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U.S. Department of Homeland Security
A wake-up call for the White House [Commentary]
A wake-up call for the White House [Commentary]

The latest disclosures of Secret Service breakdowns in the agency's prime mission, the physical protection of the president, are grim reminders of a most disturbing and particularly American malady — the assassination of the nation's political leaders. Four presidents — Abraham Lincoln, James Garfield, William McKinley and John Kennedy — have been assassinated. Attempts also were made on the lives of three others: Franklin D. Roosevelt as president-elect in Miami in 1933, Gerald Ford twice in 1975, in San Francisco and Sacramento, and Ronald Reagan in Washington in 1981, only weeks after taking office. A presidential candidate, Robert Kennedy, was gunned...