White House National Security Council spokesman: 'The government of North Korea has a long history of denying responsibility for destructive and provocative actions. If the North Korean government wants to help, they can admit their culpability and compensate Sony for the damages this attack caused' - @Reuters
White House press secretary on decision to call on only women during President Obama's press conference: 'there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the president ... As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight that fact at the president's closely-watched, end of the year news conference' - @NBCNews
Editor's note: Avril Haines was nominated by President Obama to become the State Department legal adviser, but was appointed to CIA position before confirmation, reporter Zeke Miller says. The role of national security adviser does not require Senate confirmation. - Stephanie
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
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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