New rules for Secret Service; what’s up with flag pins?; Santorum on killing; another debate (read-this roundup)


Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia, scene of the Secret Service scandal. (Pedro Mendoza/AP)

Maybe a curfew would work? — In the wake of the hookers-in-Colombia scandal, the Secret Service imposed new rules to cut down on the frat-party shenanigans: No getting wasted and no posting embarassing things on Facebook.

Lapel-gazing — What’s up with those flag pins?

We kill the things we love — Weirdest quote of the day is from former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, who started off talking about voting to cut funding to PBS, but then went on an emo tangent: “You can kill things and still like them, maybe to eat them, I don’t know. That’s probably that.”

Another debate — Got debate-fever withdrawal? Get your fix with the face-off scheduled this weekend between Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly at the Lisner Auditorium.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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