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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Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes' disaster of a 2010 campaign could turn into a four-year embarrassment for state Republicans. It's been one blunder after another for Maes since he barely won the August 10 primary over former Rep. Scott McInnis, whose campaign was done in by a plagiarism scandal. But if Maes fails to get 10 percent of the vote on election day, his legacy won't be the U.N. bike plot warning or the tall tale of working undercover as a cop in Kansas. It will be leaving Republicans with minor party status in Colorado until 2014.

After weeks of declines in the polls, the TPM Poll Average now shows Maes coming in at 9.3%.

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Earlier this week, Todd Seavey accomplished quite a feat. He made a C-SPAN clip go viral. The nerdy, bizarre revenge rant he unleashed on his ex-girlfriend, Helen Rittelmeyer, as she sat next to him at a panel for the "voices of the next conservative generation," cut across political views, and thousands delighted in watching this spurned lover vent, libertarian-style. But he wasn't finished. On Tuesday, Seavey took to his blog to react to the clip's popularity, and share his views on the incident. He called his actions a "public intervention."

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1||On Wednesday, Mexican authorities in Tijuana incinerated 134 tons of marijuana -- from what they said was the largest pot bust in the county's history. || Staff/Newscom&&

2||The New York Times reports that it will take two days to burn it all. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

3||The Los Angeles Times reports that, "At 4:40 p.m., an army general pushed a button, triggering an electrical charge that detonated gunpowder beneath the pile." || Staff/Newscom&&

4||A drum and bugle corps played during the ceremony, according to the Los Angeles Times. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

5||The New York Times reports that the burned marijuana was the equivalent of a few hundred million joints, and the column of smoke was visible for several miles.|| Staff/Newscom&&

6||According to The Los Angeles Times, the drugs were discovered "after police intercepted a convoy of vehicles escorting a tractor-trailer" that had left a warehouse. Eleven people were reportedly arrested after a shootout with police and soldiers, and then, acting on information from the suspects, officials raided a warehouse and two homes. || Staff/Newscom&&

7|| A photograph of the marijuana, pre-burning. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

8||"There are indications that suggest that it belongs to the organization of the Pacific," said Alejandro Poire, security spokesman for Mexican President Felipe Calderon, referring to the Sinaloa, or Pacific, cartel.||Newscom/Zuma&&


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A Guardian reporter interviewed Sarah Palin while she was giving autographs to her fans. Sarah put her Sharpie marker on a book, a hat, and an American flag. The latter of which is against the law!

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Republicans promote their "Young Guns" Congressional candidates as "the best opportunity to move our country in the right direction." Founded in 2007 by Reps. Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy and Paul Ryan, the "Young Guns" program aims to recruit and promote "a new generation of conservative leaders." But before even getting to Congress, a number of this year's "Young Guns" and "Contenders" have found themselves fending off scandals, struggling to explain past actions and in one particular case, being outed as a ducky pajama enthusiast.

Let's review some of the most embattled "Young Guns."

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