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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.

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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President-elect Barack Obama steps out of his vehicle as he arrives at the University of Chicago Lab School to play basketball on Nov. 23, 2008.

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President-elect Barack Obama steps out of his vehicle as he arrives at the University of Chicago Lab School to play basketball on Nov. 23, 2008.

Obama’s Team Wins By `Like 20′ — Election Day Chicago Hoops

Updated at 4:45 pm EST President Barack Obama played basketball today at the same Chicago gym where he played on Election Day 2008. He was joined in the afternoon game by staff and friends including Education Secretary Arne Duncan, a...

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President Barack Obama calls volunteers as he visits a campaign office in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 5, 2012.

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President Barack Obama calls volunteers as he visits a campaign office in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 5, 2012.

Obama `Confident,’ Turnout the Key

“We feel confident we’ve got the votes to win,” President Barack Obama told reporters in Chicago today. “I expect we’ll have a good night,” he said. The results of today’s election “hinge on turnout,” the president said of a contest...

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Bruce Springsteen campaigns on behalf of President Barack Obama and the democratic party at Cuyahoga Community College, on October 18, 2012 in Parma, Ohio.

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Bruce Springsteen campaigns on behalf of President Barack Obama and the democratic party at Cuyahoga Community College, on October 18, 2012 in Parma, Ohio.

Born to Fly Air Force One: `Pretty Cool’

Updated at 12:40 pm and 2:50 pm EST The Boss is flying Air Force One. No — not that boss, though, of course the president will be there too. With Bruce Springsteen performing at all three of President Barack Obama’s...

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