On Friday, the president is expected to hold his last news conference of 2014, before heading to Hawaii with his family later that evening.

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Sen. Carl Levin on lessons learned in Iraq, Afghanistan | Exit Interview

Retiring Senator Carl Levin(D-Mich.) reflects on his time as chair of the Armed Services Committee, watching the county go to war, twice, and the eventual repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'

State department addresses Sony hack

State Department spokesperson Marie Harf calls on North Korea to admit the country is behind the attack on Sony's computer system and compensate the movie company for damages.

Fla. officer killed in early morning shooting Sunday

Florida authorities say a 17-year veteran police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday.

N.Y. calling for peace after officer deaths

Family and city officials in New York are calling for peace in the days ahead following the deadly ambush of two police officers in their squad car over the weekend.

Candles, flowers mark spot of officer deaths

A New York Police Department baseball cap, flowers, teddy bears and candles are being used to mark the Brooklyn spot where two police officers were killed by a gunman who was targeting law enforcement.

Cuban-Americans in Miami split on policy change

In Miami, the heart of the Cuban-American community, there were mixed reactions to President Obama’s announcement that the U.S. plans to normalize relations with Cuba.

Obama reflects on 2014, sets stage for new year

President Obama touted economic gains in 2014 and vowed to work hard during his last two years to set the stage for a “new American moment'’ in his weekly address.

Obamas arrive in Hawaii for the holidays

President Obama and his family touched down in Air Force One at Pearl Harbor Friday to begin their two-week long holiday vacation.

That time Christie yelled at me

Four N.J. residents share their accounts of being yelled at by the governor and how it changed them.

Obama jokes about Politico in Brussels

In his year-ending press conference today, President Obama called first on Politico reporter Carrie Budoff Brown who is soon moving to Europe. “I think what Belgium needs is some, uh, version of Politico," the president said.

The best of times, or the worst?

Five outgoing lawmakers share their fondest memories of the Hill and recall some of the hardest days.

President Obama calls James Franco 'James Flacco'

Addressing North Korea's hack of Sony, President Obama discussed actors Seth Rogen and James Franco, stars of "The Interview," but mistakenly called him "James Flacco."

Highlights from Obama's last briefing of 2014

Here are the key moments from President Obama's last news conference of 2014, which he gave before he was due to leave for Hawaii with his family for the holidays.

Obama describes phone call with Raul Castro

At his end-of-year news conference, President Obama described his phone call with Cuban President Raul Castro.

Obama: Sony 'made a mistake'

Addressing North Korea's hack of Sony at his end-of-year news conference, President Obama said the movie studio erred in canceling the film. “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” he said.

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Obama slams GOP: 'Do your job'

Obama slams GOP: 'Do your job'

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