In its 50th year, Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded to 16

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As the nation prepares to mark the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, former president Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey were among the luminaries awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom established by Kennedy less than a year before his death.

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Bo gets a buddy at the White House

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A new member of the first family arrived at the White House on Monday — a puppy named Sunny.

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9-year-old twins write Obama, score invite to White House

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When twin sisters Zea and Luna Weiss-Wynne, both 9, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama last year, they asked for his attention on a few things.

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Obama: IRS controversy ‘inexcusable,’ Americans have ‘right to be angry’

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President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he was “angry” at IRS officials who inappropriately targeted conservative groups for scrutiny, announcing that his administration had sought and accepted Steven Miller resignation as interim commissioner of the IRS.

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White House releases Benghazi documents

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After mounting pressure from conservatives in Congress, the White House released copies of emails and other documents related to last fall’s attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi.

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This day on TODAY: A trip through the archives

From historical milestones to pop culture touchstones, from iconic moments to everyday scenes, something memorable happens every morning on TODAY. The show’s archives are chock full of fascinating stories from the past 61 years, and we want to share them with you!

So take a trip back in time with TODAY, starting with a story from exactly 20 years ago on April 8, 1993, as the White House upgraded its phone system to move out of the “horse and buggy” age. An administration “in love with technology” was slowly, but surely attempting to bring the White House into the digital age, with additional phone lines and e-mail.

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White House pitches brain mapping project

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President Obama pitched a human brain research initiative on Tuesday that he likened to the Human Genome Project to map all the human DNA, and said it will not only help find cures for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and autism, but create jobs and drive economic growth.

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BREAKING: Congress to get classified drone info

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Reversing their earlier course, the White House will now brief members of Congress on a memo detailing the justification for drone strikes against U.S. citizens.

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White House to unveil ‘concrete’ gun plan

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President Obama will announce his gun-safety proposals on Wednesday, including some executive actions in addition to legislative proposals

White House: Thumbs down on Death Star, thumbs up on space

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The White House has posted its official response to an online petition calling on the federal government to start building a Death Star by 2016. Apparently it’s against federal government policy to blow up planets — and would be an out-of-this-galaxy waste of money.

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A 90-year tradition: Obama lights National Christmas Tree

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President Barack Obama lit a new National Christmas Tree at a traditional ceremony Thursday outside the White House that officially kicks off the holiday season in the nation’s capital.

2012 White House holiday card stars Bo

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An artist from Iowa designed the official 2012 greeting, which features the Obamas’ Portuguese water dog traipsing through the snowy lawn of the White House.

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WATCH LIVE: President Obama and his family participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree at the White House

Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris with performances by Colbie Caillat, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, The Fray, Ledisi, Jason Mraz, Phillip Phillips, James Taylor and more.

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Obama, Romney - let’s ‘stay in touch’

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President Obama and Mitt Romney met today for the first time since the president’s sweeping electoral-vote reelection Thursday over lunch at the White House.

Over an hour — and white turkey chili and Southwestern grilled chicken salad — the once-bitter rivals talked about “America’s leadership in the world” and “pledged to stay in touch,” according to the White House.

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