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May 5, 2014

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At reporters’ dinner, comedian in chief takes center stage

WASHINGTON (AP) — From the bungled rollout of “Obamacare” to New Jersey gridlock to the hue of John Boehner’s tan, all was fair game for President Barack Obama and his spirited but pointed humor when he took center stage as comedian in chief.

At the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday, Obama observed that the House speaker’s fellow Republicans have lately been as critical of Boehner as they’ve been of him.

“Which proves that orange really is the new black,” Obama said to roars of laughter.

“We rolled out healthcare.gov. That could have gone better,” Obama said, poking a little fun at himself and his administration. “In 2008 my slogan was ‘Yes we can.’ In 2013 my slogan was ‘Control-alt-delete.’”

On the plus side, the president said, “they did turn the launch of healthcare.gov into one of the year’s biggest movies.” On a screen flashed the poster for “Frozen.”

With win, California Chrome rises from humble beginnings

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A horse with a humble pedigree. A couple of working stiff owners. A 77-year-old trainer with his first Kentucky Derby horse.

Even Hollywood couldn’t have made this up.

California Chrome made it look easy on Saturday, pulling away down the stretch to win the Derby by 1 3/4 lengths.

In a sport dominated by wealthy owners and regally bred horses from Kentucky’s bluegrass country, this was a victory for the little guys. Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to produce the winner of the world’s most famous race with their one-horse stable.

“This is just a dream come true and a great birthday present,’” said Coburn, who turned 61 on Saturday.

Condoleezza Rice backs out of delivering Rutgers commencement address after student protests

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