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Spicer's Crackdown on Leaks Promptly Leaks

What happens in the White House is not staying in the White House

(Newser) - Sean Spicer recently held an abrupt meeting in which he berated his staffers about White House leaks that had been appearing in the media, ordering them to leave their phones at the door for a "phone check" in order to show they weren't hiding anything. We know this... More »

White House Asked FBI to Dispute Russia Reports

Democrats say this is a clear violation of policy

(Newser) - White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus asked a top FBI official to dispute media reports that President Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, a White House official told the AP late Thursday. The official said Priebus' request came after the... More »

White House Restarting Tours After Lawmakers Complain

First lady Melania Trump makes the announcment

(Newser) - Following a longer-than-usual delay, the White House will be back open for tours next month. First lady Melania Trump announced Tuesday that the tours will resume on March 7, per ABC 7 . White House tours are typically halted when a new president takes office, but a seven-week interruption is out... More »

White House Was Warned Flynn Could Be Blackmailed

Moscow lawmakers blame 'Russophobia' for resignation

(Newser) - Michael Flynn stepped down Monday night after just 24 days as President Trump's national security adviser—and it's surprising he lasted that long, sources tell the Washington Post . The sources say officials, including former acting attorney general Sally Yates, notified the Trump team late last month that Flynn... More »

Canadians Freak at Prospect of Ambassador Sarah Palin

Impolite reaction greets suggestion Trump could name her to diplomatic post

(Newser) - You'd think Canadians would be thrilled by the prospect of having a hockey mom with a fondness for moose stew as the US ambassador to Canada. Not so much. The White House refused to rule out former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for the vacant post on Wednesday, reports the... More »

2 Patriots Skipping Visit to White House

'I don't feel accepted' in Trump's White House, McCourty says

(Newser) - New England Patriots defensive back Devin McCourty says he "doesn't feel accepted" in the White House with Donald Trump as president and that he'll be skipping the team's ceremonial visit following their stunning Super Bowl win . "With the president having so many strong opinions and... More »

Melania Has Hired a Chief of Staff, but Little Else

Everyone's wondering how she'll make the first lady role her own

(Newser) - Melania Trump is holed up in New York City until at least the end of son Barron's school year, already redefining the role of first lady. The New York Times reports on that upended role, and whether Melania will even play much of one at all, noting it was... More »

Protesters Lift 'RESIST' Banner From Crane Near White House

'There's nothing that irritates him more than to know he's not popular'

(Newser) - The morning after President Trump issued orders to delay environmental rules and restart pipeline projects, seven Greenpeace protesters climbed a 270-foot tall construction crane blocks from the White House and unfurled a massive orange and yellow banner with the word, "RESIST." The banner encouraging opposition to Trump's... More »

Want to Contact the White House? It's Not Easy

Callers told to use Facebook Messenger, but that's not possible

(Newser) - If you'd like to send a message to the White House, you might want to get your smoke signals handy: As of Monday, those calling a White House phone line for public comments were told that the line had been closed. Callers were instead directed to leave a comment... More »

How Obama Will Spend His Morning

There will be goodbyes and tea

(Newser) - President Obama has only a few hours left in office, but there's still plenty to do. At 8:30am, the Obamas will say goodbye to the few remaining White House staffers—some of whom are departing for New York or California, per Time —before Barack and Michelle join... More »

Is the Press Getting Kicked Out of the White House?

Trump rep calls press 'opposition party,' Priebus says it's about space, but no decision

(Newser) - Could reporters covering White House goings-on soon be relegated to standing in front of the fence, much like the New York Times describes reporters in the 1890s? A report published Saturday night by Esquire suggested a move of some sort, with three senior transition team officials telling the magazine discussions... More »

Apprentice's Omarosa to Land White House Job

She'll reportedly focus on public engagement

(Newser) - The Boston Globe wasn't terribly far off with its satirical prediction that Donald Trump would name Apprentice contestant Omarosa Manigault as education secretary. Manigault is expected to nab a job in Trump's White House focusing on public engagement, sources tell the AP . A member of the transition team'... More »

Obama Plans A-List Farewell Party for White House Friday

Beyonce and Jay Z are expected to be among the attendees

(Newser) - President Obama is weeks away from returning to civilian life, but he's going to party like it's 2009 one last time with a White House bash on Friday, sources tell the Washington Post . In contrast to the Donald Trump transition team's reported struggle to attract A-listers, the... More »

Chelsea Manning Petition Hits White House Threshold

Administration has 60 days to respond

(Newser) - A petition urging President Obama to commute Chelsea Manning's sentence to time served has passed the 100,000-signature threshold that may require an official response from the White House—though Obama is only going to be there for another 38 days. "We did it! Thank you so much... More »

Trump Son-in-Law Might Test Nepotism Law

Trump wants him in the White House, sources say

(Newser) - A federal nepotism law is about to be tested, stretched, and possibly broken by Donald Trump's son-in-law, insiders say. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Trump and members of his inner circle are urging Jared Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, to join the administration as a... More »

Obama: Meeting With Trump Was 'Excellent'

President-elect calls president a 'very good man'

(Newser) - President-elect Trump got a first-hand look at his future home Thursday during a visit to the White House, where he met with President Obama. Both had good things to say afterward in the presence of reporters. "Excellent conversation," said Obama. "We now are going to want to... More »

Bill Murray Holds White House Press Briefing

He talks Cubs baseball and the plight of trees in Los Angeles

(Newser) - Bill Murray stepped in for White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday, holding his own short briefing in the White House press room, the Chicago Tribune reports. Murray, as one would expect, used his time to discuss the Chicago Cubs with the handful of assembled reporters, one of whom... More »

Obama 'Saved Best for Last' at Final State Dinner

He welcomes Italian PM, 400 guests

(Newser) - "Bittersweet" was the word of the night at President Obama's 13th and final state dinner. "We saved the best for last," he said Tuesday as he welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, to the White House. He wasn't joking. The... More »

Eye on Next Prez, Michelle Obama Replants Her Garden

President Trump/Clinton will now have trouble removing it

(Newser) - The next president will need more than a shovel to remove Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden. Planted on the South Lawn in 2009, the garden has become a symbol of Obama's efforts toward "growing a healthier nation for our children," according to a new paving... More »

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 »

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