Secret Service investigates agents after White House crash  

BBC By : Catharina Moh

The US Secret Service is investigating two senior agents after a car crash at the White House. A spokesman for the Secret Service told the BBC the collision happened during the evening on 4 March.

The Washington Post reported that the agents drove the car into a security barricade after a night of drinking and partying. - Referenced Article

University of Oklahoma fraternity shuttered after racist chant  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Even with the national chapter shutting the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at the University of Oklahoma, the school president said the university's affiliation with the fraternity is permanently done as a campus group called for the expulsion of fraternity members.

The members have until midnight Tuesday to get their things out of the house, university President David Boren said in a Monday afternoon news conference. - Referenced Article

White House Steps Up Pressure on Netanyahu Over Speech to Congress  


In the lead-up to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech before a joint session of Congress Tuesday, White House officials continued to point to what they see as politically divisive and diplomatically damaging theater. President Obama called it a “mistake” for the prime minister to speak before Congress so close to the March 17 elections in Israel.

“It makes it look like we are taking is a distraction from what should be our focus,” Obama said in an interview with Reuters Monday. - Referenced Article

US-Israel quarrel intensifies over Netanyahu speech  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Trading barbs, the U.S. and Israel escalated their increasingly public spat Wednesday over Benjamin Netanyahu’s GOP-engineered congressional speech next week, with the Israeli prime minister accusing world powers of rolling over to allow Tehran to develop nuclear weapons. Secretary of State John Kerry openly questioned Netanyahu’s judgment on the issue.

The comments injected new tension into an already strained relationship between the close allies ahead of Netanyahu’s address to Congress next Tuesday. - Referenced Article

ISIS kidnap at least 90 people from Christian villages in Syria  


Islamic State militants have kidnapped at least 90 people after sweeping through Christian villages in Syria, it has been revealed.

The abductions are said to have taken place after ISIS seized two Assyrian communities from Kurdish forces in the northeast province of Hassakeh.

Dawn raids on Monday are said to have spread 'panic' in the villages, inhabited by the ancient Christian minority along the banks of the Khabur River near the town of Tel Hmar. - Referenced Article

New Violence Belies Talk of Peace in Ukraine  


The main Russian-backed rebel organization in eastern Ukraine said it would begin moving heavy weaponry away from the front lines on Sunday, but the government said the group mounted a tank assault on a village near the Sea of Azov.

Violence also spread beyond the separatist regions to other Ukrainian cities on Sunday. - Referenced Article

Fire breaks out at luxury Dubai skyscraper  

CNN By : Melissa Gray

A fire broke out early Saturday at a luxury apartment skyscraper in Dubai, engulfing several floors on at least three sides of the iconic Torch building and spewing flaming debris to the ground.

There were no deaths or injuries, and the fire was out three hours after it began, the Dubai Civil Defense said. The cause was not known, the Dubai Civil Defense said. - Referenced Article

Bill O'Reilly rips Mother Jones again: Bottom rung of journalism  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

The Fox News host devoted the top of his talk show on Friday to blast the liberal magazine once again for a report alleging that he had exaggerated his accounts from the Falklands War in 1982.

"Mother Jones, which has low circulation, considered by many the bottom rung of journalism in America," O'Reilly said in his opening monologue, according to a rough transcript published online by Fox News. - Referenced Article

Boehner Willing to Let Homeland Security Funds Run Out, McConnell Blames Democrat Obstruction  

HNGN By : Taylor Tyler

House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday that he's willing to let funding run out for the Department of Homeland Security in order to advance the GOP's efforts to reverse President Obama's executive immigration actions. "Senate Democrats are the ones standing in the way.

They're the ones jeopardizing funding," Boehner told Fox's Chris Wallace, reported Reuters. Boehner added that Democrats will be at fault if a deal isn't reached. - Referenced Article

Yarrow Mamout, the slave who became a Georgetown financier  

Washington Post By : Colbert I. King

Yarrow Mamout, a former slave, entrepreneur and Georgetown property owner, is the “man who never was” in a city in full-throated celebration of Black History Month.

Today, nearly 200 years after his death, Mamout looms large as one of the best, mostly unknown stories in our nation’s capital. Mamout’s biographer, James H. Johnston, laid it out in his book and in testimony last month before the Old Georgetown Board... - Referenced Article

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