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Barack Obama

More: President Obama's policing task force chaired by Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Laurie Robinson, a law professor at at George Mason University - @markknoller

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Eric Garner dies in NYC police custody

President Obama to set up task force to strengthen trust between law enforcement and local communities following protests over shootings of unarmed men - @Reuters

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Egypt

White House: President Obama spoke with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to discuss bilateral relationship; Obama expressed condolences to people for recent terrorist attacks as well as concern about mass trials and imprisoned journalists - statement

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Islamic State threat in Iraq, Syria

White House: President Obama spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, 'commended' steps taken to govern inclusively, build front against Islamic State - statement

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US, Cuba relations

Editor's note: The New York Times reports intelligence agent Rolando Sarraff Trujillo was part of the prisoner swap with Cuba and had helped the U.S. arrest and convict several Cuban spies. His family says they were told he was released, but have not heard directly he was part of the exchange and do not know where he currently is. President Obama and intelligence officials referred to Sarraff in statements Wednesday, but did not name him, the Times says. - Stephanie

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Sony cyberattack 2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, on reports North Korea is behind Sony hacking: President Obama 'should immediately put our enemies on notice that they conduct these attacks against our nation and interests at their own peril' - statement

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

More: President Obama says Russia sanctions bill gives administration 'additional authorities that could be utilized, if circumstances warranted' - statement

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

President Obama signs new Russia sanctions bill into law, does not intend to impose new sanctions at this time - @Reuters

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Barack Obama

White House announces President Obama will hold end-of-year news conference Friday afternoon - @dsupervilleap

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US, Cuba relations

White House press secretary says he 'wouldn't rule out a visit from President Castro' after President Obama announced US will 'normalize' relationship with Cuba, but says nothing currently being planned - @peterbakernyt

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Ukraine, Russia political crisis

On Russia sanctions bill, White House press secretary repeats President Obama will sign, but will not impose sanctions immediately; they 'could be utilized if warranted' - @MajorCBS

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Sony cyberattack 2014

Editor's note: Unnamed U.S. officials tell The New York Times that the White House is debating whether to publicly accuse North Korea of the recent attacks on Sony. Officials tell NBC News that an on the record statement may be coming soon. - Stephanie

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US, Cuba relations

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on change to US policy with Cuba: 'We have seen how previous Obama administration attempts at rapprochement with rogue regimes like Russia and Iran have worked out, with our influence diminished and our enemies emboldened. Now they are revisiting this same disastrous policy with the Castros, blind to the fact that they are being played by brutal dictators whose only goal is maintaining power' - statement

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United States Department of Justice

President Obama commutes prison terms for 8 nonviolent drug offenders, issues 12 pardons - @johnson_carrie

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US, Cuba relations

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: 'President Obama's decision to restore diplomatic ties with Cuba undermines America's credibility' - @JebBush

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Cuba releases Alan Gross

The pope wrote letters to President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro in recent months, 'and invited them to resolve humanitarian questions of common interest including the situation of certain prisoners, in order to initiate a new phase in relations between the 2 parties,' Vatican Statement says - @Reuters

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US, Cuba relations

Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, John McCain, R-Ariz., say President Obama's Cuba strategy 'is about the appeasement of autocratic dictators, thugs, and adversaries' - @EamonJavers

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US, Cuba relations

White House hopes to see US embargo on Cuba lifted before President Obama leaves office in 2017 - @Reuters

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US, Cuba relations

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says he would not rule out a presidential visit to Havana - @ZekeJMiller

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US, Cuba relations

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., says he supports President Obama's Cuba policy - @RyanLizza

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