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    Book Discussion on The White House

    Betty Monkman talked about her book The White House: Its Furnishings & First Families.

    This interview was held at the 347th Annual National Press Club Book Fair and Authors' Night, a fundraiser held by the National Press Club Journalism Institute, in partnership with Politics & Prose, for the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library and the SEED Foundation. It was held November 18, 2014, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the National Press Club ballroom.

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    White House Christmas Decorations

    First lady Michelle Obama welcomed military veterans and their families to the White House for a preview of the Christmas decorations. She described the various ways the decorations pay tribute to the military.

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    President Obama Remarks at National Christmas Tree Lightning

    President Obama made remarks at the ceremony to light the National Christmas Tree. His family was also in attendance.

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    Panel on Climate Change, Education, and Youth

    Panelists at the 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference talked about global climate change and education reform efforts.

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    Weekly Presidential Address

    President Obama delivered his weekly address. He reflected on the progress the country had made in 2014, and in the six years of his presidency, recovering from the economic recession. He noted growth in jobs, that wages had started to rise, and investments in manufacturing. Other factors helping people were increases in health insurance coverage and lower fuel prices. He touted America’s leadership in the coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL, combat the Ebola outbreak, and address climate change. He said that although the 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan would be over in two weeks, gratitude should be expressed to the many men and women in uniform who would spend Christmas in harm’s way.

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    President Obama 2014 Year-End News Conference

    President Obama held a year-end news conference befor leaving on his annual holiday vacation with family in Hawaii. He talked about the progress made in the recovery of the economy. Regarding the North Korean cyber attack on Sony Pictures, the president said Sony Pictures made a mistake in canceling the release of the film The Interview, and that a dictator should not impose censorship on the U.S. He also vowed that the U.S. would respond proportionally to North Korea. He also discussed policy changes regarding Cuba, and the Keystone XL Pipeline.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest responded to questions by reporters on a variety of issues including the relationship of North Korea to the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. Other topics included reactions to reports of torture by the CIA and relations with Russia and Cuba.

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    Lisa Monaco and Frances Townsend on National Security

    Lisa Monaco and Fran Townsend spoke about national security issues, as well as their time as presidential Homeland Security advisers. They talked about the demands of the job, as well as national security issues facing the country, including the Islamic State, cyber threats, and the decision made by Sony Pictures to temporarily cancel the release of a film due to terror threats.

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    President Obama Statement on Cuba Policy

    President Obama announced a major change in U.S. policy toward Cuba, including opening an embassy in Havana and opening trade and travel to the country, following the release of American Alan Gross, who was imprisoned in Cuba for five years.

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    White House Daily Briefing

    Josh Earnest briefed reporters on a variety of issues. Reporters questions' focused on President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. would normalize relations with Cuba following that country’s release from prison of Agency for International Development subcontractor Alan Gross. 

    The briefing begins approximately four minutes in progress.

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