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Barack Obama

Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

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Barack Obama shakes hands with supporters Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008, at Cashman Field in Las Vegas.

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U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, carrying a message of change and an inspiring speaking style that brought thousands to his campaign rallies, battled through the state primaries earlier this year to eventually win the Democratic nomination for president — making history as the first African-American to do so.

Obama picked as his running mate fellow U.S. senator Joe Biden of Deleware. Biden was an early presidential rival to Obama, but dropped out after the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses when he got only 2 percent of the delegates.

However, Biden has had to eat some of his early criticisms of Obama, including a debate statement that Obama was too inexperienced to be president. (See YouTube video.)

NEVADA CAUCUS — Obama made several trips to Nevada during the primary season and won the endorsement of the powerful Culinary union. However, Nevada Democrats didn't immediately embrace Obama — he lost the first round of the Nevada caucuses on Jan. 19 to Hillary Clinton. (See the Sun's extensive coverage.)

But by the time the final numbers rolled in, Obama finally won the majority of Nevada's state delegates — and enough delegates overall to beat Clinton and secure the Democratic nomination.

WINNING THE WEST — After the grueling primary battle, a team of Sun journalists took a "Winning the West" road trip in August through the Southwest on the way to the Democratic and Republican national conventions. (See stories, videos, photos and blogs.)

DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION — At the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Obama brought olive branches to Clinton supporters, enlisting the Clintons to try to put some salve on the deep wounds that the slashing, sometimes ugly primary battles had brought to the party. (See the Sun's team coverage.)

Since that time, Obama has continued his message of change, saying that Republican presidential nominee John McCain represents the same type of Republican leadership that allowed the Wall Street meltdown to happen. He took swings at McCain during a September visit to Las Vegas.

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Barack Obama - bio information

Mon, Aug 25, 2008

Barack Obama's bio information.

Barack Obama on the issues

Mon, Oct 6, 2008

The following are Barack Obama's positions on selected issues.

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Obama in town for Clean Energy Summit, a high point for event

Mon, Aug 24, 2015

Clean energy activists, renewable investors and green business executives will all watch President Obama speak today at Mandalay Bay for the National Clean Energy Summit ...

Obama sheds summer curse, just in time for daunting fall

Sun, Aug 23, 2015

President Barack Obama may have finally shed his summer curse — just in time for a daunting fall.

Basin and Range monument encompasses more than political controversy

Fri, Jul 10, 2015

Nine hours after President Barack Obama designated 700,000 acres in central Nevada for protection as a national monument under the Antiquities Act, Rep. Cresent Hardy ...

Obama designates Nevada’s Basin and Range as national monument

Thu, Jul 9, 2015

A historic expanse of land about two hours from Las Vegas is getting a new title: national monument. In a White House announcement late Thursday, President Barack Obama designated ...

Las Vegas man accused of threatening Obama in Facebook posts

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

A Las Vegas man accused of posting Facebook threats to harm President Barack Obama was arrested with seven registered guns after being overheard asking about buying ...

GOP pledges to ‘rein in’ Obama on EPA rules, global warming

Mon, Jun 1, 2015

The Obama administration says a new federal rule regulating small streams and wetlands will protect the drinking water of more than 117 million people in the country. Not so, insist ...

Obama’s trade agenda faces tougher odds heading into House

Sun, May 31, 2015

After several near-death experiences in the Senate, the trade agenda that President Barack Obama is pushing as a second term capstone faces its biggest hurdle yet in the more polarized ...

After president’s promise in Las Vegas, still no deportation relief in sight

Fri, May 22, 2015

Obama’s speech at Del Sol High School marked the beginning of a political and legal battle that left potential beneficiaries in limbo with ...

Free trade divides top Democrats: Obama vs. Reid

Mon, May 11, 2015

Obama is trying to work around Reid to get two trade deals approved by Congress, one with 12 Asian-Pacific countries and another with Europe. Reid opposes both. “I have never, ...

An Obama milestone: South Dakota visit makes it 50 states

Fri, May 8, 2015

President Richard Nixon did it in less than three years. President George H.W. Bush completed it in one term. President Barack Obama has now matched their feat by visiting South ...

Obama jokes about a future playing dominoes with Letterman

Mon, May 4, 2015

In honor of Obama's appearance, Letterman listed "Top 10 Questions Dumb Guys Ask the President," which included "Will you be a guest on one of my last shows?" and "Will ...

Reid, Obama expected to discuss Homeland Security funding

Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Sen. Harry Reid and President Barack Obama are expected to discuss the ongoing fight in Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security when they meet in private today at ...

Obama to meet with Harry Reid as top agenda items debated

Tue, Feb 17, 2015

President Barack Obama plans to meet with Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid as Congress debates a series of issues at the top of the president's agenda. The White House says ...

Lawsuit over Obama immigration action divides Sandoval, Laxalt

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

Attorney General Adam Laxalt announced today that Nevada will join a multistate coalition suing President Barack Obama’s contentious deportation deferral program ...

Obama to focus on cybersecurity issues next week

Sat, Jan 10, 2015

Obama is scheduled to lay out the next steps of a plan to tackle identity theft and improve consumer and student privacy on Monday, following a plan he announced last ...


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