- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

WHITE HOUSE

Secret Service probes assassination poll

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating an online survey that asked whether people thought President Obama should be assassinated, officials said Monday.

The poll, posted Saturday on Facebook, was taken off the popular social-networking site quickly after company officials were alerted to its existence. But, like any threat against the president, Secret Service agents are taking no chances.

“We are aware of it, and we will take the appropriate investigative steps,” Secret Service spokesman Darrin Blackford said. “We take of these things seriously.”

The poll asked respondents “Should Obama be killed?” The choices: no, maybe, yes and yes if he cuts my health care.

The question was not created by Facebook, but by an independent person using an add-on application that has been suspended from the site.

“The third-party application that enabled an individual user to create the offensive poll was brought to our attention this morning,” said Barry Schnitt, Facebook’s spokesman for policy.

Because the application was disabled, the responses to the nonscientific polls are not available.

“We’re working with the U.S. Secret Service, but they’ll need to provide any details of their investigation,” Mr. Schnitt said.

SCANDAL

Bank of America ditches ACORN

Bank of America Corp. is suspending its work with the housing affiliate of embattled community organizing group ACORN.

The decision comes as three Republicans in Congress asked Bank of America and 13 other financial institutions to give Congress a complete accounting of their dealings with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now or its affiliates.

In a statement, Bank of America said it would not enter into any further agreements with ACORN Housing Corp. until the bank is satisfied all issues have been resolved. ACORN Housing Corp. and Bank of America have worked together for years on mortgage foreclosure issues.

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