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The Smithsonian announced the first presidential portraits created using 3-D technology. The prints and the 3-D data will become part of the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. (Photo: Smithsonian Institution)

Smithsonian Creates First 3D ‘Life Mask’ of Obama

A team at the Smithsonian Institution has scanned President Barack Obama’s head to create the first 3D portrait of a sitting president.

06/18/2014

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney waves at the end of his last White House briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House June 18, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Outgoing Press Secretary Carney Thanks Obama For ‘Taking a Chance’ on Him

White House spokesman Jay Carney gave his final briefing to reporters as the presidential press secretary on Wednesday.

06/18/2014

File photo of a courtroom. (credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Senate OKs First Openly Gay Black Federal Judge

The Senate for the first time confirmed an openly gay black man to become a top-level federal judge. By a 98-0 vote Tuesday, senators approved President Barack Obama’s choice of Darrin Gayles to join a district court in Florida.

06/17/2014

President Obama (Photo: Ron Sachs - Pool/Getty Images)

13 Groups Bid to Host Obama Presidential Library

The foundation developing Barack Obama’s future presidential library has received 13 applications from groups that want to host the library.

06/17/2014

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U.S. Government to Local Cops: Keep Quiet on Neighborhood Cellphone Surveillance

The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

06/12/2014

The VA says nearly 80 percent of its senior executives got performance bonuses last year, despite widespread treatment delays and preventable deaths at VA hospitals and clinics. (Getty Images)

Senate Backs Bill to Improve Health Care for Vets

The Senate has approved a bill making it easier for veterans who’ve endured long wait times for VA medical care to receive treatment from local doctors instead. The measure closely resembles a bill approved Tuesday in the House. Lawmakers say they are optimistic a compromise version can soon be sent to President Barack Obama for his signature.

06/11/2014

President Barack Obama (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama: U.S. Should Be Ashamed of Gun Control Failure

A year ago, on the day a gun control push in the Senate went down in flames, President Barack Obama stood with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and parents of Newtown victims in the Rose Garden and declared, “This effort is not over.”

06/10/2014

President Barack Obama (center) poses with Stefanie Dolson (left) and Bria Hartley (2nd from left) of the UConn women's Huskies and Ryan Boatright (2nd from right) and Shabazz Napier (right) of the UConn men's Huskies during an event in honor of the NCAA 2014 Champions, the UConn Huskies Mens and Womens Basketball teams in the East Room of the White House June 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Celebrates UConn’s Winning Basketball Teams

It was double the celebration at the White House for the University of Connecticut.

06/09/2014

President Barack Obama returns to the White House after he went outside for a coffee shop run with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough (left) on June 9, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Obama Makes Coffee Shop Run, Avoiding Most Reporters

President Barack Obama slipped out of the White House for a run to a nearby Starbucks, ahead of the knot of White House reporters who normally accompany him when he leaves the White House grounds.

06/09/2014

The campus of US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. (credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Appoints Former ‘Top Gun’ Pilot New Naval Academy Superintendent

A former “Top Gun” pilot who recently led the school that teaches the nation’s Navy leaders has been chosen by President Barack Obama to head the U.S. Naval Academy.

06/06/2014

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