Perhaps aided by it's stereotypes, Colombia became the site of some colorful news this weekend - starting with a Secret Service scandal one leading expert has called the "greatest" in the history of the force, and culminating with photos of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton drinking beer and dancing after the final meeting of the Summit of the Americas.
While the latter is harmless, the former has drawn the ire of the President - though he's cautioned that a full investigation must take place. As for the substance of the President's visit to Colombia, it was significant. The President announced a trade pact with Colombia, called on Cuba to embrace free markets, and defended his administration's dealing with Iran amid tensions in the Middle East.
Mitt Romney had a relatively quiet weekend, but the President's work in Colombia is likely to get some attention on the trail as the former Massachusetts governor continues to focus his efforts on the general election. And that's how we start out the week NOW.
Richard Wolffe, msnbc Political Analyst (@richardwolffedc)
Sam Stein, The Huffington Post (@samsteinhp)
Catherine Crier, Author, “Patriot Games” (@catherinecrier)
Bill Burton, Priorities US Action (@billburton716)
Tony Perkins, Family Research Council (@tperkins)