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Margaret Talev

covers the White House for Bloomberg News and covered the White House for McClatchy Newspapers. She has covered California and Florida politics.

An artist illustration of Lusail City stadium, designed for the Qatar 2022 World Cup final, is seen in this undated handout photo released to the media on Dec. 16, 2010.

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An artist illustration of Lusail City stadium, designed for the Qatar 2022 World Cup final, is seen in this undated handout photo released to the media on Dec. 16, 2010.

Trans-Atlantic Rivalry Exposed on Pitch

The leaders of the U.S. and Britain want the world to see them as allies marching in lock-step. Just don’t bring up sports or language. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron were deep into a joint news conference...

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US President Barack Obama walks with White House Councilor John Podesta, left, through the Ellipse in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2014, on their way to the US Department of the Interior.

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US President Barack Obama walks with White House Councilor John Podesta, left, through the Ellipse in Washington, DC, on May 21, 2014, on their way to the US Department of the Interior.

Podesta’s Special Bagram Delivery

Most of the White House aides who flew aboard Air Force One to Bagram Air Field on President Barack Obama’s secret Memorial Day weekend flight were there to advise him — on Afghan policy, American military posture or his communications...

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton center, speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, 2013, about the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton center, speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 23, 2013, about the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Benghazi: No ‘There’ There — Pickering

At the start of yet another round of inquiries into the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that claimed the lives of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, it’s worth noting the words of another American ambassador who represented Democratic...

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President Barack Obama bows to Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO during the Miraikan Science Expo in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

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President Barack Obama bows to Honda's humanoid robot ASIMO during the Miraikan Science Expo in Tokyo on April 24, 2014.

Obama: Robot ‘Little Scary’ — With a Bow Heard Round the Web

President Barack Obama’s critics jumped on him for what they viewed as too deferential a bow to the emperor when he visited Japan as a new president in 2009. This time around, what would they say about his adoration of...

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President Barack Obama walks with Governor Jerry Brown, left, and Joe and Maria Del Bosque, right of Empresas Del Bosque farm, on Feb. 14, 2014 in Los Banos, California.

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President Barack Obama walks with Governor Jerry Brown, left, and Joe and Maria Del Bosque, right of Empresas Del Bosque farm, on Feb. 14, 2014 in Los Banos, California.

Obama Finds Republican Critics Haven’t Softened on Stimulus

President Barack Obama marked the five-year anniversary of the roughly $800 billion stimulus as he wound down a three-day California golf weekend and rekindled a long-running debate. The administration released a report that says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Obama...

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President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Feb. 14, 2014, before boarding the Marine One helicopter to travel to the Democratic House members retreat in Cambridge, Md.

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President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Feb. 14, 2014, before boarding the Marine One helicopter to travel to the Democratic House members retreat in Cambridge, Md.

Obama: Government ‘Hostage’ No Longer

President Barack Obama is taking a victory lap with the debt deal approved by Congress this week — suspending the ceiling on the federal debt until March 2015. Obama heralded “the fact that we are no longer going to see,...

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Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union protest outside of a Burger King Worldwide Inc. restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

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Fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union protest outside of a Burger King Worldwide Inc. restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

Obama to Press Minimum Wage — 2014 Income Agenda Unfolding

President Barack Obama will make a case for raising the federal minimum wage in his State of the Union address, the White House says. During his two-week Hawaiian vacation, the president made phone calls to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid...

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President Barack Obama walks with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to the second green as they golf at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay on Jan. 2, 2014.

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President Barack Obama walks with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to the second green as they golf at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay on Jan. 2, 2014.

Obama’s Hawaiian Putt Sputters, New Zealand PM’s Son High-Fived

Nearly two weeks into his Hawaiian vacation on the island of Oahu in which he’s mostly steered clear of politics, President Barack Obama golfed today with New Zealand’s prime minister at the Kaneohe Bay golf course. While the foursome with...

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 23, 2013 to leave for New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on September 23, 2013 to leave for New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

Obama: ‘Scared of My Wife’

It’s those open mics at international assemblies that often deliver the most memorable lines. President Barack Obama was talking about quitting smoking Monday at an open microphone at the U.N. General Assembly in New York. “I hope you quit smoking,”...

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White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he answers questions on Syria during the daily news briefing, on Sept. 12, 2013, at the White House in Washington.

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White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he answers questions on Syria during the daily news briefing, on Sept. 12, 2013, at the White House in Washington.

White House Takes Exception to Putin’s Exception

The White House takes exception to Vladimir Putin’s remark about U.S. exceptionalism. “Russia offers a stark contrast that demonstrates why America is exceptional,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said today when asked for the administration’s reaction to Putin’s op-ed...

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