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(CNN) - Like most of the American people, President Obama today seemed all set to put his office in the rear view mirror and get out of town for some vacation.
In the first family's case, in a few hours that will mean a stroll across the White House South Lawn onto Marine One then to Air Force One and off to Hawaii.
But whereas you and I have to go through grumbling TSA agents submitting our bags and shoes to inspection, presidents subject themselves to full-on probes from the White House press corps.
(CNN) - The decision to open relations with Cuba is contentious.
CNN's political commentator Jay Carney, who served as White House press secretary under President Obama, and Bill Kristol, editor of the conservative publication The Weekly Standard joined "The Lead" to debate.
(CNN) –Today's massacre of defenseless school children in Peshawar was carried out by the Pakistani Taliban in retaliation, the group says, for the killing of hundreds of innocent tribesman in north and south Waziristan by the Pakistani military.
CNN's chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto looks into the group and the threat they might also pose to the United States.
(CNN) - A horrific terror attack in Pakistan leaves 141 people dead - more than 130 of them children.
It happened at a co-ed public military school in the northwestern city of Peshawara, 75 miles from the capital Islamabad. Suicide bombers, disguised as soldiers, distracted the security personnel by detonating a car bomb outside the school grounds. They then scaled the outer walls of the building, entered the school and opened fire - chanting 'God is great.'
Students found hiding under benches were shot in cold blood.
(CNN) - A gunman, ISIS sympathizer and self-proclaimed Islamic cleric named Man Haron Monis took more than a dozen people hostage at a popular Sydney cafe for more than 16 hours today.
Australian special forces, along with heavily armed police, stormed the cafe at 2 am local time, killing the gunman. At least two hostages were killed during the rescue attempt and four others wounded.
So just what do Australian and American officials know about the hostage taker?