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Nobody will ever accuse Ronald Kessler of good taste. Having authored a couple of salacious, best-selling books about the Secret Service, the former Newsmax reporter has now published a scathing attack on the agency’s director, Julia Pierson, over the recent revelations of failures that could have endangered President Obama and his family.  But Kessler — who has long specialized in publishing nasty anonymous gossip, supposedly sourced from Secret Service agents — went too far when he seemed to blame the president for his own potential murder in a Politico essay:

 Agents tell me it’s a miracle an assassination has not already occurred. Sadly, given Obama’s colossal lack of management judgment, that calamity may be the only catalyst that will reform the Secret Service.

To put Kessler’s work in perspective, consult this sophisticated catalog of errors in his latest book compiled by Marc Ambinder in The Week and this Media Matters report on specific flaws in that gossipy volume. It may be a mistake to take Kessler too seriously, unless you believe that Donald Trump actually intended to run for president.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Just over year before her untimely death on Friday, the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared as a guest lecturer for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR with National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg. The crowd that signed up to see "Notorious RBG" live was so large that the event had to be moved to a major sports arena – and they weren't disappointed by the wide-ranging, hour-long interview.

Witty, charming, brilliant, principled, Ginsburg represented the very best of American liberalism and modern feminism. Listen to her and you'll feel even more deeply what former President Bill Clinton says in his poignant introduction: "Only one of us in this room appointed her…but all of us hope that she will stay on that court forever."