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
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
Editor's note: A Wall Street Journal report explains that It will still be illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba strictly for tourism, since that is banned by federal law, but US law allows for 12 categories of legal travel to Cuba, which the White House is expanding. - Grace
Civil rights attorneys file class action lawsuit against the White House aimed at ending the detention of thousands of undocumented mothers and children on the southern border who have applied for asylum in the US - @BuzzFeed
A statement from President Obama on the attack in Pakistan: 'The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today's horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity. We stand with the people of Pakistan.' - @kristindonnelly
President Obama quickly issues statement hailing Senate confirmation of his surgeon general nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy; says 'confirmation makes us better positioned to save lives around the world and protect the American people here at home' - @markknoller
The Executive Office of the President (EOPOTUS or EOP) consists of the immediate staff of the current President of the United States and multiple levels of support staff reporting to the President. The EOP is headed by the White House Chief of Staff, currently Denis McDonough. The size of the White House staff has increased dramatically since 1939, and has grown to include an array of policy experts in various fields.