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Obama Marks 50th Anniversary of White House Situation Room

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the White House Situation Room on Friday with a ceremony “to name a secure conference room after the father of the situation room, President John F. Kennedy,” a statement from the White House said.

The president delivered remarks to the room's staff “to thank them for their around-the-clock work to keep the President informed and the country safe.”

“We could not meet the national security challenges that we face without the capabilities of this room and the people who work here,” Obama said in a statement. “It’s the president’s eyes and ears.  Providing the latest information and alerts, it’s the nerve center for the U.S. government, the place where we come together to make policy and respond to crises from wars abroad to floods at home.”

He was joined by Caroline Kennedy, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan, and other current and former members of the White House security team.

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Hasidic Publications 'Photoshop' Situation Room Photo

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) -- Two Hasidic publications in Brooklyn took the now-famous image of President Obama and his national security team watching a real-time video feed of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden and removed the two women from it.

The Hasidic newspaper Der Tzitung and the Hasidic magazine De Voch, as first reported at the blog Failed Messiah -- which covers the Orthodox Jewish community with a critical eye -- removed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason, director for counterterrorism on the national security staff.

The Washington Post prints an explanation from Der Tzitung stating that their removal from the photograph “in no way relegates them to a lower status... Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.”

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