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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

Sen. Michael Bennet (D) might want to stick to watching his Netflix this week. Turn on the TV in Colorado, and he's bound to see one of the many, many ads his opponents are attacking him with. The ads come from different groups, but share a common theme: they hit Bennet hard on spending, and on his votes for the stimulus and health care reform.

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Sarah Palin appeared on Bill O'Reilly's show last night to discuss the internal GOP debate over how to welcome Christine O'Donnell to the party stage. Palin had previously appeared on the network and spoken out against Karl Rove's dour comments about O'Donnell's election prospects (which he's since walked back). O'Reilly tried to smooth things over with a can't-all-us-paid-Fox-employees-just-get-along tone, and Palin ended by offering O'Donnell some branding advice.

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The latest Rasmussen poll of the Colorado Senate race shows Republican Ken Buck leading incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet 49%-45%, including leaners. Those numbers are unchanged from Rasmussen's last poll of the race on August 29.

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Carl Paladino, the tea party-backed underdog victor in last night's Republican gubernatorial primary in New York, appeared on CNN this afternoon, and spent most of the time explaining his opposition to the proposed Cordoba House Muslim community center near Ground Zero. Host Rick Sanchez grilled Paladino on the legal grounds for his pledge to, if elected, use eminent domain to stop the project. And Paladino ended up defining the area in which he would prohibit projects like Cordoba House. Anywhere where the pulverized remains of 9/11 victims settled, he said, should be off limits to projects like Cordoba House.

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Summer's over, Election Day is approaching, and the Republican National Committee is going on a road trip. Today, the RNC sets off on its "Fire Pelosi" bus tour, an ambitious plan to cruise the country, "growing the grassroots groundswell" and breaking for moose.

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Tea Party Express national coordinator Joe Wierzbicki has expanded on his group's call for the "termination" of Delaware Republican party Chairman Tom Ross, in light of the fact that Ross temporarily left his home in response to a death threat.

The call for Ross' "immediate resignation or termination" was made over the state party chair's support of GOP establishment pick Rep. Mike Castle over tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell in the Senate Republican primary.

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