President Obama Signs Autograph for Girl, 10, During Christmas Vacation

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_088eceece3.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza (KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii) -- On the fourth full day of the first family’s winter vacation in Hawaii, President Obama gave a 10-year-old girl an early Christmas present. During a morning workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay, near the president’s vacation rental on the island of Oahu, Obama encountered Kyrstin Lavelle, who apparently asked the president for an autograph. Obama obliged, writing in the little girl’s journal, “To Kyrstin – Dream big dreams!” Underneath the message, the president signed his name.

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Polar Bear Lobbies Obama on Keystone XL Pipeline

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_260b19792f.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama has had the unlikeliest follower as he, the first lady and their daughters vacation in sunny Hawaii for the holiday season: Frostpaw the polar bear. Spotted among the throngs of well-wishers on the golf course and among the fans at a college basketball game has been a giant furry polar bear, or at least a man dressed up like one.

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Daughter of NYC Mayor-Elect Reveals Depression, Substance Abuse

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_3850501e30.jpgMario Tama/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The daughter of New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio has suffered from depression and substance abuse, Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane, said in a letter to supporters Tuesday. “As parents, our instinct has been to protect our daughter and privately help her through a deeply personal struggle,” Bill and Chirlane de Blasio said, noting that Chiara wanted to share her story in hopes of helping others.

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GOP Weekly Address: Remembering US Soldiers this Holiday

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_3724d1a7de.jpgUS Senate (WASHINGTON) -- "As we reach for one of those gifts under the tree and untie a bow," says Sen. Jim Risch, "I encourage all of us to remember the bountiful and most prized gifts we enjoy -- the gifts of freedom and worship." In this week's Republican address, as Americans take part in holiday celebrations, Sen. Risch, R-Idaho, calls us to remember that our freedoms are by the men and women of the United States military, and "[t]heir sacrifices and those of their families allow us to live in the freest and most prosperous nation in the world -- the United States of America."

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An Odyssey for Obamacare as a Million Flood Website

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-12_c33423b912.jpgABC News (WASHINGTON) -- A rush of last-minute health insurance shoppers visited HealthCare.gov Monday as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Twitter the site had “surpassed a million site visits.” Of course that doesn’t mean that many people actually signed up for health insurance through that website, just that they visited the site on what was supposed to be the final day people could sign up if they wanted health insurance under the Affordable Care Act to kick in on Jan. 1.

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