Pierson’s departure reveals systemic problems

Pierson failed to provide a fresh start for the Secret Service. (AP)

The resignation of Julia Pierson and the launch of an extensive review of the Secret Service are an acknowledgement by President Obama that the agency charged with protecting him is in deep turmoil.

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Philadelphia decriminalizes marijuana

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A 33-year police veteran stars in Oregon’s new $2M marijuana legalization ad campaign

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NFL meeting with black women’s groups on domestic violence a ‘productive’ beginning

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Supreme Court bypasses same-sex marriage cases, for now

The justices have not determined whether to rule on cases from several states where bans were struck down.

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Who’s afraid of an “Islamic state”?

States do not consider other regimes or actors threats merely because they claim to be “Islamic” or because they are composed of Islamists. They become threatening when their ideas and symbols are projected during times of societal and political crisis.

Jon Stewart: The White House is not a 1997 Honda Civic

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Don’t let old people decide the election, says a new ad campaign

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U.S. saving old nukes to defend Earth from asteroids

U.S. saving old nukes to defend Earth from asteroids

The weapons were scheduled for dismantlement next year, but the government thinks they could be used to destroy earthbound asteroids.

John Bolton wants Rumsfelds to pony up more cash for his PAC

John Bolton wants Rumsfelds to pony up more cash for his PAC

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Americans are ready to go to war

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The administration is adding $270 million to programs aimed at keeping military veterans off the streets.

Obama’s decision to wait on immigration hurts Democrats

Obama’s decision to wait on immigration hurts Democrats

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Julia Pierson resigns as Secret Service chief

Julia Pierson resigns as Secret Service chief

Support for Pierson rapidly declined on Capitol Hill just hours after a congressional hearing, during which she gave conflicting accounts of an incident in which a man with a knife ran into the White House.

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A short­list to replace Holder

A short­list to replace Holder

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Appeals court delays some North Carolina voting changes

Appeals court delays some North Carolina voting changes

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Meet Joseph Clancy, the new acting Secret Service chief

Meet Joseph Clancy, the new acting Secret Service chief

Joseph Clancy, a former special agent with the Secret Service, was appointed as acting interim head of the agency after Julia Pierson resigned on Wednesday.

The birth and perhaps death of anxiety about ‘failed states’

The birth and perhaps death of anxiety about ‘failed states’

A former U.S. State Department Director of Policy Planning now concludes that state building, democratization, and enhancing state capacity are usually well out of reach of Western interveners.

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Here’s the shortlist to replace Attorney General Eric Holder

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Hotel industry group plans to fight Los Angeles’ hotel minimum wage ordinance

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Marijuana legalization advocates are pushing 2016 ballot initiatives in at least six states

Marijuana legalization advocates are pushing 2016 ballot initiatives in at least six states

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Homeland Security head’s statement on Julia Pierson

Homeland Security head’s statement on Julia Pierson

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson released this statement on the Secret Service chief’s resignation.

Secret Service chief Julia Pierson resigns

Secret Service chief Julia Pierson resigns

The resignation comes one day after a grilling on Capitol Hill over her agency’s recent problems with White House security.

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White House responds to resignation of Pierson

White House responds to resignation of Pierson

The White House commented on the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday, saying Pierson and President Obama agreed that it was in the best interest of the agency that new leadership be appointed.

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Foster Farms outbreak sparks legal petition to outlaw dangerous pathogens

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Lapses test special bond between president, protectors

Lapses test special bond between president, protectors

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Key Homeland Security official urges passage of cybersecurity bill

Key Homeland Security official urges passage of cybersecurity bill

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Amid threats abroad, DHS chief keeps eye on homegrown terrorism

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Secret Service chief Pierson brings entire agency hierarchy to congressional hearing

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Obama meets with Netanyahu at White House

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Five people have won election to Congress, despite being dead

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Rick Perry: Texas is ready to handle Ebola case, school-aged children came in contact with patient

Rick Perry: Texas is ready to handle Ebola case, school-aged children came in contact with patient

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The Secret Service story isn’t just about President Obama. It’s about us too.

The Secret Service story isn’t just about President Obama. It’s about us too.

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