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Original 'Hamilton' Cast Performs At White House For Obamas
 
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On March 14, 2016, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted local students and the cast of Broadway musical Hamilton for a daylong celebration of the arts in America. Watch the cast perform musical selections "Alexander Hamilton" and "Schuyler Sisters" in the East Room.
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Cute Kids Upstage Gay Marriage News Conference
 
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Supporters of changing Minnesota's law banning same-sex marriage bring their kids along to a news conference announcing a bill to repeal that ban. The kids are oblivious to the occasion and make life difficult for their dads. See all episodes of The UpTake http://blip.tv/the-uptake#EpisodeArchive Visit The UpTake's series page http://blip.tv/the-uptake
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Child Asks Obama:"Why Do People Hate You?"
 
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At a a town hall in New Orleans, a child asks President Obama "Why do people hate you?" Transcript: Okay, here's -- this young man, right here. I'm going to let him use my special mic. Hey, this is a big guy -- don't go "awww." Come on, man, I mean, this is a -- all right, what's your name? Q Terrence Scott (phonetic). THE PRESIDENT: Terrence Scott. What do you have to say? Q I have to say, why do people hate you and why -- they supposed to love you, and God is love and -- THE PRESIDENT: That's what I'm talking about. (Laughter and applause.) Come on. That's what I'm talking about. Terrence, I appreciate that. What grade are you in? Q Fourth. THE PRESIDENT: You're in fourth grade? Well, now, first of all, I did get elected President, so not everybody hates me, now. I don't want you to -- (laughter.) I got a whole lot of votes. I want to make sure everybody understands. But you know, what is true is if you were watching TV lately, it seems like everybody is just getting mad all the time. And, you know, I think that you've got to take it with a grain of salt. Some of it is just what's called politics, where once one party wins then the other party kind of gets -- feels like it needs to poke you a little bit to keep you on your toes. And so you shouldn't take it too seriously. And then sometimes -- as I said before, people just -- I think they're worried about their own lives. A lot of people are losing their jobs right now. A lot of people are losing their health care or they've lost their homes to foreclosure. And they're feeling frustrated. And when you're President of the United States, you know, you've got to deal with all of that. That's exactly right. And, you know, you get some of the credit when things go good; and when things are going tough, then you're going to get some of the blame and that's part of the job. But, you know, I'm a pretty tough guy. Are you a tough guy? You look like you're pretty tough. And so you've just got to keep on going even when folks are criticizing you. Because as ...
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Rep. Kriesel's Full Speech On Gay Marriage, Bucking The GOP
 
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Representative John Kriesel is one of the few Republican legislators to oppose a Minnesota constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. He explains how he came to that position even though it does not jive with most other Republicans.
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How Many Gays Must God Create Before We Accept That He Wants Them Around?
 
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Representative Steve Simon (DFL Hopkins/St. Louis Park) says a proposed Minnesota constitutional amendment is largely about religion. He says if sexual orientation is innate as science is showing us, and not a lifestyle choice, then God created gay people. He asks how many gay people must God create before we accept that he wants them around.
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Guy Asks Obama If He Is Happy. Watch What He Says.
 
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During a virtual road trip on Google+, President Obama answered questions from people joining around the country. Including Rob in Portland who asked, "How are you?" Watch what President Obama had to say.
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Obama & 107 Yr Old In Iowa Diner
 
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President Obama makes a surprise drop-in on Jerry's Family Restaurant in Mt. Pleasant, IA where he meets 107 year old Frances Asher.The President is on a "White House to Main Street" tour through Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri.
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Many Goodbyes For Obama In Last Days Of Presidency
 
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President Obama spends his last week in office getting in many goodbyes to his staff, the press and the American people.
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"Hidden Figures" Katherine Johnson Awarded Presidential Medal Of Freedom In 2015
 
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On November 24th, President Obama bestowed the Medal of Freedom, the Nation’s highest civilian honor, to Katherine Johnson—a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mathematician who exhibited exceptional technical leadership, calculating and verifying trajectories that took the first Americans to space and to the moon. Until recently, Johnson’s critical technical contributions to the space race were largely unknown to the world. The contributions and leadership of countless scientific and technical women and people of color who have been tremendous innovators have been left out of American history books, unfortunately.
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Obama Jokes With The Eagles At Kennedy Center Honors Reception
 
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President Barack Obama cautions Joe Walsh of the Eagles not to trash the White House like he once did a hotel room. "We want to get our security deposit back." Walsh, Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmidt and the widow of Glenn Frey were at the White House in advance of the Kennedy Honors celebration. This is the final Kennedy Honors that Obama will preside over while president.
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Stevie Wonder Presented Medal Of Freedom
 
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President Obama presents musician Steve Wonder the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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They Couldn't Believe It! Meeting Obama On A Walk Through DC
 
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The President was heading over to the nearby Department of the Interior and decided to break with tradition and take a Springtime walk. On the way, he got a chance to meet with all sorts of folks, who weren't expecting to meet the President of the United States of America.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabar Awarded Medal Of Freedom
 
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President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to NBA all-star Kareem Abdul-Jabar at the White House. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
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Cicely Tyson Awarded Medal Of Freedom
 
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President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to actress Cicely Tyson at the White House. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
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Obama Ribs James Taylor At Kennedy Honors Reception
 
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President Obama makes a few jokes at James Taylor's expense during a reception before the Kennedy Honors.
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Bearded David Letterman & Jon Stewart Crack Up USO
 
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Comedians David Letterman and Jon Stewart crack jokes in honor of the USO's 75th birthday.
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White House Surprises:Behind The Scenes
 
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White House video that wasn't released to the mediauntil now! President Obama's surprise visit to the White House briefing. His surprise visit to Afghanistan. Discover White House Press Secretary's age issue, and more!
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Rep Simon Fights Back Tears During Gay Marriage Speech
 
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Rep. Steven Simon (DFL) fought back tears while giving a pro-gay marriage speech on the Minnesota House floor He got emotional while telling a story on a rabbi's lesson to young students about "a new day." Simon described a rabbi asking his students what is the precise moment when night ends and a new day begins. "The moment when night ends and a new day begins is the moment when you look into the face of a stranger and see the face of your brother," Simon said in between long pauses. "Until that moment, no matter what time it is, it's still night. But at that moment, that's when the new day begins. I like the sound of that—a new day—and I hope we can all go there together." The Minnesota House passed same-sex marriage by a vote of 75-59.Distributed by OneLoad.com
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Obama's SOTU Comeback- "I Know 'Cause I Won Both Of 'Em"
 
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President Obama strays off script when applause breaks out after he says "I have no more campaigns to run." He stops his speech and then says " I know because I won both of them"
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CJ Cregg Returns To White House Briefing Room
 
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Posing as her "West Wing" character C.J. Cregg, actress Allison Janney made a surprise appearance at the White House press podium. "Josh is out today, he has, I believe it's a root canal," she said about real-life White House press secretary Josh Earnest's absence. "But let's be honest, I'm better at this than he is anyway." Janney announced that President Obama is "still working" on his speech for tomorrow's White House Correspondents' Dinner and that "he intends to be funny, very funny." Janney ended the spoof by revealing her real reason she was at the White House today: to talk about opioid addiction and what was being done to combat the problem. Her current show on CBS, Mom, deals with drug addiction and its struggles. "This is a disease that can touch anybody, and all of us can help reduce drug abuse through evidence-based treatment, prevention and recovery. Research shows it works, and courageous Americans show it works every day," Janney said.
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Rare Look Inside Where Obama Lives At The White House
 
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President Obama reflects on living at the White House as he prepares to leave and return to being a citizen.
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Obama's 3 Day Midwest Road Trip - The Unscheduled Stops
 
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A behind the scenes look at President Obama's unannounced/unscheduled stops during his bus tour of Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.
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Student Asks Obama About Cynicism And Gets A 10 Minute Rant That Nails It
 
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A student reporter, Patrick Forrest, from Fresno City College asks a question that draws a rant from President Obama. Student: Earlier today, one thing we talked about was civic engagement, and a line was used in the State of the Union address of “don’t give into the cynicism of the day.” A poll released by Reuters yesterday shows that nearly half of Americans feel that the elections are rigged in some way. Is there any goal or plan of the administration to help revitalize the faith in democracy that seems to be lacking?
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Minneapolis Police Kill Blevins As He Runs Away- Body Cam Video
 
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This is the "stabilized" video referenced in the press release from Minneapolis Mayor's office. Please be advised that the footage is very graphic. This video is not suitable for young people or sensitive viewers. Press release: Today, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released body worn camera (BWC) video footage from the fatal June 23 officer-involved shooting of Thurman Blevins. The release comes 36 days after the shooting. Three video files have been made public: two raw videos and a stabilized and analyzed video. The raw video footage comes straight from the responding officers Justin Schmidt’s and Ryan Kelly’s BWCs. These files contain movement and provide a lower level of clarity. The stabilized and analyzed video was not produced by the MPD. It was produced by the National Center for Audio & Video Forensics in Beverly Hills, California, as contracted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), and provided to the City of Minneapolis by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. The National Center for Audio & Video Forensics ran this video through a stabilizing and analysis process. The stabilized and analyzed video includes footage from both MPD officers Justin Schmidt and Ryan Kelly. The stabilizing software identifies pixels from each frame and aligns them to help limit the “shake” that can occur without altering the content. The raw footage and stabilized and analyzed footage have been presented in the interest of full transparency.
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Bill And Melinda Gates Awarded Medal Of Freedom
 
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President Obama awards the Medal of Freedom to Bill and Melinda Gates The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
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Obamas Donate Their Kids' Playset To Homeless Shelter
 
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With just four days left living at the White House, President Obama donated their daughters' south lawn playground to a Washington homeless shelter as part of a Martin Luther King Day service project Monday. "Malia and Sasha's Castle," as the wooden play set was known, is now at the Jobs Have Priority shelter, a 28-apartment complex in southeastern Washington. The Obamas even showed up to demonstrate how to use the equipment. The president pushed two girls in the swing, while Mrs. Obama showed a younger boy how to use the rope swing. "Brings back memories," Obama remarked while pushing the swing, noting that Sasha was not much smaller when the family moved into the White House eight years ago. Outside the shelter a crowd gathered and sang, "Obama, Obama! Hey, Hey, Hey, Goodbye," to the tune of the 1970 Steam song
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Obama Roasts Al Pacino at Kennedy Honors Reception
 
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President Obama makes a few jokes at Al Pacino's expense during a reception before the Kennedy Honors.
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EpiPen Maker CEO Grilled By Congress
 
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Heather Bresch, the CEO of Mylan which makes the EpiPen is grilled by House members on why the price of the device has risen to about $600. The price of the device, used in emergencies to treat severe allergic reactions, has increased more than 500% since Mylan acquired it in 2007. A two-pack of the EpiPen now has a list price of $608. Rep. Jason Chaffetz asked a simple question to start: You raised the price — what did you think was going to happen? Bresch did a lot of gymnastics to explain how Mylan actually doesn't make that much money on the drug, but Chaffetz wasn't having it. "This doesn't make any sense," he said. "This is why we don't believe you."
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Anti-Pot Great-Grandma Changes Her Mind On Medical Marijuana
 
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Joani Whiting is the mother of Stephanie who was diagnosed with skin cancer. Joani opposed doctors who wanted to help her daughter with medical marijuana. Other members of her family finally moved Stephanie out of Joani's care so she could be treated with medical marijuana. Joani tells the story how that changed her mind about marijuana and why she is now supporting a bill to legalize it for treating a limited number of diseases in Minnesota. The full video of the news conference on this proposed law can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4V63AB6nJyc
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Obama Makes Surprise Visit During Final White House Press Briefing
 
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As White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest presides over the final press briefing of the Obama administration, President Obama puts in a surprise appearance.
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Amy Goodman Jumps Fence To Question Cops
 
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More from http://www.theuptake.org. Sat. Aug 30, 2008. Saint Paul, MN Police Department raids a home at 591 Iglehart Avenue at gunpoint. The journalists include a contributing photojournalist with "Democracy Now", whose host Amy Goodman appears in this clip jumping a fence to question police officers. This is part of a series of police actions on the eve of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. After several hours, all those detained were released. No arrests. No property was seized as result of the search warrant. The clip ends with an interview with homeowner Mike Whalen. At the start of the clip, a neighbor shouts to the media and onlookers that we could all come into her backyard to see the detained people held in the adjacent backyard. Video by Chuck Tomlinson
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Haley: US Won't Pay More Than 25 percent Of UN Peacekeeping Anymore
 
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United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says Moving forward, the United States will not pay more than 25 percent of the peacekeeping budget. This is a cap required by U.S. law. We pledge to work with Member States and the organization to ensure we make this adjustment in a fair and sensible manner that protects UN peacekeeping. All of us have a role to play, and all of us must step up. The Security Council, the UN Secretariat, regional organizations like the African Union, troop and police contributors, and host governments have to work together.
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Sanders Questioned By Native American Activist
 
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Clyde Bellecourt gets the microphone makes a speech and asks Bernie Sanders if he is elected president will he honor treaties the US made with Native Americans.
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Sen Franken Smacks Down Conservative Health Care Arguments
 
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Senator Al Franken (DFL- Minnesota) questions Diana Furchtgott-Roth of the conservative think tank Hudson Institute about bankruptcies caused by medical crises. Franken points out there are no such bankruptcies in Switzerland, France or Germany. Furchgott-Roth tries to bring up a flawed study about cancer survivor rates in those countries. Franken cuts her off, noting that the study she is talking about cherry-picked information and included easily survivable cancers in the US.
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Lawmaker Changes Mind On Same Sex Marriage
 
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Representative Tim Faust (DFL) says that he was originally against same-sex marriage. He emotionally explains how his mind was changed and will now vote for same-sex marriage.Distributed by OneLoad.com
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Will Michelle Obama Run For President? Barack's Answer
 
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Transcript: Q I have a question for you. Since you can't run again for another term, is there any way that we as a group can talk the First Lady into running? THE PRESIDENT: No. (Laughter and applause.) No, no, no. No, no. Q I know that's right. (Laughter.) THE PRESIDENT: Let me tell you, there are three things that are certain in life. (Laughter.) Death, taxes, and Michelle is not running for President. (Laughter.) That I can tell you. But you know what, the First Lady, though, the work she’s done around reducing childhood obesity, the work that she and Jill Biden have done on military families and making sure they get support, I could not be prouder of her. And I am certain that she’s going to be really active as a First Lady. Not only is she going to be a very young ex-First Lady, but unlike me, she looks young. (Laughter.) I was looking at a wedding picture -- actually, we found the old video from our wedding. We’ve been married 23 years now. (Applause.) And so my mother-in-law had been going through some storage stuff and found our wedding video. And I popped it in -- and I look like a teenager -- and realized, boy, I sure have aged. (Laughter.) AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Inaudible.) THE PRESIDENT: I know that, though. (Laughter.) But Michelle looked -- she looked identical. Looked identical. Q We're proud of her. THE PRESIDENT: Well, I’m proud of her, too, because most importantly she’s been an unbelievable mom, which is why my daughters turned out so well. (Applause.)
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Mint Condition Remembers Their Mentor Prince
 
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Lawrence Waddell and Stokley Williams of the St. Paul-based R&B band Mint Condition sit down to talk about their mentor, friend and fellow musician Prince. From their own beginnings in the early 90s meeting Prince for the first time, to stories of playing on tour with him, to their reflections on Prince’s influence on the “Minneapolis Sound” and the artistic world more broadly, Waddell and Williams remember Prince and his legacy. Interview by Jeff Achen of The UpTake.
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Protests, Objections Disrupt Final Count Of Electoral Votes - Trump Declared President
 
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Despite objections from several Representatives and outbursts from protesters in the gallery, Vice-President Joe Biden completes the counting of electoral votes and declares that Donald Trump has been elected President of the United States effective January 20, 2017 for a four year term. Mike Pence has been elected Vice President of the United States. Biden who was acting as President of the Senate, quoted the constitution that objections cannot be made or debated unless they are signed by at least one Representative and one Senator. None of the objections raised during the count were signed by a Senator. Results: 304 votes for Trump 227 votes for Hillary Clinton 3 votes for Colin Powell 1 vote for John Kasich 1 vote for Ron Paul 1 vote for Spotted Eagle 1 vote for Bernie Sanders
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Obama, Steve Harvey, Surprise White House Visitors
 
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After finishing an interview with comedian and TV host Steve Harvey, the two decide to surprise White House visitors who were stopping in to see the Christmas decorations.
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Obama's Sister Introduces Him In Kenya
 
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Barack Obama's sister introduces him to a crowd at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobe Kenya.
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President Obama Surprises Kids Dinner At White House
 
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President Obama is the surprise guest at a "Kids State Dinner" hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. He talks about ... food!
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Red Lava Rivers From Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano - Aerial Views
 
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Night aerial B-Roll of 2018 Kilauea Volcano Eruption. Lower Puna area. Aerial b-roll of Puna Lava flow. Shot from a Hawaii Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk. May 22, 2018. Aerial survey of the lava flow, fissure eruptions and the Puna Geothermal Venture. Video by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz State of Hawaii, Department of Defense, Public Affairs Office
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DEVELOPING: Detainee alleges torture in Ramsey County jail
 
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Elliot Hughes recounts allegations of torture while being detained in Ramsey County Jail. Hughes was detained during an RNC08 protest after reportedly colliding with a police bicycle on accident. He was sent to Regions Hospital for treatment and later released without charges. We are actively investigating these claims. Stay tuned for more.
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Obamas & Bidens Wave Goodbye To Crowd At Farewell Address In Chicago
 
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President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden wave goodbye to the thousands of people gathered in Chicago for Obama's farewell address.
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George W. Bush At African American Museum Opening
 
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Former President George W. Bush speaks at the African American Museum opening in Washington DC.
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Obama Fails Against Spelling Bee Champs
 
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As reported in The Hindu: US President Barack Obama might be one of the world’s most powerful man but he is no spelling champion as he failed to spell two words correctly given to him by this year’s Indian—American co—champions of the prestigious Spelling Bee contest. “He (the President) is very humble. I think he (Obama) is appropriate for the job,” Sriram Hathway from New York told PTI in an interview, moments after he and co—champion of Scripps National Spelling Bee Ansun Sujoe from Texas met the US President at his Oval Office yesterday. This was for the first time since 1962 that the annual spelling contest had ended in a tie. “The President greeted us. He is very nice. He talked to us little bit. He gave us some advice. He also spelled a couple of words for us. Like the two words we misspelled —— corpsbruder and antigropelos. He did not spell them correctly. But it was quite fun to hear it and to talk with the President and interact,” Ansun told PTI outside the White House after his memorable meeting with Obama.
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Franken Calls GOP Obstructionism "Absurd" And Provides Examples
 
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Senator Al Franken is a former comedian and says he is well schooled on what is absurd. He finds the reasons from Republicans to block President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland are that - absurd. And then dismantles the GOP logic during Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee meeting.
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Obama: You're Paying Too Much For A Cable TV Box
 
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Transcript: Hello, everybody. One of America’s greatest strengths is our free market. A thriving private sector is the lifeblood of our economy – it’s how we create jobs, expand opportunities, and give everybody a shot at success. It’s what has made America the strongest country on Earth. The most essential ingredient in a healthy free market is competition. But right now, too many companies are engaging in behaviors that stifle competition – like blocking new competitors from entering the market or limiting the information and options that give consumers real choice. As a consequence, the rest of us pay higher prices for lower quality products and services. Workers receive lower wages than they otherwise would. Small businesses and entrepreneurs can get squeezed out of the market. And none of that is fair – or good for our economy. The deck should not be stacked in favor of the wealthiest individuals and the biggest corporations, against working Americans. That’s why my administration is doing everything we can to reverse this trend and promote more competition in the marketplace. In addition to enforcing the rules on the books, I’ve directed federal agencies to identify anti-competitive behavior in different industries, and find new and specific ways to promote competition. One industry that’s ripe for change is cable TV. Right now, 99 percent of cable and satellite TV customers rent set-top boxes from their providers. According to one survey, this costs households an average of more than $230 per year. We spend some $20 billion to rent these devices. While we have almost unlimited choice in what we watch on television, from traditional programming to online content, there’s next to no competition to build a better, user-friendly product that allows you to easily access all this content in one place. So most consumers just rent whatever the cable company offers. Because we have to. That means companies have little incentive to innovate. As a consequence, we need multiple devices and controllers to access content from different sources. That makes no sense. So my administration has encouraged the FCC to remove the barriers to competition that prevent new players from offering innovative cable box options to consumers. We know this works. For years, Americans had to rent our telephones from the phone company. This was a while ago, but when the FCC finally unlocked competition for home phones, the marketplace was flooded with all kinds of phone options with new features, and at different price points. Consumers suddenly had many options. And the whole industry moved forward as a result. The same can happen with cable boxes, and in dozens of areas of our economy – all of which can make a difference in your everyday life. The bottom line is, competition is good for consumers, workers, businesses, and our economy. So I’m going to keep doing everything I can to make sure that our free market works for everyone. Thanks, and have a great weekend.
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We Are Still Here: 40 Years of AIM in Photographs
 
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Journalist and writer Laura Waterman Wittstock and photographer Dick Bancroft have recorded, written and taken pictures of the American Indian Movement (AIM) for over 40 years. Their book, We Are Still Here published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, is a testament to that effort. It includes Wittstock's reflections on covering the native American civil rights movement as a young reporter in Washington, D.C., as well as some of Bancroft's striking and iconic images as the movement struggled for Native independence. An exhibit of Bancroft's photos opened May 10 at All My Relations Gallery on Franklin Avenue, celebrated by drummers performing the AIM honor song, traditional foods and a gathering of AIM activists, including Clyde Bellecourt and Bill Means. Bellecourt, a member of the White Earth band of Ojibwe, reminded the crowd what it took for them to get to this place. "Our people were so beaten down," he shouted to the crowd, "We didn't think we could pull ourselves up," he said as he went on to tell people how AIM began as a group of people meeting on the Northside of Minneapolis. After years of enduring poverty and abuse from police, the Indian activists decided to take matters into their own hands. It wasn't just about better living conditions for Native Americans on and off the reservation, but about reviving their culture and demanding the federal government honor its treaties and show native nations the respect they deserved. In 1972, Bellecourt and others traveled to Washington in a protest called The Trail of Broken Treaties to demand the federal government remove officials running the Bureau of Indian Affairs who AIM accused of being corrupt and greedy. That's where the photos of Bancroft's and the words of Waterman Wittstock come into play. Photos of the BIA building takeover showed American Indian men and women not as the cowboys and Indians of the John Wayne movie-myth making era, but as anxious and restless souls overturning desks, banging on drums and demanding the ear of federal officials to say that Indians were still here. After three days, the protesters left the BIA building, taking with them the jobs of three officials in charge of the decision making. It had been a victory, but AIM members would take another militant stand at the impoverished village of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, in just a few months. Bancroft would also be at that 1973 armed confrontation between activists and their supporters on one side, and reservation officials and federal authorities on the other. Bancroft had gotten a camera as a birthday gift from his wife and was seen as an unofficial reporter within the movement. He remembers being the only one with a camera and the ability to afford the film.
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Obama Addresses Kenyan People - Full Speech
 
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President Obama focused much of his 45 minute speech on enhancing economic development in Kenya as well as supporting equality and anti-corruption initiatives. Speaking of gender inequality, Obama stated, “Those are bad traditions that need to change … they have no place in the 21st Century.” “People should be judged by the content of their character,” he added. However, Obama failed to directly address the issue of discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in East Africa, which Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta called a “non-issue” on Saturday. Obama was speaking at the Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobe, Kenya.
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