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White House reporters line up Friday in Washington in hopes of attending a briefing in press secretary Sean Spicer's office. The off-camera briefing was limited mostly to pool reporters, broadcast networks and conservative-leaning outlets, with reporters for CNN, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and others denied entry. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Media

Lashing Out Against Critical Reports, White House Bars Outlets From Briefing

The move blocked reporters from CNN, The New York Times and others from participating and was seen at least in part as retaliation for a Thursday CNN piece on White House-FBI communications.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, shown here in 2015 arriving for his inauguration in Abuja, Nigeria, left for London Jan. 19 and hasn't been back since. The government insists he's fine, but speculation is rife that he may be suffering from serious health issues. Sunday Alamba/AP hide caption

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Nigerian President's Long Absence Comes Amid Major Economic Crisis

President Muhammadu Buhari left for London Jan. 19. His government insists he's "hale and hearty," but speculation is rife that he may be suffering from prostate cancer, memory loss or other ailments.

Nigerian President's Long Absence Comes Amid Major Economic Crisis

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Deputy assistant to President Trump Sebastian Gorka participates in a discussion during the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 24, 2017, in National Harbor, Md. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Politics

Criticized By Peers, White House Counterterrorism Adviser Returns Fire

Sebastian Gorka responded to critical posts on Twitter by threatening to involve White House lawyers. He is fighting questions about his credentials and his views on Islam.

Longtime diplomat Daniel Fried, shown here at a meeting in Seoul in 2016, told colleagues at his retirement party on Friday he's "learned never to underestimate the possibility of change." Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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Retiring Diplomat Delivers Message That 'Values Have Power'

Daniel Fried, who retired Friday from the State Department, helped shape U.S. policy in Europe over a 40-year career. "I learned never to underestimate the possibility of change," he told colleagues.

David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike play real-life couple Seretse and Ruth Khama in A United Kingdom. Stanislav Honzik/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation hide caption

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Movie Interviews

David Oyelowo On The Real 'United Kingdom' Marriage And Its Diplomatic Fallout

The film tells the story of Ruth Williams, a London typist, and Seretse Khama, heir to the throne of modern-day Botswana. In 1948, their interracial marriage sparked a political firestorm.

David Oyelowo On The Real 'United Kingdom' Marriage And Its Diplomatic Fallout

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In late 2015, the Obama administration began checking the social media accounts of Syrian refugees seeking to come to the U.S. The practice has continued and may be expanded under the Trump administration. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images hide caption

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Trump Administration Weighs Increased Scrutiny Of Refugees' Social Media

The Obama administration began checking social media accounts of prospective Syrian refugees more than a year ago. Such steps could expand as President Trump prepares a new executive order on vetting.

Trump Administration Weighs Increased Scrutiny Of Refugees' Social Media

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in February in Los Angeles. The mayor of the city has asked ICE agents not to identify themselves as police during operations. Bryan Cox/AP hide caption

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Los Angeles Officials To ICE: Stop Identifying Yourselves As Police

The mayor of Los Angeles co-signed a letter to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency requesting that its agents not identify themselves as "police" during operations in the city.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz speaks during a town hall meeting at Brighton High School on Feb. 9 in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Rick Bowmer/AP hide caption

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Rep. Chaffetz Says Town Hall Protesters 'Intimidate And Bully People'

Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz talks with Steve Inskeep about why he has declined to investigate President Trump's conflicts of interest and responds to his raucous reception at a town hall.

Rep. Chaffetz Says Town Hall Protesters 'Intimidate And Bully People'

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The eastern U.S. is experiencing warm temperatures Friday — but a powerful storm and cooler weather is forecast to cross into the region, as seen in this image from the National Weather Service. National Weather Service hide caption

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71 Degrees In February: Temperatures In Boston And Buffalo Rewrite Record Book

An all-time high temperature for February was recorded in Boston. After breaking a 111-year-old mark for this day, Buffalo also equaled its record high for the month.

Trumpeter Lee Morgan and wife Helen in 1970. The couple's tragic story is the subject of the documentary I Called Him Morgan, directed by Kasper Collin. Kasper Collin Produktion AB/Courtesy of the Afro-American Newspaper Archives and Research Center hide caption

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Jazz On Film And The Problem Of The Mad Creative Genius

Jazz Night in America host Christian McBride reflects on how movies about his art form — including La La Land and a new Lee Morgan documentary — tend to paint the working jazz musician.

Jazz On Film And The Problem Of The Mad Creative Genius

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