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Umbrella Closes On President Obama’s Head

An umbrella closed on President Obama’s head as he walked in rainy Tennessee, July 1, 2015. (ABC News)(MADISON, Tenn.) — Everyone’s had an umbrella close on their head from time to time. But it’s not every day you see it happen to the president of the United States.

As he stepped out of his limo into rainy Nashville weather Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama was handed an umbrella. But seconds later as the president was walking, the umbrella closed on his head.

The mishap occurred when the president picked up Kelly Bryant, a breast cancer survivor who wrote to the president about her experience with the Affordable Care Act.

Bryant accompanied the president to a speech in Madison, Tennessee where he is talking about the success of his signature healthcare plan.

While the president didn’t discuss his umbrella snafu, he did note that Bryant had the “distinction of possibly being the first person ever to be picked up at her house by a presidential motorcade.”

“It was so close to the school we said well we might as well swing by and get her,” he said.

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Umbrella Closes On President Obama’s Head

An umbrella closed on President Obama’s head as he walked in rainy Tennessee, July 1, 2015. (ABC News)(MADISON, Tenn.) — Everyone’s had an umbrella close on their head from time to time. But it’s not every day you see it happen to the president of the United States.

As he stepped out of his limo into rainy Nashville weather Wednesday afternoon, President Barack Obama was handed an umbrella. But seconds later as the president was walking, the umbrella closed on his head.

The mishap occurred when the president picked up Kelly Bryant, a breast cancer survivor who wrote to the president about her experience with the Affordable Care Act.

Bryant accompanied the president to a speech in Madison, Tennessee where he is talking about the success of his signature healthcare plan.

While the president didn’t discuss his umbrella snafu, he did note that Bryant had the “distinction of possibly being the first person ever to be picked up at her house by a presidential motorcade.”

“It was so close to the school we said well we might as well swing by and get her,” he said.

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Metal Spikes Installed on White House Fence

Pictured are the old (R) and new parts (L) of the White House fence. (ABC News)(WASHINGTON) — Metal spikes were installed atop the White House fence Wednesday, the latest enhancement to fortify the security perimeter at the White House.

Two metal spikes of different lengths were squeezed in between the existing spears lining the fence.

U.S. Secret Service and the National Park Service mounted the “removable anti-climb feature” Wednesday afternoon, but the entire installation process will take six weeks.

Designed by Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing and Technology Center, the metal spikes installed Wednesday are only temporary and will be replaced once a long-term solution is implemented.

The Commission of Fine Arts and National Capital Planning Commission will review and approve a final design in the fall and construction on a permanent security enhancement will begin in 2016. The renovation comes nearly 10 months after Omar Gonzalez scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the North Lawn and entered the White House.

Some semblance of a fence has existed on the White House grounds dating back to Thomas Jefferson’s presidency. Around 1801, Jefferson built the first post and rail fence around the White House, according to the White House Historical Association.

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Hillary Clinton Raised More Than $45M in First Quarter, Campaign Says

Feng Li/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton’s campaign says it has raised more than $45 million in the first three months of her campaign alone — with 91 percent of the donations falling at $100 or less.

That total is nearly half of the campaign’s goal to raise $100 million by the end of 2015. It would also break the record for any candidate’s first quarter of running for president, surpassing President Obama’s $41.9 million in 2011, per Clinton’s campaign.

Clinton beat her equivalent 2008 total by about $9 million. Between her Jan. 20, 2007 announcement and the end of March that year, she raised $26 million. (That time she had one fewer week to raise the money because of her announcement date.)

The second fundraising quarter closed Tuesday with a June 30 deadline. We won’t see Federal Election Commission reports until July 15, but campaigns leak their totals before they have to officially report, so we expect to hear from other candidates in the coming days.

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White House Lifts Ban on Photos During Tours

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The first photos are beginning to trickle out on social media of people enjoying the first White House tours free of a photo ban.

In what appears to be the first selfie shared on Twitter from a White House tour, a woman poses with a bust of George Washington and tweets “a quick selfie with George W before the Secret Service get me!”

This is the first time in over 40 years that people have been allowed to take photos during White House tours and the White House is encouraging visitors to share their photos using the hashtag #whitehousetour. Under the new rules, visitors are allowed to snap photos on their phones and small cameras, though selfie sticks and video cameras continue to be on the “Prohibited Items” list.

The first tour group Wednesday morning consisted of bloggers, individuals and organizations with large numbers of followers on social media, a White House official said, so as to make sure that the first photos reached a wide audience.

Upon entering the White House, visitors were greeted by the first family’s dogs, Bo and Sunny.

Visitors were also shown a video that first lady Michelle Obama posted earlier Wednesday to Instagram announcing that the ban was lifted and a sign reminding visitors that “Photography is Encouraged. But please remember to turn off your flash and no video recording or streaming.”

“If you’ve been on a White House tour, you may have seen this sign,” the first lady says in the video as she holds a sign that reads “NO PHOTOS OR SOCIAL MEDIA ALLOWED.” She then says, “Not anymore!” and rips through the sign.

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Marco Rubio Will Oppose Confirmation of a Cuba Ambassador

John Paul Filo/CBS(WASHINGTON) — For the first time in five decades, President Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba, but Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, isn’t ready to embrace the news.

A staunch opponent of the normalization of relations with Cuba, the republican senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio issued a statement issued Wednesday in response to the president’s announcement.

“It remains unclear what, if anything, has been achieved since the President’s December 17th announcement in terms of securing the return of U.S. fugitives being harbored in Cuba, settling outstanding legal claims to U.S. citizens for properties confiscated by the regime, and in obtaining the unequivocal right of our diplomats to travel freely throughout Cuba and meet with any dissidents, and most importantly, securing greater political freedoms for the Cuban people,” he said.

Rubio said he intends to oppose any confirmation of an Ambassador to Cuba until the issues he sees as unresolved are addressed.

“It is time for our unilateral concessions to this odious regime to end,” he said.

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Marco Rubio Will Oppose Confirmation of a Cuba Ambassador

John Paul Filo/CBS(WASHINGTON) — For the first time in five decades, President Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba, but Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, isn’t ready to embrace the news.

A staunch opponent of the normalization of relations with Cuba, the republican senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio issued a statement issued Wednesday in response to the president’s announcement.

“It remains unclear what, if anything, has been achieved since the President’s December 17th announcement in terms of securing the return of U.S. fugitives being harbored in Cuba, settling outstanding legal claims to U.S. citizens for properties confiscated by the regime, and in obtaining the unequivocal right of our diplomats to travel freely throughout Cuba and meet with any dissidents, and most importantly, securing greater political freedoms for the Cuban people,” he said.

Rubio said he intends to oppose any confirmation of an Ambassador to Cuba until the issues he sees as unresolved are addressed.

“It is time for our unilateral concessions to this odious regime to end,” he said.

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Obama: ‘New Chapter’ Begins as US, Cuba Will Open Embassies

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Obama hailed the start of a “new chapter” Wednesday as he announced the U.S. and Cuba are opening embassies in their respective capitals later this month and formally reestablished diplomatic relations between the two countries for the first time in more than 50 years.

“Today I can announce the United States has agreed to formally establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba” and open embassies in the two countries, the president said in the Rose Garden Wednesday.

The Cuban government announced it would open its embassy in the U.S. on July 20. The U.S. is expected to launch its embassy in Havana later that week.

Obama announced his intent to move forward with restoring ties between the two countries following the Dec. 17 prisoner exchange and humanitarian release of Alan Gross.

In the following seven months, top American and Cuban diplomats have met in a series of meetings in both countries to discuss issues surrounding normalizing relations.

Tuesday morning, the chief of the interest section, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, delivered a letter from Obama to Cuban President Raul Castro to officially re-establish diplomatic relations.

In May, the U.S. removed Cuba from the list of countries supporting terrorism, where it was listed since 1982. In April, Obama and Castro sat down for a historic meeting in Panama, the first time the two leaders engaged in a substantive conversation in-person.

The major sticking point as of the last round of talks, for Americans, has been the freedom for staff to move throughout the country; for the Cubans, it was courses provided to Cuban journalists by the U.S. government at the interests section in Havana, which they say fall outside normal diplomatic activities.

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Hillary Clinton Emails: Nearly 2,000 Messages Released by State Department

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The State Department has released nearly 2,000 emails sent and received by Hillary Clinton in her first year as Secretary of State, according to officials and the agency’s website.

The release Tuesday evening is the first in a federal court-ordered rollout that will make 55,000 pages of Clinton’s emails available on the department’s website by Jan. 29, 2016.

Judge Rudolph Contreras of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. said in May the State Department should “aspire” to release 7 percent of the documents by the end of June, with an increasing percentage of documents released every 30 days.

It was not clear how many pages were included in the 1,925 emails. Click here to read the emails.

In May, the department released 296 emails from Clinton’s private email account related to the September 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Those emails previously had been released to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which has been investigating the attack for more than a year.

Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has previously said on the campaign trail that she wants the State Department to make all her emails public.

State Department spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday the correspondence covers from March to December of 2009. The 9 p.m. release time, Kirby said, was not a news dump.

“This is really a function of physics for us,” Kirby told reporters. “There is a lot of e-mails to get through, we have a deadline we have to meet, and we are doing everything we can to reach that 7 percent goal for release as ordered by the courts.”

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Michelle Obama Welcomes Girl Scouts for White House Campout

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Michelle Obama welcomed a group of fifty Girl Scouts to the White House on Tuesday night for a campout on the Pennsylvania Avenue lawn.

“This is the first time we’ve ever done a campout on the South Lawn on the White House,” Obama said Tuesday night, telling the girls that they were “making history.”

The event is part of the first lady’s Let’s Move Outside intiiative that aims to get children active.

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