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,, GlobalPost and other publications. He can be reached at

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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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Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm is being term-limited out, and the men hoping to replace her are facing off in a primary today. Five Republicans and two Democrats are vying for a spot in the general election this fall, the first Michigan gubernatorial election since 1982 that won't feature an incumbent or lieutenant governor. Here's what you need to know:

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Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) is matching Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff's recent loan to his own campaign almost dollar for dollar. Bennet has loaned $300,000 to his campaign to provide a boost in the last days of his primary battle, according to the Associated Press. Last week, Romanoff sold his house and loaned his campaign $325,000.

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Meet Dick Wadhams, the Colorado Republican state party chair and the man trying to deal with Colorado's Republican Senate and gubernatorial candidates' recent gaffapalooza.

You may remember Wadhams. He made a name for himself by helping John Thune upset then-minority leader Tom Daschle in 2004. He managed successful campaigns for Sen. Wayne Allard and Gov. Bill Owens in Colorado, and Conrad Burns in Montana. In 2005, Slate dubbed him Karl Rove's "heir apparent."

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