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Former Secret Service agents say ‘mall cops look more professional’ than those now guarding the President

Some concerned former Secret Service agents, fearing the agency they once proudly served has become a “frat boy hangout that makes mall cops look more professional,” blame transfer of the service to the Department of Homeland Security for the recent prostitution scandal that has tarnished the image of those who protect the President of the United States. Capitol Hill Blue interviewed more than a dozen former agents and found widespread concern over the Secret Service’s fall from grace. All – without exception – agreed to talk only under the condition that their names be withheld because of fears of reprisal
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Santorum, Gingrich put price tags on their endorsements

Former GOP Presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich are offering endorsements of presumptive nominee Mitt Romney but the nods will come at a price. Santorum wants a GOP convention platform riddled with right-wing dogma.  Gingrich’s price is more basic:  He wants Romney to help pay off the former Speaker of the House‘s massive campaign debts. While both are expected to eventually endorse Romney both have made it clear that the endorsement is for sale and the price will be high. Saying nice things about Romney is a bitter pill for Santorum and Gingrich.  Neither like the man slated to
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Secret Service clamps down on leaks, information about scandal

The Secret Service is cracking down on leaks and going underground in the wake of a prostitution scandal that has sent earthquake-sized ripples through the agency and tarnished the reputation of the men and women assigned to protect the President of the United States. “Sorry, I’ve been ordered to say nothing, do nothing and keep my mouth shut,” said a former agent who provided information to Capitol Hill Blue as recently as last week.  “I have a pension and I intent to protect it.” Agents — both current and former — are shutting down Facebook accounts.  They no longer respond
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Obama, Romney sharpen political attack lines

After months of casting Republican Mitt Romney as someone who often changes positions for political convenience, President Barack Obama’s campaign is calling Romney a far-right conservative – a contradictory set of messages that essentially invites voters to decide what they don’t like about Romney. And Romney, who has built his campaign around declaring Obama a failure – particularly on the economy – began sounding a more positive note this week, offering hints about his vision for governing if he defeats the Democratic president in the November 6 election. The subtle changes in tactics by both candidates in recent days are
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Four years later, Clintons & Obama are political soul-mates

There were no bear hugs on display, but President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton looked relaxed and friendly as they began a summer fundraising blitz that demonstrates their shared hopes for Democratic victory despite past differences. Although Clinton had dismissed Obama in 2008 as undeserving of the presidency his wife Hillary Rodham Clinton was then seeking, on Sunday evening Clinton warmly declared “Barack Obama deserves to be re-elected president of the United States.” Obama is “beating the clock” to restore the nation’s economy to health, Clinton told about 500 cheering supporters who had paid as little at $1,000
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Hobbled al-Qaida wants payback for death of bin Laden

A year after the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida is hobbled and hunted, too busy surviving for the moment to carry out another Sept. 11-style attack on U.S. soil. But the terrorist network dreams still of payback, and U.S. counterterrorist officials warn that, in time, its offshoots may deliver. A decade of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that has cost the U.S. about $1.28 trillion and 6,300 U.S. troops* lives has forced al-Qaida’s affiliates to regroup, from Yemen to Iraq. Bin Laden’s No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, is thought to be hiding, out of U.S. reach, in Pakistan’s
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Can Mitt Romney morph into a ‘regular guy?’

Mitt Romney’s Etch A Sketch moment is at hand. Now that he’s the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Romney is shifting away from the “red-meat” issues of abortion and immigration and instead holding more events highlighting his appeal as a regular guy. The transformation played out Friday when he emerged publicly for the first time in days at a central Ohio university carrying a hamburger and fries in a Styrofoam container. In a small room that featured more television cameras than students, Romney chatted about economic issues facing young people as he picked through his greasy lunch. Romney’s appearance at Otterbein
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President turns into the joker for correspondents dinner

This year’s primaries, the 2008 primaries, the General Services Administration scandal, even the Secret Service and Donald Trump were targets for President Barack Obama’s scattershot humor at Saturday night’s celebrity studded White House Correspondents Dinner. Even the entrance to his speech was part of his schtick. The president walked off stage just before he took the podium with an alleged “hot mic,” making fun of getting caught last month on an open microphone with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. “What am I doing here,” he asks off stage. “I’m opening for Jimmy Kimmel and telling knock-knock jokes to Kim Kardashian.” Once
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Romney’s campaign promises: Fact or fiction?

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is making campaign promises that could produce an economic miracle — or a more predictable list of broken vows. Romney says he wants to put the nation on a path to a balanced budget while also cutting an array of taxes, building up the Navy and Air Force and adding 100,000 active-duty military personnel. He says he would slash domestic spending and reduce tax loopholes but has offered few details. His comments raise eyebrows in Congress, long accustomed to easier-said-than-done promises. And even some conservatives have their doubts. Christopher A. Preble, a vice president for
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Secret Service sets new limits on drinking, partying

Heavy drinking and bringing foreign nationals back to hotel rooms on trips abroad is now banned by the U.S. Secret Service in the wake of a growing scandal over allegations that agents consorted with prostitutes in Colombia this month. The new rules of conduct issued on Friday also ban visits to “non-reputable establishments,” presumably including strip clubs, and say staff must obey U.S. laws even while abroad. A copy was provided to Reuters by the Secret Service, and a spokesman said they were effective immediately. The new rules were issued two weeks after the scandal erupted over allegations that Secret
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