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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

The immigration debate is suddenly front and center, and there are signals that the Senate might take up immigration reform in the relatively near future (even at the expense of an anticipated bipartisan deal on energy).

But that doesn't mean you should count House Dems in on this one.

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The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer hasn't been shy about bashing Muslims in the military. So maybe it's no surprise that he has something to say about Rev. Franklin Graham being uninvited to the National Day of Prayer at the Pentagon after concerns were raised about Graham's earlier comments that Islam is an "evil" religion.

But Fischer really lost it this time.

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At the intersection of political paranoia and old-fashioned, clinical paranoia you'll find microchips. Tuesday, we brought you the story of a Georgia woman who appeared before lawmakers debating a microchip implant ban and testified that the Department of Defense had implanted a chip in her "vaginal-rectum area."

But the specter of forced microchip implants, or human-chipping, is no laughing matter for the lawmakers in eight states who, over the past several years, have presented bills to ban the still-essentially-hypothetical problem. Three of those states (California, Wisconsin and North Dakota) have passed legislation.

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