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White House reporter tests positive for coronavirus

This is an email sent by White House Correspondents’ Association President Jonathan Karl of ABC News to the WHCA members: Dear colleagues, The WHCA has been informed that a member of the press corps has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual attended briefings on Monday 7/6 and Wednesday 7/8 afternoons and wore a mask the entire time they were on the White House complex. The

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Protestors plan massive show of force at White House Saturday

President Trump was going to go to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jerseys this weekend. Instead, he’ll stand his ground at the White House, where huge numbers of protestors are planning amass Saturday. According to the Washington Examiner: Demonstrators are expected to swell the area around the White House Saturday, placing President Trump and the White House under siege and testing his law-and-order message.

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Video || Protests and Fires Near the White House

Protestors were kept a block away from the White House Sunday night, forced to rampage on the other side of Lafayette Park from the building. So, the geniuses decided to light a couple of fires, burning a church and a restroom. In the first video, you see the restroom in the park aflame, as well as a small bonfire. The second includes video of the

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White House Memo to Staff: Wear Masks When Entering West Wing

The White House is directing staffers to wear masks of facial covering when entering the West Wing, though they can take them off at their desks. President Trump is not covered by the order. He enters the West Wing by exiting the residence and ambling down the collonade to the Oval Office. Two White House aides have recently tested positive for the coronavirus: A valet

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White House Unsuccessfully Tries to Remove CNN From Front Row of Briefing

According to the White House pool reporter, who today was Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade: Earlier today before the briefing, a White House official instructed the print pooler to take CNN’s seat in the briefing room because the seating would be swapped for the briefing. Given the seating assignment is under the jurisdiction of the White House Correspondents’ Association, not the White House, pooler

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Video || White House Press Corps Gets Its Temperature Checked

This all looks very scientific. Meantime, White House reporters are attempting to stay away from each other with a new get-out-of-my-face social distancing seating chart that has eliminate seats for about half the new organization’s that had one. The top part is the front row.

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White House Briefly Evacuated for a “Fire Drill”

The alarms went off as the House Judiciary Committee considers impeachment. I suspect it was an accident. Never heard of a fire drill at the WH before. Here is some video of the press pretending to be calm while exiting the building. They didn’t know it was a drill, or an error.

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Video || White House Goes on Lockdown for 30 Minutes

A small plane violated the local airspace Tuesday morning, and the White House was out on lockdown. I wasn’t there, but during the first moments of such a thing, there’s usually confusion about what is happening, and it can be a little scary. Sometimes the lack of information can persist for quite a while. President Trump and Mrs. Trump are at the White House. Not

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Press Secretary: No Plans to Bring the Briefings Back

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Monday said the White House has no plans to bring back the daily briefing. “Ultimately, if the president decides that it’s something we should do, we can. Right now, he’s doing just fine,” Grisham said. “To be honest, the briefings had become a lot of theater.” She noted the benefit accruing to the reporters. “They are writing books now.

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The Mooch “Abused Staff” and Accused Two of Having an Affair

Anthony Scaramucci sees himself as miraculously transformed from 100 percent pork to completely kosher. I guess President Trump has stopped taking his phone calls, because he is now trying to ingratiate himself with the anti-Trump crowd by claiming to suddenly be appalled by the president. Of course, The Mooch does what’s good for The Mooch. A new piece in the Washington Examiner describes some of

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White House Press Room Floods During DC Storm

I doubt most of you will be chagrined to hear this. There was a sudden torrential rain in Washington, and the basement section of the White House press room flooded. This is neither unusual nor surprising. Remember, the White House is, in the end, just another federal building. I like how it is characterized as “White House basement” flooding. The reporters only know about the

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