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Why The White House Colombian Hooker Scandal Matters

BY RON FOURNIER, National Journal

I don't have a strong opinion on Colombian hookers. The after-hours wonts of a 25-year-old White House volunteer make no difference to me. There are bigger stories better suited for the word "scandal" than the 2012 drinking-and-carousing embarrassment that cost 10 Secret Service agents their jobs.

But I don't like government cover-ups, favoritism, and nepotism—all of which are exposed in the latest Washington Post investigation of the U.S. Secret Service. The story by Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura ("White House Knew of Possible Tie to Cartagena") also hints at a rift between the president's political and security teams that makes me worry about the safety of Barack Obama and future presidents.

As nearly two dozen Secret Service agents and members of the military were punished or fired following a 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia, Obama administration officials repeatedly denied that anyone from the White House was involved.

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