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NATIONAL
November 26, 2013 | By James Rainey
Nearly 40 news organizations have accused the Obama administration of improperly controlling images of the president by limiting the access granted to independent photojournalists while allowing free rein by the White House's own photographers. In a letter and a meeting last week, the news outlets and journalism groups complained to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about the practice, saying the White House has prevented an unvarnished view of government business, while encouraging officially sanctioned competition for private news organizations.
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WORLD
March 21, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The arrival in China of President Obama's daughters, 15-year-old Malia and 12-year-old Sasha, for a weeklong trip with their mother, prompts the question: What about President Xi Jinping's daughter? Xi's daughter, Xi Mingze, never appears in public. The 21-year-old is believed to be a student at Harvard University, enrolled under a pseudonym. That has never been mentioned in the Chinese press and searches of her name on the Chinese Internet are blocked. The most recent photo of her available was from when she was about 10. The only other confirmed photograph, released last year by Chinese state media, shows her riding on the back of her father's bicycle when she was about 5. In contrast, the Obama girls have been splashed all over the Chinese media, deplaning in shiny taffeta skirts on Thursday.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2013 | By David Horsey
The spirits of two great men, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., stood watch over the West Front of the United States Capitol on Monday as Barack Obama took the oath to serve a second term as president with his left hand placed on two Bibles -- one Lincoln's and one King's. The event not only fell on the King holiday and 50 years after King's “I Have a Dream” speech, but also came within days of the 150thanniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Without the revolutionary changes for which Lincoln and King were martyred, Barack Obama's presidency would not be possible.
NEWS
December 25, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
Christmas morning began early for the Obama family, which is vacationing in a rental home in Kailua, on the east side of the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The White House said the Obamas exchanged Christmas gifts at 8 a.m. They ate breakfast and sang Christmas carols before leaving for church at a nearby Marine Corps base. Obama wore a navy polo shirt and khakis, while the first lady wore a white dress with an orange band around the waist, according to the media pool report.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2008 | Matea Gold
HBO has acquired a still-untitled documentary about President-elect Barack Obama that will air on the premium cable channel next year. The film, produced by Edward Norton and his production company Class 5 Films, was shot over the last 2 1/2 years with the cooperation of Obama and his campaign. Documentary filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams, who served as co-directors of the project, had access to Obama's staff, family and friends. Filming is continuing through the inauguration. -- Matea Gold
NATIONAL
November 18, 2008 | Faye Fiore and Geraldine Baum, Fiore and Baum are Times staff writers.
One of the few times Barack Obama lost his famous cool during the presidential campaign was the day photographers got too close as he walked his youngest daughter, who was dressed as a corpse bride, to a Halloween party near their Chicago home. "You've got a shot. Leave us alone," Obama barked.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2010 | By Susan Reiter
Judith Jamison can recall vividly the April 1989 lunch in St. Louis when Alvin Ailey designated her his artistic heir. "He said, 'I'm not doing well; you know I'm sick, and I'd like you to take over the company.' I said, 'Sure, of course, Alvin.' "That was it. The decision to do it was instantaneous." Jamison, 66, was speaking last month in her comfortable office on an upper floor of the company's sleek, spacious Midtown headquarters. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater recently had completed its annual five-week New York City season, during which Jamison's 20th anniversary as artistic director was honored and celebrated in various forms.
NEWS
January 24, 2013
The life and career of President Obama will become a major part of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum, which is scheduled to open in 2015, has been collecting Obama-related artifacts since his nomination as the 2008 Democratic candidate, according to reports.   The museum began construction in 2012 and will be completed in 2015. The president attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the museum and delivered an address. At the time, the museum had an estimated price tag of $500 million.
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