U.S. lawmakers rebuke Secret Service over White House breach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Secret Service faced scathing criticism on Tuesday for the agency allowing an intruder with a knife to run into the White House, while details emerged of a separate security lapse involving an armed contractor who rode an elevator with President Barack Obama.






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Democrats’ Last Stand in Arkansas?

Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor ran unopposed for re-election six years ago when Republicans couldnÂ’t even put up a candidate. At the time, PryorÂ’s party controlled the state legislature and accounted for the majority of the Arkansas congressional delegation.Now, those days of Democratic dominance here seem like a relic. And this year, Pryor could be making the partyÂ’s last stand.The senator is the only Arkansas Democrat in Congress. He is fighting to hold on to his seat in one of the most competitive and consequential U.S. Senate races in the country. Republicans now control... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Pryor’s Senate Race: Democrats’ Last Stand in Arkansas?

Caitlin Huey-Burns, RealClearPolitics
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor ran unopposed for re-election six years ago when Republicans couldn’t even put up a candidate. At the time, Pryor’s party controlled the state legislature and accounted for the majority of the Arkansas congressional delegation. Now, those days of Democratic dominance here seem like a relic. And this year, Pryor could be making the party’s last stand. The senator is the only Arkansas Democrat in Congress. He is fighting to hold on to his seat in one of the most competitive and consequential U.S. Senate races in the country.... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Obama, Modi vow to boost strategic ties, create model for world

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed on Monday to expand and deepen their countries' strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of the world.
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Obama’s Pass-the-Buck Presidency

Josh Kraushaar, National Journal
In attempting to downplay the political damage from a slew of second-term controversies, President Obama has counted on the American people having a very short memory span and a healthy suspension of disbelief. The time-tested strategy for Obama: Claim he's in the dark about his own administration's activities, blame the mess on subordinates, and hope that with the passage of time, all will be forgotten. Harry Truman, the president isn't. He's more likely to pass the buck. Read More (Opens In A New Tab)

Democrats Should Be Nicer to the South

Froma Harrop, RealClearPolitics
MOBILE, Ala. -- It's been noticed by just about everyone except what we call the "liberal establishment" that of the eight Senate seats now up for grabs, four are in the South -- Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina. H. Brandt (Brandy) Ayers, the publisher of The Anniston Star in Alabama, has certainly noticed the neglect. And boy, is he frustrated. Ayers is both a staunch liberal and Southern to the core. If the Democratic Party wants to establish a healthy dialogue in the Southern states, he told me, it has to first say, "We like you." Liberals can't just sigh at the troublesome... Read More (Opens In A New Tab)