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Paige Lavender is a senior politics editor at The Huffington Post and a graduate of West Virginia University.

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Obama Rips CNN, Speaks On Detained Washington Post Journalist Jason Rezaian

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 12:03 AM

President Barack Obama ruthlessly joked about CNN during his speech at the 2015 White House Correspondents' dinner on Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Commending WHCD host Cecily Strong, Obama said it was notable that Strong impersonates CNN's Brooke Baldwin on NBC's "Saturday Night Live."

"Usually the only people impersonating journalists on...

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Watch A Video Of Obama's Speech From The 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2015 | 12:02 AM

President Barack Obama brought the laughs on Saturday at the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Obama joked about climate change, the 2016 candidates and his own religion, among other things.

Watch a video of Obama's speech above, and see more from the WHCD below:

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Obama Brings Out Luther, His Anger Translator, During White House Correspondents' Dinner Speech

(110) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 11:48 PM

President Barack Obama knew he might need some help to get his points across at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, so he brought in his anger translator Luther to make his message more clear.

Luther, whom fans might recognize as Keegan-Michael Key from the Comedy Central series...

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Watch Cecily Strong Speak At The White House Correspondents' Dinner

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 11:42 PM

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong was the host of the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, D.C., and she brought down the house with jokes about women's rights, the 2016 candidates and President Barack Obama.

Watch a video of Strong's speech above, and see more from the...

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Obama Makes A Birther Joke At The 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 11:36 PM

President Barack Obama made yet another birther joke while giving remarks at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday in Washington.

Obama brought up a recent report that said former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) accidentally identified as a Hispanic on a 2009 voter registration form.

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Cecily Strong Calls Out Politicians Who Try To Tell Women How To Use Their Bodies

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 11:25 PM

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Cecily Strong addressed recent legislation aimed at women's rights and abortion on both the federal and state levels during her remarks at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner.

As she started her speech, Strong said she didn't plan on using her remarks to tell politicians...

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Obama Uses White House Correspondents' Dinner Speech To Take A Jab At Dick Cheney

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 10:43 PM

President Barack Obama used his speech at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner to jab back at former Vice President Dick Cheney, who recently called Obama "the worst president."

"A few weeks ago Dick Cheney said he thinks I'm the worst president of his lifetime, which is interesting,...

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Obama Has Hit The DGAF Portion Of His Presidency, And This Video Is Proof

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 10:34 PM

President Barack Obama has officially hit the stage of his presidency where he does not give one f**k.

At least that's according to a video that played ahead of his speech at the 2015 White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night.

After the video played, Obama said he was recently...

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Obama Has Aged A Lot Since His First White House Correspondents' Dinner

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2015 | 9:02 PM

President Barack Obama gave his first White House Correspondents' Dinner speech back in 2009, when he joked about Fox News, former Vice President Dick Cheney and first lady Michelle Obama's "right to bare arms."

Obama is attending the same event Saturday night, and photos from the two occasions...

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Rand Paul, Ted Cruz First 2016 Candidates To Sign Grover Norquist's Anti-Tax Pledge

(205) Comments | Posted April 24, 2015 | 1:41 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the first 2016 candidate to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, promising "to protect American taxpayers against higher taxes." He was followed closely by his colleague and 2016 rival, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, who created...

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David Petraeus Sentenced To 2 Years' Probation, $100,000 Fine For Leaking Classified Material

(341) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 3:33 PM

Former CIA director David Petraeus was sentenced to 2 years of probation and a $100,000 fine Thursday for sharing classified material with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, during an extramarital affair in 2011.

In March, Petraeus agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of removing and retaining classified...

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Bobby Jindal Is Disappointed GOP Governors Backed Away From Religious Freedom Laws So Quickly

(259) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:57 PM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) penned an op-ed in The New York Times that chastised "left-wing activists" and others who "bully" lawmakers into backing away from laws he says protect religious freedom.

Jindal criticized Republican governors in Indiana and Arkansas who asked lawmakers in...

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Obama Apologizes, Takes Responsibility For Deaths Of Innocent Hostages In U.S. Drone Strike

(183) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 10:22 AM

President Barack Obama gave a statement Thursday after the White House announced U.S. drone strikes had killed innocent American and Italian hostages in Pakistan, saying he takes full responsibility for the operation.

"I profoundly regret what happened," Obama said, apologizing to the families of the deceased.

A statement...

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Carly Fiorina To Launch 2016 Campaign On May 4: Report

(409) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will launch her presidential campaign on May 4, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

Fiorina, a Republican, will announce her campaign online, according to the WSJ.

Sarah Flores, a spokesman for Fiorina, did not confirm the WSJ's report on Wednesday:

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Colorado Senator Makes Epic Weed Joke During Hearing

(15) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 10:10 AM

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) made a pretty good weed joke during a Capitol Hill discussion about cherry blossoms this week.

As Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) had a lighthearted chat about where to see cherry blossoms in the spring, Gardner chimed in about where to observe other...

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Antes de que existieran los 'Textos de Hillary', la Sra. Clinton jugaba con un 'Game Boy' de Nintendo

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 12:38 PM

La exsecretaria de Estado estadounidense, Hillary Clinton, acaparó memes en el 2012 gracias a “Textos de Hillary”, que se compartió en Tumblr y que mostraba a relevantes personas supuestamente enviando mensajes con esta foto de la agencia AP.

hillary clinton

Este lunes, la biblioteca...

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Before There Was 'Texts From Hillary,' There Was Hillary Clinton Playing A Game Boy

(64) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 11:48 AM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) became a meme in 2012 thanks to Texts from Hillary, a Tumblr that portrayed Clinton "texting" important people using this AP photo:

hillary clinton

On Monday, the William J. Clinton Library posted a throwback photo on its

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GOP 2016 Hopefuls Head To New Hampshire

(133) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 11:11 AM

Several Republican presidential hopefuls are flocking to New Hampshire today for the "First in the Nation" Republican Leadership Summit.

Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Rand Paul (Ky.), who have all officially declared themselves candidates for the GOP nomination for president, will be present at the event. Other...

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This Senator Wants To Get A Woman's Face On The $20 Bill

(58) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 3:59 PM

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) introduced a bill Tuesday that, if passed, would direct Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to take a recommendation from citizens on a woman whose image could replace Andrew Jackson's on the $20 bill.

The bill, introduced on Equal Pay Day, is pegged to the "

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Georgia Legalizes Limited Marijuana Extracts For Medical Use

(45) Comments | Posted April 16, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a bill Thursday making medical marijuana legal in the Peach State.

The law allows for the use of low-THC cannabis oils to treat specific medical conditions, including end-stage ALS, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and cancer, WSB-TV reports. Sales of marijuana...

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