President Obama's state of the union address: fair enough but forgettable
Wednesday 13th February 2013,
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As an agenda, it was impressive. Jobs, immigration reform, climate change, equal pay for women, the minimum wage, troop withdrawal, universal pre-school provision for the poor, gun control, voting reform – this was unapologetic in its liberalism and unstinting in its determination.
Gun violence in Chicago: a struggle for answers in Obama's hometown
Tuesday 12th February 2013,
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On the 10th floor of the University of Illinois' school of public health, Dr Gary Slutkin points to a map of Chicago with dots showing where murders have taken place. Lake Michigan lies to the east, the north is mostly clear, but some areas of the south and the west, including Englewood, are covered in dots.
Barack Obama is pushing gun control at home, but he's a killer abroad
Sunday 10th February 2013,
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On 27 January CBS aired an interview with the newly inaugurated President Barack Obama and his outgoing secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, during which the president faced accusations that under his watch America had retreated from its key role in world affairs. "The biggest criticism of this team," said the interviewer," has been [that there is] an abdication of the United States on the world stage, sort of reluctance to become involved in another entanglement."
Michelle Obama attending Chicago funeral of Hadiya Pendelton, 15
Saturday 9th February 2013,
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First lady Michelle Obama flies home to Chicago on Saturday morning to commemorate the short life and tragic death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendelton, whose fatal shooting has taken on significant symbolic resonance both in the city and nationwide.
Immigration Is Not a Domestic Issue
Wednesday 6th February 2013,
Jesse Jackson urges Obama to 'come home' and tackle Chicago's gun crisis
Saturday 2nd February 2013,
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The Rev Jesse Jackson has appealed to Barack Obama to "please come home" to Chicago and address the crisis in American urban life following the fatal shooting of a teenager less than a mile from Obama's house in the city.