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Perry Stein

Perry is a News Writer for Talking Points Memo based in Washington D.C. Prior to TPM, she was a reporter-research at The New Republic and worked for her hometown paper, The Miami Herald. Perry can be reached at perry@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Rep. Jo Bonner (R-AL) announced Tuesday that he would push up his resignation date to August 2 so that a new representative can be elected in time for the start of the 113th Congress' second session in January.

He was originally expected to step down on Aug. 15. Bonner is leaving office for a top post at the University of Alabama system.

Below is the statement he released Tuesday.

"Earlier today, I notified House Speaker John Boehner of my intent to leave Congress at 11:59PM on August 2, 2013. It was always my intent for this seat to be vacant as little time as possible; therefore, I am moving up my original resignation date to ensure that a new representative can be elected and seated in time for the Second Session of the 113th Congress in January 2014. I'm grateful to Governor Bentley for his assistance with this, and I will be forever indebted to the people of South Alabama for the privilege of representing them in the U.S. Congress."

 

White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Tuesday on Twitter that every GOP member should condemn Rep. Steve King (R-IA) for his allegation that for every valedictorian DREAMer--or an immigrant brought to the country as a child--there are a 100 more who are smuggling drugs into the U.S.

Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin's father, will be on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon to provide the opening remarks to a hearing of the newly formed Congressional Caucus on Black Men and Boys.

The hearing, entitled "The Status of Black Males: Ensuring Our Boys Mature Into Strong Men," will be the caucus' first, according to a press release from co-chairs Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Danny Davis (D-IL).

The witnesses scheduled to testify are David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans; Michael Eric Dyson, professor at Georgetown University; and Kweisi Mfume, former congressman and Congressional Black Caucus chairman and former NAACP president.

Virginia's Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli once suggested as a state senator that laws criminalizing extramarital sex "ought to stay on the books," Politico reported Tuesday.

“Frankly it wouldn’t hurt to enforce them more,” Cuccinelli is quoted saying in Richmond's Style Weekly magazine in 2008.

Cuccinelli was paraphrased as comparing adultery to “perjury inasmuch as the occasional prosecution or two would get people thinking twice.”

Cuccinelli's spokesman Anna Nix told Politico the question of adultery was not a focus of the 2013 campaign.

"Ken Cuccinelli is someone who believes in and supports the institution of marriage," Nix said. "The campaign for the governorship in Virginia is about the concerns of voters, which include first and foremost creating jobs and growing the economy."

 

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will attend a closed-door "Tea Party Legislative Forum" on Capitol Hill later Tuesday to discuss what organizers say is "the ongoing targeting of conservative groups by the IRS, the future of immigration reform, and the implementation of the failed Obamacare legislation," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Tea party members have been tough critics of Rubio lately, criticizing him for his central role in immigration reform.

"The resurgence of the Tea Party movement is evidenced by the outpouring of support at our meeting earlier this year, where over 20 members of Congress and more than 40 staff members gathered to discuss the challenges facing conservatives," Todd Cefaratti, founder of TheTeaParty.net, said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.

 

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) spoke about domestic data collection and privacy laws Tuesday, arguing that secret law has no place in this country.

"If we do not seize this unique moment in out constitutional history to reform our surveillance laws and practices we are all going to live to regret it," he said in a speech at the Center for American Progress in Washington. "The public was not just kept in the dark about Patriot Act programs. The public was actively misled."

He added that the intelligence community has a culture of misinformation and specifically criticized cell phone location tracking, arguing that it "significantly impacts the privacy of millions of law-abiding Americans."

 

A 9-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the hand Saturday with a gun he found in a flower pot in the back of a dusty lot is "doing fine," his grandmother told the Albany Times Union Monday.

Anthony Chaney Jr. of Albany, N.Y. was taken to the hospital after the incident and has since been released.

The grandmother, Janet Wilburn, said the boy was alone when he shot himself and added that she didn't know where the gun came from.

"If I did, I'd be out here like Miss Kitty from 'Gun Smoke,'" she said.

Wilburn said that the gun was gone when police arrived, according to the Times Union. Authorities have not yet released any information as to the location of the weapon.

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) believes writing off Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-FL) chances as a 2016 presidential candidate would be "foolish."

McCain and Rubio worked together to pass comprehensive immigration in the Senate, but received backlash from conservatives for the "amnesty" portion of the bill, leading some to say that Rubio squandered his chances for a 2016 run.

“I think it’s just foolish,” McCain told The Arizona Republic on Friday. “I’m not endorsing anyone, but I can tell you Marco Rubio is an articulate spokesperson for what conservatives believe in, in principle. And if we pass immigration reform, which is certainly not clear, he would get enormous credit for it.”

President Barack Obama and issued a statement congratulating the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son Monday:

Michelle and I are so pleased to congratulate The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the joyous occasion of the birth of their first child.  We wish them all the happiness and blessings parenthood brings.  The child enters the world at a time of promise and opportunity for our two nations.  Given the special relationship between us, the American people are pleased to join with the people of the United Kingdom as they celebrate the birth of the young prince.

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