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Jeff Merkley Plans To Vote To Legalize Marijuana In Oregon Ballot Measure

talkingpointsmemo.com — Sen. Jeff Merkley says he plans to vote on a ballot measure on Election Day to legalize marijuana in Oregon. "I lean in support of it," the Democratic senator told TPM in an interview on Wednesday. Measure 91 would green-light pot for recreational purposes in Oregon and authorize the state to regulate and tax it.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @joshtpm: Merkley is the first US Senator to announce he'll personally vote for pot legalization measure talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/jeff-merkle…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @joshtpm: Merkley is the first US Senator to announce he'll personally vote for pot legalization measure talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/jeff-merkle…

Oct 22, 2014

Merkley is the first US Senator to announce he'll personally vote for pot legalization measure talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/jeff-merkle…

Oct 22, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D) tells TPM he'll vote YES on Pot legalization in Oregon talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/jeff-merkle…

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Shep Smith: Let's Not 'Freak Out' Over Ottawa Shooting (VIDEO)

talkingpointsmemo.com — Fox News anchor Shep Smith opened his program Wednesday by quoting a member of Canadian parliament who said that the morning shooting in Ottawa "changes everything" in the largely tranquil nation. A little bit later on his show, Smith offered a powerful rejoinder to that very sentiment, saying "we don't have to change everything about our lives" in the wake of such incidents.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @anamariecox: .<— the point, he is on. RT @TomKludt: When Shep Smith is on point, he's on point talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fox-a… http://t.co/zAFk0…

Oct 22, 2014

whoa, pretty right on... Shep Smith: Let's Not 'Freak Out' Over Ottawa Shooting (VIDEO) @TPM talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/fox-a…

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Poll: Republican Gardner Opens Up A Big Lead In Key Colorado Senate Race

talkingpointsmemo.com — Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has opened up an seven-point lead over Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), according to a new Suffolk University poll. The poll found Gardner leading 46 percent to 39 percent among likely voters. Back in mid-September, Suffolk gave Gardner just a one-point advantage, 43 percent to 42 percent.
Oct 22, 2014

The ground game must be something else if Dems are going to pull off Colorado with numbers like this. talkingpointsmemo.com/polltracker/co…

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Reporter Of Anti-Rauner Story Resigns: Paper Doesn't Have Our Backs

talkingpointsmemo.com — The reporter, Springfield, Illinois bureau chief Dave McKinney, wrote a long letter about how after he co-wrote the story he was put on leave by the Sun-Times. He also described how, when he came back to the paper, he was "advised" not to have his byline on reporting related to the company that Rauner and his business associate argued over.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @BruceBartlett: Despicable Chicago Sun-Times throws a reporter under the bus for criticizing the wanker it endorsed for governor. talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bruce…

Oct 22, 2014

Seriously guys, this is big news in Chicago and Illinois politics talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/bruce…

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Is Martha Coakley About To Blow Another Major Race In Massachusetts?

talkingpointsmemo.com — National Democrats are haunted by memories of Martha Coakley's unforced stumbles and missteps in 2010, which cost them a U.S. Senate seat in one of the country's bluest states. Four laters later, the Massachusetts attorney general might be about to blow another major contest: The race to succeed Deval Patrick as governor.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @joshtpm: The trend chart here is both hilarious and devastating for Mass Dems talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/martha-coak…

Oct 22, 2014

Everyone I talk to back home who casually follows #MAgov says Coakley was great AG but they don't praise her campaign bit.ly/1nz4a0w

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GOPer Tillis Suggests North Carolina Should Consider Expanding Medicaid

Oct 22, 2014

RT @samsteinhp: Republicans are gravitating towards the federal govt. component of Obamacare but not the private marketplace one talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/thom-…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @samsteinhp: Republicans are gravitating towards the federal govt. component of Obamacare but not the private marketplace one talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/thom-…

Oct 22, 2014

Tillis thinks it’s a great idea to expand Medicaid now that he’s no longer in a position to do it: talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/thom-… #ncsen

Oct 22, 2014

Quite telling that even Thom Tillis is warming up to Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion: bit.ly/1zkvULF

Oct 22, 2014

RT @samsteinhp: Republicans are gravitating towards the federal govt. component of Obamacare but not the private marketplace one talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/thom-…

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READ: McConnell Releases Internal Poll Showing He's Ahead By 8 Points After Dems Jump Back Into KY

talkingpointsmemo.com — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) took the rare step of circulating an internal poll to reporters on Wednesday, which shows him leading by 8 points in the Kentucky Senate race. The move came within hours of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announcing that they're going back in Kentucky with a $650,000 investment on TV.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @sahilkapur: Grimes’ campaign manager says McConnell’s move to release the internal poll means he’s “terrified” bit.ly/1tcMg5J

Oct 22, 2014

Grimes’ campaign manager says McConnell’s move to release the internal poll means he’s “terrified” bit.ly/1tcMg5J

Oct 22, 2014

Okay, feel like McConnell internal poll showing him 29 pts up over Grimes may not be credible talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/mcconnell-i…

Oct 22, 2014

READ: McConnell Releases Internal Poll Showing He's Ahead By 8 Points After Dems Jump Back Into KY @TPM talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/mcconnell-i…

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Too Many People Want To Leave The New York Times

talkingpointsmemo.com — The New York Times announced earlier this month that it would aim to cut 100 newsroom jobs through a voluntary buyout program. If that number wasn't met, executive editor Dean Baquet told staffers, the paper would resort to layoffs. That apparently won't be necessary. The New York Post's Keith J.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @powellnyt: Completely Wrong. Reporters, in solidarity, all requested packets: @TPM Too Many People Want To Leave NYT talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nyt-b…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @powellnyt: Completely Wrong. Reporters, in solidarity, all requested packets: @TPM Too Many People Want To Leave NYT talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nyt-b…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @powellnyt: Completely Wrong. Reporters, in solidarity, all requested packets: @TPM Too Many People Want To Leave NYT talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nyt-b…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @powellnyt: Completely Wrong. Reporters, in solidarity, all requested packets: @TPM Too Many People Want To Leave NYT talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nyt-b…

Oct 22, 2014

Completely Wrong. Reporters, in solidarity, all requested packets: @TPM Too Many People Want To Leave NYT talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/nyt-b…

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NYT Columnist Regrets Appearing At Anti-Gay Group's Fundraiser

talkingpointsmemo.com — In an email to TPM, Douthat said he wasn't aware the Oct. 16 event in Denton, Texas was a fundraiser for ADF and that he will not accept the money he received for speaking at the gathering. Media Matters reported Tuesday that ADF solicited donations at the conclusion of the event.
Oct 22, 2014

Which was in Denton, Texas RT @TPM: NYT columnist regrets appearing at anti-gay group's fundraiser bit.ly/1tgdqre

Sopranos Actor Who Played Role Of 'Big Pu**y' Calls Cuomo The Same Name

talkingpointsmemo.com — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) took heat from a onetime "Sopranos" actor Wednesday in a brief video mocking the governor for not debating his Republican opponent, Rob Astorino. Vincent Pastore, who played the character of Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero on the famous HBO series, made the video that was published by the New York Post.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @TPM: Sopranos actor who played role of "Big Pu**y" calls Gov. Andrew Cuomo the same name: bit.ly/1tgk68O pic.twitter.com/bLf6jQDgBB

Oct 22, 2014

RT @TPM: Sopranos actor who played role of "Big Pu**y" calls Gov. Andrew Cuomo the same name: bit.ly/1tgk68O pic.twitter.com/bLf6jQDgBB

Oct 22, 2014

RT @TPM: Sopranos actor who played role of "Big Pu**y" calls Gov. Andrew Cuomo the same name: bit.ly/1tgk68O pic.twitter.com/bLf6jQDgBB

Oct 22, 2014

RT @TPM: Sopranos actor who played role of "Big Pu**y" calls Gov. Andrew Cuomo the same name: bit.ly/1tgk68O pic.twitter.com/bLf6jQDgBB

Reports: Shots Fired At Canadian Parliament, At Least 1 Injured

talkingpointsmemo.com — Parliament Hill's Centre Block was on lockdown after shots were fired in the building, the Globe and Mail reported. A soldier standing guard at the nearby National War Memorial was also shot, according to the newspaper. It's not clear at this point whether the two shootings are connected.

Anchorage Homeowner: The Palins Show Up, 'And Now We've Got A S**t Show'

talkingpointsmemo.com — All was going well at the party until the Palin clan showed up. A homeowner in Anchorage, Alaska spoke to police on Sept. 6, not long after a house party he thew that night turned into a bloody brawl, and an audio recording of the conversation that became public on Tuesday made it clear just how angry he was at former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and her family for ruining his fun.
Oct 22, 2014

"These Palins running up here on my property acting like they own it is not gonna fly with me." talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/korey…

Oct 22, 2014

"I'm here to have a good time, and this fucking drama Palin show shows up, and now we've got a shit show." talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/korey…

Oct 22, 2014

Anchorage Homeowner: The Palins Show Up, 'And Now We've Got A S**t Show' @TPM talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/korey…

Oct 22, 2014

"I don’t give a ** if their name Palin or **ing Obama cause they don’t mean ** to me." When unwelcome guests arrive: ow.ly/DbjRF

Oct 22, 2014

We’re having a good time, and then the Palins show up and “now we’ve got a shit show.” bit.ly/1zkMueB

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National Democrats Swoop Back Into Kentucky With $650,000 TV Ad Money

talkingpointsmemo.com — Seeing hope for victory, national Democrats are jumping back into Kentucky with a $650,000 investment in television ad money in the final two weeks of the closely-watched Senate race. After pulling their resources from the air in Kentucky last week, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will lend Alison Lundergan Grimes $650,000, a DSCC official confirmed to TPM on Wednesday.

Yes, Mary Burke Voted For President Obama In 2008 And 2012

talkingpointsmemo.com — That fact seems pretty commonsense, since Obama is planning to campaign for Burke on Tuesday, as the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported on Thursday. Burke's campaign confirmed to TPM that she voted for Obama twice, first in 2008 and then in 2012.

Grimes Runs Scathing TV Ad Bashing McConnell As Mendacious (VIDEO)

talkingpointsmemo.com — The 30-second spot, first reported by the Washington Post's Greg Sargent, portrays McConnell as a mendacious senator criticized by fact-checkers for making "false, misleading, debunked" statements who's willing to shut down the government to get his way.

How Pat Roberts Dug Himself Out Of The Grave In The Kansas Senate Race

talkingpointsmemo.com — After Democratic nominee Chad Taylor withdrew from the Kansas Senate race on Sept. 3, things looked pretty grim for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). At his worst moment, in late September, he trailed independent candidate Greg Orman by more than 7 points on average.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @DanielStrauss4: You guys gotta read this @dylanlscott piece on how Pat Roberts is looking like he might win re-election again talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/pat-roberts…

Oct 22, 2014

Great @dylanlscott piece >> How Pat Roberts Dug Himself Out Of The Grave In The Kansas Senate Race @TPM talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/pat-roberts…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @DanielStrauss4: You guys gotta read this @dylanlscott piece on how Pat Roberts is looking like he might win re-election again talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/pat-roberts…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @DanielStrauss4: You guys gotta read this @dylanlscott piece on how Pat Roberts is looking like he might win re-election again talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/pat-roberts…

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S. Florida Officials Talk Secession Over Failure To Address Climate Change

talkingpointsmemo.com — South Miami Vice Mayor Walter Harris proposed a resolution that would split the state in half and make South Florida the 51st state in the union, the Orlando Sun-Sentinel reported Tuesday. That resolution passed the city commission by a vote of 3-2 on Oct. 7.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @kaysteiger: South Florida wants secession over failure to address climate change: talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/south…

Oct 22, 2014

South Florida wants secession over failure to address climate change: talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/south…

Oct 22, 2014

#SecessionBeat: South Miami passes resolution for 51st state of South Florida over failure to address climate change bit.ly/ZO1dhI

Poll: Likely Voters Expect And Want GOP Senate Takeover

talkingpointsmemo.com — WASHINGTON (AP) - Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see.
Oct 22, 2014

America is pretty sure Republicans are going to take the Senate, and they’re fine with it: talkingpointsmemo.com/news/poll-majo…

Oct 22, 2014

I honestly don't get this. MT @TPM Poll: Likely voters expect and want GOP Senate takeover bit.ly/ZGYZ3p