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    What would it take for a fatherless black man, who grew up in a progressive, yet somewhat chaotic, lower middle-class family and spent most of his childhood moving from place to place, to become the 44th President of the United States? Last week on the popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron, President Barack Obama joined […]

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