSTREE, S.C. (AP) - Democrat Barack Obama said Thursday that black voters should not object to criticisms being aimed at him by presidential rival Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, a sign of coolingMore >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - Barack Obama challenged Bill Clinton's truthfulness Monday in a deepening feud with the husband of Obama's Democratic presidential rival. Obama's rebuke of the former president, whoMore >>
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Barack Obama is stepping up his effort to correct the misconception that he's a Muslim now that the presidential campaign has hit the Bible Belt.
At a rally to kick off a weeklongMore >>
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - The city's mayor has endorsed Barack Obama in the Democratic campaign for president.
"I admire his ability to inspire. He's seen as an agent of change," said Jay Williams, 36,More >>
Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, intends to endorse Sen. Barack Obama for the White House in a timely slap at Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as his own vice presidential running mate.More >>
NEW YORK (AP) - Demand is high for the books of presidential contender Barack Obama.
The Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House Inc., has ordered an additional 50,000 copies of Sen. Obama'sMore >>
NEW YORK (AP) - The top executive at ABC's "Good Morning America" said it was "cheesy" of CBS to run an old interview with Barack Obama on "The Early Show" Monday at the same time as Diane Sawyer's sit-downMore >>
Hillary Rodham Clinton lost the luxury of being polite along with the Iowa caucuses. On the ropes after a third-place finish, Clinton is coming out swinging against new Democratic front-runner Barack Obama with a vigor she hasn't shown before in the contest she used to lead.More >>
HAMPTON, Iowa -The wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama escaped injury Tuesday when the vehicle that was carrying her to a campaign event in north-central Iowa collided with a motorcyclist.More >>
WASAHINGTON (AP) - Democrat Barack Obama has a new ad in Iowa that seeks to distinguish him from his rivals on curbing lobbyists, improving health care and ending the war in Iraq while casting voters asMore >>
Barack Obama says people are sure to love him once they get to know him. For now, though, Democrats seem to love Hillary Rodham Clinton more, so Obama is trying to turn heads with select jabs at his chief rival.More >>
Obama said Sunday the country is not providing enough mental health services for active duty troops and veterans. He proposed spending hundreds of million dollars more each year for better care.More >>
CHICAGO - Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama said Monday that President Bush has fallen short of his role as leader of the free world, and the 2008 election is a chance to change that.More >>
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democrat Barack Obama declared himself a candidate Saturday for the White House in 2008, evoking Abraham Lincoln's ability to unite a nation and promising to lead a new generation as the country's first black president.
Strengthening America Overseas As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Obama has fought to strengthen America's position in the world. Reaching across the aisle, Obama has tackledMore >>
Super Tuesday Results: Obama won Connecticut, Georgia, Alabama, Delaware, Utah and his home state of Illinois. He prevailed in caucuses in North Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas, Idaho, Alaska and Colorado. His Missouri victory was so close in the vote total that there was no telling whether he or Clinton would end up with a majority of the state's 72 delegates.
After winning the Iowa Primary, the Democratic Senator Barack Obama secured his lead over Hillary Clinton as they both continue to race down the election trail to the White House.
On Tuesday, January 8th, Senator Barack Obama fell to Senator Hillary Clinton at the New Hampshire Primary.
Obama won the much needed support of the Nevad Union on Wednesday, Jan. 9th.
Senator Obama's background:
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was born and raised in a small village in Kenya, where he grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British.
Barack's mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in small-town Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression, and then signed up for World War II after Pearl Harbor, where he marched across Europe in Patton's army. Her mother went to work on a bomber assembly line, and after the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through the Federal Housing Program, and moved west to Hawaii.
It was there, at the University of Hawaii, where Barack's parents met. His mother was a student there, and his father had won a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams in America.
Barack's father eventually returned to Kenya, and Barack grew up with his mother in Hawaii, and for a few years in Indonesia. Later, he moved to New York, where he graduated from Columbia University in 1983.
Remembering the values of empathy and service that his mother taught him, Barack put law school and corporate life on hold after college and moved to Chicago in 1985, where he became a community organizer with a church-based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment.
The group had some success, but Barack had come to realize that in order to truly improve the lives of people in that community and other communities, it would take not just a change at the local level, but a change in our laws and in our politics.
He went on to earn his law degree from Harvard in 1991, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Soon after, he returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer and teach constitutional law. Finally, his advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate, where he served for eight years. In 2004, he became the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
It has been the rich and varied experiences of Barack Obama's life - growing up in different places with people who had differing ideas - that have animated his political journey. Amid the partisanship and bickering of today's public debate, he still believes in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose - a politics that puts solving the challenges of everyday Americans ahead of partisan calculation and political gain.
In the Illinois State Senate, this meant working with both Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families across the state. He also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, Senator Obama worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases.
In the U.S. Senate, he has focused on tackling the challenges of a globalized, 21st century world with fresh thinking and a politics that no longer settles for the lowest common denominator. His first law was passed with Republican Tom Coburn, a measure to rebuild trust in government by allowing every American to go online and see how and where every dime of their tax dollars are spent. He has also been the lead voice in championing ethics reform that would root out Jack Abramoff-style corruption in Congress.
As a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Senator Obama has fought to help Illinois veterans get the disability pay they were promised, while working to prepare the VA for the return of the thousands of veterans who will need care after Iraq and Afghanistan. Recognizing the terrorist threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, he traveled to Russia with Republican Dick Lugar to begin a new generation of non-proliferation efforts designed to find and secure deadly weapons around the world. And knowing the threat we face to our economy and our security from America's addiction to oil, he's working to bring auto companies, unions, farmers, businesses and politicians of both parties together to promote the greater use of alternative fuels and higher fuel standards in our cars.
Whether it's the poverty exposed by Katrina, the genocide in Darfur, or the role of faith in our politics, Barack Obama continues to speak out on the issues that will define America in the 21st century. But above all his accomplishments and experiences, he is most proud and grateful for his family. His wife, Michelle, and his two daughters, Malia, 8, and Sasha, 5, live on Chicago's South Side where they attend Trinity United Church of Christ.