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Obama: Syria Airstrikes on ISIS 'Not America's Fight Alone'


The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama said Tuesday morning that airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria is "not America's fight alone," thanking other Arab nations for their help in Monday's military operation."America's proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security," he said from the grounds of the White House.Obama also touted the bipartisan support he has gathered for the airstrikes from both Republicans and Democrats."America is always stro

White House Adds Second Fence Following Intrusion


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of Friday’s fence-jumping incident, the White House is stepping up security with one of the most basic defenses in its toolkit: a second, shorter fence in front of the existing one.The new portable fence is about waist high and appears to be linked together with plastic ties.The permanent fence, the only physical barrier in place until Tuesday, stands about eight-feet tall.The new double barricade comes just four days after an Army veteran scale

Obama Addresses Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets in Syria


The White House(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama said Tuesday morning that airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria is "not America's fight alone," thanking other Arab nations for their help in Monday's military operation."America's proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security," he said from the grounds of the White House.Obama also touted the bipartisan support he has gathered for the airstrikes from both Republicans and Democrats."America is always stro

UN General Assembly: Five President Obama Handshakes to Watch


DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama arrives at the United Nations headquarters Tuesday for a whirlwind three days of meetings, forums, receptions and lots, and lots of handshakes.Representatives of more than 193 states will attend the U.N. General Assembly, including more than 120 presidents and prime ministers. Here are five to pay attention to if and when they shake hands with Obama.1. IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANITo shake, or not to shake? That’s the question aid

Obama Alerts Leading Supporters on Capitol Hill of ISIS Airstrikes in Syria


Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is getting regular updates on the operation against ISIS targets inside Syria, which began earlier Monday night, according to a senior White House official.The president also phoned House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to brief them on the missile strikes and bombing.Congress is in recess, with members scattered across the world on trips and back in their districts. But the president began reaching out

The Worst White House Security Breaches of All Time


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- After Omar Gonzalez of Texas scaled the north fence and entered the White House Friday, the Secret Service immediately began clamping down on security protocols.But this is hardly the first time an intruder has managed to gain access to the White House grounds, one of the most historic and seemingly secure places in the world.Here's a look back at some of the most egregious breaches at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:July 1976: Chester PlummerArmed with a 3-foot-long me

'Kissing Congressman' - and His Wife - Ask Louisiana Voters to Forgive


mcallister.house.gov(WASHINGTON) -- "Kissing congressman" Rep. Vance McAllister is back, and this time, he's with his wife.McAllister, the Louisiana Republican who was caught on surveillance video passionately kissing a married woman on his staff, released a new TV commercial Monday. His wife, Kelly McAllister, is looking into his eyes, praising his character as she says: "I'm blessed to have a husband who owns up to his mistakes."The McAllisters' marriage was thrust into the spotlight in April

Holder Announces Grants to Prevent Deadly Domestic Violence


Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In the midst of high-profile domestic violence scandals, including that of ex-Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice, Attorney General Eric Holder has announced grants totalling $2.6 million to go towards preventing deadly domestic violence.The pilot program will be implemented at four sites in the U.S. to help identify people so violent they could kill their partner. The goal of the program is to anticipate lethal behavior and stop it.In a video message, Ho

Elizabeth Warren Rouses Emily's List, But They Talk About Hillary


warren.senate.gov(NEW YORK) -- Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren lit up a crowd of Democratic activists and donors Monday, speaking at a fundraiser for a powerful group that backs women candidates, just across town at the same time Hillary Clinton kicked off the Clinton Foundation's annual Clinton Global Initiative conference.Warren received two standing ovations from the group of women at Emily's List, but it was clear Clinton was on their mind."This is an exciting time and we at Emily's List

White House Fence Jumper Had 800 Rounds of Ammo in Car


New River Valley Regional Jail(WASHINGTON) -- White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez had more than 800 rounds of ammo in his car plus two hatchets and a machete, prosecutors said Monday as Virginia authorities revealed the Army veteran was arrested last July and charged with possession of a sawed-off shot gun and eluding police in Wythe County, Virginia.Police also found "several assault rifles" in the vehicle at the time of his July arrest, according to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News

Donald Trump Twitter Gaffe Sends Sen. Mitch McConnell to House


Robin Marchant/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Donald Trump has never been shy when it comes to backing Republican politicians.The businessman took to his Twitter account on Monday to call Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Grimes a “rookie,” while he voiced his support for Republican incumbent Mitch McConnell. But in his enthusiasm, he moved McConnell to the other chamber of Congress.Why would the people of Kentucky want a rookie Senator-- they have Sen. Mitch @McConnellPress w

First Lady to Campaign with Mary Burke in Milwaukee


Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- First lady Michelle Obama will appear in Milwaukee next Monday with Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor, the Burke campaign tells ABC News.The exact time and location of the “grassroots campaign event” are to be determined, said Burke spokesman Joe Zepecki. Burke is running neck-and-neck with Republican Gov. Scott Walker in the race, but has recently dealt with plagiarism charges. Buzzfeed first reported that a number of passages in

Obama Has Confidence in Secret Service, White House Says


Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Reacting to Friday’s security breach in which a U.S. veteran scaled a perimeter fence at the White House and made it all the way into the building, White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Monday said President Obama is “obviously concerned” by the incident but added that the president “continues to have complete confidence” in the Secret Service.“I had the opportunity to speak briefly with the president about it

White House Fence Jumper Arrested in July with Shotgun, Rifles


Photodisc/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- White House fence jumper Omar Gonzalez was arrested last July and charged with possession of a sawed-off shot gun and eluding police in Wythe County, Virginia, authorities said Monday.Police also found "several assault rifles" in the vehicle at the time of his July arrest, according to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News.After Virginia State Police received several calls about a reckless driver on July 19, Virginia State Police observed a grey Ford Bronc

DHS Chief: Don't 'Rush to Judgment' on White House Fence Jump


Andrew Burt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The head of the Department of Homeland Security is urging the public to “not rush to judgment” on the White House intrusion that took place Friday.Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he encourages “all of us to…not second-guess the judgment of security officers who had only seconds to act,” insisting in a statement issued on Monday that the public should wait “until all the facts are in.”Johnson noted tha

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