Obama Congratulates Michael Sam, White House Says

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-05_001c1e2e68.jpgChip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) --  President Obama congratulated Michael Sam after he made history as the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL on Saturday, the White House said. He was picked by the St. Louis Rams. “The President congratulates Michael Sam, the Rams and the NFL for taking an important step forward today in our Nation’s journey."

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First Lady Gives Address in Place of President Obama, Discusses Importance of Education

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-05_ab7678c7e8.jpgThe White House (WASHINGTON) -- With Mother's Day approaching and the ongoing situation involving nearly 300 missing girls in Nigeria, First Lady Michelle Obama gave an address this week in place of the President's weekly address. Speaking as the mother of two daughters, Michelle Obama said she is “outraged” and “heartbroken” over the kidnapping of hundreds of Nigerian school girls who risked their lives to get an education, saying she hopes their story serves as an inspiration for American students.

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GOP Weekly Address: 'Americans Are Still Waiting' for Action from Democrats

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-05_331ba03b35.jpgRep. John Kline/Credit: US House of Representatives (WASHINGTON) -- This week's Republican address features the authors of 14 House-passed jobs bills who are calling on President Obama and the Democrats in the Senate to act now and show that they are focused on improving the economy. The 14 representatives each mention the bill that they had a part in writing, before concluding their portion of the address with the same closing sentence: "Americans are still waiting for President Obama and Senate Democrats to act."

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Republican National Committee Backs 20-Week Abortion Ban

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-05_d12475a81a.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- It may not be in the party platform, which only gets changed at the national GOP conventions every four years, but Republicans now support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The Republican National Committee passed a resolution to that effect at its spring meetings Friday, an RNC spokesperson confirmed. Committee members of the RNC, two from each state, gathered in Memphis to hear debates on policy issues and roll out a new GOP data and targeting program.

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State Department Explains Kerry Remarks that Angered Christian Activists

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-05_8dc63439d5.jpgState Dept photo (WASHINGTON) -- The State Department on Friday clarified Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks made last week during his Africa visit, in which he made comments that some religious groups and conservative commentators took as a slight toward organized religion. During a May 1 stop at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Kerry said, “Some people believe that people ought to be able to only do what they say they ought to do, or to believe what they say they ought to believe, or live by their interpretation of something that was written down a thousand plus, two thousand years ago.”

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