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WH on Trump Flouting NJ Quarantine: He's 'Not a Civilian'

President visiting NJ golf course this weekend, would normally have to quarantine for 14 days

(Newser) - New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey announced earlier this week that visitors from coronavirus "hot spot" states will need to self-quarantine for 14 days before going about their business, or they'll face a fine. One visitor to the latter state this weekend, however, has no plans on following... More »

Secret Service Boots Media From White House Grounds

Claims move was 'for their own safety' amid ongoing demonstrations

(Newser) - The Secret Service says it "misdirected" members of the White House press corps to immediately leave the White House grounds on Monday amid a demonstration in Lafayette Square. Two of the four journalists were from CNN , which describes the move as "highly unusual" since the press corps is... More »

White House Scales Back Coronavirus Precautions

Mandatory temperature checks have ended

(Newser) - The White House is scaling back some of its coronavirus precautions—although it will be a different story for anybody who will get close to the president or the vice president. White House spokesman Judd Deere said Monday that mandatory temperature checks for all visitors to the White House complex... More »

Trump Sues to Block John Bolton Book

Lawsuit seeks order to have copies already printed "retrieved and disposed of'

(Newser) - John Bolton's White House memoir has been printed and shipped to warehouses ahead of a scheduled June 23 release date—but the Trump administration doesn't want it to see the light of day. The administration filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to block the release of The Room Where ... More »

Biographer: Melania Stalled WH Arrival to Rework Prenup

Unauthorized bio by 'WaPo' journo Mary Jordan says first lady is more like Trump 'than it appears'

(Newser) - The "untold story" of Melania Trump is on the horizon, and the White House isn't happy. The Art of Her Deal , an unauthorized biography of the first lady by Washington Post journalist Mary Jordan, is out Tuesday, and the Post has a copy. In the nearly 300-page book... More »

1K Former Justice Staffers Want Barr's Role Investigated

Letter questions whether the attorney general gave the order to clear protesters

(Newser) - In a letter to the agency's inspector general, more than 1,250 former career employees and political appointees in the Justice Department have asked for an investigation of Attorney General William Barr's role in the clearing of protesters in Lafayette Square last week. The letter expressed concern over... More »

White House Fence Now Covered in Protest Art

It's become a canvas for George Floyd protesters

(Newser) - If the White House had deliberately planned to inspire a massive public art installation honoring the Black Lives Matter movement, it could hardly have done a better job. New fencing that went up around the White House complex last week has been festooned with signs and posters offering messages of... More »

Barr on Trump's Bunker Visit: 'Things Were So Bad'

AG says Secret Service recommended president go there for safety; Trump said it was for an 'inspection'

(Newser) - President Trump's retreat to the White House's underground bunker late last month as hundreds of protesters for George Floyd demonstrated outside earned derision from many and an excuse from Trump : He'd gone there just for a "tiny little short period of time," during the daytime,... More »

Report: Bolton Plans to Publish With or Without WH Approval

Tell-all memoir has been held up by White House for months

(Newser) - Former national security adviser John Bolton has apparently grown weary of waiting for the White House to approve his tell-all book about his time in the White House. Sources tell the Washington Post that Bolton plans to publish The Room Where It Happened on June 23 whether the White House... More »

Black Lives Matter Doesn't Like DC Mayor's Big Move

Local arm of group criticizes decision to rename street near the White House

(Newser) - About 4am Friday, artists and work crews started to paint a message on two blocks of 16th Street NW, a stretch that runs up to Lafayette Square and the White House. Just after 11, a worker put up a new street sign, and the cheering began, as Andra Day's... More »

DC Mayor Says White House Is Being 'Walled Off'

Secret Service says extra fencing will be in place until next week

(Newser) - The White House is being "walled off," according to Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser. Extra fencing was erected around the White House complex Thursday, adding to an 8-foot barrier that went up around the entrance to Lafayette Park earlier in the week and prompting jokes that President Trump... More »

Trump: I Was Only Inspecting That Bunker

President says he was there for a 'tiny little short period'

(Newser) - President Trump is disputing reports that he was rushed to an underground bunker as protests raged outside the White House Friday. The president told Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Radio that he only visited the bunker for a brief "inspection" during the day. "I went down during the... More »

Protesters Attack Fox News Reporter

Other media are encountering violence, too

(Newser) - A Fox News reporter was pummeled and chased by protesters who had gathered outside the White House early Saturday as part of nationwide unrest following the death of George Floyd, the AP reports. For several journalists across the country, the demonstrations were taking an ominous, dangerous turn. A television reporter... More »

Killer Mike Begs Atlanta Protesters: 'Fortify Your Own House'

It was a night of violent demonstrations in the US over the death of George Floyd

(Newser) - In what the Washington Post calls a night of "absolute chaos," protesters gathered around the US to express their outrage at the death of George Floyd , a black man who died earlier this week in Minneapolis after a now ex-police officer was seen on video kneeling on his... More »

The White House Bans Travel From Yet Another Country

Latin America's hardest-hit country makes the list

(Newser) - The White House on Sunday broadened its travel ban against countries hard-hit by the coronavirus by denying admission to foreigners who have been in Brazil during the two-week period before they hoped to enter the US, the AP reports. President Trump had already banned travel from the United Kingdom, Europe,... More »

Trump Orders West Wing Guests, Staff to Wear Masks

Memo says face covering required for entry

(Newser) - The White House is requiring everyone who enters the West Wing to wear a mask or face covering after coronavirus scares near President Trump. A memo sent to all staff outlined the new directive Monday after two staffers last week tested positive for COVID-19. The memo says: "We are... More »

Mike Pence Self-Isolates After Virus Gets Too Close

The VP is staying home at the US Naval Observatory

(Newser) - Now there's only one degree of separation. Mike Pence has begun self-isolating after his press secretary tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, three insiders tell Bloomberg . Seems the vice president skipped a Saturday meeting with President Trump and senior military officials, and went behind closed doors at home at... More »

A Personal Valet to Trump Tests Positive for COVID

White House says president, VP are still in the clear

(Newser) - A US Navy member who serves as one of President Trump's personal valets has tested positive for the coronavirus, reports CNN and Politico . The White House confirmed the diagnosis of a military member who works at the White House, though not that it was one of the president's... More »

Accusations Are Flying Between US and China

White House insists virus originated in Wuhan lab, and Beijing fires back

(Newser) - Relations between the US and China seem to be getting worse by the day, as Beijing pushes back against renewed White House insistence that the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is leading the White House charge, and he's taking the brunt of criticism... More »

McConnell, Pelosi: We 'Respectfully Decline' Offer From Trump

The Senate is returning to work Monday, while the House stays away

(Newser) - Weighing the risks, the Senate will reopen on Monday as the coronavirus crisis rages and the House stays shuttered, an approach that leaves Congress as divided as the nation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to convene 100 senators at the Capitol during a pandemic gives President Trump the... More »

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