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The Secret Service’s Open-Door Policy

The Secret Service cordon around President Obama is looking more like a sieve after two security breaches in as many days. The most serious one involved a former soldier getting into the front door. He’d already been stopped outside the White House a month before—carrying a hatchet. Is he another “lone nut” to be dismissed reflexively or a sign of something else?

Saudi Connections to ISIS? Nah, Can’t Be True After 9/11…

In the march toward a war that we’re told is not a war with ISIS, there’s renewed focus on Saudi Arabia’s ties to militant Islam and 9/11. The American failure to use evidence of the Saudi elite’s involvement in 9/11 is looking like a big reason why the U.S. is back at it in Iraq.

Occupy’s $4M Shot Across the Bow of Student Lenders

The Occupy movement just wiped out $4 million in student debt. It’s a drop in a $1.2 trillion bucket, but it’s a start toward tackling what could be another economic bubble waiting to explode.

Russia’s Ukraine Maneuvers May Be a Push Toward … Peace

The Western rhetoric against Russia’s involvement in Ukraine has been nothing short of bellicose. Yet Moscow’s apparent aggression may be designed to forge the peace Russia wants.

COMING UP: Russ Baker Speaking at Warren Commission Conferences

WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker is speaking at two conferences marking the 50th anniversary of the Warren Commission Report on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Read on for details about the Sept. 27 appearances, and what Russ is going to be talking about.

US, Ukraine or Middle East? Ferguson Images Made It Hard to Tell

Images from Ferguson, Missouri, underline disturbing parallels between unrest in the US, the Middle East or elsewhere in a world where attitudes toward “people power” depend on who the people are and who is in power.

UPDATE: Louis Freeh’s Curious Car Accident

An update on the strange one-car crash involving ex-FBI chief Louis Freeh. He nearly took out several motorists. An unidentified FBI man materialized quickly at the rural scene. And more curiosities.

HuffPo National Security Fellow: Conspiracy Theories and Manslaughter. Huh?!?

We know Huffington Post loves celebrities and buzz. But its new National Security Fellow really pushes the boundaries of incredulity.

UPDATE: Petition to Put 9/11 Probe on NYC Ballot Jumps Big Hurdle

An initiative to solve the mystery of the 9/11 collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 leapt over a big obstacle this week. New York City conceded that the High-Rise Safety Initiative has enough signatures to put a measure to investigate all high-rise building collapses since 9/11 on the ballot. But one more challenge still must be met.

Ukraine Crisis Sends NATO Back to the Cold War

Thanks to Ukraine, NATO is back in a familiar Cold-War posture—warning against Russian belligerence and pushing for more defense spending to deter it. As the alliance’s leaders meet at a summit in Wales, plans under discussion to push NATO defenses closer to Russia could create the consequences they’re designed to avert.

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