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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Have you seen Serpico? Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes sure has. And even though he's previously admitted that his tales of working undercover with the Kansas Bureau of Investigations back in the 1980s "might have been incorrect," he's now reasserting his version of the events, while comparing his story to the Pacino flick of a good cop fighting the forces of corruption.

"In my mind, all I can see is Serpico. Remember Serpico? He walks up to a door, knocks, and a gun gets stuck in his face," Maes told the Associated Press about the night in 1985 in which he says he met with agents from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. "That did not happen to me, but that's what's going through my mind."

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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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Obama Prepares For DHS Shutdown

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama convened a meeting with key administration officials on Friday…