View photo US President Barack Obama watches Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razzak prepare to putt as they play golf at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on December 24, 2014 (AFP Photo/Nicholas Kamm) US President Barack Obama, on vacation in Hawaii, tends to golf with buddies and aides, but on Wednesday mixed things up, hitting the links with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. “The president and Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia enjoyed golf together today,” a White House official said. “The two leaders took the opportunity to discuss the growing and warming relationship between the United States and Malaysia.” In addition, Obama is looking forward to working with the prime minister in 2015 when Malaysia chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the official said. Obama, who usually plays at the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe Bay when in Hawaii, made the first visit by a sitting US president to Malaysia in decades last year. Politics & Government
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Obama crouched low to line up his shot, but the ball tilted left and evaded the hole. After another failed attempt, he picked up the ball and called it quits. Najib, too, missed his next shot, but a gracious Obama gave him a pat on the shoulder and praised his golf game just the same. “Merry Christmas,” Obama said as he waved to the sites media. Then he added a note of caution for reporters covering his Hawaiian getaway.
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He’s shown America solves problems. ( Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey ) It was just last week that Obama called it a mistake for Sony to scuttle plans for releasing the film, which is about a wacky plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, amid threatened retaliatory attacks. The entertainment industry should not engage in self-censorship for fear of offending foreign dictators like North Korea’s president, Obama said at a White House news conference. By Monday, Sony announced it would go ahead with a limited release in theaters starting Christmas Day. And on Wednesday, the studio made the film available to rent on platforms such as YouTube, Google Play and Microsoft’s Xbox Video. Here comes the President Haters.
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Brownsville has just two federal judges — Hanen and an appointee of Democratic ex-President Bill Clinton — and they evenly split all incoming civil cases, according to the courts website and a courthouse clerk who confirmed the case-assignment protocol but declined to give her name. The assignments are random between Hanen and the other judge, Lauren Bean, a spokeswoman for the state attorney generals office, said in an e-mailed response to questions on how Texas decided where to file the case. Bean had no comment on todays filing. Texas is uniquely qualified to challenge the presidents executive order, and south Texas is at the epicenter of where border security is of concern for Texas and the entire nation, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott , a Republican who was elected governor in November, said at a Dec. 3 press conference about the litigation.
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