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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.

One detained after gyrocopter lands at the U.S. Capitol

The U.S. capitol remains of high alert after a small gyrocopter lands outside the west end of the Capitol building. The pilot has been detained at this time.

Google Maps shows Edward Snowden hiding in the White House

A clever prank on Google Maps has led to it appearing as though Edward Snowden is hiding out in the White House. Web users quickly noticed and began leaving comments on the location including "great source of classified information."

Russia hacked the White House, accessed the President's schedule

The same Russian hackers that recently damaged the State Department hacked into sensitive parts of the White House managed to access information including details of the president's schedule, according to a new report.

Op-Ed: Anti-gay law — Keith Olbermann asks NFL, NCAA to boycott Indiana

Indianapolis - ESPN's Keith Olbermann has requested that the National College Athletic Association and the National Football League boycott Indiana until a controversial new law that allows businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples is repealed.

Op-Ed: Why aren’t Islamic State terrorists Islamic terrorists?

The White House Summit on Combating Violent Extremism ended last week with much politically correct discussion, but no definite plan on how to combat violent extremism, and certainly no willingness to define it.

Artist Jun Aquino praises Pacquiao for promoting his artworks

Rising Filipino artist Jun Aquino praised Congressman Manny Pacquiao for choosing his boxing-inspired artwork as gift to US President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Washington, DC on the occasion of the 63rd annual US National Prayer Breakfast.

Unmanned drone recovered from White House grounds

Washington, D. C. - A drone aircraft found on the grounds of the White House in Washington, D.C., prompted new concerns Monday about the quality of protection offered to U.S. President Barack Obama and his family.

Small drone flies onto White House grounds and lands in the night

What the Secret Service describes as a small drone flew in from somewhere and landed on the White House lawns early today. The origin of the device is unknown but officials are looking to determine where it came from and may already have a suspect.
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