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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After Al Roker said Tuesday on the Today Show that it would be "absolutely awesome" if Vice President Joe Biden co-hosted on hour of the morning show, Biden tweeted for Roker to "keep the door open" and suggested that maybe he and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could co-host.

"I would give good money for that," Roker said about the possibility of Biden hosting,

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The San Diego City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to sue Mayor Bob Filner, approving a cross-complaint against the mayor seeking compensation for all damages the city may have to incur due to a sexual harrassment suit filed earlier this month, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The city's cross-complaint is based on Filner's own personal liability and the city's "zero tolerance policy as to sexual harassment and sexual harassment is not within the course and scope of employment."

The City Council is slated to consider Filner's request asking the city to cover his legal bills in a closed session later Tuesday.


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The president of EMILY'S List, Stephanie Schriock, said Tuesday she would not seek a Montana Senate seat in 2014.

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D) surprised many observers earlier this year by opting against a run, making Schriock's announcement another big hit for Democrats who are trying to keep the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Max Baucus (D).

"Montana raised me, and it will always be my heart. It has been truly incredible to hear from so many folks who believe in me. I would love to say yes, but this is not the right time," she said in a statement, according to CNN. "I will always be committed to the people who taught me that those freedoms are something we must keep fighting to protect...Montana is my home and I will always want to be a part of its future."

EMILY's List is an advocacy group dedicated to electing Democratic pro-choice women to office. Schriock said there is still much to be done in "fighting on behalf of women and standing up against a concerted effort to roll back the clock on our freedoms and opportunities."

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The South Carolina GOP on Tuesday responded to backlash it received after sending out a fundraising email that compared the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo.

“The State Party sent out a fundraising email earlier with a subject line meant to grab the attention of those receiving it," Alex Stroman, executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party said in a statement to TPM. "If anyone was upset, we certainly regret it. Our goal was to highlight the IRS's questionable tactics and their decision to selectively scrutinize and target certain groups, including those in South Carolina.”

After the GOP included "Obama's Gestapo" in the email's photo and the subject line, the state's Democratic Party condemned the comparison for "equating its political opponents to the Nazi police that oversaw the imprisonment and mass-murder of millions of innocent people."

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The South Carolina Democratic Party condemned the state's Republican Party Tuesday for a fundraising email that equated the Internal Revenue Service to the Nazi police.

“Just two months ago, Nikki Haley spent three days defending a white supremacist that she appointed co-chair of her campaign and now her party is equating its political opponents to the Nazi police that oversaw the imprisonment and mass-murder of millions of innocent people," The Democratic Party's Chairman Jaime Harrison said in a statement. "It's a disgusting display that proves Nikki Haley truly knows no bounds when it comes to hypocrisy and has no standards for decency and standing up for rights."

“As the leader of her party, Governor Haley should condemn these hateful remarks. And as Chairman of the SCGOP, Matt Moore should apologize to the people of South Carolina and donate any money raised from this email to charity," the statement continued.

In the fundraising email, the GOP referred to the IRS as "Obama's Gestapo."

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The South Carolina Republican Party sent a fundraising email Tuesday comparing the IRS to "Obama's Gestapo." according to The Washington Post.

The comparison graces the subject line and is included in a logo in the email.

“Our South Carolina Republicans are fighting on so many fronts and need your help,” South Carolina GOP executive director Matt Moore wrote in the email, which was obtained by the Post. “We’re working to defund ObamaCare, grow South Carolina’s economy, expose and abolish the IRS and get answers on the cover-up in Benghazi.”

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Pedro Vargas, the man who killed six people Friday in Hialeah, Fla., before being shot dead by police, was fired from Miami Dade College in 2008 for downloading 24 files inappropriate for work, including files on hacking, sex, hypnotism and explosives, according to Florida TV station WPLG.

Vargas worked at the college as an instructional support specialist. The college's IT department reported at the time that he downloaded a file called "1000 Hacking Tutorials," which included chapters on how to kill someone with your bare hands, dynamite and making explosives from bleach. He also downloaded files titled "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Amazing Sex" and "Easily Hypnotize Any One," according to the TV station.

In a letter responding to the IT department at the time, Vargas said that the allegations were false and he only visited those sites to "enhance" his skills as a graphic designer. "I do not have any desire to work under such intoxicating environment that has been created in the department," he wrote.

See the full list of files he downloaded and Miami Dade College's records on Vargas here.


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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to combat the obesity epidemic by banning large sugary drinks from restaurants and other places is an illegal overreach of executive power, a state appeals court unanimously ruled Tuesday, upholding a lower court's March decision that struck down the law, according to Reuters.

The law would have banned businesses from selling sodas and other sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces.

The New York Times editorial board on Tuesday endorsed Janet Yellen for chair of the Federal Reserve, urging President Barack Obama to nominate the current vice chairwoman of the Fed's Board of Governors for the top post over Larry Summers, a former treasury secretary during Obama's first term.

"Nothing that has occurred in the past week changes the fact that no one else can match Janet Yellen's combination of academic credentials and policy-making experience," it read. "And no one ever confirmed to the job has come to it with as deep a grounding in both the theory and practice of monetary and regulatory policy as Ms. Yellen would bring."



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The U.S. Senate confirmed James Comey to head the FBI in a 93-1 vote late Monday afternoon.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was the only no 'vote,' though two senators voted 'present.'

Paul withdrew his hold on the nomination earlier Monday after the FBI responded to his questions on the domestic use of surveillance drones.


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