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Michelle Obama Says She Drives Secret Service Crazy With her Trips

Ron Paul Trashes Secret Service Protection

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Presidential GOP hopeful Ron Paul is the only candidate left who doesn’t have Secret Service protection, and he has something to say about that.

He thinks it amounts to a “form of welfare,” according to CNN.

“You’re having the taxpayers pay to take care of somebody,” Paul told talk show host Jay Leno on Tuesday night. “And I’m an ordinary citizen, and I think I should pay for my own protection.”

Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have protection.

On the lighter side, Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) said the other day of Santorum’s Secret Service Protection:

“I see that both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum now have Secret Service with them on the campaign trail. And in Santorum’s case, I think it’s the first time he’s actually ever used protection.”

FBI Probing Fla. Man Who Tweeted About Killing Cops

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and locals are investigating an Oviedo, Fla. man who posted a tweet on Twitter saying: “We won’t make a difference if we don’t kill a cop or 2,” according to station WESH Orlando.

The station reported that Rusty Braxton, 23, posted the tweet after watching Occupy protests in New York.

Braxton said the posting was a misunderstanding, the station reported.

FBI Informant Slept With Muslim Women Agency Was Targeting

By Paul Harris
The Guardian

IRVINE, Calif. — Craig Monteilh says he did not balk when his FBI handlers gave him the OK to have sex with the Muslim women his undercover operation was targeting. Nor, at the time, did he shy away from recording their pillow talk.

“They said, if it would enhance the intelligence, go ahead and have sex. So I did,” Monteilh told the Guardian as he described his year as a confidential FBI informant sent on a secret mission to infiltrate southern Californian mosques.

It is an astonishing admission that goes that goes to the heart of the intelligence surveillance of Muslim communities in America in the years after 9/11. While police and FBI leaders have insisted they are acting to defend America from a terrorist attack, civil liberties groups have insisted they have repeatedly gone too far and treated an entire religious group as suspicious.

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By Allan Lengel
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Now comes the lighter side of the bumpy Republican presidential campaign.

The New York Daily News reports that GQ magazine has revealed the Secret Service code names for candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum.

The paper reported that Romney chose the name “Javelin”. The paper reported that some speculated the name came from a 1960s muscle car made by American Motors, which Romney’s father George headed up.

The paper reported that Santorum picked “Petrus,” which means “rock” in Latin.

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NEW YORK — The owners of the New York Mets have agreed to pay a total of $162 million to the court-appointed trustee in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, according to the federal court handling the case.

Trustee Irving Picard, who is in charge of recovering assets stolen in Madoff’s pyramid-style scheme, had sued the owners — including Saul Katz, Fred Wilpon and the holding company Sterling Equities — for $303 million.

That was in addition to the up to $83 million that Judge Jed Rakoff had earlier ruled that the Mets’ owners were liable in the case.

The settlement was announced Monday just as jury selection was scheduled to begin at U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York in a trial on the trustee’s claim. The settlement negates the need for a court case.

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