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Ignoring warnings, White House planning indoor holiday parties

Washington - The White House is planning to host a Thanksgiving reception and other holiday parties - despite warnings from public health officials, and against the advice of its own advisers, even as COVID-19 cases surge across the U.S.

Op-Ed: Will swearing-in of Barrett be another super-spreader event?

Washington - The White House plans to host a swearing-in ceremony for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Monday night following her expected confirmation, despite a similar event in September becoming a super-spreader event for the coronavirus.

White House kills CDC mask mandate — and the cases keep rising

Last month, the White House blocked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from implementing a rule mandating all passengers and employees to wear face coverings on public and commercial transportation.

White House accused of using 'Deliberate misinformation campaign'

Top White House officials, including the coordinator of the coronavirus task force, pressured leaders at the CDC to downplay the risks of sending children back to school in the midst of a pandemic to support President Donald Trump's stance on the virus.

Several White House staff test positive for coronavirus

Washington - Less than one day after the ceremony marking the historic deals with the UAE, Bahrain and Israel, several White House employees tested positive for coronavirus, However, the Trump administration has declined to discuss the situation.

Op-Ed: Why is the White House no longer the 'People's House'

Washington - Trump must be scared. The "People's House" is now fortified to keep the public out. Workers erected a perimeter of tall metal fencing early Thursday around the White House complex. Uniformed troops and police in riot gear man the perimeter.

Amy Klobuchar ends her presidential bid for the White House

On March 2, it was announced that Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar has ended her presidential bid for the White House. She was endorsed by the "New York Times" along with Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Pete Buttigieg suspends his presidential bid for the White House

Pete Buttigieg made history in becoming the first gay candidate to run for the presidential office. On March 1, it was announced that he is ending his bid for the White House.

White House slashes number of refugees allowed into U.S.

Washington - Like a bolt out of the blue, the Trump administration announced on Monday it is cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000 - despite calls from global humanitarian groups that this year’s cap of 45,000 was too low.

Stephen Harper making 'secret' visit to White House next week

An interesting development has come to light - Former prime minister Stephen Harper of Canada is planning a trip to the White House next week, and hasn’t notified the current Canadian government of his visit.

Interview: Ross Nodurft, former White House Cyber Chief Special

Ross Nodurft, former Chief of the Cyber and National Security team in the White House OMB has taken up a new role as Vice President of Risk Management at OWI. He talks with Digital Journal about cybersecurity and related subjects.

Puerto Rico scraps $300 million contract with Whitefish Energy

San Juan - A lucrative contract between Whitefish Energy Holdings and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) to restore power to the island has been scrapped after the deal came under scrutiny by FEMA, Congress, and the White House.

Interview: Joe Stuntz on cybersecurity and One World Identity Special

Joe Stuntz was most recently the Policy Lead for the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Cyber and National Security unit, now he works with One World Identity. We spoke with Stuntz about cybersecurity threats and solutions.

Op-Ed: Trump White House refused to recognize LGBT Pride Month

Unofficially, June is recognized as LGBT Pride Month in the United States and around the world. However, President Trump broke with a tradition honored by two of his previous predecessors by ignoring a whole segment of American society - And that matters.

The White House wants your opinion on which departments to axe

Washington - If you have your own ideas on which federal departments, commissions or agencies you would like to see axed or combined with other federal entities, you now have a chance to express your views. The White House has an opinion poll out.

Leader of anti-Muslim 'hate group' welcomed at White House

Washington - The White House welcomed a woman described as America's most prominent anti-Muslim activist on Tuesday for a meeting she described as "very productive."

Op-Ed: A Melancholy Valentine for Mike Flynn

Trump's press conference late in the week did little to answer any questions surrounding Russia’s connections to the White House, so we asked the unexpectedly idle Michael Flynn for his thoughts.

Uber's CEO and Trump apparently had a disastrous phone call

"Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that," Kalanick wrote in the memo, which was obtained by Business Insider.

Op-Ed: Sean Spicer's Skype journalists — democracy or media death?

This week, amid many controversial, and often adversarial, moments, Trump’s new press secretary Sean Spicer unveiled plans to allow journalists ‘Skype seats’ at daily press briefings.

Google’s Project Wing drone given White House boost

Washington D.c. - The development of drones received a boost this week when the U.S. government took steps to fast-track the development of civil and commercial applications for drones. This included giving the go-ahead to Google’s Project Wing.

Op-Ed: No surprise that some Dems tried to derail Sanders bid

Washington - Does it really come as a surprise to anyone that establishment Democrats tried to derail the upstart presidential primary campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Ver.)?

Op-Ed: Book says Secret Service consider Hilary Clinton 'a punishment' Special

While it may seem as a rehashing of his book, "In The President's Secret Service" investigative reporter Ronald Kessler's 2014 book "The First Family Detail" describes former First Lady Hilary Clinton as "a punishment" to work with for the Secret Service.

Bipartisan data initiative to reduce U.S. prison population

The Obama Administration is looking to lower the prison population through innovative data management. The Data-Driven Justice Initiative (DDJ) was announced on June 30, and will work to divert low level prisoners out of the prison system.

U.S. expected to raise South China Sea issues in talks with China

Beijing - U.S. diplomats are expected to voice concerns about a suspected military expansion in the South China Sea at high-level talks this week in Washington, D.C.

U.S. proposes spending $4 billion on driverless car technology

The U.S. government is sticking its neck out and officially giving driverless car technology a great big vote of confidence. The Obama administration is proposing that $3.9 billion be spent to accelerate acceptance of self-driving cars.

Congress passes bill requiring childproof liquid nicotine bottles

Washington - It's called the Child Nicotine Poisoning Prevention Act, and it's intended to keep kids safer by making it more difficult for sticky little fingers to get into yummy-looking but highly toxic liquid nicotine. Congress passed the measure on Monday.

Man who jumped over White House fence left a suicide note behind

Washington - A man who jumped over the fence at the White House on Thanksgiving left a suicide note in which he told his mom she may not see him again. He also included a reference to "Star Wars."

U.S. Office of Personnel Management hack 'much bigger'

Washington - A recent computer hack, targeting the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, was worse than previously reported, with millions of fingerprint records taken.

Laughter at the White House as Siri interrupts press conference

Siri interrupted a press conference at the White House earlier today by unexpectedly bursting into a questioning session and saying "I'm not sure what you want me to change." The incident, captured on video, completely destroyed the formal atmosphere.

Iron Chef contestant's body found near trail

Taos Ski Valley - The body of missing former White House chef, Walter Scheib, was discovered near a hiking trail in New Mexico late Sunday evening.
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The White House has released the recipes for two of the beers brewed on site. "With public excitement about White House beer fermenting such a buzz, we decided we better hop right to it," chef Sam Kass wrote on the White House blog
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President Obama listens, during a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House
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US President Barack Obama writing a speech
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Obama supporters celebrate outside of White House on Nov. 6th, 2012 after Obama's victory is announced.
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Helen Thomas with President Barack Obama, who presented cupcakes with a candle to Hearst White House columnist in honor of her birthday in the James Brady Briefing Room, on Aug. 4, 2009
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Obama supporters celebrate outside of White House on Nov. 6th, 2012 after Obama's victory is announced.
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"David Lienemann captured the filming of a scene for the White House Correspondents Dinner with the real Vice President and the TV Vice President, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, near the gate at the Naval Observatory Residence in Washington, D.C." (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
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Obama supporters celebrate outside of White House on Nov. 6th, 2012 after Obama's victory is announced.
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"Despite the haphazard framing, I love the expressions on the President and one-year-old Lincoln Rose Smith as she learns to walk in the Oval Office. This moment happened when former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith and her family stopped by for a departure greet and photograph with the President." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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President Obama makes a statement to the press before a meeting with members of Congress on the situation in Syria (September 03, 2013)
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OUCH: A nurse vaccinates U.S. President Barack Obama against the H1N1 flu at the White House in 2009.
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Obama supporters celebrate outside of White House on Nov. 6th, 2012 after Obama's victory is announced.
 This was a photograph that went viral when we posted it on Flickr. Lawrence Jackson captured a youn...
"This was a photograph that went viral when we posted it on Flickr. Lawrence Jackson captured a young boy face-planting himself onto the sofa in the Oval Office as the President greeting his parents — a departing United States Secret Service agent and his wife." (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
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Obama supporters celebrate outside of White House on Nov. 6th, 2012 after Obama's victory is announced.
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President Obama, President Medvedev and President Klaus at Prague Castle
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Spontaneous celebration erupts in the dark on Pennsylvania Avenue following the announcement that Osama Bin Laden is dead. May 2 2011.
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President Barack Obama talks with senior advisors in the Oval Office
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President Barack Obama meets with National Security Advisors
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President Barack Obama meets with Lt. Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the U.S. Commander for Afghanistan, in the Oval Office
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