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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White House press secretary Jay Carney said at his daily press briefing Monday that an investigation is underway into the leak of NSA documents by contractor Edward Snowden and that President Barack Obama would not be giving his thoughts on Snowden as the investigation is ongoing.

In his speech Monday commemorating the 50th anniversy of the Equal Pay Act at the White House, President Barack Obama cited the recent Pew Research Center study that found that 40 percent of women are the primary breadwinners in their families, despite the fact that the average woman makes 77 cents for every dollar a man earns.

"Now, what’s important to realize also, though, is this is not just an issue of fairness," Obama said, according to a White House transcript. "This is a family issue. This is a middle-class issue. This is an economic issue. Just last week, a report confirmed what we already know: that women are increasingly the breadwinners for American families.  Women are now the primary source of income for nearly 40 percent of American families. Forty percent -- almost half. 

"That’s not something to panic about, or to be afraid about -– that’s a sign of the progress and the strides that we’ve made. But what it does mean is that when more women are bringing home the bacon, they shouldn’t just be getting a little bit of bacon," he added. "If they’re bringing home more of the income and that income is less than a fair share, that means that families have less to get by on for childcare or health care, or gas or groceries. It makes it harder for middle-class families to save and retire. It leaves small businesses with customers who have less money in their pockets -- which is not good for the economy. That’s not a good example to set for our sons and daughters, but it’s also not a good recipe for long-term, stable economic growth."

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E.W. Jackson, the Virginia Republican lietenent governor nominee who has made national headlines for such incendiary comments as comparing Planned Parenthood to the KKK, has a history of money and legal troubles that date back thirty years, according to the Washington Examiner.

On his campaign website, Jackson lists starting a non-profit organization to help young people avoid gangs, drugs and violence as one of his accomplishments. But the organization, the Examiner reports, was shuttered by the Virginia State Corporation Commission in 2012 after failing to pay state fees in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

Last year, Jackson was forced to pay taxes he owed to the City of Chesapeake after the city sued him for the money. And in 2007, a couple sued him for failing to pay rent on space leased by his Chesapeake church.

In 1993, Jackson filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to federal court records obtained by the Examiner. He owed nearly three dozens creditors including, city, state and federal tax collection agencies, his law school alma mater, Harvard University, several banks, a church, a hospital, realtors and the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

This, a sampling of some of the financial and legal problems the Examiner uncovered, could create more problems for the party's gubernatorial nominee, Ken Cuccinelli, who is running as an anti-tax, fiscal conservative and has already been trying to distance himself from Jackson for his outspoken social stances.

Jackson is a largely unvetted candidiate and was selected as the nominee through a GOP convention, not through a more typical primary election by voters. Jackson said he would hold a press conference to address his past troubles.

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A Hong Kong hotel confirmed to the Washington Post that a guest named Edward Snowden had been staying there, but checked out Monday.

Snowden, the source of the NSA leaks, had not said exactly where he was staying, but he told the Post that he was located at a hotel near the CIA outpost at the consulate in the center of Hong Kong.

The receptionist at the Mira Hotel did not say how long he had been a guest at the hotel.

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North Carolina state House Speaker Thom Tillis formally announced his candidacy for Senate on Friday, potentially facing off against incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in the general election.

Tillis, who is credited with helping the GOP take over the state legislature in 2010, is one of the party's top prospects to take down Hagan, according to Politico. There are a number of Republican pols also considering a run, so the match up is far from a done deal.

A poll last week from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling found Hagan leading Tillis in a hypothetical race, 48 to 41 percent.


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Democratic Florida Congressman Joe Garcia's chief of staff resigned Friday after he was implicated in a plot to skew last year's primary elections by submitting hundreds of fradulent absentee-ballot requests, the Miami Herald reported late Friday afternoon.

Garcia said he had asked for Jeffrey Garcia's--no relation to the congressman--resignation after he had learned of his involvement.

“I’m shocked and disappointed about this,” Congressman Garcia, who said he had just learned of the scheme, told The Miami Herald. “This is something that hit me from left field. Until today, I had no earthly idea this was going on.”

Jeffrey Garcia also worked on the campaign of Democrat Patrick Murphy, the challenger who took down Rep. Allen West (R-FL). Murphy has not been implicated in the scheme.

On Friday, the Miami-Dade state attorney's office served search warrants at the homes of Rep. Garcia's communication director and 2012 campaign manager. This reopened probe into the phantom absentee ballot requests stems from a Miami Herald investigation that discovered absentee ballots were suspiciously being requested in large volumes from concentrated areas.

The Herald found that the ballot requests were clustered and targeted Democratic voters in Garcia’s congressional district and Republican voters in two Florida House of Representatives districts, indicating a concerted effort by a mystery computer hacker or hackers.

Garcia is the first Cuban-American Democratic representative. He easily beat beleaguered incumbent Rep. David Rivera for the seat in 2012. At the time, Rivera was being investigating for his involvement in the illegal funding of the campaign of one of Garcia's Democratic primary opponents.

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President Barack Obama officially proclaimed the month of June 2013 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride month.

In his proclamation, the president wrote:

"This year, we celebrate LGBT Pride Month at a moment of great hope and progress, recognizing that more needs to be done. Support for LGBT equality is growing, led by a generation which understands that, in the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." In the past year, for the first time, voters in multiple States affirmed marriage equality for same-sex couples. State and local governments have taken important steps to provide much-needed protections for transgender Americans.

My Administration is a proud partner in the journey toward LGBT equality. We extended hate crimes protections to include attacks based on sexual orientation or gender identity and repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." We lifted the HIV entry ban and ensured hospital visitation rights for LGBT patients. Together, we have investigated and addressed pervasive bullying faced by LGBT students, prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in Federal housing, and extended benefits for same-sex domestic partners. Earlier this year, I signed a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in the implementation of any VAWA-funded program. And because LGBT rights are human rights, my Administration is implementing the first-ever Federal strategy to advance equality for LGBT people around the world.

We have witnessed real and lasting change, but our work is not complete. I continue to support a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act, as well as the Respect for Marriage Act. My Administration continues to implement the Affordable Care Act, which beginning in 2014, prohibits insurers from denying coverage to consumers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which addresses the disparate impact of the HIV epidemic among certain LGBT sub-communities. We have a long way to go, but if we continue on this path together, I am confident that one day soon, from coast to coast, all of our young people will look to the future with the same sense of promise and possibility. I am confident because I have seen the talent, passion, and commitment of LGBT advocates and their allies, and I know that when voices are joined in common purpose, they cannot be stopped."

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Chelsea Clinton's mother-in-law, former one-term Pennyslvania Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies, filed papers to once again run for Congress, Politico reported.

Margolies was first elected in 1993 and lost her seat in 1994 after she said she would oppose President Bill Clinton's budget, which included tax increases on the rich. After talking to the president, she ultimately changed her mind and voted in favor.

This time around, her campaign can likely expect to get a high-profile boost from the Clinton family. Five other Democrats are already vying for the seat.

Margolies' son, Mark Margolies-Mezvinsky, is married to Chelsea Clinton.

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Three U.S. Naval Academy football players are under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a female midshipmen nearly a year ago.

The news comes just a week after President Barack Obama delivered the academy's commencement address and touched on the problem of sexual assault in the military, saying such crimes "threaten the trust and discipline that makes our military strong."

CNN reports that the three athletes were accused of the alleged incident in April 2012. The woman eventually dropped the complaint but later reinstated it.

An attorney for the unidentified woman said she became intoxicated at a "football house" and woke up the next morning with little recollection of the previous night. She learned through social media and friends that three men claimed to have had sex with her.

When she reported the incident she was disciplined for drinking and no action was taken against the athletes, according to CNN.

Recent reports show the rate of sexual assaults within the military on the rise.


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