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Obamas name first male social secretary

The Obama White House broke decades of tradition Friday, naming the first man to ever serve as social secretary. Jeremy Bernard, a senior adviser to the U.S. ambassador to France, will soon trade Paris for Washington and take on the high-profile assignment, the White House announced Friday. That means he’ll be responsible for planning numerous social functions and events and pulling them off without a hitch, including opulent state dinners, the annual Easter Egg Roll and dozens upon dozens of receptions. President Barack Obama said Bernard shares his and first lady Michelle Obama‘s vision of the White House as a
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Republicans raise pressure on spending cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the House of Representatives on Friday called a government shutdown “unacceptable” but raised pressure on President Barack Obama and his fellow Democrats to go along with deep spending cuts this year. Read the full story.
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Gates says U.S. Army must become more nimble

WEST POINT, New York (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in a farewell address to cadets at the U.S. military academy, warned on Friday the Army faces an increasingly complex security environment and must adjust to an era of light, nimble warfare and tight budgets. Read the full story.
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