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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.

President Barack Obama orders food at Nancy's restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on August 13, 2013, during the Obama family vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

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President Barack Obama orders food at Nancy's restaurant in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on August 13, 2013, during the Obama family vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

Obama Delivers Friend’s Fried Feast

President Barack Obama may not be doing dishes these days, but he does deliver. Here is further proof of Obama’s devotion to his friend and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett: He ventured out in a rainstorm on Martha’s Vineyard on his...

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Najiyyah Aleem, 65 of Wilson, gets off the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America Gotta Vote Bus as it arrives at a polling precinct for the first day of early voting on October 18, 2012 in Wilson, North Carolina.

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Najiyyah Aleem, 65 of Wilson, gets off the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America Gotta Vote Bus as it arrives at a polling precinct for the first day of early voting on October 18, 2012 in Wilson, North Carolina.

Obama’s Bus Tour: On Road Again

The president’s vacation has barely begun, and already the White House is making plans for hitting the road again. By bus. On Aug. 22 and 23, President Barack Obama will travel through New York and Pennsylvania on a two-day bus...

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President Barack Obama reacts to a missed putt on the first green at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on August 11, 2013 during the Obama family vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

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President Barack Obama reacts to a missed putt on the first green at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on August 11, 2013 during the Obama family vacation to Martha's Vineyard.

Obama: Vineyard ‘Sweet Life’ and Golf – and Keystone Protesters

“Sticker shock” has been reported in the Sweet Life Cafe, the restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard where President Barack Obama dined on the first full day of his vacation. Zagat calls the Oak Bluffs restaurant with an American-French fare in a...

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The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

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The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

Keystone Attack Ad Parodies TransCanada’s Girling

Is that really TransCanada Corp. chief executive officer Russ Girling sliding through an oil pipeline and saying he misled the U.S. about the Keystone XL pipeline’s ability to create jobs? Of course not. It’s a character actor in an ad...

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Mark Cuban speaks with guests during a NCTA reception hosted by A+E Networks at Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery on June 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Mark Cuban speaks with guests during a NCTA reception hosted by A+E Networks at Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery on June 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Cuban Invasion (No Politics)

President Barack Obama used his lunch break today at the White House to take a breather from deliberating over whether to arm the Syrian rebels or how to get an immigration bill through Congress. For an hour or so, he...

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President Barack Obama holds a stuffed bear alongside New Jersey Governor Chris Christie after playing an arcade game along the boardwalk as they view rebuilding efforts following last year's Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, on May 28, 2013.

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President Barack Obama holds a stuffed bear alongside New Jersey Governor Chris Christie after playing an arcade game along the boardwalk as they view rebuilding efforts following last year's Hurricane Sandy in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, on May 28, 2013.

Christie Scores Teddy for Obama

Out on the boardwalk, they are tossing pigskins… Out on the boardwalk, the governor wins… President Barack Obama went 0-5 in his football tosses at “Touchdown Fever,” an arcade on the boardwalk at Point Pleasant, Jersey. Gov. Chris Christie nailed...

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President Barack Obama takes part in a tree planting ceremony with Israeli President Shimon Peres at his residence on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem.

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President Barack Obama takes part in a tree planting ceremony with Israeli President Shimon Peres at his residence on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem.

Obama’s Magnolia Bagged in Jerusalem — and More Off-Script

President Barack Obama brought a magnolia tree, a descendant of a White House magnolia, to the home of President Shimon Peres. The Israelis have planted it in their president’s garden with a plastic wrapper around the roots until it can...

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President Barack Obama on the golf course in Palm City, Florida.

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President Barack Obama on the golf course in Palm City, Florida.

Obama’s Florida Golf Weekend — Limbaugh’s Sweater Weather

More fun facts on the Floridian in Palm City, Florida, where President Barack Obama is having his guys’ golf getaway this President’s Day weekend. Jim Crane, the avid golfer who owns the club and also the Houston Astros baseball team,...

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The cast of "16  Penn."

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The cast of "16 Penn."

White House Popcorn Roasting: `Gilchrists’ Perform for Obamas

“Lincoln” it’s not. Still, the cast and crew of NBC’s new comedy “1600 Penn,” which premieres tomorrow, are being feted this evening at the White House, where President Barack Obama is hosting a private screening. The show chronicles a fictional...

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President Barack Obama greets people as he visits Island Snow for shave ice in Kailua, Hawaii, during his holiday vacation, on Jan 3, 2013.

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President Barack Obama greets people as he visits Island Snow for shave ice in Kailua, Hawaii, during his holiday vacation, on Jan 3, 2013.

Obama Home from the Holidays: Hard New Year’s Nights Ahead

President Barack Obama returns to Washington today from his annual family vacation in Hawaii for a week expected to include Cabinet nominations, a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and preparations for a second-term inauguration. Obama is scheduled to return...

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