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Situation Room Receives New Look, New Technology

Complex under White House West Wing has $50M upgrade

(Newser) - The White House Situation Room—a space of mystique and secrecy—just got a $50 million facelift. Actually, "room" is a misnomer, writes Colleen Long for the AP . It's a 5,500-square-foot, highly secure complex of conference rooms and offices on the ground floor of the West Wing....

Secret Service: We Can't Solve the Cocaine Mystery

Agency closes its investigation into the West Wing discovery

(Newser) - Whoever brought cocaine to the White House appears to be off the hook. The Secret Service said Thursday it has closed its investigation into the unusual case without discovering any answers, reports USA Today . A small plastic baggie of cocaine was found in a West Wing lobby on July 2,...

Biden Concedes a 'Very Difficult Decision' on Ukraine

President says it took him 'a while to be convinced' to send controversial cluster bombs to help with war

(Newser) - The Biden administration is on the defense after announcing it will send controversial cluster bombs to Ukraine to help in that nation's counteroffensive against Russia. On Friday, President Biden conceded to Fareed Zakaria on CNN that it was a "very difficult decision" to approve the transfer of cluster...

Report: There's Little Hope of Finding WH Cocaine Culprit

Sources say drug was found in busy area near West Wing entrance

(Newser) - A lab test has confirmed that the white powder found at the White House on Sunday was definitely cocaine, sources tell outlets including NBC News and the Washington Post . The Post's sources say the drug was found on the ground floor of the White House, in the area where...

Cocaine May Have Been Found in the White House

Discovery by Secret Service prompted a brief evacuation over the weekend

(Newser) - A strange thing happened last weekend: The White House was briefly evacuated on Sunday evening after the Secret Service discovered what it would describe only as an "unknown object," reports Fox News . Now the Washington Post appears to have discovered what the "unknown object" was: cocaine. Authorities...

Trans Activist Who Bared Breasts at WH Has a Message

Rose Montoya says sorry for topless stunt at Pride Month event, blames it on 'overwhelming trans joy'

(Newser) - A transgender activist who went topless during a White House Pride Month celebration last weekend, then showed it to the world via video, is now offering her mea culpa. "Today, I need to apologize," Rose Montoya said in a video posted Friday to Twitter , referencing the footage from...

'You Are Loved,' Biden Tells Pride Gathering
Biden Hosts Pride Celebration

Biden Hosts Pride Celebration

At White House, many say state legislation brings home urgency of securing rights

(Newser) - President Biden welcomed hundreds to the White House on Saturday for a Pride Month celebration aimed at showing LGBTQ+ people that his administration has their back at a time when advocates are warning of a spike in discriminatory legislation , particularly aimed at the transgender community, sweeping through statehouses. The event,...

Prosecutors: White House Crash Suspect Not a US Citizen

Missouri teen allegedly told investigators he wanted to seize power, admired Nazis

(Newser) - The Missouri resident who allegedly crashed a U-Haul into barriers near the White House Monday night and said he wanted to overthrow the government isn't an American citizen, a prosecutor disclosed during an initial court appearance Wednesday. The prosecutor also said 19-year-old Sai Varshith Kandula isn't a lawful...

Suspect in White House Truck Crash Is Missouri Teen

Sources say Sai Varshith Kandula told officers he wanted to kill Biden, seize power

(Newser) - The man charged with threatening to kill the president after crashing a U-Haul into barriers near the White House Monday night has been identified as a 19-year-old Missouri resident. Law enforcement sources tell ABC that Sai Varshith Kandula told officers that he planned to kill President Biden and seize control...

U-Haul With Nazi Flag Crashes Into Barriers Near White House

Man is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, threatening a president or VP

(Newser) - A man has been charged with threatening the president after a U-Haul truck crashed into security barriers across the street from the White House late Monday. Investigators believe the driver intentionally struck the barriers on the north side of Lafayette Square just before 10pm. A witness tells NBC Washington that...

Muslim Mayor Turned Away by WH: 'My Crime Is My Name'

New Jersey's Mohamed Khairullah, spurned from Eid event, says he's on a 'secret list'

(Newser) - A New Jersey mayor is seeking answers as to why he was invited, then turned away from an Eid celebration at the White House, and he's alleging it's because his name was on the wrong list. At a Tuesday press conference , Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah says he...

Yoon Suk Yeol Surprises WH Guests, Sings 'American Pie'

President Biden then presented South Korean president with guitar signed by Don McLean

(Newser) - South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife, Kim Keon Hee, were the guests of honor at the White House on Wednesday, and the evening was capped with show tune performances by Broadway stars. But Yoon himself was part of the night's entertainment, after the commissioned singers sang...

Toddler Sneaks Through Gap in White House Fence
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Intruder Is a Tot

This White House Intruder Is a Tot

Boy, who snuck through 5.5-inch-wide gap in fence, was returned to his parents

(Newser) - A toddler on Tuesday earned the title of one of the tiniest White House intruders after he squeezed through the metal fencing on the north side of the executive mansion, the AP reports. US Secret Service Uniformed Division officers walked across the North Lawn to retrieve the tot and reunite...

After Jill Biden Brouhaha, LSU's Reese Rethinks White House Visit

NCAA women's basketball champ says she's a 'team player,' will go to DC

(Newser) - Pretty much nobody applauded Jill Biden's idea to host both the winning team and the losing team of this year's NCAA women's basketball championship at the White House— including the star player for Iowa , the team that lost to LSU. On Tuesday, Biden's press secretary...

Ted Lasso Cast Joins WH Presser, Faces a Heckler

Simon Ateba of Today News Africa goes after press secretary Jean-Pierre in testy exchange

(Newser) - On Sunday evening, President Biden tweeted a photo taped over the entrance to the Oval Office, reading simply: "Believe." It was a cute signal of what was to come Monday: the cast of the Apple TV+ show Ted Lasso converging upon the White House to help the Biden...

Biden Hosts Screening of Till
Biden Hosts Screening of Till

Biden Hosts Screening of Till

President addresses countering hate to audience

(Newser) - President Biden on Thursday hosted a screening of the movie Till, a wrenching new drama about the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till, who was brutally killed after a white woman said the Black 14-year-old had made advances toward her. "History matters," Biden said in brief remarks before the...

Greg Abbott Slammed After Migrants Dropped Off in DC

Prominent Dems, WH blast 'shameful stunt'; Texas governor still hasn't confirmed he sent buses

(Newser) - The White House and prominent Democrats are blasting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after three busloads of migrants were dropped off in frigid weather on Christmas Eve outside of Vice President Kamala Harris' DC home. "Governor Abbott abandoned children on the side of the road in below freezing temperatures on...

Fauci: Trump's White House Did Oppo Research on Me

Doctor tells David Axelrod he faced 'outright hostility' from that administration over COVID

(Newser) - Dr. Anthony Fauci has become an unwilling headline-maker once again after being targeted earlier this week by Twitter owner Elon Musk, whom Fauci said he generally tries to ignore. "I don't respond to him," Fauci told CNN commentator David Axelrod in a snippet of a podcast aired...

Biden Pardons Turkeys, Jokes About 'Red Wave'

'There's been no fowl play'

(Newser) - If a president could be impeached for corny jokes, House Republicans would have been taking a lot of notes at the turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House on Monday, the second of Joe Biden's presidency. "The votes are in. They’ve been counted and verified. There's...

Bidens Host All-Day Wedding Celebration

Naomi Biden and Peter Neal marry on South Lawn on a cold day

(Newser) - Naomi Biden and Peter Neal married in a private ceremony in a public place on Saturday morning. Biden, 28, became the first grandchild of a sitting president to marry at the White House, in a South Lawn ceremony attended by President Biden and first lady Jill Biden. The wedding kicked...

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