The White House is spreading holiday cheer by sharing the first and second couples' Spotify playlists.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have shared "Holidays with the Obamas," which starts off with "O Tannenbaum" from the animated classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
They also included "Let It Snow" from Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You," as well as a smattering of yule classics from the Jackson 5, Destiny's Child, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra, among others.
Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden also released their Spotify playlist.
"Holidays with the Bidens" starts with Bruce Springsteen's "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town," followed by Neil Diamond's "You Make it Feel like Christmas" and "Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!" by Ella Fitzgerald. They also included songs from Coldplay, U2, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.
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Pardoned: California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday pardoned Robert Downey Jr. for a nearly 20-year-old felony drug conviction that sent the Oscar-nominated actor to jail for nearly a year. Brown's office announced that Downey was among 91 people granted pardons for criminal convictions after demonstrating they had rehabilitated themselves. While the pardon does not erase records of a conviction, it does restore voting rights.
Spreading cheer: Grammy-nominated singer Trey Songz delivered shoes and gift cards to dozens of needy children in his hometown of Petersburg, Va. The Progress-Index reported the entertainer surprised 68 children Wednesday with the early Christmas presents. His charity, Angels with Hearts Foundation, arranged the visit and gift-giving with the city. During his visit with the children he reflected on his humble roots in the city known for its role in the Civil War. He said the children's glee gave him "an extra sense of joy."