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Obama: Suggesting "America Is Inherently Racist," Stalls Progress

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I think an unwillingness to acknowledge that progress has been made cuts off the possibility of further progress. If critics want to suggest that America is inherently and irreducibly racist, then why bother even working on it? I've seen change in my own life, so has this country. And those who will deny that I think actually foreclose the possibility of further progress rather than advancing it. ...

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Maher Gives Commencement Speech At Berkeley After Controversy Over Stance on Radical Islam

Bill Maher gives the commencement speech at U.C. Berkeley's winter graduation ceremony after a long debate about whether he should have been invited due to his views on the threat of radical Islam. Maher didn't directly address the controversy, but did make a comment about free speech. "Never forget that we are lucky to live in a country that has a First Amendment," he said. "Liberals should want to own it the way conservatives own the...

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NYC Police Union Chief: Blood On The Hands Of City Hall And The Mayor

PAT LYNCH, NYC PATROLMEN'S BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT: Today, this police department, this city and our country is in shock and mourning. Starting today, there's two families of hero police officers that became part of the NYPD family. Every police officer that lined these streets today with sadness in their eyes to show respect as we carried two hero police officers out of this hospital. We will shoulder the burden for these families each...

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Chuck Todd Asks Experts: Should The U.S. Get Into The Cyber Warfare Business?

Michael Leiter, Michael Chertoff and Christopher Hill join Chuck Todd to discuss the Sony hack and whether the U.S. should respond. CHUCK TODD: The idea of retaliating with a cyber attack ourselves. The United States government, unofficially apparently, has done this at least one time that we know of, the Stuxnet cyber attack against Iran. Nobody ever confirmed this but it has been widely reported and speculated. But there's...

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Al Sharpton Denounces Killings Of Police, Claims He Has Been Threatened

The Rev. Al Sharpton and the wife and mother of Eric Garner denounce the killings of NY police officers. Sharpton also plays threatening messages he has received since the killings.

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NYPD Officers Turn Their Backs To de Blasio At Police Press Conference

Members of the NYPD turned their backs as Mayor Bill de Blasio walked through a crowded hallway to a press conference about the two NYPD officers murdered in Brooklyn. (source: WPIX-TV)

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Rand Paul: "I Won't Shy Away From A Battle" Over Rubio's "Isolationism" on Cuba

SHANNON BREAM, FOX NEWS: Several tweets today, not just one, there were several. Are you trying to pick a fight here? What's going on? SEN. RAND PAUL: Oh, you know, I never start a fight but I'm happy to finish a fight. I think the remarks were a little bit rude and intemperate. I don't doubt that -- BREAM: Meaning yours or Senator Rubio's? PAUL: Well, I didn't start this, Shannon, you know. What I would say is the remarks were...

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Rep. Mike Kelly Gives GOP Weekly Address: "I'm Offering Obama A Lump Of Coal For Christmas"

REP. MIKE KELLY (R-PA): Good morning, I’m Mike Kelly, and I have the tremendous privilege of representing Pennsylvania’s Third Congressional District. Today, I’m offering President Obama a lump of coal for Christmas. Not because he’s been bad this year – though I’ll get to that. No, I’m offering the president a lump of coal because this product right here holds the potential for a 21st-century economic revival. You see,...

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Rubio: Rand Paul Has "Decided To Adopt Obama's Foreign Policy" On Cuba

"I think it’s unfortunate that Rand decided to adopt Barack Obama’s foreign policy on this matter. Look, for me, the interest in Cuba, obviously, I know people in this community who have family members who were executed by this regime...he just basically repeated the talking points of the president…but I’m telling you, it isn’t going to work," Sen. Marco Rubio said on the Friday broadcast of The Mark Levin Show. (via

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Obama Weekly Address: "America's Resurgence Is Real"

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hi, everybody. As 2014 comes to an end, we can enter the New Year with new confidence that America is making significant strides where it counts. The steps we took nearly six years ago to rescue our economy and rebuild it on a new foundation helped make 2014 the strongest year for job growth since the 1990s. Over the past 57 months, our businesses have created nearly 11 million new jobs. And in a hopeful sign for...

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Obama: Sony Should Have Come To Me First

PRESIDENT OBAMA: But even as we get better, the hackers are are going to get better, too. Some are going to be state actors, some of them are going to be non-state actors. All of them will be sophisticated and many of them can do some damage. We can not have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship in the United States. Because if someone is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie magine...

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Obama: "My Presidency Is Entering The Fourth Quarter And Interesting Stuff Happens In The Fourth Quarter"

OBAMA: In terms of my own job, I'm energized. I'm excited about the prospects for the next couple of years.

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Obama: Like Rest Of America, Black America "Better Off" Than Before I Came Into Office

OBAMA: Like the rest of America, black America in the aggregate is better off now than it was when I came into office.

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Chuck Todd: Obama Showed Some "Swagger," Sent Message "I Am Through Appeasing Washington"

TODD: That was a president who feels as if he has earned the right to have some swagger.

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Sony CEO to Obama: "We Have Not Caved"

Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton responds to President Obama saying the company made a "mistake" at a Friday afternoon news conference. "We have not given in. And we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie," Lynton told CNN's Fareed Zakaria in an interview. "The...

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Ed Henry on Obama's "Unmemorable" News Conference: "Some Of The Questions Just Didn't Press Him"

HENRY: The president was almost like, let me remember what you asked because it was so unmemorable.

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