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White House Intruder Made It Much Farther Than Previously Thought



A White House intruder made it much deeper into the White House than officials previously revealed earlier this month, according to a new report.

The man, officials said on Sept. 20, was apprehended just inside the North Portico doors. But a Washington Post report, which cites three people familiar with the breach, states that the intruder — who the Secret Service identified as Omar J. Gonzalez, 42, of Copperas Cove, Texas — overpowered a Secret Service agent and ran through much of the main…

Economic Benefits of Preventing Global Warming Open New Front in Debate



Opponents of climate change action have long relied on two main rhetorical weapons. The first one, which has been in use since the 1980s, is to argue the the science linking human activities to global warming is uncertain or flawed. But with polls showing the American public unpersuaded by this argument, many opponents have focused more on the assumption that tackling climate change will be too costly

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, for example, has opposed the Obama administration’s climate…

At U.N., Obama Warns Leaders to ‘Sprint’ Into Gear to Fight Ebola Outbreak



President Obama delivered a stark warning to world leaders that there is a high risk that the Ebola virus will continue to ravage West Africa unless more actions are taken soon to slow and stop the outbreak

Speaking at a special high-level U.N. meeting on Thursday concerning the largest Ebola outbreak in history, Obama said that how the world responds in the next several weeks will make the difference between having 10,000 to 30,000 deaths in West Africa and up to a million fatalities from…

Obama Just Created the World’s Largest Marine Reserve



U.S. President Barack Obama took a historic step on Thursday by dramatically expanding an area of the Pacific Ocean that is off limits to fishing and other marine resources development, such as deep-sea mining.

By adding to the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, which was established under former U.S. President George W. Bush in 2009, Obama is expanding it to six times its existing size. This protects an additional 490,000 square miles of ocean waters in and around…

Obama to U.N.: America’s "Promise Can Help Light the World"



President Barack Obama addressed a wide range of topics at the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, covering everything from extremism in Iraq and Syria to the ebola outbreak in west Africa

He laid out a choice for his fellow delegates. They could choose, Obama said, either to “renew the international system that has enabled so much progress, or allow ourselves to be pulled back by an undertow of instability.”

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White House Fence Jumper Had 800 Rounds of Ammo



Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition, a machete and two hatchets in the car belonging to the man who allegedly jumped the White House fence, a federal prosecutor said Monday.

The intruder, Omar J. Gonzalez, managed to jump over the north fence of the White House on Friday and escaped capture until he was inside the North Portico entrance of the presidential mansion

The event led to a rare evacuation of much of the White House. Obama and his family were headed to Camp David…

ISIS Continues Propaganda Campaign With 55-Minute ‘Flames of War’ Video



Two days after releasing an explosion-ridden 2-minute trailer, the Islamic State, released the full-length propaganda video titled “Flames of War” on Friday. (The militant group is also known as ISIS or ISIL.)

The 55-minute video is narrated in English by someone with what sounds like a North American accent and shows a series of scenes from ISIS battles in Syria and Iraq, as well as recordings of speeches by Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. The video looks to be mostly a…

Jon Hamm, Other Celebs Step Up in White House PSA to Stop Sexual Assault



The White House’s new campaign to stop sexual assault and rape reaches out to everyone.

Celebrities including Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington, Questlove and others appear in the “It’s On Us” campaign, urging others to step up to help put an end to sexual assault rape culture as a whole

To learn more about the campaign or to get involved, you can visit ItsOnUs.org.

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Arab States Reportedly Offer to Conduct Airstrikes in Battle Against ISIS



Several unnamed Arab countries are willing to conduct airstrikes against the Islamic State in conjunction with the United States, Britain and other countries, according to a report published Sunday.

The addition of Arab military support to the coalition would be a major boost for the Obama administration’s efforts to form a wide coalition, and to convince Arab states that it is in their best interest to fight against the extremist group that now controls a swath of Syrian and Iraqi territory…

34 Million Tuned in for Obama’s Speech on ISIS



President Barack Obama’s speech Wednesday night about the U.S. plan to combat the Islamic State, a group that gained notoriety after the brutal murder of two journalists, drew 34 million viewers, according to numbers released by Nielsen

That figure is slightly higher than the 33.3 million people who tuned in for the President’s State of the Union back in January, which at the time was the lowest-rated State of the Union since President Clinton’s final address in 2000.

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