White House releases statement on passing of Cassandra Butts, an Obama adviser who was nominated to be ambassador to the Bahamas, but not confirmed; 'To know Cassandra Butts was to know someone who made you want to be better'
More: 11 states in suit over new directive about transgender students in public schools are Texas, Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia - AP
Update: Secret Service says White House was not on official lockdown; says several 'party balloons' drifted over grounds, landing on North Lawn, press office roof and Eisenhower Executive Office Building - NBC News
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