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Eric Lach

Eric Lach is a reporter for TPM. From 2010 to 2011, he was a news writer in charge of the website?s front page. He has previously written for The Daily, NewYorker.com, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at ericl@talkingpointsmemo.com

Articles by Eric

Republican Rep. Mark Kirk was won the Illinois Senate race over Alexi Giannoulias, and snatched President Obama's old seat away from the Democrats.

With 10,838 of 11,209 precincts reporting, Kirk leads Giannoulias 49.56%-47.15%. The AP and MSNBC have called the race for Kirk.

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Democrat John Hickenlooper has won the Colorado gubernatorial race, successfully overcoming a late charge by American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo.

With 324 of 3,246 precincts reporting, Hickenlooper (55.94%) leads Tancredo (35.27%) and Republican Dan Maes (8.79%). MSNBC and FOX have called the race for Hickenlooper.

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Republican House minority leader John Boehner has been using a dumb--trust me, really dumb--line involving Johnny Cash in some recent speeches. Cash's daughter Roseanne doesn't think much of that. And she let Boehner know, by calling him "asshat."

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Longtime fans of Countdown may have been disappointed to learn tonight that one of the franchise segments, "Worst Persons," is no longer - at least for the time being. Why? Well as host Keith Olbermann explains in the segment below, its original reason for being (Tucker Carlson?) no longer seems relevant. Oh, and it's probably more than just a coincidence that Jon Stewart held up Olbermann as an example of the divisive nature of cable news (among many others) during the Rally to Restore Sanity.

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Yesterday, Sarah Palin lashed out after a Politico story cited anonymous "advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders" and "other veteran Republican operatives" saying that after the midterm elections, they'll embark on a "common, if uncoordinated" mission to halt the former half-term governor's political momentum going into the 2012 presidential election.

In an e-mail to The Daily Caller today, Palin called out Politico: "I suppose I could play their immature, unprofessional, waste-of-time game, too, by claiming these reporters and politicos are homophobe, child molesting, tax evading, anti-dentite, puppy-kicking, chain smoking porn producers...really, they are... I've seen it myself...but I'll only give you the information off-the-record, on deep, deep background; attribute these 'facts' to an 'anonymous source' and I'll give you more."

Meanwhile, some 2012 president contenders and veteran Republican operatives have gone on the record rallying to Palin's support and denouncing the article and its anonymous sources.

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In case you missed it (as we sorta did) Friday night's Real Time with Bill Maher featured a moment one rarely sees on live television: the very convincing sparking of a joint by guest Zach Galifianakis. The host seemed somewhat taken aback, as did the guest panelists, particularly Fox News contributor Margaret Hoover, whose reaction to the scent of the hand-rolled smokey treat seemed to confirm that it was marijuana. Watch below.

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