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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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Tiffany Hartley, the wife of the man reportedly shot by "lake pirates" on the Texas-Mexico border, has been all over the media in recent days, telling her harrowing tale. Hartley has also been calling on the federal government to take more responsibility for the incident.

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Stepped up search efforts yesterday by Mexican officials on Lake Falcon yielded no sign of David Hartley, the Texas man reportedly shot by "lake pirates" last Thursday while jet skiing and taking photographs with his wife on the Mexican side of a border-straddling lake. Hartley's wife Tiffany says the pair were approached by three boats of armed people, who fired at them and shot her husband in the head. She said she was able to escape on her own jet ski.

Yesterday, Tiffany Hartley went back out on the water of Falcon Lake, accompanied by members of David's family, and placed a wreath on the water. CBS's The Early Show said she had laid the flowers near the site of the incident, while MSNBC reported that she stayed in American waters.

This morning, Tiffany Hartley made television appearances for the third straight day.

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Eliot Spitzer's new CNN primetime show, "Parker Spitzer," which the former New York governor co-hosts with conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, got off to an underwhelming start this week.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is getting involved in the case of a man reportedly killed by "lake pirates" while jet skiing on a body of water that straddles the Mexico-Texas border. Perry told the Associated Press that he has asked Mexican President Felipe Calderon to call him within 48 hours to discuss the search for David Hartley. Perry said if Hartley is not located by then, "we're not looking hard enough."

Tiffany Hartley says that she and her husband were jet skiing and taking pictures on the Mexican side of the lake last Thursday, when they were attacked by people in three boats. David was reportedly shot in the head, and Tiffany, unable to lift his body onto her jet ski, fled for her safety. Neither David nor his jet ski have been located. Hartley's family has been vocally calling on the governments of both Mexico and the U.S. to step up their efforts. The incident happened in Mexican waters, and the local sheriff has declined an invitation to assist in the search "because it's dangerous."

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The family of the man reportedly killed on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake on the Texas border has been publicly pleading that American officials be allowed to cross over the border to search for his body. But the Sheriff leading the investigation on the U.S. side told Today this morning that Mexican officials invited his office to participate in the search last night, but that he declined the offer "because it's dangerous." (The man's wife, Tiffany Hartley, appeared in the same segment)

Hartley has maintained that her husband was shot in the head by "lake pirates" while the couple were on jet skis. His body hasn't been recovered, and she says she was able to escape on her own jet ski.

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Tiffany Hartley, the wife of the man reportedly shot by "lake pirates" on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake last week, was back on television today, telling her story the morning after a memorial service for her husband, David Hartley. On Today, Meredith Vieira pointedly asked Hartley if she'd had anything to do with David's death.

Tiffany Hartley has maintained that her husband was shot in the head by "lake pirates" while the couple were on jet skis. His body hasn't been recovered, and she says she was able to escape on her own jet ski.

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The story of an American apparently killed after reportedly being shot by "lake pirates" on Falcon Lake along the Texas-Mexico border is being questioned by the Mexican authorities charged with investigating the incident, even as his widow is making media appearances to tell her terrifying tale. This morning, Tiffany Hartley responded to doubts about her story on national television.

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