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President Biden Restarts Tradition, Hosts Kennedy Center Honorees

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President Biden resumed what had been paused for a good while in D.C. -- namely, POTUS being in attendance for the Kennedy Center Honors ... and hosting them afterward. JB held a reception Sunday at the White House, with this year's recipients of…
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