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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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

The oft-cited statistic on sexual assault cannot be applied to all college campuses, an arm of the Justice Department says.

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

Most applicants should experience little trouble, but some activists urge caution in certain situations.

For-profit hospices offer strikingly
less service than nonprofits

For-profit hospices offer strikingly <br>less service than nonprofits

A Post analysis found that patient care suffers despite claims of greater accessibility and efficiency.

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

Six people have been charged since two officers were killed by a gunman.

QUIZ: Holiday song or elected official?

QUIZ: Holiday song or elected official?

Everyone gets in the holiday spirit during December -- even politicians.

Kansas is the Best State in America

Kansas is the Best State in America

Kansas teenagers are more likely to volunteer than kids in any other state.

Counter-terrorism in Central Asia Increasingly Important

Counter-terrorism in Central Asia Increasingly Important

Central Asia is facing an increasingly challenging security environment. More focus on international cooperation could help.

20 states and D.C. will raise
their minimum wage on Jan. 1

20 states and D.C. will raise <br>their minimum wage on Jan. 1

GOVBEAT | The size of the hikes range from 12 cents in Florida to $1.25 in South Dakota.

The Political Education of ‘Homeland’s’ Carrie Mathison

The Political Education of ‘Homeland’s’ Carrie Mathison

What a 19th-century German sociologist can tell us about “Homeland.“

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’

The intensity and chaos of some of the movie’s scenes echo memories etched into the mind of Rep. John Lewis.

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.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Monkey Cage!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from The Monkey Cage!

That is one cute (stuffed) monkey.

The growing politicization of Santa Claus

The growing politicization of Santa Claus

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

Map: Where American toys are made

Map: Where American toys are made

Census data show where American dolls, toys and games are made.

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

New York pays its government workers best

State and local employees received just over $6,000 in average monthly earnings. New Jersey and D.C. aren’t far behind.

Effective oversight of the CIA depends on Congress

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.

Can populist sentiment shake Hillary Clinton?

Can populist sentiment shake Hillary Clinton?

Democrats’ push to draft Elizabeth Warren displays the party’s fault lines. But will it change the party’s track?

12 of the most memorable political sketches of 2014

12 of the most memorable political sketches of 2014

“Schoolhouse Rock,” Angela Merkel and performance art.

Meet the ‘elves’ who staff the Santa-tracker call center

Meet the ‘elves’ who staff the Santa-tracker call center

Members of the Hines family have volunteered with the NORAD Tracks Santa call center for the past four years..

Family trip to Disneyland, Beyonce tickets were ‘inappropriate gifts’ to VA official, judge rules

Family trip to Disneyland, Beyonce tickets were ‘inappropriate gifts’ to VA official, judge rules

The judge upheld Sharon Helman’s firing because of the gifts, but said her alleged role in covering up health-care wait times was not substantiated.

On social media, trick is separating
online rants from imminent violence

On social media, trick is separating <br>online rants from imminent violence

Police nationwide are elevating their scrutiny of invective on the Web after two NYPD officers were slain.

The viral claim that a black person is killed by police “every 28 hours“

The viral claim that a black person is killed by police “every 28 hours“

The claim is being repeated in protests over Eric Garner’s death. We check where it comes from, and whether it’s true.

Sharpton faces criticism after NYC officers’ deaths

Sharpton faces criticism after NYC officers’ deaths

Some critics blame the civil rights leader for using rhetoric that they say fostered an anti-police environment.

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In the Loop: Should Obama screen ‘The Interview’?

Some in Congress were eager to show North Korea that America won’t let Kim dictate their movie choices.

Jeb Bush’s e-mails reveal a cautious, hands-on leader

Jeb Bush’s e-mails reveal a cautious, hands-on leader

Documents obtained by The Post offer an intimate portrait of the possible White House contender and the challenges he faces within his own party.

House GOP leader, in his final report on IRS targeting scandal, claims tax agency tolerates ‘culture of bias’

House GOP leader, in his final report on IRS targeting scandal, claims tax agency tolerates ‘culture of bias’

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has made IRS targeting scandal a cause celebre.

7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Love Actually, Elizabeth Warren Actually, Space Actually

Red states keep growing faster than blue states

Red states keep growing faster than blue states

But that alone doesn’t tell us much about what to expect in politics.