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Obama-041114.jpg While outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will likely be remembered by many for her role in the troubled rollout of Obamacare, President Barack Obama praised her extraordinary leadership in remarks on Friday. The president's remarks came after the White House revealed that Sebelius is stepping down from her post as HHS Secretary after five years on the job.

img1-040414.jpg With Israeli and Palestinian negotiators failing to make progress, Secretary of State John Kerry indicated Friday that the U.S. will re-evaluate its role in the Middle East peace process. Kerry, who has made an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement his top priority, noted that both parties say they want to continue but had a pessimistic tone regarding the outlook for the talks.

SupremeCourt-040214.jpg In the latest blow to campaign finance laws, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the limits on the total amount of money individuals can contribute to all candidates, parties and political action committees. The 5 to 4 ruling by the court's conservative justices argued that the aggregate limits infringe on the donor's First Amendment rights.

Obama-032014.jpg President Barack Obama announced Thursday that the U.S. is imposing additional sanctions on Russian officials in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea. The new sanctions reportedly target 20 high-level Russian officials as well as a bank that provides material support to these individuals.

obama-031714.jpg A day after the people of Ukraine's Crimea region voted to secede and rejoin Russia, President Barack Obama announced Monday that the U.S. is imposing sanctions on certain Russian government officials and Crimea-based separatist leaders. "I'm announcing a series of measures that will continue to increase the cost on Russia and on those responsible for what is happening in Ukraine," Obama said.