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Julia Pierson testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. | Getty Images

Secret Service chief resigns amid security lapses

 
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has previously said the Supreme Court would not duck the gay marriage issue as it did for years with bans on interracial marriage. | AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File

Supreme Court will not take up gay marriage cases — for now

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has taken no action on appeals asking it to take up the issue of same-sex marriage.

As future is unclear, Mitt Romney in high demand

ATLANTA — Almost two years after his Election Day drubbing, Mitt Romney is the Republican man in demand. The twice-defeated White House contender is campaigning across seven states this week, covering nearly 6,000 miles in five days to raise money and energy for Republican midterm candidates from Georgia to Colorado.

President Barack Obama and his senior adviser, Valerie Jarrett, walk through his Hyde Park neighborhood to the home of his friend, Marty Nesbitt, on June 2, 2012, in Chicago. | Carolyn Kaster/AP

What’s the secret to Valerie Jarrett’s security detail?

Sneed hears White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is this/close to President Barack Obama and his family, may be the worst abuser of her Secret Service security. As the Secret Service reels from agency bumbling and the forced resignation Wednesday of its director Julia Pierson, two top sources tell Sneed Jarrett uses her security detail to go everywhere with her except the bathroom.

 

This undated file image made available by the CDC shows the Ebola Virus. (AP File Photo/CDC)

Expert assurances provide little relief

As one old enough to recall the national trauma of the murder of John F. Kennedy and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, I saw nothing funny in the jokes by late-night comedians ridiculing the Secret Service over the recent intrusion of an armed man into the White House. And given the scandal about Veterans Administration health care, the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website and the summer’s breach of the border by Central American children, I’m not exactly reassured by the experts declaring Ebola can be controlled now that we have the first case of a sick traveler in the country.

Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy

WASHINGTON — It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy.

Julia Pierson testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. | Getty Images

Secret Service chief resigns amid security lapses

WASHINGTON — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations about bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

Members of the Secret Service stand watch on the roof of White House on Tuesday. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Accused White House fence-jumper pleads not guilty

WASHINGTON — A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife.

 
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