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  • **FILE** President Obama shakes hands with the new director of the U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson after she was sworn in by Vice President Joseph R. Biden in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on March 27, 2013. Pierson is the first female director in the agency's 148-year history. (Associated Press)

    White House: First woman named to head Secret Service was 'most qualified'

    The White House Wednesday dodged questions about whether President Obama was trying to send a pointed message by appointing the first woman ever to head the Secret Service, an agency still struggling to recover from a high-profile sex scandal.

  • President Obama high-fives late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel as Caren Bohan, a Reuters journalist and president of the White House Correspondents' Association, watches during the group's annual dinner on Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

    Media, politicos, celebrities turn out for White House Correspondents' dinner

    Members of the Washington press corps let their hair down and enjoyed laughs with their sources and numerous celebrities, including canine star Uggie, on Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

  • ** FILE ** In this April 25, 2012, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Secret Service prostitution scandal. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    Chaperones among new Secret Service conduct rules

    Embarrassed by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service will assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct that make clear that excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in their hotel rooms and cavorting in disreputable establishments are no longer tolerated.

  • FILE - In this April 25, 2012 file photo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Expanding the prostitution investigation, the Secret Service acknowledges it is checking whether its employees consorted with strippers and prostitutes in advance of President Barack Obama's visit last year to El Salvador. The disclosure comes not long after the Homeland Security secretary assured skeptical senators that the prostitution scandal in Colombia appeared to be an isolated incident. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

    New Secret Service rules on alcohol, unsavory bars

    Seeking to shake the disgrace of a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service late Friday tightened conduct rules for its agents to prohibit them from drinking excessively, visiting disreputable establishments while traveling or bringing foreigners to their hotel rooms.

  • Pedestrians pass the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia, late on Thursday, April 19, 2012. U.S. Secret Service employees and military personnel are accused of misconduct in connection with a prostitution scandal at the hotel before President Obama's arrival for the Summit of the Americas. (AP Photo/Pedro Mendoza)

    Official says military personnel violated curfew in Colombia sex scandal

    Military personnel sent to Cartagena, Colombia, to set the stage for President Obama's recent visit violated a strict 11 p.m. curfew, a Pentagon official said.

  • Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican

    Rep. King: Look for more firings in Secret Service prostitution scandal

    Two key Republican lawmakers predicted Sunday that more Secret Service employees will lose their jobs as a result of the prostitution scandal that has embroiled the federal agency in recent days.

  • U.S. Secret Service agents walk April 14, 2012, around the Convention Center in Cartagena, Colombia, prior to the opening ceremony of the 6th Summit of the Americas. (Associated Press)

    3 Secret Service employees out amid scandal

    Moving swiftly, the Secret Service forced out three agents Wednesday in a prostitution scandal that has embarrassed President Barack Obama. A senior congressman welcomed the move to hold people responsible for the tawdry episode but warned "it's not over."

  • Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican

    Senator: 20 or 21 women in Secret Service incident

    At least 20 foreign women and as many Secret Service officers and Marines met at a hotel in Colombia in an incident involving prostitution, and lawmakers are seeking information about any possible threat to the United States or to President Obama, who arrived for a conference soon after, congressional officials said Tuesday.

  • U.S. Secret Service agents walk April 14, 2012, around the Convention Center in Cartagena, Colombia, prior to the opening ceremony of the 6th Summit of the Americas. (Associated Press)

    Dempsey: 'We let the boss down' with Colombia scandal

    The top U.S. military officer said Monday the nation's military leadership is embarrassed by allegations of misconduct against several U.S. military members at a Colombia hotel on the eve of President Obama's visit over the weekend.

  • Ex-Secret Service agent looks to defeat Cardin in Md. Senate race

    The last time Maryland had a Republican senator, Ronald Reagan was president and now-U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin was serving his first term in Congress. But that history hasn't deterred ex-Secret Service agent Dan Bongino from entering next year's Senate race.

  • Illustration: Obama court by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    FITTON: Obama can't keep a secret

    In an embarrassing defeat for the Obama administration, a federal court ruled on Aug. 17 that Secret Service White House visitor logs are agency records subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell issued the decision in a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch.

  • Soldiers struggle for jobs after Service

    Greg Pedrick of Catonsville, Md., figured his two tours in Iraq would qualify him for jobs in government law enforcement. He has a degree in political science and earned a Purple Heart as a Marine vehicle commander and team leader guarding convoys from insurgents south of Baghdad.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Biden's rent collection is outrageous

    So Vice President Joseph R. Biden is landlord to the Secret Service ("Biden collects rent from Secret Service," Page 1, Monday). How badly does he need the extra bucks? Does he not make enough in his current job?

  • BOOK REVIEW: When the president was shot

    On March 30, 1981, outside the Washington Hilton Hotel, John Hinckley Jr., described by a presidential assistant as "a kid from a good family in Colorado who just happened to be crazy," opened fire with a small handgun, wounding the president of the United States, his press secretary, a Secret Service agent and a D.C. police officer.

  • Secret Service tape from Reagan attack is released

    A Secret Service audiotape 30 years old sheds light on the chaotic aftermath of Ronald Reagan's shooting when neither the president nor his guardians realized he'd been shot, and an agent's snap decision to get him to a hospital might have saved his life.

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