Study found White House’s fence vulnerability

Security is heightened at the White House after a recent breach.

A mock attack in the 1990s showed that six to eight attackers climbing over at the same time could overwhelm the Secret Service. The risk remains despite the creation of specially trained units.

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California’s gigantic King wildfire keeps growing amid warnings of ‘extreme fire behavior’

Even as the fire is nearly a third contained, the weather could create additional problems in coming days.

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    The federal prison population dropped for the first time in 30 years. It may have been inevitable.

    The federal prison population dropped for the first time in 30 years. It may have been inevitable.

    Obama administration policies, though, likely helped with acceleration.

    Obama presses world leaders on climate pact

    Obama presses world leaders on climate pact

    President, speaking at UN climate summit, reiterates pledge to seek global pact cutting carbon pollution.

    MIT report finds learning gains from free online course

    Research offers evidence of effective teaching through a massive open online course, or MOOC.

    What Rousseau can tell us about the challenges facing Climate March

    What Rousseau can tell us about the challenges facing Climate March

    Why the march likely won’t succeed without transforming democracy itself.

    Today is National Voter Registration Day. Democrats want to make sure you know that.

    Celebrities are all about signing people up to vote.

    Scott Brown posed nude for Cosmo, but doesn’t get magazine’s vote

    Scott Brown posed nude for Cosmo, but doesn’t get magazine’s vote

    Cosmopolitan was impressed with Scott Brown’s abs 30 years ago, but not very impressed with his politics now.

    The biggest proponents of GMO labeling in Oregon launch their first ads

    The biggest proponents of GMO labeling in Oregon launch their first ads

    The battle could become one of the most costly ballot fights in state history.

    Colorado teacher: ‘I refuse to administer the PARCC’ Common Core test to my students

    Colorado teacher: ‘I refuse to administer the PARCC’ Common Core test to my students

    Educator Peggy Robertson, a sharp critic of high-stakes standardized testing, refuses to give her students the PARCC test, and explains why.

    Did you know it’s ‘federal nurse week’?

    Did you know it’s ‘federal nurse week’?

    Federal Nurses Week honors more than 100,000 civil servants who work in hundreds of Department of Veterans Affairs clinics, in the military and at other government agencies.

    U.S. keeps mines in ‘unique’ showdown with North Korea

    But the United States pledged to destroy stockpiles not needed to help defend ally South Korea.

    Postal union wins arbitration, forces USPS to make 9,000 jobs labor positions.

    Postal union wins arbitration, forces USPS to make 9,000 jobs labor positions.

    An arbitration ruling this month said post offices must use bargaining-unit employees at sites that cut back to four or six hours per day.

    Philosophical approaches to drone regulation

    Philosophical approaches to drone regulation

    Government regulation of domestic drone use is likely to fall within five broad categories.

    Federal prison population drops for first time in 3 decades

    The number of inmates has declined by nearly 5,000 this year, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

    Why the U.N. climate summit could be big for Obama’s legacy

    Why the U.N. climate summit could be big for Obama’s legacy

    And why it probably won’t help him.

    Understanding conservative America -- in one Venn diagram

    Understanding conservative America -- in one Venn diagram

    The Republican Party isn’t the tea party; the tea party is the Republican Party.

    America’s iconic beer brands are being bought by foreign investors. So what?

    America’s iconic beer brands are being bought by foreign investors. So what?

    Pabst Brewing’s purchase by an overseas beverage giant has extended the global identity crisis for formerly all-American beers.

    This is the most important election in Kansas in 40 years

    This is the most important election in Kansas in 40 years

    A conversation with Kansas political guru Bird Loomis.

    California drought sparking record fires

    California drought sparking record fires

    The chief of California’s fire fighting unit says the state has been in fire season continuously for 18 months.

    Michelle Obama is the Democratic base whisperer

    Michelle Obama is the Democratic base whisperer

    The First Lady is the popular Obama.

    Ebola infections could hit 1.4 million
    by end of January, CDC reports

    Ebola infections could hit 1.4 million <br> by end of January, CDC reports

    Data suggest the total number of cases is hugely underreported and new cases double every 20 days.

    The political fundraising never stops. Ever.

    The political fundraising never stops. Ever.

    Join Mickey, Donald and David (Vitter) in Orlando for a family fundraiser only three days after the elections.

    Meet the woman hired to restore the NFL’s image

    Meet the woman hired to restore the NFL’s image

    Former PepsiCo veteran Dawn Hudson is the league’s new chief marketing officer.

    New Jersey bill would fine advertisers for sending text message ads you never asked for

    New Jersey bill would fine advertisers for sending text message ads you never asked for

    “Unwanted text messages not only tax consumers’ patience, but they are a drain on cell minutes and bank accounts,” one lawmaker said.

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    Timelapse: Pearls before breakfast

    Timelapse: Pearls before breakfast

    Can Joshua Bell, one of the nation's great musicians, cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? Let's find out.

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    'This...could only happen in D.C.'

    'This...could only happen in D.C.'

    Can Joshua Bell, one of the nation's great musicians, cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? Let's find out.

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    'Whatever it was, it made me feel at peace'

    'Whatever it was, it made me feel at peace'

    Can Joshua Bell, one of the nation's great musicians, cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? Let's find out.

    The election is six weeks from today. Here are six things I know about it.

    The election is six weeks from today. Here are six things I know about it.

    The Senate is a toss up. The House is not.

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    Pearls before breakfast

    Pearls before breakfast

    Can Joshua Bell, one of the nation's great musicians, cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? Let's find out.

    Marijuana advocates set their sights on states for 2016

    Marijuana advocates set their sights on states for 2016

    A newly launched campaign in Arizona is just the tip of the iceberg,

    Employer tells employees: “If you choose Union representation, we believe the Union will push you toward a strike … [and] we will exercise our legal right to hire replacement workers”

    But employer’s translator says, in Spanish, that if there’s a strike the employer would replace the workers with “legal workers.” NLRB says: this would reasonably be seen as coercion, through threat of immigration consequences, and thus warrants setting aside the vote against the union.

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    Pentagon: Strikes on Syria 'only the beginning'

    Pentagon: Strikes on Syria 'only the beginning'

    Lt. Gen. William Mayville said at a Pentagon briefing on Tuesday that Americans should think of the campaign against the Islamic State as taking years. Here are key moments from that briefing in less than three minutes.

    German-American writer held by Somali pirates is freed

    Michael Scott Moore had been held for over two years after being seized by gunmen in Somalia.

    Vanilla Ice. And Florida Governor Rick Scott. Together.

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the 90s rapper team up to rep the state’s tourism industry.

    Targeting the Constitution

    Targeting the Constitution

    The IRS also targeted “organizations involved in … educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

    Led global vaccine campaign to stamp out childhood bacterial meningitis, pneumonia

    Led global vaccine campaign to stamp out childhood bacterial meningitis, pneumonia

    Dr. Rana Hajjeh is a longtime medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    For Israel, defense may be the best defense

    For Israel, defense may be the best defense

    The old mantra that offense is the best defense might no longer be true for Israel.

    How economic shocks matter for coups

    How economic shocks matter for coups

    Permanent and temporary economic shocks open the window for a coup attempt, but potential coup-makers might be dissuaded by permanent shocks because they reduce the spoils of office.

    Fans and survivors find common ground on an NFL weekend

    Fans and survivors find common ground on an NFL weekend

    NFL critics are grateful for the spotlight on domestic violence, while those who love football remember it’s only a game.