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From D.C. to Silicon Valley: Political figures find second careers in tech

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On the list of eye-catching items one might include on a resume, saying you personally spoke on behalf of the president of the United States certainly ranks highly. You might reasonably assume a person with that qualification would become a talking head on some big television network, or use that prestige to represent a cause near and dear to him or her.

Jay Carney, the former White House press secretary for President Obama, started to go down that route last year when he joined CNN as a…

Latest HealthCare.gov mess: 800,000 people’s taxes are screwed up

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WASHINGTON — In a new setback for the health care law and the people it’s supposed to help, the government said Friday it made a tax-reporting error that’s fouling up the filings of nearly a million Americans.

After a successful sign-up season, the latest goof could signal new problems with the complex links between President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul and the nation’s income tax system.

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Obama emphasizes conservation while designating new national monuments

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CHICAGO — Designating the country’s newest national monuments, President Barack Obama said Thursday that protecting places of natural beauty and historic significance is a truly American ideal.

Obama used the powers of the presidency to designate the Pullman National Monument in his hometown. The historic South Side neighborhood is where African-American railroad workers won a significant labor agreement in the 1930s that Obama said led to such protections as the 40-hour work week.

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Michelle Obama and Big Bird get silly on ‘Billy on the Street’

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Spoiler alert: Michelle Obama tells Billy Eichner he may get shot

FLOTUS will do anything to get kids to eat fruits and vegetables, including pushing Billy Eichner around in a shopping cart on Funny or Die‘s “Billy on the Street.” Big Bird was also there, and they competed in a ridiculous game show about Ariana Grande and carrots and then slow danced to Aerosmith

In other news, why does Big Bird know so much about The…

Top tech CEOs give Obama the cold shoulder at cybersecurity summit

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President Barack Obama ceremoniously signed an executive order on Friday that calls for private companies to work together when it comes to cyberthreats and more readily share that information with the government.

Yet the leaders of the nation’s most powerful tech giants (with the exception of Apple) were noticeably absent from the event. That means CEOs from Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft were nowhere to be seen. They had declined invitations to the summit.

Obama to sign executive order on sharing cybersecurity info

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SAN FRANCISCO — President Barack Obama wants members of the private sector to share information about threats to cybersecurity with each other and with the federal government.

The White House says such information-sharing will help U.S. businesses work together to respond to costly and potentially crippling data breaches.

Obama plans to sign an executive order Friday encouraging the creation of organizations where leads…

Father of slain Muslim students: ‘This has hate crime written all over it’

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CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina — The father of two students who were killed in the Chapel Hill shooting this week urged President Obama to push a federal investigation into their murder.

“I call on the president of the United States, Barack Obama, the USA and law enforcement to please involve the FBI,” Mohammad Abu-Salha said during the funeral on Thursday. “This has hate crime written all over it.”

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With 50,000 donations, Humans of New York fundraiser sets Indiegogo record

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When Humans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton first set out to raise money for a Brooklyn middle school in need, the goal was simple: the school needed $100,000 to send three classes of kids to visit the Harvard campus.

Now, with over $1.4 million raised, the students of Mott Hall Bridges Academy have a new scholarship fund, a summer activities program and yearly field trips to Harvard. At 50,000 donations and counting, the campaign broke Indiegogo’s record for most contributions to a…

Here’s what 5 world leaders think about arming Ukraine

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Barack Obama met in Washington on Monday to discuss the escalating conflict between Ukraine and Russian-backed rebels, as Western world leaders debated whether to arm the Ukrainian military.

Merkel recently met with French President Fran

Pharrell pays tribute to ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ at the Grammys

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Pharrell made a powerful statement during his Grammys performance Sunday night, slipping in a subtle reference to the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown

During a piano break of “Happy” by Lang Lang, dancers wearing black hoodies — a call out to what Trayvon Martin was wearing when shot by George Zimmerman in 2012 — raised their arms, making the “Hands up, don’t shoot” protest gesture that was spurred from the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

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