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No Plan B If Court Rules Against ObamaCare: WH

But Republicans say they've got something in mind

(Newser) - The Supreme Court begins hearing arguments today in a case that could result in people in 34 states losing subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reports. But if the court opts to take what one Democrat calls "a wrecking ball to a major part of... More »

Report: US Sat on Info About Hostages' Location

Daily Beast says US waited a month to act on British intelligence

(Newser) - A few weeks after the US staged a failed rescue mission last July to retrieve ISIS hostages Kayla Mueller , James Foley , and Steven Sotloff , the Muslim insurgents started sending out a gruesome chain of beheading videos. Now US and UK officials are saying that the hostages had been moved just... More »

Man Tries to Scale White House Barrier

Suspect arrested, charged with unlawful entry

(Newser) - Another would-be White House intruder? A man was arrested by the Secret Service after trying to scale a barrier outside the White House yesterday. The suspect was handed over to DC police after his arrest and charged with unlawful entry, the AP reports. According to the Washington Post , the man... More »

White House Drone Pilot: Drunk Spy Agency Worker

NGA stresses employee was off duty

(Newser) - A spy agency employee exposed a big hole in White House security this week but he's unlikely to get a promotion for it: The man was off-duty, drunk, and playing with a friend's drone when he crashed it on the White House grounds around 3am Monday, reports the... More »

Guy Claims Drone That Crashed at White House

Says he lost control of quad copter, didn't mean to come close to White House

(Newser) - A Washington man has come forward to claim the small drone discovered this morning on the grounds of the White House, which prompted a brief lockdown and a Secret Service investigation, the AP reports. The man, a government employee who does not work for the White House, tells investigators that... More »

Obama Rolls Out Rules to Hack Methane Emissions

Obama administration aims to cut emissions by 45% by 2025

(Newser) - President Obama is rolling out major new steps to fight methane emissions, aiming to cut them by up to 45% of 2012 levels within a decade. The administration's rules will address the growing domestic oil and gas industries, whose expansion is expected to significantly increase the amount of methane... More »

White House Probing Possible Malia Selfie

Photo as yet unverified

(Newser) - Everyone is in a scramble to figure out how a selfie that appears to show Malia Obama got on Instagram , reports the Christian Science Monitor . "Was it taken in the White House? Was it taken in the Lincoln Bedroom? Was it taken in the Aspen Lodge at Camp David?... More »

US Sanctions North Korea Over Sony Hack

White House lays down financial penalties

(Newser) - The US is imposing financial sanctions on North Korea in retaliation for the cyberattack against Sony Pictures . The White House says the sanctions affect three North Korean entities, including a government intelligence agency and a North Korean arms dealer. The US also is sanctioning 10 individuals who work for those... More »

Armed Woman Arrested Outside White House

Michigan's April Lenhart charged with carrying an unregistered firearm

(Newser) - Inside the White House, President Obama was talking immigration ; outside, Secret Service agents were making an arrest. Agents say that just before 8:30pm last night they spotted April Lenhart, 23—who NBC News reports was taking part in a demonstration—walking with a holstered 9mm handgun along the north... More »

Man Arrested Near White House Had Rifle

Officers find it in his car after he approaches them

(Newser) - A strange arrest near the White House today: A 41-year-old Iowa man approached Secret Service officers and told them he had driven to DC because "someone in Iowa" had told him he should go to the White House, reports NBC News . After the odd statement, he gave the suspicious... More »

Secret Service Officer Was on Phone, Missed Intruder

Homeland Security review is a little scary

(Newser) - Homeland Security has wrapped up a review of the incident in which a man armed with a knife scaled a fence and got inside the White House , and one detail as relayed by the New York Times stands out above all others:
  • The intruder "could have been stopped by
... More »

Russians Eyed in White House Hack

Unclassified networks breached, US thinks it might be the Russians

(Newser) - Land of the free, home of the hacked? Just hours after the Wall Street Journal reported that a cybersecurity firm found breaches in the networks of a US firm holding military secrets, it's been revealed the White House has apparently been hacked as well. Officials who spoke on condition... More »

Fence Jumper Was Arrested at White House in July, Too

Dad says he's got mental health problems but isn't dangerous

(Newser) - The latest person to climb over the White House fence had the paranoid belief he was being watched by cameras and had previously been arrested at the executive mansion, his father said. Dominic Adesanya, of Bel Air, Maryland, was ordered held without bond in an appearance today before a federal... More »

Another Man Jumps White House Fence

But Secret Service dogs catch him on lawn

(Newser) - The Secret Service had to deal with yet another fence-jumper this evening, but this time they caught the intruder on the North Lawn of the White House, reports the Washington Post . No word yet on the jumper's identity or intention. A Secret Service spokesperson says it was a K-9... More »

Clinton Document Dump: Lewinsky, '90s Deja Vu

But no apparent bombshells are in the mix

(Newser) - Bill Clinton's presidential library released 10,000 pages of documents yesterday touching on everything from the Monica Lewinsky scandal to Whitewater, but an early scan reveals no political bombshells, reports Politico and the AP . They do provide insights into West Wing thinking on a number of high-profile topics, however.... More »

Did White House Cover Up Prostitution Scandal Link?

Washington Post: Senior aides knew about team member's cavorting in Colombia

(Newser) - The Secret Service found itself under the microscope after reported agent sexcapades in Cartagena, Colombia, in 2012. But government documents and interviews unearthed by the Washington Post are now not only identifying a White House advance-team member who also allegedly took part in "after-hours" activities—they also appear to... More »

How a Secret Service Agent Talks to the President

Briefly, writes former agent describing life in the agency

(Newser) - With all the headlines about the Secret Service lately, one former agent takes to the pages of the Wall Street Journal to describe what it's actually like to guard an American president. Some highlights from the piece by Dan Emmett, who protected both Bushes as well as Bill Clinton:... More »

Pierson Wanted Secret Service 'More Like Disney': Staff

Ex-director ignored security advice, cut employees, 'WaPo' article says

(Newser) - Julia Pierson, the Secret Service director who resigned yesterday , was brought in a year and a half ago to solve the agency's problems in the wake of its various sex scandals and other issues. But her tenure—marred by recent accusations of the service's ineptitude in handling a... More »

Secret Service: White House Front Doors Now Lock Automatically

Julia Pierson hauled before Congress on security lapses

(Newser) - Today's Walk of Shame is brought to you by Julia Pierson, director of the bumbling Secret Service currently being grilled by frothing members of the House Oversight Committee on the not-inconsequential matter of how a heavily-armed Omar Gonzalez was able to get deep inside the White House . Calling the... More »

Fence-Jumper Got Deep Inside White House: Report

Omar Gonzalez overpowered guard, passed First Family's quarters

(Newser) - The fence-jumper who bolted across the White House lawn with a knife this month made it further than previously admitted—inside the building and within a stone's throw of the First Family's living quarters, the Washington Post reports. Insiders say former Army soldier Omar Gonzalez overpowered a Secret... More »

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