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Wanted: New, 'Politically Correct' White House Fence

But competing agencies are slowing down the project

(Newser) - Think the White House needs a fence that's less amenable to jumpers? So does the Secret Service, which has had agents hurtling themselves at fences for months to see which is hardest to climb over, the New York Times reports. But the main issue holding up a better fence... More »

White House Florist's Exit Sprouts Rumors

Sources aren't buying Laura Dowling's apparent resignation

(Newser) - The White House may be a little less green than usual. In what appears to be a rather hush-hush staffing change, officials say head florist Laura Dowling has left her post and was escorted from the residence on Feb. 13. In a statement released through lawyers, Dowling says, "I... More »

Why Madonna Wishes She Were Married to Jay Z

Because then maybe she'd finally score a White House invite

(Newser) - Madonna seems pretty happy with herself, for the most part—but it sounds like there's at least one reason she might be jealous of Beyonce. She recently admitted in Us Weekly 's "25 Things You Don't Know About Me" that the person she most wants to... More »

No Charges for White House Drone Pilot

Spy agency hasn't punished him for crash

(Newser) - Sounds like spy agency worker Shawn Usman has some very understanding bosses: Federal authorities have decided not to pursue charges against the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency employee for crashing a drone on the White House grounds while off-duty and intoxicated earlier this year, and the NGA says it has taken no... More »

'Cyanide Letter' Sent to White House

It was caught by off-site screeners

(Newser) - An envelope addressed to the White House and apparently containing cyanide was caught by off-site screeners before it got anywhere near the president, the Secret Service says. A spokesman says the package initially tested negative for the poison after it was received at the White House Mail Screening Facility on... More »

Let's Build $8M Fake White House: Secret Service

Agency wants mansion facsimile to serve as training grounds for recruits

(Newser) - Stung by breach after breach after breach after gaffe at the White House, the Secret Service is asking Congress for $8 million—so it can build another White House. New Director Joseph Clancy will today ask the House Appropriations Committee for $8 million to construct a detailed replica of the... More »

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 »

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