Decisions after 9/11 led to Secret Service’s decline

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Recent security lapses can be traced to rapidly growing demands on the agency, combined with tight budgets and the loss of experienced staff members that left the agency in a weakened state.

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The best Middle East political science books of 2014

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Economic development promotes democracy, but there’s a catch

Economic development promotes democracy, but there’s a catch

Often, the democratization doesn’t come until a long-serving dictator leaves office.

Republicans and Democrats have vastly different views on race and police. But they agree on solutions.

Republicans and Democrats have vastly different views on race and police. But they agree on solutions.

Even people who don’t think there’s a problem can agree.

The 25 most popular Fix posts of 2014

The 25 most popular Fix posts of 2014

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No, China does not hold 50 percent of U.S. debt

Most Americans apparently are convinced of a fact that it is utterly wrong.

Arizona police officer killed on duty during shootout

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Reforms to Rikers Island likely to come slowly

Reforms to Rikers Island likely to come slowly

A seventh inmate died this year even amid close scrutiny of the problem-plagued New York jail complex.

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People who participate ‘beyond voting’ are different

People who don’t just vote but participate in politics in other ways are different from both nonvoters and ordinary voters.

National Digest: Homeowners allege bogus reports issued

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Decisions after 9/11 led to Secret Service’s decline

Decisions after 9/11 led to Secret Service’s decline

Recent security lapses can be traced to rapidly growing demands on the agency, combined with tight budgets and the loss of experienced staff members that left the agency in a weakened state.

At NYPD funeral, police pay their respects, show their frustrations

At NYPD funeral, police pay their respects, show their frustrations

The service for Rafael Ramos was part solemn memorial and, for some, part counterprotest.

Study: Marijuana use increases in Colorado

Study: Marijuana use increases in Colorado

The data is from 2011 to 2013 and does not yet reflect 2014, when legal pot shops opened in the state.

One in five women in college sexually assaulted: An update on this statistic

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Gov. Rick Perry: The road back from 'oops'

After Rick Perry's inevitable withdrawal from the last presidential race, he blamed health problems and a lack of preparation. Now, with a bespectacled new look, more time to study up and the benefit of hindsight, he’s promising a better performance should he run for president again in 2016.

Divide over police and justice system isn’t just racial — it’s partisan, too

Divide over police and justice system isn’t just racial — it’s partisan, too

The differences are stark between blacks and whites, but a split also emerges depending on ideology.

Bill Clinton needs some social media help. So we asked an expert.

Bill Clinton needs some social media help. So we asked an expert.

After two incidents, it’s time to offer some advice.

Calif. prepares to issue flood of migrant driver’s licenses

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Wake is held for slain New York police officer

Mayor Bill de Blasio attended the memorial for Rafael Ramos, gunned down in Brooklyn.

More arrests made for threatening New York police

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QUIZ: Holiday song or elected official?

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Kansas is the Best State in America

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Counter-terrorism in Central Asia Increasingly Important

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The Political Education of ‘Homeland’s’ Carrie Mathison

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Board upholds reinstatement of GSA executives fired after Las Vegas scandal

Board upholds reinstatement of GSA executives fired after Las Vegas scandal

Merit Systems Protection Board says GSA did not prove the executives knew about excessive spending in Las Vegas and should not have been fired.

Female vets fight ‘the second battle’: PTSD caused by sexual trauma

Female vets fight ‘the second battle’: PTSD caused by sexual trauma

Thousands of military-rape survivors have struggled to receive treatment and compensation from the VA.

For this civil rights leader, reliving ‘Selma’ was ‘almost too much’

For this civil rights leader, reliving ‘Selma’ was ‘almost too much’

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Hillary Clinton tries to woo liberal base

Hillary Clinton tries to woo liberal base

The presidential front-runner is increasingly aligning herself with populist issues and with Obama in anticipation of a challenge from the left.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Monkey Cage!

That is one cute (stuffed) monkey.

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The growing politicization of Santa Claus

More people appear to believe Santa is a Democrat or Republican.

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Map: Where American toys are made

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Probes of federal watchdogs take 281 days on average

Probes of federal watchdogs take 281 days on average

Average case takes more than nine months to investigate, prompting calls for legislation to speed up the process

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Effective oversight of the CIA depends on Congress

New institutions to oversee the CIA may not be necessary.

Dave Camp drops a tax reform bill on his way out the door

Dave Camp drops a tax reform bill on his way out the door

Retiring House Ways and Means chairman burnishes legacy of trying to think big in a gridlocked Congress.

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Can populist sentiment shake Hillary Clinton?

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