SECRET SERVICE NOTICES THREATS…. Yesterday was the latest in a series of incidents in which McCain/Palin supporters shouted threats relating to Barack Obama during a campaign rally. A number of you have emailed me, wondering where the Secret Service is in all of this.

Apparently, the threats have not gone unnoticed by the Secret Service, which is reportedly taking a closer look at yesterday’s Palin event in Pennsylvania.

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a threatening remark directed at Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama during a political event in Scranton.

The agency followed up on a report in The Times-Tribune that a member of the crowd shouted, “Kill him!” after one mention of Mr. Obama’s name during a rally Tuesday for Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

The remark came while congressional candidate Chris Hackett was addressing the crowd at the Riverfront Sports Complex. There is no indication Mr. Hackett or Mrs. Palin, who took the stage a half-hour later, heard the remark. […]

Times-Tribune employees who covered the rally were interviewed today by the Secret Service.

It’s incredible that it’s come to this point.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.