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October 9th, 2014

A timely history lesson for the Secret Service

    Secret Service agents nursing their wounds from the recent disclosures of incompetence in protecting the president should read Carl Sandburg's account of how one of their forebears failed in his assigned task on the fateful night in April 1865 when Abraham Lincoln went to Ford's Theater.

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Training day at the Secret Service

    A new recruit, Brad, arrives at the Secret Service headquarters. He is fit and motivated and has taken the liberty of getting himself an earpiece and some of those dark glasses he has seen agents wearing in movies.

    A Secret Service manager strolls over.

    Manager: You the new guy?

    Brad: That's right.

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Too Many Secrets, Not Enough Service

    Did Julia Pierson get pushed off the glass cliff?

    Writing in The New Republic, Bryce Covert suggests that Pierson's gender - she was the first woman to run the Secret Service in its 149-year-history - played a role in her demise.

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The Islamic State, Boko Haram and Batman

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The Church's Gay Obsession

    Repeatedly over the last year and a half, I've written about teachers in Catholic schools and leaders in Catholic parishes who were dismissed from their posts because they were in same-sex relationships and - in many cases - had decided to marry.

    Every time, more than a few readers weighed in to tell me that these people had it coming. If you join a club, they argued, you play by its rules or you suffer the consequences.

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In Texas, an undue burden

    I was in the jittery Supreme Court chamber on a summer morning in 1992 when the right to abortion was on the line. As the justices took their seats, no one except court insiders knew whether the session would end with five votes to overrule Roe v. Wade, or with something more restrained.

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A Fracking Good Letter

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The Walrus and the Politicians

    Let's consider the walrus crisis.

    They're piling up in Alaska. About 35,000 walruses have formed what looks to be a humongous brown ball along the northern coast. A mass of critters, some weighing 4,000 pounds, are pressed shoulder to shoulder - or flipper to flipper.

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The President's Security

    When you hear Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the president's harshest Republican critics in the House, demanding to know whether the president is safe, it's tempting to believe that, at least for a moment, partisan politics has been put to one side in what should be a united and nonpolitical commitment to the safety of our president and his family.

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Secure the people's house

    Put a taller fence around the White House complex and lock the doors.

    Then get rid of the dry rot in the Secret Service bureaucracy, restore staffing to reasonable levels, adopt the latest technology and develop new protocols to replace the ones that didn't work. But don't use the recent shocking lapses in presidential security as an excuse to further separate Americans from the symbols of their government.

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