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Uninvited couple passes Secret Service checkpoint, crashes White House state dinner

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Uninvited couple passes Secret Service checkpoint, crashes White House state dinner

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A couple entered a White House state dinner when they were univited, passing through several layers of security, and socialized with high-profile guests Tuesday night.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi from northern Virginia arrived at the party at approximately 7:15 pm Tuesday night. They were formally dressed as they passed by a crowd of reporters and cameramen waiting for VIP guests to arrive, even though the couple was neither invited nor on the guest list. A White House official has stated that the couple was never seated at a table.

Although there was a Secret Service checkpoint that failed to follow proper procedures, the couple still passed through the same security checkpoints as all other guests at the dinner did. A Secret Service spokesman has stated that nobody was under any threat, but it is unclear whether Mr. and Mrs. Salahi were ever near President or Mrs. Obama or the guests of honor, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur.

Mr. and Mrs. Salahi later posted photos of themselves at the dinner on Facebook. The couple is known around Washington for promoting wine and polo in Virginia, and they are hoping to become stars in the reality TV show The Real Housewives of Washington.



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Jordanian king dissolves parliament, calls for general election two years ahead of schedule

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Jordanian king dissolves parliament, calls for general election two years ahead of schedule

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The King of Jordan, King Abdullah, dissolved the country’s parliament on Tuesday, half-way through its four year term, and called for early general elections to be held, up to two years ahead of schedule.

The monarch did not immediately provide a reason for the move; however, there have recently been reports accusing the parliament of handling legislation ineptly, and even of being corrupt. The king’s decree ordered the civil service to host new elections to replace the 110-member parliament, although an exact date for the polls hasn’t yet been named.

Critics of the parliament have said that its members didn’t properly address issues such as unemployment and poverty. The opposition, however, asserted that the house had been disbanded so that the government could use emergency laws to pass legislation.

King Abdullah has now disbanded the parliament two times since he came to power in 1999.



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