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Maya Moore next to President Barack Obama during a ceremony honoring the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx on June 12, 2014 at the White House.

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Maya Moore next to President Barack Obama during a ceremony honoring the defending WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx on June 12, 2014 at the White House.

Obama, 6’1” — Looks up to Lynx

For the second time this week, President Barack Obama surrounded himself with women who make him look short. Well, he does that every day with wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha, who turned 13 this week. As part of...

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U.S. President Barack Obama receives a jerseys from point guard Bria Hartley (2nd L) and center Stefanie Dolson (L) of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team and Ryan Boatright (4th L) and point guard Shabazz Napier (R) of the University of Connecticut men's basketball team during an East Room event at the White House on June 9, 2014.

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U.S. President Barack Obama receives a jerseys from point guard Bria Hartley (2nd L) and center Stefanie Dolson (L) of the University of Connecticut women's basketball team and Ryan Boatright (4th L) and point guard Shabazz Napier (R) of the University of Connecticut men's basketball team during an East Room event at the White House on June 9, 2014.

UConn Huskies Mum on Unions

The question about whether college athletes should be allowed to unionize sent the University of Connecticut champion basketball players scurrying. They were happy to answer questions about what it’s like playing college hoops at powerhouse UConn — “Anywhere you go...

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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.

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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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Alex Poythress #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats goes up for a shot as Sam Dekker #15 of the Wisconsin Badgers defends during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.

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Alex Poythress #22 of the Kentucky Wildcats goes up for a shot as Sam Dekker #15 of the Wisconsin Badgers defends during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.

Kentucky Playing for NCAA Trophy, No Time Out for McConnell

Another year, another April Monday, another NCAA men’s basketball championship featuring a Kentucky school. Unlike last year, however, the biggest night in college hoops isn’t affecting the Senate’s vote schedule. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2013 arranged for the...

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Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates defeating the Louisville Cardinals 74 to 69 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates defeating the Louisville Cardinals 74 to 69 during the regional semifinal of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 28, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

McConnell: What Plays in Kentucky Stays in Kentucky

Facing a tough re-election fight in a state where college basketball by his own account is “the hottest issue,” Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell last week avoided endorsing either Louisville or Kentucky before their Sweet 16 encounter in the NCAA...

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The Michigan State Spartans bench late in the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City.

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The Michigan State Spartans bench late in the game against the Connecticut Huskies during the East Regional Final of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 30, 2014 in New York City.

Obama’s Bracket Busted: UConn ‘Bandwagon’ Welcomes President

President Barack Obama’s bracket is busted. With Michigan State’s loss to the University of Connecticut in the NCAA basketball finals, so goes the president’s prediction for the tournament winner. This lowers the March Madness predictive record of the hoops-in-chief to...

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The Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski presents President Barack Obama with a copy of the NCAA bracket during an event in honor of the NCAA Men's Basketball Champion Duke Blue Devils.

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The Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski presents President Barack Obama with a copy of the NCAA bracket during an event in honor of the NCAA Men's Basketball Champion Duke Blue Devils.

Obama’s NCAA Picks: One for Five

Never mind Ukraine. Forget about Syria. And Edward Snowden? Long gone. Today, President Barack Obama addressed the issue gripping much of Washington and water-cooler crowds everywhere: He picked Michigan State to win the men’s championship in the annual ritual of...

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Joseph "Joe" Biden, U.S. vice president, left, holds onto House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, during the State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014.

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Joseph "Joe" Biden, U.S. vice president, left, holds onto House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, during the State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014.

Biden’s Jump Ball: 2016

First question: Can a guy who says, in public, that, “I may be a white boy but I can jump, too,” and that the president’s health care law is a “big f—- deal” really hope to run for president again?...

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President Barack Obama with his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, and wife Michelle, in their seats before a college basketball game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Maryland Terrapins on November 17, 2013 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland.

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President Barack Obama with his daughters Malia, left, and Sasha, and wife Michelle, in their seats before a college basketball game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Maryland Terrapins on November 17, 2013 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland.

Beavers Stomp Terps: Obamas Cheer

Oregon won, 90-83. Certainly it had nothing to do with who was sitting behind the Oregon State bench in the basketball matchup with the University of Maryland tonight. President Barack Obama and his family. The first family took its first-row...

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President Barack Obama and FBI Director nominee James Comey, center, applaud outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller during a ceremony announcing Comey's nomination in the Rose Garden of the White House June 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Comey is a former Justice Department official in the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush.

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President Barack Obama and FBI Director nominee James Comey, center, applaud outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller during a ceremony announcing Comey's nomination in the Rose Garden of the White House June 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. Comey is a former Justice Department official in the administration of former U.S. President George W. Bush.

Running the FBI: Tall Order

Running the FBI is a tall order. Jim Comey, President Barack Obama says of his nominee for FBI director, is “a man who stands very tall for justice and the rule of law.” Six-feet, eight-inches tall. Assembled with family members...

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