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Smoke bomb shuts down White House amid Occupy DC protest

President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle were not in the White House when the smoke bomb was thrown, but returned from a restaurant to find the compound shut down and an investigation underway.

Martin Luther King Jr. honored with Day of Service (VIDEO)

Described as a "day on, not a day off," the MLK Day of Service encourages people to take voluntary action that will help others, in the spirit of Martin Luther King's vision of a mutually supportive "beloved community."

Obamas celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in church

First family commemorated the civil rights leader's 83rd birthday at Washington's Zion Baptist Church with a passage from King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail."

Obama to attend Spike Lee fundraiser in New York

President Barack Obama is expected to travel to New York this week to attend a pricey fundraiser at director Spike Lee's home

Justice Department: Obama recess appointments are legal

"This is clearly an escalation in a pattern of contempt for the elected representatives of the American people," Sen. Charles Grassley, R.-Iowa, said in a statement today.

Michelle Obama: I'm not an "angry black woman"

US first lady Michelle Obama is rejecting claims in a new book that she has tense relationships with the President's inner circle and that she is "deeply frustrated and insecure.

China warns US over new Asia-Pacific military strategy

The plan for a new, "leaner" US military was unveiled Thursday by President Barack Obama at the Pentagon. 

Obama recess appointment: Richard Cordray to lead Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

“This is an extraordinary and entirely unprecedented power grab by President Obama that defies centuries of practice and the legal advice of his own Justice Department,” House Speaker John A. Boehner said in a prepared statement.

Barack Obama shops for last-minute Christmas gifts at Best Buy (VIDEO)

The president is stuck in Washington, DC, until Congress resolves its payroll tax extension standoff.
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President Barack Obama speaks with clerks as he shops at Best Buy in Alexandria, Va., on Dec. 21, 2011. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Having delayed his vacation in Hawaii until Congress resolves the payroll tax extension standoff, President Barack Obama is using some of his extra time in Washington to finish his Christmas present shopping.

More from GlobalPost: Payroll tax cut: No vacation for Senate until there’s a deal

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