Jan. 6 Witness Anthony Ornato Is at the Center of a Battle Over Credibility

Mr. Ornato, who was Donald Trump’s deputy chief of staff for operations, has become a key figure in a dispute over testimony from the Jan. 6 committee’s star witness.

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Biden Calls Supreme Court Ruling on Roe v. Wade ‘Outrageous Behavior’

The president also said for the first time that he supported ending the filibuster to codify the right to abortion.

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Heated Debate Erupts Over What Happened Inside Trump’s Vehicle on Jan. 6

Explosive testimony by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide, has raised questions about President Donald J. Trump’s actions on the day of the Capitol riot.

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Cassidy Hutchinson Changes Everything

Her testimony delivered shocking and consequential revelations, but they have hardly been the only ones.

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Pence Staff Feared for His Safety Amid Trump’s Pressure Campaign Before Jan. 6

New details flesh out how the pressure campaign by Donald J. Trump and his allies to block certification of the 2020 election left the vice president’s staff fearing for his safety.

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Justice Dept. Moves to Curb Police Abuses in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts

The changes come as the Biden administration has struggled to make meaningful progress on a vow to crack down on police abuses.

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2 Men Posing as Federal Agents Tricked Secret Service, U.S. Says

Four Secret Service members were placed on leave after receiving gifts from the men, including rent-free apartments, an affidavit said. One was in the first lady’s protective detail.

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Verizon Investigates Spam Texts but Sees No Russia Link

The wireless carrier said that it was working with the F.B.I. and the Secret Service to investigate a recent wave of fraudulent messages, but said the source did not appear to be Russian hackers.

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Gunman in Yoga Studio Killings Raised Red Flags That Were Missed, U.S. Says

Scott P. Beierle had a history of “misogynistic extremism” before shooting six women in Tallahassee, Fla., in 2018, killing two, according to a Secret Service analysis.

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Doug Emhoff Evacuated After Bomb Threat During School Visit

Doug Emhoff, the second gentleman, was evacuated while visiting a high school in Washington for an event to honor Black History Month.

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Home Depot Worker Swapped $387,500 in Fake Bills for Real Ones, Officials Say

The U.S. Secret Service said Adrian Jean Pineda bought prop $100 bills, which are used for entertainment purposes, and swapped them for genuine currency for four years.

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Officials Charge Man Who Said He Was ‘Coming for’ Biden

A Kansas man also described members of the Secret Service as “agents of darkness” and threatened one agent with a bullet, according to court records.

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The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

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Hundreds of Secret Service Employees Were Infected With the Virus

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington criticized former President Trump for holding large campaign rallies that it said exposed agents to the virus.

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The Many Blunders of the Secret Service — and the Dangers They Pose to U.S. Presidents

Carol Leonnig’s “Zero Fail” is a thoroughly researched and devastating indictment of the United States Secret Service.

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Jeff Fox, 52, Dies; Balanced Baseball With Protecting Presidents

A star college athlete who later worked in the Secret Service, he played for decades in elite amateur leagues around Washington. He died of Covid-19.

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Trump Tower’s Neighbors Are Relieved as Barricades Come Down

Donald J. Trump’s presidency meant snarled traffic, blocked sidewalks and frequent protests outside his Manhattan home.

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Man Is Charged With Threatening to Kill Biden

David K. Reeves of North Carolina made the threats over a period of several days ending on Feb. 2, in calls to the White House, the U.S. Capitol Police and a Secret Service agent, prosecutors said.

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An Inaugural Lockdown Comes at a Price for Washingtonians

The nation’s capital has been secured with checkpoints, tens of thousands of National Guard troops and miles of fencing and barricades, security at the cost of normalcy.

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Rare Pentagon Mission: Armed Troops in Capital

The troops will be the National Guard and not active-duty. But officials know such events are fraught with risk and cite Kent State in 1970, Tiananmen Square in 1989 and Tehran in 2009.

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Congress’s Sergeants-at-Arms Face Scrutiny After Siege

The House and Senate sergeants-at-arms, who have resigned, now face questions about why they failed to do more to deter the Trump loyalists who swarmed the Capitol last week.

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How a String of Failures Led to the Capitol Siege

Poor planning among a constellation of government agencies and a restive crowd encouraged by President Trump set the stage for the unthinkable.

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Largely Out of Sight in Washington, Kamala Harris Preps for White House

Ms. Harris has barely appeared on the public radar since her acceptance speech last Saturday in Wilmington, Del., where she declared “a new day for America.”

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Secret Service Struck Again by Coronavirus Outbreak

At least 30 officers in the agency’s Uniformed Division have tested positive in recent weeks. Another 60 or so were asked to isolate.

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Expansive White House COVID outbreak sidelines 10% of Secret Service

A member of the United States Secret Service wearing a face mask stands guard as President Donald J. Trump speaks to supporters from the Blue Room balcony during an event at the White House on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Enlarge / A member of the United States Secret Service wearing a face mask stands guard as President Donald J. Trump speaks to supporters from the Blue Room balcony during an event at the White House on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 in Washington, DC. (credit: Getty | The Washington Post)

The latest coronavirus outbreak at the White House continues to expand and has now sidelined roughly 10 percent of the Secret Service’s core security team, according to a report by The Washington Post.

More than 130 Secret Service officers who guard the White House and the president are now infected or in quarantine after close contact with infected co-workers. A former senior Secret Service supervisor told the Post that missing over 130 of the agency’s 1,300 officers in the Uniformed Division “does not bode well for White House security.”

People familiar with the matter have linked the spread of the coronavirus among Secret Service agents in part to the president’s whirlwind travel and crowded campaign rallies in the run-up to the election. The agency is also looking into possible exposures at the White House.

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How Trump’s Refusal to Concede Affects Biden’s National Security Transition

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has yet to receive a presidential daily briefing, and it was unclear whether his team would have access to classified information.

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For the Secret Service, a New Question: Who Will Protect Them From Trump?

Central to the job is a willingness to say yes to the president no matter what he asks. Now, that means subjecting an agent’s health to the whims of a contagious president.

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Far Right Sees ‘Miracle’ in Trump’s Outing. Medical Experts See Recklessness.

Some of President Trump’s supporters viewed his appearance in an S.U.V. to greet supporters as a sign that he was overcoming his illness.

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Outbreak at Secret Service Training Center Underlines Proximity of Virus to White House

At least 11 people tested positive at a Secret Service center that serves as a staffing pipeline to the presidential protective force.

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Trump Led From Briefing Room After Shooting Outside White House

The Secret Service stopped President Trump in the middle of his daily coronavirus briefing and led him to the Oval Office. He returned several minutes later, and said there had been a shooting nearby.

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2 Cafeterias Used by White House Staff Close After Employee Contracts the Virus

The cafeterias are in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the New Executive Office Building, which are part of the White House complex.

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Trump Delivers Divisive Culture War Message at Mount Rushmore

Down in the polls and failing to control a raging pandemic, the president cast himself as waging battle against a “new far-left fascism” that imperils American values and seeks to erase history.

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Pence Postponed Arizona Trip After Secret Service Agents Showed Signs of Virus

The agents’ conditions were among several virus-related factors that led the vice president to change his plans for a visit on Tuesday.

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Call Off the Dogs, Mr. Trump

They are creatures with a knack for loving humans, not tools of oppression.

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An Eyesore in Washington Becomes an Icon

Once reviled, the chain-link fence surrounding Lafayette Square and the White House is now seen as a bulletin board of art and artifacts dedicated to George Floyd and hope.

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Feds Suspect Vast Fraud Network Is Targeting U.S. Unemployment Systems

Investigators detected a sophisticated international attack they said could siphon hundreds of millions of dollars that were intended for the unemployed.

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Two White House Coronavirus Cases Raise Question of if Anyone Is Really Safe

If it is so hard to maintain a healthy environment at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, then how can businesses across the country establish a safe space for their workers?

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Person Who Opened Fire Near Cuban Embassy in Washington Is Arrested, Officials Say

There were no reports of injuries, the authorities said. The person, who was not identified, was arrested on charges that include being in possession of an unregistered firearm.

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