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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

It's not like Republicans needed any help screwing up in Colorado. They were doing just fine on their own. But Tom Tancredo's third-party gubernatorial bid has pretty much sealed the deal. Polls -- and even some Colorado Republicans -- suggest that barring some highly unforeseen circumstance, Tancredo's presence in the race will all but hand victory to Democrat John Hickenlooper.

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Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes has never run for office before. He's a Tea Party-friendly guy, running in part on his business experience. And he's found himself suddenly seriously competing for the party's nomination, thanks in part to his opponent's struggles with a plagiarism scandal.

At the same time, reports have poked holes in Maes' self-styled image of executive experience. Tax returns show Maes as more dud than whiz. Today, the Denver Post compiled a list of fines and infractions Maes has accrued in both his political and personal life.

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The Department of Justice today unsealed indictments against 14 people, a number of them U.S. citizens, accused of "providing money, personnel and services" to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab. Ten are accused of leaving the country to join the group. According to the DOJ release, seven of the defendants had been previously charged. Two of the suspects were arrested today.

"The indictments unsealed today shed further light on a deadly pipeline that has routed funding and fighters to the al-Shabaab terror organization from cities across the United States," said Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) lost the Michigan Republican gubernatorial primary Tuesday, and since he'd given up on his own congressional re-election bid to seek the governor's office, it now looks like one of the Obama administration's most vocal critics on national security won't hold public office next year.

In his years in Congress, Hoekstra has made national security a specialty of sorts, at least in the sense of pegging his name to some very out-there stances.

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