Former Homeland Security Secretary on Terror Alert, Threat from Yemen

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_75f6c329f1.jpgABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff says the idea that al Qaeda has been “eliminated” is “overly optimistic.” As U.S. embassies across the Middle East and North Africa remain shuttered following intelligence of possible terrorist attacks, Chertoff tells ABC News that the most pressing threat seems to be posed by Yemen, which he says has the most active al Qaeda-affiliated network.

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Date Night for the Obamas

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_a72e9bc3dd.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama and the first lady are celebrating the president’s birthday with an intimate dinner for two. The Obamas are dining at Rasika, a posh Indian restaurant in DC’s West End. Like most of their restaurant outings, Thursday night’s private dinner was kept off the record until the Obamas arrived at the restaurant.

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President Obama to Honor Oprah, Bill Clinton

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_0fce45c6ff.jpgJewel Samad/AFP/GettyImages (WASHINGTON) -- What do former President Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey have in common? They are among the 16 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom that President Obama will honor at the White House later this year. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” the president said in a written statement.

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I’m ‘Holding My Nose,’ Says McConnell Campaign Manager

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_512843fcb9.jpgOfficial White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTTON) -- “Holding my nose”: That’s how Mitch McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton described running the Senate minority leader’s re-election campaign in a phone recording obtained by both the Economic Policy Journal and The Iowa Republican websites.

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Report: GOP Fundraises in George W. Bush Get-Well Pitch

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_c8e9e0a14e.jpgSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Following former President George W. Bush’s heart surgery Tuesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee reportedly used a “get well soon” card for Bush to raise money for its organization. “President George W. Bush courageously defended our freedom and our country, and America misses his days in office now more than ever before,” the NRCC wrote on its website, with a link to sign a card.

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