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Driver Pleads Guilty in White House Crash

Sai Varshith Kandula, who brought a Nazi flag, faces 10 years in prison

(Newser) - A Missouri man who crashed a rental truck into White House barriers and showed a Nazi flag before his arrest last year pleaded guilty on Monday to damaging government property, court records show. Sai Varshith Kandula, 20, drove a U-Haul truck onto a sidewalk, sending pedestrians running for safety, before...

Driver Dies After Crashing Into White House Barrier

Police say it looks like an an accident, not terrorism

(Newser) - A driver died after a vehicle crashed into an outer perimeter gate of the White House complex Saturday night—but police say the incident is being investigated as a traffic crash, not terrorism. President Biden was spending the weekend in Delaware, and the Secret Service said there was no threat...

Biden's Strolls to Marine One Are a Bit Different These Days
Biden's Strolls to
Marine One Are
a Bit Different
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Biden's Strolls to Marine One Are a Bit Different These Days

Axios reports president now walks on South Lawn with aides around him, to distract from his gait

(Newser) - Conservative outlets closely follow President Biden's every move , seeking signs to show the commander in chief's age in a negative light. There now seems to be a new strategy by the Biden camp for dealing with that: Don't let him walk to Marine One alone. The president...

Biden: Support for Japan, Philippines Is 'Ironclad'

China's actions at sea have caused growing concern

(Newser) - President Biden reinforced the US defense commitment to Pacific allies on Thursday as he gathered Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the White House. The meeting took place against a backdrop of growing concern about provocative Chinese military action in the Indo-Pacific, the AP...

Muslim Leaders Aren't Having White House's Ramadan Invite

Reps from Muslim community turn iftar dinner down, choose policy talk over Israel's war in Gaza

(Newser) - Muslim leaders met Tuesday evening with President Biden and Vice President Harris, but it wasn't the event that the White House had originally planned. The Washington Post reports that a half-dozen or so representatives from the Muslim community were originally invited for an iftar dinner, the meal that Muslims...

Get Ready to Set Your Clocks for Moon Time

White House instructs NASA to figure out a unified standard of time to aid future missions

(Newser) - In the future, we'll have Earth time and we'll have Moon time. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on Tuesday directed NASA to establish what it called Coordinated Lunar Time (LTC), "a unified standard of time for the moon and other celestial bodies"...

Latest Swatting Victim: the White House

DC Fire spokesperson says fake call was in 'same spirit' as recent 'swatting' incidents

(Newser) - A fake 911 call that the White House was on fire sent emergency vehicles to the complex Monday morning, when President Biden and his family were at Camp David. Fire engines and other emergency vehicles responded to a report just after 7am that the White House was ablaze and a...

Ex-Pentagon Chief Panetta on Austin Incident: 'Serious Risk'

Defense secretary's secrecy over hospitalization, subject of a formal inquiry, remains in the spotlight

(Newser) - Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is continuing to work from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on what's now the 11th day of his current hospitalization. Meanwhile, a storm continues to brew over the failure of the secretary, second in the line of military command, to notify officials that he...

White House Seeks to Prevent Repeat of Austin Situation

Chief of staff is reviewing procedures connected to delegation of duties

(Newser) - The White House doesn't want to have another situation where the president is unaware for days that the defense secretary or another Cabinet member is unable to perform their duties. In a memo Tuesday, White House chief of staff Jeff Zients asked all Cabinet secretaries to "submit your...

Jill Biden Unveils White House Holiday Look
Jill Biden Unveils
White House Holiday Look

Jill Biden Unveils White House Holiday Look

First lady wants visitors to see the decorations as a child does

(Newser) - Step inside the White House during the holidays by walking beneath the branches of a Christmas tree. Stroll along a hallway decorated with oversize holiday candy and other sweets. See Santa's sleigh and his eight reindeer suspended above the grand foyer in dramatic fashion. First lady Jill Biden wants...

First Dog, Commander, Gets in Even More Hot Water

Sources allege more biting incidents have taken place, and he's currently not at White House

(Newser) - The White House recently acknowledged that "first dog" Commander bit 11 Secret Service officers since October of last year, but sources tell CNN the German shepherd has actually bit many more people than that, including executive residence staff and other White House employees. At least one bite required hospital...

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...

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