On April 26, 2012, President Obama announced 13 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. "Each of them has made a lasting contribution to the life of our Nation," Obama said. "They've challenged us, they’ve inspired us, and they’ve made the world a better place."
Recipients not included in this gallery are former Assistant Attorney General John Doar, who fought to enforce civil rights in the 1960s; William Foege, a physician and epidemiologist who helped eradicate smallpox in the 1970s; Gordon Hirabayashi, a professor and advocate who openly defied the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; and Jan Karski, an officer of the Polish Underground during World War II who was among the first to share with the world his eye-witness account of the Holocaust.
Each year the White House Correspondents' Dinner hosts a bevy of stars from both Hollywood and Washington. Guests are seated according to the news organization that invited them, so check out who will be sitting with whom on April 28, 2012.
Annual Memorial Day ceremony commemorating fallen soldiers at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on April 25, 2011. Memorial Day commemorates fallen Israeli soldiers since 1948, ahead of the the celebration of the 64th anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel.
The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on Arizona's controversial immigration law, 1070, the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, in Washington, D.C. on April 25, 2012. UPI/Kevin Dietsch
The world's biggest automobile show, Auto China 2012, during a pre-Opening day show in Beijing on April 23, 2012. China is the world's largest automobile market, with international car makers setting up massive plants and dealerships across the country in hopes of gaining a share of the fast growing domestic market. UPI/Stephen Shaver
They saying goes that "politics is show business for ugly people," and actors and politicians do seem to have a lot in common, including a love of the spotlight. This photo collection shows celebrities mingling with U.S. politicians.
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