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White House to Allow NSA to Exploit Some Internet Security Flaws

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The White House has weighed in on the Heartbleed bug and its reported exploitation by the NSA.

In a New York Times report on Saturday, senior administration officials said that President Obama has decided that when the NSA discovers major flaws in Internet security, it should reveal them to the general public to insure that they will be fixed, but not in the event of “a clear national security or law enforcement need” — a loophole that will likely allow the NSA to continue to exploit…

Ortiz: Obama Samsung Selfie Was No Marketing Stunt

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Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and his marketing manager say the selfie he took at the White House with President Obama was not a marketing stunt orchestrated by Samsung.

Ortiz told The Boston Globe on Thursday that the selfie was spontaneous. “I don’t understand where that stuff is coming from,” he said. “That was one of those things that just happened. I gave him the jersey, and the photographers were going to take their pictures and I thought, really at the last second, maybe I should snap a…

The White House Isn’t Very Happy About That Samsung Selfie With Obama

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The White House put on record that it “objects” to Samsung’s commercial use of a selfie that Red Sox slugger David Ortiz snapped with President Obama earlier this week.

“As a rule, the White House objects to attempts to use the president’s likeness for commercial purposes,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday. “And we certainly object in this case.” Carney declined to say whether the White House will take any legal action or stop Samsung from…

Obamacare Enrollment Nears 7 Million — Thank Zach Galifianakis?

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Open enrollment on Healthcare.gov for the Affordable Care Act is over, and The White House says the number of signups is at or very near its original goal of 7 million — despite a slew of glitches on the website.

Problems started in October when the website couldn’t handle a modest amount of traffic after it launched, which caused more than a month’s worth of glitches and delays. More issues sprung up Monday—the final day of open enrollment—shutting down the site for around six hours and…

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Ukraine Wants Action, But U.S. Sends Hashtags Instead

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As Russian troops amass along the Ukraine border and take over military facilities in the Crimea region, the United States has distanced itself from any boots-on-the-ground intervention

The U.S. won’t send troops or weapons, but it will send hashtags.

While Congress approved an aid package for Ukraine and sanctions against Russia this week, the State Department pushed a Twitter campaign under the hashtag #UnitedForUkraine, which calls on…

Congress Approves Ukraine Aid as Russia Maintains Grip on Crimea

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Congress voted overwhelmingly to approve an aid package for Ukraine and impose sanctions against Russian for annexing Crimea

In a rather rare display of bipartisanship, the decision — the Senate voted 98-2, and the House voted 399-19 — is further proof of support for Ukraine’s newly formed government

The legislation, which will be sent to President Obama by the end of this week, will provide up to $1 billion in loan guarantees and $100…

President Obama Meets Pope Francis for the First Time

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President Barack Obama met with Pope Francis for the first time on Thursday, as part of his visit to Vatican City.

“It is a great honor. I’m a great admirer,” President Obama said at the meeting. The two walked into the Papal Library and took seats at opposite sides of the Pope’s desk, according to the White House pool report. They each had one interpreter. The president and Pope Francis discussed poverty and growing inequality. But tougher topics were discussed as well, including…

Obama Talks Climate Change in James Cameron’s Showtime Documentary

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The Showtime documentary series “Years of Living Dangerously,” executive produced by James Cameron, features an exclusive interview with Barack Obama, Mashable has learned —

North Korea Fires 2 Missiles as Obama Talks With Japan, South Korea

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North Korea fired two mid-range missiles into the water between Japan and South Korea on Tuesday just as United States President Barack Obama sat down with the leaders of those two nations to discuss increased military cooperation.

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35 Countries Agree to Nuclear Deal, But There’s an Elephant in the Room

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More than 30 countries agreed to a set of guidelines that will improve nuclear security, secure radioactive materials and combat illicit trafficking of nuclear weapons.

The United States was the big pusher of the agreement, which was signed at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands. President Barack Obama, who started this summit four years ago in Washington, D.C., said 12 countries and 24 nuclear facilities around the world “have now rid themselves” entirely of highly…