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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- President Barack Obama took the oath of office for a second term and the second time at the Inauguration ceremony Monday January 21, 2013

Inauguration controversy: Who sang live and who was prerecorded

The day after President Barack Obama took the oath of office for a second term in a public inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in D.C. in front of thousands on the National Mall and millions watching on TV, there is a controversy surrounding one of the celebrity singers. Beyoncé got raves for her rendition of  the “Star Spangled Banner,” but now the Internet is abuzz with chatter about how she may have faked it. Several media outlets, including ABC News and The New York Times,... Read More →

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Photo courtesy American University -- Russell Williams two-time Academy Award winner

Academy Award winner rides out superstorm Sandy

The East Coast took a brutal pounding from the superstorm Sandy, which made landfall late yesterday. The storm caused widespread devastation in some of the mid-Atlantic states, knocking out power to millions. At least 26 deaths have been blamed on Sandy, now moving slowly across the country — less powerful, but still a threat. The nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., suffered only a glancing blow from Sandy with some flooding, trees down, and more than 140,000 homes without power this morning, according to the Washington Post.  Also, the Post... Read More →

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President Obama ends the war in Iraq

“So today, I can report that, as promised, the rest of our troops in Iraq will come home by the end of the year.  After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over. Over the next two months, our troops in Iraq — tens of thousands of them — will pack up their gear and board convoys for the journey home.  The last American soldier[s] will cross the border out of Iraq with their heads held high, proud of their success, and knowing that... Read More →

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Obama and the First Family viewed the MLK National Memorial before the official dedication in Washington DC October 16, 2011

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial dedicated in DC

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial has been open since last August, but the official dedication was delayed until today by the fury of Hurricane Irene during the summer. A crowd estimated to be around 30,000 gathered on the National Mall to witness the historic event. Remarks by President Obama at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication The National Mall Washington, D.C. For this day, we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s return to the National Mall.  In this place, he will stand for all time, among monuments to those who... Read More →

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Barack Obama delivers an address on jobs and the economy to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol September 8, 2011

President Obama calls on Congress to pass the American Jobs Act

President Barack Obama wants to shore up the sagging economy by putting “… more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working.” Last night, in an address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol, the president presented the American Jobs Act, which he claims will achieve those goals. THE PRESIDENT:  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, and fellow Americans: Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country.  We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions... Read More →

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The tax deadline and President Obama’s 2010 tax returns

The midnight deadline to file 2010 tax returns is fast approaching. Usually, the deadline for filing federal tax returns is April 15, however, this year we got a three -day-grace period. The reason: Emancipation Day fell on a Saturday, but was celebrated as a legal holiday on April 15 in Washington, D.C. Emancipation Day commemorates the day, April 16, 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln signed an order freeing the slaves in the District of Columbia — six months ahead of signing the Emancipation Proclamation — freeing slaves... Read More →

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Photo: Chuck Kennedy/White House -- President Obama spoke to the nation from the White House about the 11th hour budget deal April 8, 2011

A government shutdown is averted by 11th hour deal

After weeks of haggling and last minute wheeling-and-dealing, the powerful Democratic and Republican leaders in Washington , D.C. have reached a historic agreement. It happened last night, shortly before the government would have had to shut down for lack of a budget. The deal include a one-week funding extension, which quickly passed the Senate and the House. President Obama is expected to sign it today.The president spoke to the nation from the White House about the bipartisan deal Friday night. Here is the full text of his statement from the White House blog.... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama addressed the nation from the National Defense University Washington, DC March 28, 2011

President Obama speaks to the nation about U.S. military action in Libya

U.S. military action in Libya has been in the news and on the minds of many Americans lately. Tonight President Barack Obama defended his decision to have U.S. aircraft and ships join a coalition in a push back against the rampage of Muammar Qaddafi.  President Obama delivered his address from the National Defense University in Washington, DC. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Last month, Qaddafi’s grip of fear appeared to give way to the promise of freedom.  In cities and towns across the country, Libyans took to the streets to claim their basic human... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House -- President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet the family of Christina Taylor Green after the State of the Union address in Washington DC January 25, 2011

Photo Gallery: Christina Taylor Green’s family & the Obamas

President Barack Obama remembered the victims of the Arizona tragedy in his State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 25.  After his speech, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeted John, Roxanna, and 11-year-old Dallas Green. The family of Christina Taylor, the youngest victim of that shooting massacre on January 8, 2011. Christina and five others were killed, when a gunman fired on a gathering in front of a Safeway store near Tucson, Arizona.  U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) and 12 others were wounded in the attack.

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Photo: Samantha Appleton/White House -- First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Malia paint on a cafeteria wall as part of a service project at Stuart Hobson Middle School in DC January 17, 2011

MLK Day: Celebrate by serving others

Today President Obama honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by picking up a brush and helping paint artsy and inspiring characters in the cafeteria of Stuart Hobson Middle School in Washington, DC. Also,  First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, took part in this mentoring project as well.    THE PRESIDENT:  Dr. King obviously had a dream of justice and equality in our society, but he also had a dream of service, that you could be a drum major for service, that you could lead by giving back to our communities.  And... Read More →

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Photo: White House Blog --World Champion Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Cares, and President Obama come together for a day of education and service projects with some Washington DC youngers December 13, 2010

President Obama teams up with the Los Angeles Lakers

The repeat World Champion Los Angeles Lakers went  to the White House to celebrate a championship win last year. So this time around, they did something different to honor their latest accomplishment. Earlier this month, on December 13, the Lakers visited with members of The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Part of the time was spent with the kids assembling care packages and writing letters to wounded military men and women, as well as putting together special gift kits for the homeless in DC. For fun, the players and coaches... Read More →

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Photo: Pete Souza/White House --Blues master BB King performed , "Merry Christmas Baby," at the National Tree lighting ceremony in Washington, DC, December 9, 2010

Lighting the National Christmas Tree

  For the 88th time, the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony took place in Washington, DC last night.  The first family had t he honor of pushing the button that lit up a 40-foot Colorado blue spruce.  The President commented on the history and the resilience of the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony: President Obama: Often, the ceremony itself has reflected the pain and sacrifice of the times. There were years during the Second World War when no lights were hung, in order to save electricity. In the days following... Read More →

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“We Are One” concert at the Lincoln Memorial

  Photo by Doug Mills/The New York Times   Somewhere between 500-and-750-thousand people ignored frigid temperatures to gather on the National Mall in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. today for the “We Are One” concert. Superstars who took part in the event included Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder, U2, Usher, James Taylor, Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, and Tiger Woods. The free concert was a big draw, but most in the crowd came to hear the next President of the United States, Barack Obama, who... Read More →

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