Man Arrested for Shooting at the White House Faces Assassination Charges

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Federal prosecutors have charged the man accused of firing shots at the White House with attempting to assassinate President Obama, the Associated Press reports. Officials arrested Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez  Wednesday, charging him with firing shots toward the White House Friday night before running away and abandoning his car. Secret Service later recovered bullets that had been stopped by the White House's ballistic glass. There have been several people arrested for threatening to assassinate Obama since his campaign for president began in 2007, but this is the first time we've seen anyone charged with going through with an attempt. However, as attempts go, this was a pretty weak effort since Obama was in Australia at the time of the attack. Ortega-Hernandez's family reported him missing on Oct. 31, and officials warned that he had been "obsessed with Obama." 

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