The Obamas say in a statement that the Kwanzaa celebration highlights the rich heritage of African Americans. They say families come together on Kwanzaa to reflect on the past year’s blessing and look forward to the promises that lie ahead next year. The Obamas are vacationing in Hawaii. They’re calling attention to Kwanzaa’s seven principles, which include creativity, self-determination, purpose and unity, responsibility, cooperative economics and faith. The Obama say they remain committed to building a nation that provides opportunity for everyone. They say there’s much to be thankful for as families light the Kinara, a candle holder used to celebrate http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net Kwanzaa.
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is set to end its combat mission in the Middle Eastern nation. Weve been in continuous war now for over 13 years. Next week we will be ending our combat mission in Afghanistan, Obama told troops in Hawaii late Thursday, celebrating Christmas. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the armed forces, Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country, he said. “We are safer.
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immigration rules and new regulations aimed at curbing environmentally-harmful emissions. He followed those moves this week with a deal that represented the biggest steps to thaw the economic freeze with Cuba in decades. The Guantanamo Bay, Cuba detention facility — which Obama pledged to shut down as part of his 2008 campaign, but saw his plans thwarted when Congress passed a law prohibiting him from doing so — could be another target ripe for executive action. Obama’s year-end message: North Korea Cuba and Congress Obama has transferred many of the detainees housed at that facility to other countries in recent months, and said Friday he’ll continue trying to do that, since Congress won’t allow him to shift those detainees into federal Supermax facilities within the United States. “We are going to continue to place those who have been cleared for release or transfer to host countries that are willing to take them,” Obama told Crowley.
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That means Washington will chip in to help state, local and tribal governments pay to clean up and rebuild after a blockbuster storm buried the region under more than 7 feet of snow last month. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the storm had cost more than $46 million, well in excess of the governments $27.3 million threshold for federal emergency aid. More than 370 structures suffered roof damage from the snow; 38 structures were destroyed. The storm is blamed for 14 deaths.
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After a morning of exchanging gifts with family members during their annual year-end vacation in his birth state, the president and First Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit late Thursday to a Marine Corps base in Hawaii. As service members and their families tucked into a dinner of lobster, turkey, green beans, yams and other traditional Christmas Day fare, the president took the microphone to thank them for “extraordinary service” that he said has allowed the United States to hand responsibility for security to Afghan forces. “We’ve been in continuous war now for over 13 years. Next week we will be ending our combat mission in Afghanistan,” Obama told the crowd, to cheers and applause. “Because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the armed forces, Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country.