Reports: White House Knew About Porter Abuse

Reports: White House Knew About Porter Abuse

Reports are surfacing in Washington that White House officials knew for months about domestic abuse allegations that forced a top staffer to resign this week. Yesterday, White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter announced his resignation, after allegations of physical and verbal abuse by two ex-wives were made public. Porter denied the allegations. Multiple White House officials, including Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and Chief of Staff John Kelly, rushed to defend him. But sources say the allegations came out months ago, when Porter’s ex-wives detailed the abuse in a “routine FBI background check.” Porter failed to receive a top security-clearance as a result, and White House officials were informed. The White House says Porter may leave his post as early as today.

Baby Dies In Northeast

A baby has died in Northeast Washington. Officers were called to the 600 block of New York Avenue, NE on reports on an unconscious infant around 10:30 last night. The baby was pronounced dead a short time later. No trauma was detected on the baby, and an autopsy is scheduled.

DC Journalism Museum In Talks To Possibly Sell Its Building

The future of Washington DC’s Newseum is up in the air. The museum dedicated to journalism and the First Amendment is hurting financially. Its primary benefactor is 300-million dollars in debt. “The Washington Post” reports executives at the struggling Newseum are meeting today with a top real estate firm to explore options. They include selling the Pennsylvania Avenue property or moving to another location. Chief Operating Officer Scott Williams insisted in an interview Wednesday that its biggest supporter, the Freedom Forum, intends to keep the museum alive. In a city filled with free museums, the Newseum charges an entry fee of 25-dollars per person.

Report: Maryland Has Most Millionaires In U.S.

The state of Maryland once again leads all states in the number of millionaires per capita. The annual Wealth and Affluent Monitor study ranks Maryland number one for the sixth year in a row. New Jersey came in at second. Connecticut, Hawaii and Alaska round out the top five. The study by Phoenix Marketing International also shows that once again, the highest concentrations of millionaires are in so-called “blue states.” Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, Delaware and California round out the top 10 in the report.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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