In Biden White House, the Celebrity Staff Is a Thing of the Past

President Biden is undoing a longstanding Washington tradition in which staff members enjoy their own refracted fame.

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Biden’s Dog Major ‘Nipped Someone,’ Spokesman Says

The spokesman, Michael LaRosa, said that “out of an abundance of caution,” the individual was seen by the White House medical unit.

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When Your West Wing Job Is Really, Really Far From the Oval Office

Because of the pandemic, some Biden administration officials continue to work from homes a long way from Washington. They see advantages in being outside the bubble.

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In Biden’s White House, Masks, Closed Doors and Empty Halls

The West Wing has become a different place in an administration serious about Covid restrictions.

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Biden Names His Personal Doctor, Kevin O’Connor, to Be White House Physician

Dr. O’Connor succeeds Dr. Sean P. Conley, who drew criticism for misleading the public after President Donald J. Trump contracted the coronavirus last year.

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Champ and Major Move In to the White House

The Bidens’ two German shepherds officially joined the president and first lady, ending a petless four years in the White House.

#champ-dog, #major-dog, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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Can Someone Please Open the Door?

The Bidens waited for an awkward moment in front of a closed door when they arrived at their new residence, a protocol breach that turned out to be a small but curious bit of disarray.

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A First for a First Lady: Jill Biden Will Balance Her Career and East Wing Duties

Dr. Biden, who holds a doctorate in educational leadership, will continue to teach writing at Northern Virginia Community College, where she taught full-time during her two terms as second lady.

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Melania Trump’s Legacy: Missteps, Mystery and, in the End, Absence

When she leaves Washington on Inauguration Day, Mrs. Trump will be remembered as the first lady who arrived at the White House late and checked out early.

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They Prepare the White House for a New President. They Have 5 Hours.

Inauguration Day brings with it an awkward transition when one family moves in and another moves out, made all the more so this year by the coronavirus and President Trump’s stormy departure.

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Did the Capitol Attack Break Trump’s Spell?

Either the beginning of the end for Trump, or America.

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It’s Holiday Party Season at the White House. Masks Are Encouraged, but Not Required.

More coronavirus restrictions will be in place for the 20 holiday parties that are planned than there were for the White House party on election night.

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Melania Trump Reveals White House Christmas Decorations

Blood-red trees these are not.

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A Cat Is Said to Be Joining the Bidens in the White House

The last cat to live in the White House, India, belonged to President George W. Bush.

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When the White House Was Full of Claws, Scales, Stripes and Tails

The long tradition of presidential pets is set to resume this January with two German shepherds belonging to President-elect Joe Biden. Their predecessors weren’t always cats and dogs.

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Even With a New President, Sports at the White House Won’t Be the Same

The politicization of the ceremonial visit to the Rose Garden by champions is one sign the presidential connection to sports is fraught, maybe inalterably.

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Biden’s Dogs to Return Presidential Pets to the White House

President Trump was the first president not to have a White House pet in more than 100 years. Mr. Biden will bring two German shepherds, one of which was adopted from a shelter.

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Trump Mimics Coronavirus ‘Superspreader’ Event in Barrett Swearing In

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice only eight days before a presidential election.

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In Swearing In Barrett, Trump Defiantly Mimics ‘Superspreader’ Rose Garden Ceremony

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice only eight days before a presidential election.

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Trump’s Return Leaves White House in Disarray as Infections Jolt West Wing

The West Wing was mostly empty, cleared of aides who were sick or told to work from home, and staff in the White House residence were in full personal protective equipment.

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Trump’s Return from Walter Reed Leaves White House in Disarray

The West Wing was mostly empty, cleared of aides who were sick or told to work from home, and staff in the White House residence were in full personal protective equipment.

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The White House Bet on Abbott’s Rapid Tests. It Didn’t Work Out.

Federal officials relied too heavily on the tests, then took the results for granted, experts say.

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Trump Leaves Hospital, Minimizing Virus and Urging Americans ‘Not to Let It Dominate Your Life’

The president appeared eager to be back at the White House and dispel any questions about his capacity after being diagnosed with the coronavirus, despite continuing questions about his health.

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At the White House, an Eerie Quiet and Frustration With the Chief of Staff

With President Trump hospitalized, Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, delivered no guidance to aides about how they were expected to behave in a moment of crisis.

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The Coronavirus Reaches President Trump

He assured the country the coronavirus would “disappear” soon. Then he tested positive.

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In Photos: Some of Trump’s Meetings Before Virus Test

President Trump revealed early Friday that he had tested positive for coronavirus. Over the past week, he interacted with scores of staff members, donors and supporters.

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Woman Suspected of Sending Ricin to Trump Is Arrested

Envelopes with ricin were intercepted last week on their way to the White House, a sheriff’s office and a detention facility in Texas.

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A White House Ceremony Will Celebrate a Diplomatic Win and Campaign Gift

The leaders of Israel, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have a stake in President Trump’s re-election and helped him become a peacemaker.

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The 2020 Party Conventions Gave New Meaning to Political Theater

A television critic and a fashion critic discuss what they saw, what they learned and what it could mean for the future.

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Highlights From the Republican National Convention: Night 4

President Trump officially accepted his party’s renomination from the South Lawn at the White House, turning the setting into a partisan prop as no other president had.

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Michael Smith, Decorator of the Obamas’ White House, Has New Book

The decorator Michael Smith, who has transformed interiors for the Obamas, Rupert Murdoch and Cindy Crawford, is spilling paint in a new book.

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Naturalization Ceremony at R.N.C. Stands at Odds With Trump’s Stance on Immigration

The willingness to use the trappings of presidential power during a campaign convention was a stunning departure from the past.

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Radical Break From Tradition: Trump to Accept Nomination at the White House

But President Trump’s convention speech — and those of Melania Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — are only the latest examples of how Mr. Trump has further blurred the lines between the government and his campaign.

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Trump Holds a Rare White House Funeral for His Younger Brother, Robert

It was the first time a president has held an East Room funeral for a member of his family in nearly 100 years.

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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.

#secret-service, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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Melania Trump to Announce Plan to Revamp White House Rose Garden

The first lady’s renovation of one of the strongest symbols presidents have used to showcase the power of the office is taking place as her husband enters a crucial stretch of his re-election effort.

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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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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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Security Concerns Give the White House a Fortified New Look

It increasingly resembles a Washington version of the Green Zone that sheltered American and Iraqi officials in Baghdad.

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Appeals Court Blocks White House From Suspending Reporter’s Press Pass

The ruling came with assurance that the White House could remove any “rogue, mooning journalists” if such a disruption were to happen.

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How Trump’s Idea for a Photo Op Led to Havoc in a Park

When the history of the Trump presidency is written, the clash with protesters that preceded President Trump’s walk across Lafayette Square may be remembered as one of its defining moments.

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As Protests and Violence Spill Over, Trump Shrinks Back

The president spent Sunday out of sight, berating opponents on Twitter, even as some of his campaign advisers were recommending that he deliver a televised address to an anxious nation.

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Wilson Jerman, Longtime White House Butler, Dies at 91

Mr. Jerman started working as a cleaner for President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957 and retired in 2012 as an elevator operator for President Barack Obama.

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A Spaniel, a Mute Button and Profound Matters of State

American democracy in the coronavirus era has gone digital or at least more distant, however fitfully and incompletely, as all three branches of government struggle to adapt to a new reality.

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White House Orders Staff to Wear Masks as Trump Misrepresents Testing Record

At a news conference, the president reiterated that he would not wear a mask himself and again exaggerated the availability of testing for the coronavirus.

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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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White House Rattled by a Military Aide’s Positive Coronavirus Test

President Trump said he and Vice President Mike Pence, as well as the White House staff, would now be tested on a daily basis.

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Coronavirus Tips: Do Not Ingest or Inject Disinfectant

There is no evidence that sunlight, bleach or any disinfectant can cure coronavirus in the body.

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Home Alone at the White House: A Sour President, With TV His Constant Companion

As his administration grapples with reopening the economy and responding to the coronavirus crisis, President Trump worries about his re-election and how the news media is portraying him.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #news-and-news-media, #polls-and-public-opinion, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to Covid-19

Aggressive screening might have helped contain the coronavirus in the United States. But technical flaws, regulatory hurdles and lapses in leadership let it spread undetected for weeks.

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