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Meryl Streep Receives Medal of Freedom From President Obama - the Nation's Highest Civilian Honor!

President Barack Obama puts the Presidential Medal of Freedom on award winning actress Meryl Streep during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Monday (November 24) in Washington, DC.

The 65-year-old actress was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor alongside others including Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw.

The evening before, Meryl attended a screening for her film Into the Woods alongside her co-stars Emily Blunt and Anna Kendrick – the film is already getting lots of Oscar buzz, but will not hit theaters until Christmas day.

Congratulations to Meryl on her huge accomplishment!

FYI: Emily is carrying a Marni bag.

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President Obama Addresses Country After Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

President Obama makes a statement after the grand jury made a decision on whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown.

“Either way it was going to be the subject of intense disagreement,” the 53-year-old president shared during his speech to the country. “We need to accept that this decision was the grand jury’s to make.” Watch the video below!

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He added, “There are Americans who agree with it, and there are Americans who are deeply disappointed — even angry. It’s an understandable reaction.”

He continued, “We have made enormous progress in race relations over the course of the past several decades. I have witnessed that in my own life, and to deny that progress, I think is to deny America’s capacity for change. But what is also true is that there are still problems — and communities of color aren’t just making these problems up. Separating that from this particular decision, there are issues in which the law too often feels as if it is being applied in a discriminatory fashion.”

In case you missed the big news, Darren was not charged for killing Michael in August.

President Obama Meets Nina Pham, Nurse Who Survived Ebola

President Barack Obama gives a hug to Dallas nurse Nina Pham while meeting with her in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday (October 24) in Washington, D.C.

The 26-year-old nurse contracted the virus while treating patient Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She was diagnosed on October 12 and declared free of the virus on Friday.

“Although I no longer have Ebola, I know that it may be awhile before I have my strength back,” Nina said (via CNN). “So with gratitude and respect for everyone’s concern, I ask for my privacy and for my family’s privacy to be respected as I return to Texas and try to get back to a normal life and reunite with my dog, Bentley.”

Nina‘s dog Bentley was placed in quarantine and will remain there until the end of the month, though she will get to visit, hold, and play with him this weekend.


President Obama Meets Nina Pham, Nurse Who Survived Ebola

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Leonardo DiCaprio Commends Obama on Creating His 13th National Monument!

Leonardo DiCaprio keeps a low profile while arriving at the Chateau Marmont on Monday evening (October 13) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 39-year-old actor took to his Twitter that day to commend President Obama on creating a new national monument.

“Amazing! @BarackObama creates 13th monument protecting 346K acres in the San Gabriel Mountains #MonumentsMatter,” Leo tweeted. The new national monument will be in northeast Los Angeles.

“What we want to ensure, and what the president has focused on, is that all Americans, and the great diversity of Americans, both have the opportunity to access these important places and can experience them” White House counselor John D. Podesta told the Washington Post.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Gushes to Obama: 'You're So Handsome'

Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a private fundraiser for President Barack Obama at her Brentwood home on Thursday (October 9) and she couldn’t help but gush to her guest of honor!

“You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly,” the 42-year-old actress said while introducing Obama to her guests, according to the Associated Press. “I am one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest, and have been since the inception of your campaign.”

Gwyneth said that it was a “profound honor” to welcome him to the home she shares with her children Apple and Moses, though she did not mention her estranged husband Chris Martin.

Other guests at the event included Julia Roberts (pictured below), Ryan Murphy, and Bradley Whitford. The event raised money for the Democratic National Committee.

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President Barack Obama Says Mistrust of Police is Corroding Society

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hold hands while waving hello to the crowd at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Phoenix Awards dinner on Saturday (September 27) in Washington, DC.

The annual conference brings together activists, politicians and business leaders to discuss public policy impacting Black communities in America and abroad.

“Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement — guilty of walking while black or driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness,” the President said in his speech, referring to the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri. “We will miss him badly,” adding that “a gulf of mistrust” invades communities. “That is not the society we want. It’s not the society that our children deserve.”

FYI: The First Lady is wearing a Bibhu Mohapatra dress.

15+ pictures inside of the President and First Lady at the awards dinner… More Here! »

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Matt Damon Whips Out His Best Bill Clinton Impression While Advocating Clean Water Initiatives

Matt Damon sits on stage to talk about his clean water initiatives at the Clinton Global Initiative Meeting on the third day of the event at the Sheraton New York Hotel on Tuesday (September 23) in New York City.

The 43-year-old actor was joined at the event by pregnant Chelsea Clinton and her father Bill Clinton, President Barack Obama, and others.

“The president has been great, and when we talked to him, to President Clinton a few years ago, he said, ‘just keep running those numbers up. Just run ‘em up,’” Matt said on stage, whipping out his Bill Clinton impression. Watch the moment below.

President Obama followed Matt‘s speech with his own on civil activism.


Matt Damon Does His Best Bill Clinton Impression

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