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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Obamas' Christmas message: Thank our troops

In this week's address, President Obama and First lady Michelle wished Americans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, and thanked U.S. troops for their service.

Christmas in Kabul

American and NATO troops celebrate what for many will be the final Christmas in Afghanistan.

Papal message focuses on refugees, exiles

Pope Francis focused his concern on those weeping in the world this Christmas, singling out refugees, hostages and others suffering in the Middle East, Africa and Ukraine.

Obama enjoys a round of golfs on Christmas Eve

President Obama and Prime Minister Najib Razak of Malaysia play golfed together on Christmas Eve in Hawaii.

Former president Bush, 90, hospitalized

Former president George H.W. Bush, 90, has been hospitalized in Houston, Tex., after experiencing shortness of breath. Bush was hospitalized for seven weeks for bronchitis and related ailments two years ago.

Berkeley mayor denies link to Ferguson, Garner

The mayor of Berkeley, Mo., says the city will investigate the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer. But Mayor Theodore Hoskins says comparisons to the Michael Brown case are unfair.

Jordan confirms pilot shot down, captured

Jordan's state television confirms a Jordanian Royal Air Force pilot has been captured by Islamic State militants in Syria during a mission.

Despite calls for pause, protests continue in New York

Several hundred people marched in New York City to protest police brutality despite public officials' calls for a break in protests until after two slain officers are buried.

Iraqis displaced by Islamic State brace for winter

As Yazidi refugees driven out of their homes by Islamic State militants prepare for colder temperatures, aid agencies are struggling to provide for the displaced.

Tamir Rice’s mom: ‘I’m against all violence’

The family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot and killed by Cleveland police last month, renewed calls on Tuesday for peaceful demonstrations.

Rep. Grimm: I won’t resign

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), admitted Tuesday to federal tax evasion. His guilty plea was a change from the not guilty plea he entered earlier this year.

De Blasio visits memorial for officers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio lays flowers at the memorial of two police officers killed over the weekend in Brooklyn.

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.

'The game will tell you what you're good at'

Over the past couple decades, new markets and improved technology have delivered massive new wealth both in the American economy and in Major League Baseball. In both cases, the rich are getting richer. But only in baseball have typical workers, like Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher J.P. Howell, gotten richer too.

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Behind the circumcision ritual

Behind the circumcision ritual

Adults attending conversion classes at Sixth and I synagogue learn about the traditions behind the ancient Jewish practice of circumcision.

Google Chromecast at The Washington Post: How you can watch

Google Chromecast at The Washington Post: How you can watch

PostTV has incorporated technology that allows you to play any of our videos on your TV set through the popular Chromecast device. That means you can watch videos and news shows from The Washington Post and control the playback right from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Property rights and the pipeline

South Dakota rancher John Harter tried to stop TransCanada from securing the right of eminent domain over his land where they want to put part of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, but Harter recently lost his battle in court.

Brazil swept up by new energy source

Brazil swept up by new energy source

In Northeastern Brazil, energy companies are erecting wind farms to capitalize on the constant winds that have challenged farming families for generations.

Making the most out of your museum visit

Making the most out of your museum visit

The Post's Anne Midgette shares five tips for how to get the most out of your visit to a museum.

Obama slams GOP: 'Do your job'

Obama slams GOP: 'Do your job'

A mashup of highlights from the president's speech on the government shutdown at M. Luis Construction company in Rockville, Md. Thursday.