The 2008 Presidential Election took place on November 4. The leading candidates were senators Democrat Barack Obama of Illinois and Republican John McCain of Arizona. McCain was named as the Republic candidate in March 2008 while the race for the Democratic candidate was much more highly contested. Former First Lady and senator Hilary Clinton and Obama were in a very tight race up until June 2008 when Obama secured the nomination. Obama went on to win the election with relative ease, defeating McCain 365-173 in electoral votes. Barack Obama was assumed into office on January 20, 2009.
The Iraq War was an armed conflict lead by United Kingdom and the United States. The first invasion of the country began on March 20, 2003. It was followed by a long period of bloodshed as Iraqi citizens battled the occupying forces and the newly formed government of the country. Before the invasion, both U.S. and U.K. believed that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and ordered military intervention in order to protect their citizens. After over eight years of fighting, the U.S. withdrew all troops in December 2011, however the insurgency has continued on.
State of Florida v. George Zimmerman was the criminal prosecution of George Zimmerman for his shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin on February 26, 2012. Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder. In support of the charges, the State filed an affidavit of probable cause citing that Zimmerman profiled Martin and killed him without Martin committing any criminal behavior. Zimmerman claimed he shot Martin in self-defense. After 16 hours of deliberation the jury found Zimmerman not guilty of all charges.
WikiLeaks is an online organization that publishes secret information as well as news leaks. Founded in 2006 by internet activist Julian Assange, the group is well known for providing otherwise unavailable facts that have quickly turned into front page news headlines including information regarding the War in Afghanistan, the War in Iraq, and information regarding the United States actions toward prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay.
In September 2011 private information obtained by WikiLeaks became available via BitTorrent. The release of the information was considered to be a potential threat to an abundance of innocent lives.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known better as Obamacare is a United States federal statute signed by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. The purpose of the act is to improve the quality of healthcare as well as making it more affordable for the average American citizen. The law requires all insurance companies to create affordable healthcare for all applicants, regardless of sex or preexisting conditions. Since being signed into law, Obamacare has struggled with several opponents including congress, state governments, and small businesses.