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Bill O'Reilly: Slaves Built White House, but Were 'Well Fed'

He fact-checks Michelle Obama's speech

(Newser) - In her convention speech Monday night, Michelle Obama told the crowd, "I wake up every morning in a house built by slaves." At Fox News, Bill O'Reilly provided a fact-check Tuesday and found that the first lady was correct—but he added a qualification that is raising... More »

US Releases First Estimate of Civilian Deaths in Drone Strikes

At least 64 since 2009, a figure lower than independent estimates

(Newser) - After years of pressure, the White House has released details about the number of civilians accidentally killed by US drone strikes—though the information comes with plenty of asterisks. The official estimate is that between 64 and 116 civilians have been killed in such strikes since 2009, reports USA Today... More »

State Dept. Admits Tampering With 'Embarrassing' Video

Comments on Iran talks were deleted from 2013 footage

(Newser) - The State Department says a minutes-long exchange in which a reporter questioned whether officials lied about talks with Iran vanished from a 2013 press video in a cut it's now admitting was "deliberate." Spokesman John Kirby says an official in the public affairs bureau—he says he... More »

White House Locked Down After Shots Fired Outside

Secret Service officers shot a man allegedly brandishing a weapon

(Newser) - Secret Service officers shot a man Friday afternoon after shots were fired near the White House, CNN reports. The White House was locked down during the shooting, and Vice President Biden was sheltered inside. President Obama was not at the White House at the time, according to ABC News . Early... More »

Secret Service: We're Making WH Fence 'Taller, Stronger'

Donald Trump one of the first to weigh in on plans to raise fence by 5 feet

(Newser) - If you build it, they won't come. That's what the Secret Service is hoping its new plan to raise the White House fence by 5 feet will mean, the latest effort, after a lot of red tape , to stop people from trying to jump it, NBC Washington reports.... More »

Obama May Release Top-Secret 9/11 Pages

Ex-senator leading push to declassify says 'all the evidence' points to Saudis

(Newser) - It's long been speculated that Saudi Arabia played a major role in 9/11, and the so-called "28 pages" that have been locked up for years in the Capitol's basement may soon shed light on the matter if they are released by President Obama—a move that's... More »

Obama Helps Hamilton Creator Freestyle-Rap at White House

'You think that's going viral? That's going viral'

(Newser) - The cast of Hamilton spent Monday at the White House, where they performed a selection of songs and attended a workshop for a group of schoolchildren hosted by Michelle Obama, the AP reports. "Hamilton, I'm pretty sure, is the only thing that Dick Cheney and I agree on,... More »

106-Year-Old Busts a Move With Obamas

Virginia McLaurin made the first couple's day

(Newser) - Even 106-year-olds dance for joy. Need proof? You've got it thanks to a White House video shared on Twitter on Sunday. It shows centenarian Virginia McLaurin busting a move while meeting President and Michelle Obama at the White House for Black History Month, reports Us Weekly . "It's... More »

White House Rejects $100M Trump Ballroom

Donald Trump says it would be better than tents

(Newser) - The Obama administration said Monday it had turned down Donald Trump's offer to pay for a new $100 million White House ballroom, USA Today reports. "I'm (not) sure it would be appropriate to have a shiny gold 'Trump' sign on any part of the White House,... More »

Activist Dies After Longest Protest in US History

White House protester maintained vigil for 35 years

(Newser) - Concepcion Picciotto's fellow activists hope that after 35 years protesting outside the White House, she has finally found peace. Picciotto began her anti-nuclear-proliferation vigil on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1981, and it's believed to be the longest-running protest in American history, reports NPR . All these years, Picciotto has either... More »

Cops: Guy Who Wanted to Dognap Bo Obama Arrested

On firearms charges, not dognapping charges

(Newser) - Scott Stockert allegedly traveled from North Dakota to Washington DC ... to dognap Bo Obama. Stockert was arrested Wednesday at a Hampton Inn in downtown DC by police officers responding to a tip from the Secret Service about the alleged dognapping plan, NBC Washington reports. Police found a shotgun, a rifle,... More »

Prez 'in Jeopardy': Guy Impersonated Congressman, Met Obama

Report outlines more gaffes for Secret Service 'in crisis'

(Newser) - Days after a man with a knife made it inside the White House , a guy impersonating a member of Congress managed to get backstage at an awards dinner where he chatted up President Obama. That's just one of a half-dozen previously undisclosed Secret Service gaffes since 2013 laid out... More »

White House Fence Jumper 'Wanted to Die'

Conn. man slammed US government in Facebook post

(Newser) - The man who jumped the White House fence while the Obama family was celebrating Thanksgiving may have been planning suicide by Secret Service. Joseph Caputo, 23, of Stamford, Conn., left a suicide note that said he wanted to die on Thursday, and also left an audio message with his mother... More »

Fence Jumper Causes White House Lockdown

Obama family was inside, celebrating Thanksgiving

(Newser) - A man who apparently intended to interrupt the Obama's family's Thanksgiving hopped the White House fence wrapped in a US flag Thursday afternoon but he didn't get far. The intruder, identified by NBC as Joseph Caputo, was arrested by Secret Service agents soon after he jumped the... More »

White House Loses 'One of the Best' in Cycling Accident

Jake Brewer was killed during cancer fundraiser

(Newser) - President Obama has lost one of his top technology advisers—and Jake Brewer's colleagues say the world has lost a good man with great ideas. The 34-year-old senior policy adviser to the Office of the Chief Technology Officer was killed on Saturday when his bike went out of control... More »

White House Wishes Baby Happy 101st Birthday

Mixup surprises Utah family

(Newser) - This week, Benjamin Shosted of Utah, who turns 1 next week, received a note from the White House congratulating him on having "witnessed the best of what our Nation can accomplish when we work together," NBC News reports. No, Benjamin isn't an unusually experienced baby; rather he'... More »

In 1985, Clinton Wrote Reagan— Not That Clinton

Precocious 5-year-old Chelsea had seen 'Sound of Music,' you see

(Newser) - Five-year-old Chelsea Clinton sat down in 1985 and wrote a letter to the inhabitant of the house where she would go on to spend her teenage years: "Dear Mr. President, I have seen the Sound of Music: the Nazis don't look like very nice people," she wrote... More »

Spy Chief's 'Unusual' Talks May Have Skewed ISIS Intel

Intelligence chief may have exerted subtle, if unintentional, pressure on subordinate

(Newser) - A potential scandal involving intelligence reports about the Islamic State being manipulated to make US progress sound rosier than reality seems to be getting bigger. And now, national intelligence director James Clapper is involved, reports the Guardian . The story surfaced last month, when the New York Times reported that the... More »

White House Emails on 9/11: 'Today Is Pearl Harbor'

'Turn on CNN,' reads one

(Newser) - Exactly 14 years ago tomorrow, officials at the White House started their day like any other. Karl Rove asked an assistant for morning news reports. An aide sent out copies of President Bush's talking points for an education event. Then, White House emails obtained by the New York Times... More »

White House Has Its First Transgender Official

Raffi Freedman-Gurspan will serve as outreach and recruitment director

(Newser) - When Raffi Freedman-Gurspan started her new job as outreach and recruitment director for the Presidential Personnel Office today, she became the first openly transgender person to serve on the White House staff, the Advocate reports. Freedman-Gurspan served as a policy adviser at the National Center for Transgender Equality, and Obama... More »

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