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Last call

Annie Lowrey looks at Darrell Issa's sources.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Last call  
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Review: R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr.'s 'After the Hangover'

What's different here than you'll hear on Rush Limbaugh's or Sean Hannity's or Mark Levin's talk shows? Nothing, really. We could have used Tyrrell's need to make himself the Mary Sue of the story deprives us of a chance to see, in great detail, what he's observed as a much-liked, modestly influential conservative.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Reviews  
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Mickey Kaus goes for the libertarian vote

The Reason Foundation is based in California, but this interview was conducted in the magazine's D.C. offices -- although the location doesn't really matter when the Democrat is arguing for his party to break away from the golden state's mighty unions.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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Interviewer concealing S.C. 'raghead' tape did work for Rep. Joe Wilson

Depending on how you want to read it, Donehue's decision to stash away the damaging tape of Knotts is an act of civility, a favor to a Republican who's in some hot water of his own boiling, or both.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Election , Race  
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The coming GOP attack on Kagan and guns

So definitely expect to hear this again. Republicans feel they they've opened up a new front, and they have the high ground.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Second Amendment , Supreme Court  
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Family Research Council explains: It lobbied for changes to Uganda resolution

Family Research Council spokesman J.P. Duffy has issued a statement on the "inaccurate internet reports" -- mine was here -- on the conservative group's stance on a resolution condemning an anti-gay bill in Uganda. FRC, said Duffy, does not support Uganda's bill -- although I don't know who said it did. Instead:

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Gay  
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Obama records denied in birther trial

After the jump you'll find a memo from Lt. Col. Daniel Driscoll, the investigating officer in Lakin's court martial, which shreds Lakin's argument that Obama's records must be produced for this case.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (98)
Categories:  Fringe  
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Next week: Talking tea parties at AEI with Ross Douthat and Jonah Goldberg

Soltis's Winston Group produced the best survey of the movement. And Douthat is one of several conservatives who spent the end of the Bush years coming up with a plan for the GOP rather radically different from the "back to Coolidge" agenda of the tea parties.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Media  
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Boehner versus the Beatle

What are the odds on an apology from Paul McCartney? Slimmer, probably, than the odds of Drudge picking Hair's story up.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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Family Research Council lobbied against resolution condemning Uganda anti-homosexuality law

Here, below the fold, is the FRC's lobbying report. I've put in a call to one of the lobbyists on this and will update when I hear back. Also below the fold is the resolution, which is stuck at 62 co-sponsors, all Democrats.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Gay  
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Fred Malek: It's not the 'Jew-counting,' it's the deception

Why is this a story? I've had some trouble figuring that out. Malek's work from 39 years ago has haunted him since it was reported by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein in 1976, but it didn't prevent his rebirth as a successful businessman, Republican activist, and party power-broker. In 1988, The last time the story broke -- aided, as it has been now, by newly released memos -- Malek had been appointed deputy chairman of the RNC during a presidential campaign. He quit that post, apologized, and explained himself.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 10:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Scandal  
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Chris Ruddy on Newsmax's bid for Newsweek

"We offer numerous financial and health newsletters and content," Ruddy said, "and they are not 'conservative.' As a media company we can certainly own a mainstream media outlet and give that outlet independence. Newsmax's success is in its business model, not just its editorial approach. This business model can apply to other media, including Newsweek, without changing their editorial take."

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 8:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Media  
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And I'm back

It's a true pleasure to step away from your blog for a few days, check your e-mail intermittently, and get an e-mail pointing you to a hot story ... written by one of the people pinch-hitting on your blog.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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FreedomWorks (belatedly) backs Angle in Nevada

FreedomWorks announced today that it is backing former Nevada State Assemblywoman Sharron Angle in next week’s Republican Senate primary.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  June 3, 2010; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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Pawlenty to hold fundraiser for Florida candidate Rubio

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is hosting a fundraiser in Minnesota Friday for Marco Rubio, the Republican candidate for Senate in Florida, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  June 3, 2010; 1:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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Wasilla newspaper editor apologizes for suggesting 'deadly force' could be used on Joe McGinnis

A Wasilla newspaper is apologizing for suggesting violence could be used against the journalist who has moved next door to Sarah Palin.

By Aaron Blake  |  June 3, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  Sarah Palin  
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Interview: Alexander Zaitchik on his new biography of Glenn Beck, 'Common Nonsense'

Beck has a long history of attacking other people’s kids. In the past, he’s even attacked fetuses. In Phoenix in the mid-1980s, he once called the wife of a rival deejay and mocked her live on the air about her recent miscarriage. In Tampa, he repeatedly called the second-marriage children of Michael Schiavo (husband of Terri) “bastard children.” The tic is just one of the many recurring manifestations of Beck’s molten mean-streak, which runs a mile deep and often explodes like a volcano.

By David Weigel  |  June 2, 2010; 10:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Interviews , Media  
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Carly Fiorina calls climate change 'the weather'

In a new ad, California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina mocks incumbent Barbara Boxer for calling climate change a national security issue. "Terrorism kills," Fiorina says, "and Barbara Boxer is worried about the weather."

By Rachel Weiner  |  June 2, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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Nevada Senate: More FEC Questions for Lowden

On the heels of an FEC complaint filed by the Nevada Democratic Party, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sue Lowden faces new questions about whether she is spending general election funds to purchase ads in the final days of a hotly contested primary.

By Amy Gardner  |  June 2, 2010; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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Sestak skips Obama Pittsburgh visit

When President Obama traveled to Pittsburgh Wednesday morning, he was accompanied by Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) -- but Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), who beat Specter in last month’s Democratic primary and is seeking his seat in the fall, was curiously nowhere to be found.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  June 2, 2010; 3:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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New Nikki Haley ad plays up her husband

Nikki Haley is out with a new TV ad that prominently features her husband, as she beats back rumors about an affair with a conservative blogger in the days before the South Carolina GOP governor primary.

By Aaron Blake  |  June 2, 2010; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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Nevada Primary: A big money race, in fundraising and spending

New data from the Federal Election Commission gives form to what we all could have guessed, given the tenor of the U.S. Senate race in Nevada this year: It's one of the most expensive in the nation, second only to Connecticut's in money raised and third to Connecticut and Arizona in spending.

By Amy Gardner  |  June 2, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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Curtains for Dale Peterson and Angela McGlowan

But there was little evidence of real grassroots support for McGlowan. She raised only $87,093, which included $12,372 from her own pocket, and last night she scored only 15% of the vote in her primary. This endorsement could have come sooner.

By David Weigel  |  June 2, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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A mixed night for the tea party

The tea party may have elected a new member of Congress by defeating Rep. Parker Griffith (R-Ala.) in a primary.

By Aaron Blake  |  June 2, 2010; 8:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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Nevada Primary: Where's Sharron?

Two-thirds of the front-runner pack in the Nevada GOP primary for the U.S. Senate are hustling through their final days before Tuesday's election -- at least, that we know of. We know that Sue Lowden, a former state senator and...

By Amy Gardner  |  June 2, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
 
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Nevada Primary: The final sprint

Good afternoon race fans! Amy Gardner here, one of the luckies helping fill in for Dave Weigel while he takes a richly deserved beach break. As he mentioned, I'm in Nevada today and tomorrow to check in on the Republican...

By Amy Gardner  |  June 1, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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When a big name -- like Domenici or Hilliard -- isn't everything

The past few weeks have been relatively kind to 2010 hopefuls with famous political pedigrees, but two candidates in tonight’s primaries may not be so lucky.

By Felicia Sonmez  |  June 1, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Review: John Derbyshire's 'We Are Doomed' (2009)

Plenty of conservative authors go to this well. Derbyshire, who has written bestselling books about algebra, elevates the material by doing -- or collating -- actual research, the best stuff from scientists and other authors.

By David Weigel  |  June 1, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Would Orrin Hatch’s amendment make Illinois Senate candidate Mark Kirk a criminal?

Does Sen. Orrin Hatch's (R-Utah) amendment which criminalizes lying about your military record apply to Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) in the same way it applied to the original target -- Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D)?

By Aaron Blake  |  June 1, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  2010 Election  
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Support for more drilling, Arizona immigration law spans spectrum

A new Quinnipiac poll shows expanded offshore oil drilling and Arizona’s strict new immigration law garnering majority support among the American public. And it’s not just coming from the right.

By Aaron Blake  |  June 1, 2010; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Polls  
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Advice for Joe McGinniss from Wasilla

I will make a prediction -- there will be no "deadly force" coming from the Palin home.

By David Weigel  |  May 31, 2010; 7:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (125)
Categories:  Sarah Palin  
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