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President Barack Obama laughs with women in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, as he leaves an event for the Council on Women and Girls, where he signed a memorandum creating a task force to respond to campus rapes. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

President Barack Obama laughs with women in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, as he leaves an event for the Council on Women and Girls, where he signed a memorandum creating a task force to respond to campus rapes. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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