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Obama Awards Arts Medals to Mel Brooks, Audra McDonald, Berry Gordy

President Barack Obama awarded 24 American giants of the arts and humanities with medals on Thursday, lauding their accomplishments — and sharing some laughs. Comedian Mel Brooks, who Obama has said he admires for his over-the-top Western satire "Blazing Saddles," dropped to one knee as if receiving a knighthood after he was given his official citation for "a lifetime of making the world laugh." Obama warned Brooks that he would catch him if he tried to sell his...

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