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Obama lights up national Christmas tree

President Barack Obama kicked off the holiday season in Washington on Thursday with the lighting of the national Christmas tree. Obama joined hundreds of people for the annual event held just steps from the White House. First lady Michelle Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and Mrs. Obama’s mother, Marian Robinson, also attended the event on a chilly night in the nation’s capital. Obama said the national tree is a “symbol of hope and holiday spirit.” He urged Americans to remember members of the U.S. military serving overseas, as well as their families. “As we hold our loved ones tight, let’s
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Obama plans meeting on Ferguson

President Barack Obama planned to hold meetings Monday on the Ferguson situation, and a few members of the St. Louis Rams football team showed their support for protesters who have been rallying in the streets and at retail stores since a grand jury’s decision a week ago not to indict the white police officer who fatally shot a black 18-year-old. Here’s a look at the latest developments in the response to the grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case: ___ PRESIDENTIAL ATTENTION Obama was convening his Cabinet on Monday to focus on his administration’s review of federal programs that
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Obama’s quiet Thanksgiving

President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday’s basics. He also continued a tradition of telephoning members of the armed forces to thank them for their service. Obama called members from each of the military services and participated in a conference call with troops in West Africa. A White House summary of the calls said Obama told them their varied missions, from helping to stamp out Ebola to prosecuting the war against Islamic State militants, had one primary objective — keeping the American people safe and secure. Defense Secretary
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