WASHINGTON • A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat.
It was unclear whether their daughters, Sasha and Malia, were at home at the time of the incident with their grandmother, Marian Robinson, who also lives at the White House. The White House had said before the president’s trip that the daughters would remain in Washington so not to miss school.
WASHINGTON — The White House Thursday defended its review of allegations that a volunteer with the president’s advance team spent a night with a prostitute in Colombia during preparations for a 2012 summit.
A White House spokesman, Eric Schultz, said that former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler reviewed the events in “an impressive, thoughtful and thorough way” and found no wrongdoing by the volunteer. She “looked at these allegations and found there was nothing to them,” he said.
President Obama came out swinging today and issued a Stern Warning to Russia on Isolation in response to the crash of MH17. Barack Obama has warned Russia it risks further international isolation if it does not intervene directly with the pro-Russian separatist rebels to "compel them to co-operate" with the investigation into the crash of MH17.
WASHINGTON — The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama’s arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel.
The three agents were benched Sunday for “disciplinary reasons,” said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, declining to elaborate. Donovan said the incident was prior to Obama’s arrival Monday in the country and did not compromise the president’s security in any way.
Two U.S. Secret Service officers are under investigation and have been removed from President Barack Obama’s detail following allegations of misconduct, according to The Washington Post.
The allegations do not appear to involve a direct breach of Obama’s security, but rather sexually-related misconduct, recalling previous scandals that have cast a spotlight on the service and its traditionally male-dominated culture.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama made clear Friday that he has no intention of stopping the daily collection of phone records from millions of Americans, but his administration promised more oversight of how such programs are carried out.
Obama held a news conference to try to quell anger over a spying program that has been kept secret for years and that the administration falsely denied ever existed.
TORONTO — A dropped word forced Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to hold a second, secret swearing-in ceremony as the new minister of agriculture and food.
Wynne had promised to appoint herself as minister of agriculture when she and her new cabinet were sworn in on Feb. 11, but she apparently forgot part of the ministry name at the ceremony.
It used to be Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, but Wynne split rural affairs into it’s own ministry while she took an oath to be minister of agriculture, leaving out the word “food.”