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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

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It's safe to return to Twitter. The microblogging service has successfully blocked the virus that crippled Twitter.com earlier today. So how was Twitter brought to its knees? Through an amateur coding error reported to the company over a month ago.

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Last week, we reported how Republican Colorado Senate nominee Ken Buck and groups backing him were going after Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet with a number of ads knocking the incumbent on spending. Now, Bennet and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are countering with ads attacking Buck on social issues.

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Twitter is all screwed up at the moment, thanks to a new security hole that's currently spreading like wildfire across the service. A JavaScript exploit is causing visitors of Twitter's website to inadvertently retweet spam, just by hovering over tweets.

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It was inevitable. A millionaire Russian politician who claims to have been abducted by aliens, and also happens to be president of the World Chess Federation, has offered $10 million to buy the site of the proposed Cordoba House Muslim cultural center in downtown Manhattan. Like we said, inevitable.

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Have you seen Serpico? Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes sure has. And even though he's previously admitted that his tales of working undercover with the Kansas Bureau of Investigations back in the 1980s "might have been incorrect," he's now reasserting his version of the events, while comparing his story to the Pacino flick of a good cop fighting the forces of corruption.

"In my mind, all I can see is Serpico. Remember Serpico? He walks up to a door, knocks, and a gun gets stuck in his face," Maes told the Associated Press about the night in 1985 in which he says he met with agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. "That did not happen to me, but that's what's going through my mind."

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