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A letter addressed to President Barack Obama containing a suspicious substance was intercepted and is being tested, according to the Secret Service.

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Tuesday, the FBI said that a envelope testing positive for ricin, a deadly poison, was intercepted at the U.S. Capitol and addressed to Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).

In the first case, the letter was intercepted at a postal facility in Maryland that screens mail sent to Congress, and never reached Wicker’s office.

Sen. Wicker thanked law enforcement and said an investigation was underway. The White House's mail is screened at a separate, offsite facility.

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President Barack Obama has spoken out for the second time regarding yesterday's Boston Marathon bombings, this time calling them an act of terrorism.

“This was a heinous and cowardly act," Obama said. "Given what we know about what took place, the F.B.I. is investigating it as an act of terrorism."

“Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror.”

In Obama's first statement on the incident last night, he pledged to bring those responsible for justice, but stopped short of using the words terror or terrorism.

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President Barack Obama ordered the "full resources" of the federal government to respond to the tragic and "senseless" Boston Marathon bombing today.

He also called for security around the U.S. as necessary.

At least two are dead and 110 injured after a explosions rocked downtown Boston near the finish line of the annual sporting event Monday afternoon.

Some sources have reported the toll even higher.

"We still do not know who did this or why," Obama said from the White House. "But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this, and we will find out who did this."

Any individuals or groups responsible will "feel the full weight of justice," he said, while the American people will say a prayer for Boston tonight."

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U.S. President Barack Obama paid an effective federal tax rate of 18.4 percent in 2012, down a bit from the year before, when he earned more money.

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The President and Michelle Obama reported adjusted gross income of $608,611 last year, a drop from $789,674 in 2011, and paid $112,214 in total taxes.

That came out to an effective 18.4 percent rate, compared to $162,074 in taxes paid, or 22 percent of their $844,585 income the previous year.

Times are tough for book sales!

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President Barack Obama has plenty of taxes in his budget proposal, with his plan to achieve $1.8 trillion in revenue featuring some truly weird ideas.

Not necessarily good, or bad. Just weird in the sense that you'd never expect or hear about them, unlike the public sequestration or fiscal cliff debates.

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President Obama wants to establish a "Buffett Rule" of a 30 percent minimum tax rate for people making over $1 million in a year. That he's made clear.

Far less clear? Some of the other means of increasing revenue included in his 246-page budget. Here's a look at the five weirdest Obama taxes ...

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Jay-Z's new song "Open Letter," a response to criticism of his recent trip to Cuba, has racked up nearly 500,000 listens - and a response from the White House.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied that President Obama gave Jay-Z and Beyonce their clearance for the trip, as the song implies.

Jay-Z's "Open Letter" lyrics in question:

“I turned Havana into Atlanta / Boy from the hood / I got White House clearance  Obama said, 'Chill you gonna get me impeached / You don’t need this shit anyway, chill with me on the beach.'"

Asked of Obama indeed gave him clearance, Carney said:

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Jay-Z raps about his controversial anniversary trip to Cuba with Beyonce in "Open Letter," a new track just released and featuring Swizz Beatz.

According to Jay, President Barack Obama told him the trip would "get him impeached," though it's unclear if this is direct quote or a figure of speech.

Given that they actually are acquainted, it could be the former!

"Politicians never did s**t for me ... except lie to me, distort history,” the rapper/mogul muses. "Obama said chill ‘You gonna get me impeached' ..."

"We don’t need this s**t anyway chill with me on the beach.' I can turn Havana to Atlanta ... ballin’ too much they try to jam you. I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans."

He adds, "This Communist talk is so confusing.”

There you have it people. Interpret as you will.

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Justin Timberlake took to the White House stage Tuesday night and none other than U.S. President Barack Obama sang along during his performance.

The 32-year-old singer covered Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," with the crowd (including the President and Michelle Obama) clearly into it.

Timberlake appeared as part of the concert series "In Performance at the White House" honoring Memphis soul; Justin hails from the Tennessee city.

Watch JT doing his thing and Obama singing along below ...

Justin Timberlake took to the White House last night to lead all the fancy schmancy peeps in a sing-along of Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay"-- including President Barack Obama.

The JT & BO duet was for a PBS taping of "In Performance at the White House" honoring Memphis soul.

Tuesday night against the Bucks, LBJ eschewed an open teammate in favor of ... a mid-air pass off the backboard to himself for an alley-oop dunk. #NBD - See more at: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2013/04/lebron-james-throws-alley-oop-to-lebron-james/#sthash.WOEdeFj8.dpuf
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Robbie Novak, the ten-year-old YouTube sensation better known as "Kid President," got a chance to meet with actual President Barack Obama on Easter.

Obama gave Novak a tour of the Oval Office, even letting him use the phone.

"Let's make sure not to cause an international incident," joked Obama, who showed Robbie other White House memorabilia, such as the emancipation proclamation.

The two also shared some advice: "You're doing awesome," Novak said.

Barack advised Robbie to show kids around the world to always treat others with respect ... something critics say the Prez did not do with Kamala Harris.

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President Barack Obama raised eyebrows in the political world today, praising California's Kamala Harris as America's "best-looking" attorney general.

Speaking at a Bay Area fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, the president said that Harris, 48, is "brilliant," "dedicated" and "tough."

"She also happens to be, by far the best-looking attorney general.”

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According to reports from the fundraiser, the crowd laughed (either due to discomfort, amusement or both) after which Obama said, “It’s true! C’mon."

Some cringed at Obama's remarks, given the historic hurdles women have faced to be recognized for accomplishments rather than physical appearances.

Jonathan Chait of N.Y. Magazine called Obama "disgraceful."

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