On the menu today: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. should receive U.S. Secret Service protection, immediately. Today’s newsletter lays out how the threat to Kennedy is serious, and how President Biden could make Secret Service protection happen with one phone call to congressional leaders. Meanwhile, Kennedy is now keeping the door open to an independent bid for the presidency, which this newsletter discussed months ago. Also, a point about how to calculate foreign aid to Ukraine, and how U.S. promises about particular weapons systems often take a long while to be kept. Finally, a quick observation about how Biden, “the last politician,” keeps putting himself in situations where he looks particularly bad and petty.
Make the Call, President Biden
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. should receive U.S. Secret Service protection, immediately. Maybe the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision not to grant that protection could be justified before last week. But on Friday, an armed man, allegedly impersonating a U.S. Marshal, was arrested at an RFK Jr. campaign event in Los Angeles. The man allegedly claimed he was part of Kennedy’s security detail ...