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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Rep. Eric Cantor's spokersperson Brad Dayspring has written an op-ed in Politico to address the fallout from a meeting between his boss and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York last week. In the piece, Dayspring expresses outrage with the news media, which "hyperbolically suggested that the incident was a scandal, or worse, a felony."

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The New Jersey teacher stung by James O'Keefe's latest "investigation" is speaking out.

"I think it's so unfair that I should be in the middle of this,'' 38-year-old Passaic special education teacher Alissa Ploshnick told New Jersey's Star-Ledger in an interview. "I'm not the monster I've been made out to be.''

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Rep. Eric Cantor's office is clarifying a statement it put out last week about the meeting between Cantor, the likely next House Majority Leader, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Cantor spokesperson Brad Dayspring told The Washington Post that Cantor's comment to Netanyahu that the new Republican majority in the house 'will serve as a check on the Administration' was 'not in relation to U.S./Israel relations.'

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By Sebastian Rotella, ProPublica

This article was co-published with the Washington Post. This is the first of two parts.

On a November night two years ago, a young American rabbi and his pregnant wife finished dinner at their home in the mega-city of Mumbai.

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Last week, we noticed Fox News discussing the possibility of gold making a comeback as an everyday currency. Not the return of the gold standard, or investing in gold, but gold in your pocket, used to buy groceries or tip bartenders. You see, a quick switch back to the gold standard might be improbable, host Stuart Varney said, but what about the "creeping use of gold as a medium of exchange?"

One point of evidence that Varney pointed to in support of his pet theory is the impending arrival of gold vending machines to U.S. shores. Gold vending machines? Varney must have been referring to Gold to Go, gilded contraptions made by a German company named Ex Oriente Lux AG.

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