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Officials expected to recommend families of American hostages be free to pay ransom to foreign kidnappers - @ABC

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2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Photo: President Obama laughs as Cecily Strong jokes that Sen. Tom Cotton is a US Senator and 'not a rabbit from an old, racist Disney cartoon' - @cmanduley

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2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Cecily Strong on the Secret Service: '[It's] the only law enforcement agency in the country that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot" - @TheFix

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2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Photo: President Obama invites comedian Keegan-Michael Key on stage at White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner to 'translate his anger' - @thehill

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2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

President Obama on his love for Joe Biden: 'We've gotten so close that some places in Indiana won't serve us pizza any more' - @cnnbrk

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2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

President Obama jokes about entering 4th quarter of his presidency while at White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner: 'I look so old John Boehner invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at my funeral' - @ZekeJMiller

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2015 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

Event host Cecily Strong surveys the crowd at the White House Correspondents' Dinner - @erindooley

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Earthquake in South Asia, April 25, 2015

White House statement: US stands ready to provide further assistance to government and people of Nepal as needed - @markknoller

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Earthquake in South Asia, April 25, 2015

White House: US deploying team of disaster response experts to Nepal after major earthquake; providing $1 million in initial aid - @ABC

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White House

Trade talks breakthrough unlikely during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit next week, White House says - @AP

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Asia

White House: Revised US-Japan defense guidelines to expand Japan's role in countries' alliance, allow greater Japanese support for US forces in Asia-Pacific - @Reuters

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White House

White House spokesperson says 'no evidence suggests' donations to the Clinton Foundation affected State Department policy - @DavidNakamura

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Al-Qaida hostages killed in US operation

White House Spokesman Josh Earnest: Obama weighing forming a 'fusion cell' of FBI, Defense, State, intelligence community to better communicate with families of hostages - @juliehdavis

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Al-Qaida hostages killed in US operation

Press Secretary Josh Earnest says says White House is reviewing the manner in which the government communicates with the families of Americans held hostage abroad - @markknoller

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Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks

House Ways and Means Committee approves White House-backed trade legislation that would pave way for passage of global agreements - @thehill

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Al-Qaida hostages killed in US operation

Editor's note: Six Americans affiliated with al-Qaida have now been killed by U.S. drone strikes since 2011, NBC News reports. Earlier today, the White House announced two American al-Qaida leaders were killed in January. Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in 2011, was targeted in a strike, but the others were not specifically targeted. - Stephanie

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Super Bowl XLVIII

Photo: Secretary of State John Kerry, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate for 28 years, attends a White House ceremony honoring the New England Patriots - @RochieWBZ

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Al-Qaida hostages killed in US operation

White House says the US went 'to great lengths' to rescue Warren Weinstein, but would not trade for his release - @markknoller

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Al-Qaida hostages killed in US operation

White House says there is an ongoing independent inspector general review of the operation that killed hostages to establish what happened, make recommendations - @Reuters

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Al-Qaida hostages killed in US operation

White House says incident with killed hostages from US operation raises legitimate questions about whether changes should be made to any protocols - @Reuters

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