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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 »

White House Lowers Flag for Victims in Chattanooga

Republicans say it took too long

(Newser) - Flags are flying at half-staff in front of the White House and the Capitol today in honor of the victims of last week's Chattanooga shootings. President Obama ordered the move at the White House “as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence... More »

Michelle Obama Rips Up White House 'No Photos' Sign

40-year tour group photo ban dropped

(Newser) - The "No Photos or Social Media Allowed" signs in the White House are history—one of them was ripped up by Michelle Obama in an Instagram video —and "Photography Is Encouraged" signs have appeared in their place. The camera and photo ban for public tours that was... More »

The White House Looks Like This Tonight

A colorful end to a historic day

(Newser) - The White House is lit up in rainbow colors in commemoration of the Supreme Court's ruling to legalize same-sex marriage. The colors illuminated the north side of the White House as Obama returned this evening from Charleston, South Carolina, where he delivered the eulogy of the funeral of Clementa... More »

Obama to Heckler: 'You're in My House'

President gets a little upset at White House guest

(Newser) - President Obama is used to hecklers by now, but one at the White House today seemed to irritate him—in part because the heckling occurred at the White House. “No, no, no, no. Listen, you’re in my house,” Obama told the heckler, reports the Hill . “Shame... More »

Former White House Chef Drowned 25 Yards From Trail

Walter Scheib's death ruled an accident

(Newser) - The death of former top White House chef Walter Scheib appears to have been a tragic hiking accident, according to authorities in New Mexico. An autopsy of the 61-year-old determined that the cause of death was drowning, and officials say there was no sign of foul play, NBC News reports.... More »

Body of Former Top White House Chef Found

Walter Scheib went missing on NM hike

(Newser) - The body of former top White House chef Walter Scheib has been found more than a week after he disappeared in rough terrain near Taos, NM. State officials say the body of the 61-year-old, who had recently moved to the state from Florida, was found near a hiking trail, the... More »

Obama Threw Huge Party, Kept It Quiet—Almost

Prince, Stevie Wonder serenaded 500 guests at private event on Saturday

(Newser) - The Obamas let off a little steam on Saturday during what the White House press secretary calls "a private social event at the White House," per Politico . Or as we prefer to put it: Barack and Michelle Obama and their 500 closest friends danced late into the night... More »

Bomb Threat Clears White House Press Room

Evacuation lasted about a half-hour

(Newser) - A strange and scary moment for members of the White House press corps today: Secret Service hustled everybody out of Josh Earnest's live daily briefing this afternoon after someone phoned in a bomb threat, reports CNN . Reporters were allowed back in after the all-clear came about 30 minutes later.... More »

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