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McCain hits Obama on North Korea hack, Russia

President Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain are once again at odds over national security: this time, it's over the North Korean cyberattack on Sony Pictures.

McCain rejected Obama's characterization of the North Korean hack as "an act of cyberva...

Gitmo, Guantanamo Bay

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Obama to do 'everything I can' to close Gitmo

President Barack Obama says he plans to push to close the Guantanamo Bay detention facility during his final two years in office -- potentially fulfilling a major campaign promise that he hasn't yet accomplished.

"I'm going to be doing everything I c...

Obama end of year news conference

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Upbeat Obama bids goodbye to tough year

Barack Obama actually looks like he's having fun being president.

The commander-in-chief showed the world an unfamiliar face in a punchy end-of-year news conference Friday. He said he was energized and excited, and his bouncy body language suggested h...

Ben Carson

CNN

Inside the push to draft Ben Carson for president

John Philip Sousa IV has a mission: Convince a retired neurosurgeon with no political experience to run for President -- and then help him win.

Sousa, 67, launched a super PAC last year that has raised millions in an effort to urge Dr. Ben Carson to ...

Rogen Franco Interview poster

Columbia Pictures

Mad about N. Korea? Hack back, group says

Jo Jin-hye, who escaped North Korea, wanted to watch "The Interview." The comedy lampoons North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose dynasty she loathes.

Obama on Malaysia Airlines crash 7-18

CNN

Obama: Sony 'made a mistake'

President Barack Obama prodded Congress to eliminate the United States' decades-old Cuba embargo Friday, saying that improving relations with the communist country will help open its "hermetically sealed society."

Obama end of year news conference

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Obama calls on only female reporters

President Barack Obama took eight questions during his Friday press conference --- and all of them from women journalists.

It was an unusual and deliberate move, considering the White House press corps has been historically dominated by men. Indeed, t...

James Franco

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Obama calls James Franco 'James Flacco'

While talking about the Sony hack during his end-of-year press conference, President Obama called actor James Franco "James Flacco."

Within a minute or two, there was already a parody Twitter account with @JamesFlacco thanking the president for the na...

Senator John McCain

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McCain to hold hearing after Sony attack

Sen. John McCain, the incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will hold a hearing into the cyber attack on Sony Pictures in the first two weeks of the next Congress.

Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report

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Washingtonians bid farewell to Colbert

Comedian Stephen Colbert bid farewell on his final show Thursday night with the help of a pantheon of celebrities, including Washington notables and dignitaries.

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