Ronald Kessler in The Washington Post on other Secret Service scandals Kessler, the former Post reporter who broke the Secret Service's prostitution scandal, says the affair speaks to much greater problems within the agency, specifically, "a lax management culture that condones cutting corners, directly endangering the life of the president." He reports several nearly unbelievable incidents. In one, Kessler says, management removed an agent from Mary Cheney's detail at her request, though the agent had followed rules. On other occasions, the agency has stopped screening event guests under pressure from aides. "The Secret Service has been derelict in its duty to the American people and its own brave agents. It should not take another tragedy to bring about reform."
Jeff Jacoby in The Boston Globe on Warren and Brown's tax returns Both Massachusetts Senate candidates Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown released their tax returns this week, revealing that each has done very well over the years. "Yet rather than make the most of their success — and the intelligence, talent, and merit it implies — both preferred to play up the modesty of their past." The returns call into question their political stances. Warren preaches a social contract, but she's opted out of paying an optional higher tax rate Massachusetts offers. Brown, meanwhile, champions the private sector but gives far less of his income to charity than the average person of less means. "For Warren and Brown — for most of us — it's easier to criticize other people's standards than to faithfully measure up to our own."