TPM News

The GOP has been taking President Obama to task over the recent bankruptcy of Solyndra, a solar firm that was touted by the White House as a provider of new green jobs. Yet, the Democrats are arguing that there is plenty of blame to go around in this case: GOP lobbyists helped the company, which was led by a registered Republican. Governor Schwarzenegger, a prominent GOP governor, also took a personal interest in the firm, visiting the company several times.

As White House spokesman Eric Schultz pointed out, “This loan guarantee was pursued by both the Bush and Obama administrations.” Indeed, the company received its first federal funding thanks to a program in the 2005 energy law signed by then-President Bush and passed by a Republican-controlled Congress.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Concern about the economy has pushed President Barack Obama’s approval rating below 50 percent in California, a state assumed to be an easy win for him in next year’s presidential election.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – A senior U.S. diplomat visiting Tripoli on Wednesday said Washington was encouraged by the increasing control Libya’s interim government was exercising over security forces and would reopen its embassy in the capital as soon as possible.

HAMZA, Iraq (Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed and 36 others wounded when a car bomb exploded by a restaurant in the southern Iraqi town of al-Hamza on Wednesday, police sources said.

PARIS/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Moody’s cut the credit ratings of two French banks on Wednesday because of their exposure to Greece’s debt, highlighting growing risks to Europe’s financial sector from a deepening euro zone sovereign debt crisis.

Republicans have won Tuesday's other special election, in Nevada's second congressional district, with Republican former state Sen. Mark Amodei winning the GOP stronghold. This following on top of Republican Bob Turner's upset win in the historically Democratic stronghold of New York's ninth district.

At time of writing, with 68% of precincts reporting, Amodei leads Democratic state Treasurer Kate Marshall by a margin of 57%-37%, and he has been projected as the winner by the Associated Press. It should be noted that there has likely been a large majority of the total votes already counted -- Nevada is a state that has heavily embraced absentee and early voting, and those ballots were mostly tallied up very early in the count.

Read More →

QUEENS, NY -- In an upset victory, it appears that Republican Bob Turner has defeated Dave Weprin in the special election to replace Anthony Weiner, who resigned amid the public firestorm that followed his sending a lewd picture to a college student over Twitter.

The Assocated Press and NY1 called the race for Turner with the majority of precincts in NY-09 counted and Weprin trailing 53-47. At a results party, Weprin refused to concede, promising supporters a "long night" until absentee and paper ballots came in. Democrats had hoped their union-backed GOTV efforts would push them over the edge, but the numbers were grim from the start as they came in.

"We had 1500 workers going to the polls," City Council member Mark Weprin, David's younger brother, said looking over my shoulder at the results. "What the hell is wrong with us?"

Read More →

A Ron Paul fan named Brian got drunk in Montana one night and was pulled over for allegedly driving under the influence. National Geographic's cameras were there.

"The Constitution is your right!" he yells in a clip that aired on National Geographic's Frontier Force and was posted on YouTube this week. "Why can't you guys just assume to me that this is my Constitutional right."

Read More →

As expected, Republican Mark Amodei will win the special election for NV-02 comfortably. AP’s just called the race.